Quarterly Economic Survey (QES)
The short survey that makes a massive difference to the future of Dorset businesses and the local economy
The British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK. Each quarter more than 7,500 businesses participate in the QES.
The Two Minute Business Survey
The British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK. Each quarter 7,000 businesses participate in the QES. Businesses are questioned on a wide range of issues, including home sales and orders, export sales and orders, employment prospects, investment, recruitment difficulties, cashflow, confidence and price pressures.
The QES is the first published economic indicator of each quarter, published in advance of official figures and other private surveys and consistently mirrors trends in official data.
The national survey is supplemented with specific questions for Dorset businesses on the issues and challenges we face at a local level. These findings are shared with our members, affiliated Town Chambers in Dorset and key stakeholders such as local authorities and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. The survey results form a barometer of how businesses are feeling, providing grassroots data and identifying business priorities at a local and national level.
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Results are published each quarter and reported at both a national and local level. The local report for Dorset specifically reports the responses for Dorset only, giving a clear view of issues and priorities for Dorset businesses. Please note the local report will only be published when we have a minimum of 50 completed surveys.