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Responses to the English Business Survey consultation were received from a range of organisations from both the public and private sectors.
Many respondents felt that the data met their needs and were content with the Survey’s current release schedule, design and presentation. A number of suggestions for improvement were offered which related to:
- the frequency of publication
- coverage of the survey
- seasonal adjustment of the statistics
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) releases English Business Survey statistics every month for England and its regions. We also publish more detailed statistics for sub-regions every quarter. The survey started in November 2011 to collect information on business sentiment.
We publish the survey’s statistics as experimental official statistics, and carry out evaluation to ensure they meet users’ needs. We are now reviewing the survey to determine options for its future direction. This consultation forms part of the review, to help us gather user’s views on:
- who uses the current survey publications and why, and how we can make them more useful
- users’ future needs for the survey
Your responses will inform the review of the survey. We will publish the results approximately 3 weeks after the consultation closes.