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The Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK.

The survey looks at a wide range of issues, including; home sales and orders, export sales and orders, employment prospects, investment, recruitment difficulties, cash flow, confidence and price pressures. All participants have the opportunity to receive resulting reports.

Local results are fed into the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to formulate the first national economic indicator of the quarter. Published in advance of official figures and other private surveys, it consistently mirrors trends in official data and, because of this, it is closely watched by key organisations including the Treasury, the Bank of England, the Office of Budget Responsibility, the EU Commission and the IMF.

The local results are a good source of data for businesses looking to understand the economic climate in Somerset.

How can I become involved?

The QES comprises of less than 30 tick box questions covering demand, employment, confidence investment and external factors and takes just a couple of minutes to complete. Any business can complete the survey – you don’t have to be a Chamber member.

The latest business barometer survey by Somerset Chamber of Commerce is out now and all businesses are being invited to take part to get the fullest picture of the local economy.


How are the survey results published?

The results from the national survey are published each quarter online by the BCC.  To view the latest reports, click below.


Q1 Summary

Q2 Summary

Q3 Summary


Q1 Summary

Q2 Summary

Q3 Summary

Q4 Summary


Q1 Summary

Q2 Summary

Q3 Summary 

Q4 Summary

Chamber Contact

For more info please contact:

Scarlett Scott-Collins

Marketing & Communications Supervisor

Tel: 01823 444924

Email Scarlett >


Member Information

Why Become a Member?

To see our membership infographic please click here

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