The Open University Business School manages an archive of reports from The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain, which monitored small business attitudes and performance from 1984 to 2014. The archive, which includes downloadable copies of all the reports produced by our in-house research team, dating back to 1990, ensures that these authoritative and independent insights remain available for the benefit of researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
In addition to the survey archive, a set of in-depth commissioned reports is available covering topics of interest to SMEs, such as the impact of government regulations on small firms, the role of asset finance, and the use of professional accounting services.
The Quarterly Survey was created in 1984 by Graham Bannock, research director of the pioneering Bolton Report on small firms. Each report represented the views and experiences of more than 1,000 business owners and managers. The data was gathered from a national structured sample, conducted by telephone, and through a parallel online survey that reflects the complexity and richness of business life in Britain in recent times. From 1989 The Open University hosted The Quarterly Survey, and formally adopted it in 2009. Read a short history of the survey.
The Open University Business School continues to host an active group of researchers working on SMEs and entrepreneurship. Today’s researchers have an international scope and a particular focus on social and sustainable enterprise. We also have researchers working in related fields such as family business, impact investment, voluntary organisations, and collaborative leadership. Please get in touch if you are interested in discussing potential business opportunities, such as commissioned research studies and reports.