The Black Country Chamber's Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) offers an up to date snapshot of the performance of the Black Country business community. The feedback gained through the survey is used both on a local and national level to influence and shape policy and strategies to better support and represent the regions business needs.
 
This survey should only take a few minutes to complete, information provided is submitted to the British Chambers of Commerce. Chamber Members may have completed this survey with their account managers. For more information visit our website here.

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* Name of Organisation (optional):

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* Including yourself, how many people do you employ in the Black Country?

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* What is your main business activity?

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* Excluding seasonal variations, over the past 3 months....

  Increased Remained Constant Decreased N/A
UK sales/custom/bookings have...
UK orders/advance custom/bookings have...
Overseas sales/custom/bookings have...
Overseas orders/advance custom/bookings have

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* Your workforce...

  Increased Remained Constant Decreased N/A
Over the past 3 months, has your workforce...
Over the next 3 months, do you expect your workforce to...

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* Have you tried to recruit staff over the past 3 months?

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* If yes, were they for:

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* Did you experience any difficulties finding suitable staff?

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* If yes, for which of the following categories of employee:

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* Cash flow and Investment

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Over the past 3 months, cash flow has...
Over the past 3 months, investment plans for plant/machinery/equipment have...
Over the past 3 months, investment plans for training have...

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* Business Confidence

  Improve Remain the Same Worsen
Over the next 12 months, do you believe turnover will...
Over the next 12 months, do you believe profitability will...

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* Are you currently operating at:

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* Over the next 3 months do you expect your prices to:

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* Is your business suffering pressures to raise prices from any of the following:

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* Which of the following factors are more of a concern to your business than 3 months ago?

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Coventry & Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce and Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are partnering with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) in order to understand how local businesses are being impacted by the UK’s departure from the European Union.

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* What impact, if any, has the end of the UK’s transition period with the EU (Brexit) had on the ease with which your business can do the following? (pick one option per row)

  Significantly Easier Slightly Easier No Change Slightly More Difficult Significantly More Difficult N/A
Importing Goods from the EU
Moving Goods Between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Providing Services to the EU
Recruiting Workers from the EU

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* What issues (if any) has your business encountered as a result of the UK’s departure from the European Union? (please tick all that apply)

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* What action/s (if any) has your business taken to address any issues you have encountered following the end of the Brexit transition period? (please tick all that apply)

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* To what extent does your business plan to increase activity in the EU market over the:

  Cease Trading with the EU Significantly Reduce Activity Slightly Reduce Activity Maintain Existing Activity Slightly Increase Activity Significantly Increase Activity N/A
Short term (0-2 years)
Long term (2-5 years)

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* What has been your business’ experience of Brexit: are there clear challenges and/or opportunities? What support (if any) would you like to see from the government to help your business adapt to the new trading environment with the EU?

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