Small business survey launches new website

The UK Business Barometer
20 Mar 2012 11:57:55.947
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An online survey that seeks the views of SMEs and their advisers on the hot topics affecting the world of business is launching a new look website.

The University of Nottingham’s UK Business Barometer was the world’s first online survey of small business when it launched in 1999 and has been providing information for more than 10 years on how new conditions are affecting smaller businesses.

Among many changes, the new UKBB website showcases the trends data gathered through the UKBB and UK Business Adviser Barometer (UKBAB) surveys, allowing visitors to select themes and time frames associated with skills, finance, market conditions and growth as they have affected small business across the life of the project.
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An instant survey has also been added to the home page seeking the views of visitors on one or more of the key issues asked of the Barometer panel in the regular surveys and visitors will also have the chance to add their views to those of the project’s long-standing contributors, feeding into the UKBB’s ‘real-time’ reporting of survey results.

Dr Louise Scholes, of Nottingham University Business School, said: “The new Barometer website fits in well with the current fast-moving environment. The views of businesses and their advisers can now be collected from a variety of sources and the results can be transmitted to a much wider audience.

“We urge small businesses to let their voice be heard. There has never been a better time to share their views.”

The project is keen to attract new members. Those interested in taking part can visit and share their views on burgeoning issues through the ‘Hot Topic’ survey or, by completing a brief online registration form at can join the regular panel of participants.

The Business Barometer project also has a presence on LinkedIn and provides alerts on hot topics to be surveyed via Twitter @UKBB_UoN

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More information is available from Rick Eagles on +44 (0)115 8466860,; Dr Louise Scholes on +44 (0)115 846 7782,

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