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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 Q1 2019

The Q1 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. 

The lack of clarity surrounding Brexit is now presenting itself across a broad range of indicators. The uncertainty is now having a tnagible impact on business activity particularly within cashflow for SMEs.

We are seeing stockpiling and the stretching-out of payments owing to lingering uncertainty. 

Confidence and capital investment have markedly dropped; with activity down to nine-year lows, with manufacturers being particularly affected.

To download the Q1 2019 full report, please click here.

To download previous reports, please click the links below.