Survey ‘has never been more important’Sep 01, 2008
As the downturn continues, it is more important than ever that as many firms as possible take part in the research, says Milton Keynes & North Bucks Chamber of Commerce chief executive Rita Spada.
If enough businesses respond, the BCC will also issue a local summary of the findings.
A total 5,000 businesses nationwide completed the last survey, which is still the largest and most representative study of the mood and views of UK business. Companies are questioned on issues including: home sales and orders, export sales and orders, employment prospects, investment, recruitment difficulties, cashflow, confidence and price pressures.
Rita Spada (pictured) said: â€œThe QES is the first economic indicator of the quarter, published in advance of official figures and other private surveys, and it consistently mirrors trends in the national economy. For this reason the survey is closely watched by policy-makers such as the Treasury and the Bank of England, and also by the media.â€
Her counterpart in Bedfordshire Richard Lacy has also urged organisations in the county and Luton to take part in the survey.
Rita Spada said: â€œWe can get a holistic and representative picture of businesses and ensure that the real business voice, its success and challenges are presented and represented loud and clear.
â€œIf there is sufficient representation from the business we can receive our own results of this territory which is available to business and institutions to understand what is really happening and what services will make a real difference to our community.â€