National Survey of Small Business Advisers
The UK Business Adviser Barometer website (in conjunction with Barclays) are currently conducting the first national survey of small business advisers, consultants and mentors.
To take part in the survey please visit the UKBAB Website.
With rapidly changing economic and trading conditions in local, regional, national and international markets, relative competitiveness will in part be determined by the ability of businesses to respond to new and developing opportunities. This may refer to a wide range of firms from small, well established businesses who are attempting to break into new markets or adjust to new technologies to newly established spin out businesses from universities attempting to exploit some of the potential generated by research and development.
Business needs constitute major market opportunities for firms in the financial sector, insurance and accountancy, training and executive development, ICT, etc. The UKBAB provides market intelligence enabling these businesses to identify more accurately the needs of SMEs in general and thus meet them more efficiently.
Significant public sector budgets are allocated to new business support and the encouragement of innovation and competitiveness. The information provided by UKBAB will enable the designers and implementers of policy at local, regional and national levels to be more effectively informed and therefore generate a higher return from this investment.
In short, greater transparency in business needs as perceived by business advisers alongside an improved understanding of business adviser needs could greatly improve the efficiency of private sector services to business and public sector business support.