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The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain

Are you interested in the performance of Britain's population of small and medium-sized firms, and the experiences of business owners and managers? Would you like to find out more about a particular topic, examine regional differences, or track changes in business attitudes and performance over an extended period? The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain provides an authoritative and independent insight into these issues for the benefit of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.

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Download the 2014 Q3 report on competing in the European Union.

This quarter, we examine the key decisions made by owners and managers of small and medium-sized business as they seek to compete in national and international markets. The first part of the report reviews recent exporting trends and documents the experiences of current, potential and former exporters. We also ask about future intentions and how smaller businesses might be better supported. Lastly, we examine the implications for smaller businesses of the Scottish independence referendum, the constitutional changes that are now anticipated in its wake, and continuing uncertainty over the UK’s membership of the European Union. Responses from our online survey respondents are complemented by three in-depth case studies.

Free access to the Quarterly Survey

You can now get a free PDF download of the latest survey report in our extensive archive of previous reports dating back to 1990.

Free release notifications by email!

Send us your contact details (name, organisation, email address) and we will notify you by email when the latest report is released.

Printed reports – subscriptions and single issue

Subscribe to the full printed report, delivered to your door by first class post for just £200 (annual subscription) or £55 (single issue). Contact Julie Sullivan, Quarterly Survey Administrator for further details.

Research and sponsorship opportunities

Contact Richard Blundel to discuss potential options, including sponsorship of topical questions in a Quarterly Survey report, corporate sponsorship, and commissioned reports.

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The Quarterly Survey has been monitoring small business attitudes and performance since 1984 when it was created by Graham Bannock, research director of the pioneering Bolton Report on small firms. Survey findings have been used by policy-makers, businesses and researchers, as well as providing news stories in both general and specialist media. Each quarterly report represents the views and experiences of more than 1,000 owners and managers. The data is gathered from a national structured sample, conducted by telephone, and through a parallel online survey in order to reflect the complexity and richness of business life in Britain today. The survey findings are complemented by a set of in-depth case studies, based on interviews with respondents. The Quarterly Survey report is edited by Dr Richard Blundel and draws on the experience of other Open University academics. The survey attracts external funding and offers opportunities to sponsor special topic questions or to commission additional studies. The Quarterly Survey is editorially independent and any opinions expressed in its reports are not necessarily those of The Open University or of any other organisations.