Contribute to the Entrepreneurship UK survey

Entrepreneurs across the UK are being called on to contribute to Deloitte’s annual snapshot of the small-business trading environment.

The Entrepreneurship UK survey, now in its third year, has quickly become one of the most respected market reports in the sector. It offers practical guidance to business owners as well as information about how market conditions have changed over the last 12 months.

The business advisory group’s 2009 survey found that a fifth of UK small businesses expected to see no revenue growth in 2009-2010. It also revealed that smaller businesses’ cashflow had been hit harder by the recession than their larger counterparts.

To take part in the online survey, business owners will have to answer questions about their turnover, sector, location and structure. The research also asks for growth forecasts and information on business and marketing strategy. Deloitte estimates that it will take ten minutes to complete.

“The UK is making tentative moves out of recession and we find ourselves entering an age of austerity,”

said Deloitte’s head of entrepreneurial business practice, Tony Cohen.

“Those entrepreneurs who took the tough decisions last year, putting in place the necessary measures to ensure they rode out the storm of the recession, should now find themselves in a far stronger position in 2010.”

The Forum of Private Business’s research manager, Tom Parry, said:

“The survey is a very useful addition to the knowledge about entrepreneurs at a time when the burden of the recovery seems almost entirely on their shoulders.”

“It’s important because it shows how opinions and key elements of the business landscape have changed over time. We’ll be very interested in the results as we expect it will validate a number of our own findings.”

Each participant will receive a free copy of the Entrepreneurship UK survey when it is published in the autumn. As well as research results, it will contain practical advice based on the findings. Dragons’ Den investor James Caan and London Business School professor Keith Willey contributed to last year’s advice.

For more information and to complete the survey, visit the Deloitte website.

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