All responses will remain anonymous.

If based at your head office, please answer for the whole UK operation.

* 1. How many people does your business employ?
(Estimate if not known; sole trader = 1)

* 2. What authority area is your business located in? (Tick all that apply)

* 3. Which is the most appropriate category for your business?

* 4. DOMESTIC DEMAND
For businesses involved in the UK market, excluding seasonal variations, over the past three months...

  increased remained constant decreased
a) sales/custom/bookings have ...
b) orders/advance custom/bookings

* 5. INTERNATIONAL DEMAND
For businesses involved in the OVERSEAS market, excluding seasonal variations, over the past 3 months...

  increased remained constant decreased
a) sales/custom/bookings have ...
b) orders/advance custom/bookings have ...

* 6. LABOUR FORCE

  increased remained constant decreased
Over the past three months, has your workforce
Over the next three months, do you expect your workforce to

* 7. RECRUITMENT

  Yes No
Have you attempted to recruit staff over the past three months?

* 8. If yes,

  part-time jobs? full-time jobs? temporary jobs? permanent jobs?
were they for

* 9. RECRUITMENT

  Yes No
Did you experience any difficulties finding suitable staff?

* 10. If yes,

  Skilled manual/Technical Clerical Professional/Managerial Un- and semi-skilled
for which of the following categories of employee?

* 11. CASHFLOW

  improved? remained the same? worsened?
During the past three months, has your cashflow

* 12. Over the past 3 months, what changes have you made to your investment plans for

  increased remained constant decreased
Plant/Machinery/Equipment?
Training?

* 13. CONFIDENCE
Over the next 12 months, do you believe that

  will increase? remain constant? will decrease?
turnover
profitability

* 14. CAPACITY

  full capacity? below capacity?
Are you currently operating at

* 15. PRICES

  increase? remain constant? decrease?
Over the next three months, do you expect the price of your goods/services to

* 16. PRICES

  Pay Settlements Raw Material Prices Finance Costs Other Overheads
Is your business currently suffering pressures to raise its prices from any of the following?

* 17. EXTERNAL FACTORS

  Interest Rates Exchange Rates Business Rates Inflation Competition Corporate Tax
Please indicate which of these following factors are more of a concern to your business

* 18. What are your business objectives over the next two years?

* 19. Which actions do you intend to take to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

* 20. What do you see as the main barrier in meeting your business objectives over the next two years?

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