On the 25 July 2013, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills launched a formal User consultation on the English Business Survey. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) currently releases English Business Survey (the Survey) statistics for each Month and Quarter. The Survey commenced in November 2011 and was designed to collect monthly information on business sentiment. Statistics are published for England and its regions each month and more detailed statistics for sub-regions each Quarter. The Survey's statistics are published as Experimental Official Statistics by BIS and are undergoing evaluation to ensure they meet Users' needs. The Survey has been running for almost 3 years and BIS is in the process of reviewing the Survey to determine options for its future direction. This User consultation forms part of the review. Further details of the consultation can be found in the attached.
You can reply to this consultation online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bis-english-business-survey-2013.
You can also submit your response by post or email to:
Enterprise and Economic Development Analysis
Department of Business, Innovation and Skills
2nd Floor, 2 St Paul's Place, 125 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2FJ
Tel: 0114 207 5114
The consultation closes on the 30/08/2013 and a summary of the comments will be published approximately three weeks later.
We look forward to receiving your responses.Please do highlight to other interested parties or colleagues.
Enterprise and Economic Development Analysis, Department of Business, Innovation and Skill,
The consultation received a total of 20 responses with 19 of sufficient quality for analysis. Responses to the EBS consultation were received from a range of organisations from both the public and private sectors.
The majority of respondents felt that the data met their needs and were content with the Survey's current release schedule, design and presentation. A number of suggestions for improvement were offered which related to the frequency of publication; coverage of the survey; and seasonal adjustment of the statistics.
A summary of the main findings from the consultations can be found in the 'Analysis of Responses' section. BIS are continuing to review the longer term future of the Survey and the responses to the consultation will inform this review. BIS' immediate response to the consultation is:
1. The release schedule of the Survey will remain unchanged, with monthly and quarterly statistics published. However, commentary on the monthly release will be reduced, whilst commentary accompanying the quarterly statistics will remain unchanged.
2. BIS will review the publication schedule to determine whether it is feasible to bring forward the publication of Quarterly statistics in order to make statistics more timely. 3. The majority of respondents requested seasonal adjustment of the statistics. BIS is unable to seasonally adjust the statistics due to the short time series, but will look to review this once sufficient data becomes available, dependant on the conclusions from the review of the Survey. 4. Some respondents to the consultation indicated that they would like the geographical coverage of the survey to be more granular. After careful consideration, BIS has decided not to extend the geographical coverage of the survey. 5. BIS has improved the Technical Guide
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