Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) Helping You Influence

QES Reports

The Chamber distils all the intelligence gathered from each Quarterly Economic Survey in a way that is easily digestible and interpretable to members and the wider business community in the form of a report.

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The QES report is also benchmarked against past reports to offer clear indications as to changes in business confidence and priorities. As well as the current report, archives of past reports are also available to both Chamber members and the wider business community.

Brief Overview of Q4 2018

The Q4 fieldwork has been analysed and interpreted. Many thanks to those who completed the survey; your support enables the Chamber to provide an authoritative barometer of the subtle changes in business confidence across the region. 

After a year of relatively steady performance, 2018 ended with a slowdown in the East Midlands. This slowdown saw the State of the Economy Index – the measure used to give an overall picture of business activity and sentiment across the East Midlands – fall to a low not seen since the immediate aftermath of the EU Referendum in 2016.

Business sales and activity levels – both domestically and internationally – dropped markedly in this quarter’s results. Looking at important export markets, a decline was seen for the first time in many years for those selling into the Middle East and African markets, with those doing business in the EU seeing the smallest growth since our records began 12 years ago.

To download the Q4 2018 full report, please click here.

To download previous reports, please click the links below.