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The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain

The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain monitored small business attitudes and performance from 1984 to 2014. The Open University houses the archive, which dates back to 1990. The valuable resource provides authoritative and independent insight 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.

Download reports free of charge

About the survey

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.

Research and sponsorship opportunities

The Open University Business School has an active group of researchers working on issues related to enterprise, social enterprise and innovation. Please contact Dr Richard Blundel to discuss potential options, including corporate sponsorship, and commissioned reports.

Upcoming Events

Nov 1

Breakfast Briefing: Business Legitimacy - ‘Staying on the “right” side of public opinion… and how to avoid controversy’

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 08:00 to 10:00

Hub Suite (Juniper & Medlar), The Open University, Milton Keynes

Nov 2

Munich Community Theme Meeting (former Stammtisch) - Canvas Business Model

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 19:00 to 21:00

Eden Hotel Wolff Restaurant (Peter & Wolff), Arnulfstr. 4, 80335 München

Nov 8

Open University Business School London Alumni Networking Informal Drop In

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 18:30 to 21:30

King’s Head, 10 Stafford Street, London, W1S 4RX

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