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Economic data

The British Chambers of Commerce publishes economic surveys based on the responses of business members and produces forecasts on the health of the UK economy.

These are closely watched by policymakers such as the Treasury, the Bank of England and the Office of Budget Responsibility, and also attract a significant amount of media attention.

The BCC also publishes a Monthly Economic Review, a short briefing that provides easy-to-use commentary on the key economic indicators for UK businesses.

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Quarterly Economic Survey

The British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK. Each quarter more than 6,000 businesses participate in the QES. Businesses are questioned on a wide range of issues, including: domestic sales and orders, export sales and orders, employment prospects, investment, recruitment difficulties, cashflow, confidence and price pressures.

The QES is the first economic indicator of the quarter, published in advance of official figures and other private surveys, and it consistently mirrors trends in official data. For this reason the survey is closely watched by policymakers such as the Treasury, the Bank of England, the Office of Budget Responsibility, the EU Commission and the IMF.

Subscribing to the Quarterly Economic Survey data

Subscribers of QES can receive bespoke datasets in Excel form. For information about how the data packages we offer could benefit your business, please contact: [email protected]

What makes the QES unique?

Sample size – The survey is aggregated from businesses sourced by the Chamber of Commerce network from across the UK. Completed by over 6,000 businesses each quarter, it is one of the UK’s largest and most representative private business surveys. For that reason, it is used extensively by central banks and international organisations seeking to get a clear picture of UK business performance.

Multi-sector – Covers both the manufacturing sector (25% of respondents) and services sector (75%). A high proportion of respondents from both sectors are exporters.

Company size – The survey covers businesses of all sizes, with the vast majority of respondents falling in to the SME category of under 250 employees.

Timeliness – Each quarter, the QES is made available before official statistics (such as GDP growth), and so provides an up to the minute picture of business sentiment.


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Quarterly Economic Forecast

Published every quarter, the BCC’s Quarterly Economic Forecast outlines our predictions for the UK economy. It contains forecasted figures for GDP, unemployment, interest rates, public finances, and inflation.

For more information please contact Suren Thiru / [email protected]

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