2014 Small Business Survey (SBS 2014) is a large scale representative telephone survey of business owners and managers in the UK commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Scottish Government and Invest NI. Interviews were undertaken between July and October 2014 by BMG Research Ltd.
The survey interviewed 5,115 businesses, each employing fewer than 250 people, across the UK. The report, written by BMG and published here, is concerned only with the 4,355 businesses which employed at least one member of staff. A separate report covering those with no employees will be published soon.
The survey asked business managers and owners about a range of issues including recent growth in sales turnover and employment, obstacles to business success, the capabilities of owners and managers (in terms of their ability to innovate, export, train staff and so on), access to finance, and the use of business support. The 2014 survey is the latest of a series of similar surveys. In this report, results from 2014 are primarily compared with those from the last Small Business Survey in 2012, which was also conducted by BMG.
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