12 Feb 2024

Chamber launches quarterly survey - with pizza and wine up for grabs

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The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) Quarterly Business Report survey for Q1 launches today.

The report, sponsored by Birmingham City University, is the most comprehensive regular report of its kind in the city region, offering an up-to-date snapshot of the performance of the Greater Birmingham business community.

As well as gathering the usual data on key indicators such as sales, exports, investment intentions and the workforce, the survey includes questions on free trade agreements commissioned by the Department for Business and Trade.

Survey data will be collated at a national level and will feed into policy and lobbying activity for both GBCC and the British Chambers of Commerce, reaching institutions such as the Government and the Bank of England.

On average, the survey takes less than five minutes to complete.

Each participant will also be entered into a fabulous prize draw to win a meal for two and a bottle of wine at Smoke+Ash Pizzeria, Edgbaston (terms and conditions apply).

Raj Kandola (pictured), GBCC director of external affairs, said: “The results from last quarter 's survey revealed concerns around inflation remain prominent and recruitment challenges remain prevalent. However, there were some positive signs that the turbulence that businesses have faced for many months is beginning to settle, with concerns about interest rates falling slightly and export sales showing early signs of a return to growth.

“As we continue to work through a challenging economic climate both locally and nationally, it’s vital that we hear from as many firms as possible so we can properly assess the impact these political and economic developments are having on the local business landscape. The results of this survey form the basis of our Quarterly Business Report publication which we use inform decision makers and stakeholders across the region.

“Our findings are also shared with key Government contacts at the Treasury, BEIS and the Bank of England, so your response will have a direct impact on Government policy at the highest level.

“We want to hear from start-ups to multinationals; respondents don 't need to be a CEO or director to take part, just to have an understanding of how their business is performing”.

Click here to complete the survey.

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