Quarterly Economic Survey

What is it?

The Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK.

The survey looks at a wide range of issues, including; home sales and orders, export sales and orders, employment prospects, investment, recruitment difficulties, cash flow, confidence and price pressures. All participants have the opportunity to receive resulting reports.

Local results are fed into the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to formulate the first national economic indicator of the quarter. Published in advance of official figures and other private surveys, it consistently mirrors trends in official data and, because of this, it is closely watched by key organisations including the Treasury, the Bank of England, the Office for Budget Responsibility, the EU Commission and the IMF.

How do I take part?

Quarterly we will upload the survey which consists of 30 tick box questions online, and share the link on our social media channels as well as on this page, you don’t have to be a Chamber member to take part in the survey. If you attend any of our events during the QES questionnaire period there will also be opportunities to fill out the questionnaire by hand at these events.

The survey for Q4 is now available here

How are the survey results published?

The British Chamber of Commerce will publish the key findings from the survey results quarterly, previous findings can be found bellow.

2016 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2017 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4