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Annual Survey of Small Businesses: Scotland 2005

DescriptionThe Annual Survey of Small Businesses is part of a UK-wide survey on the perspectives of SME's. Key issues included business objectives, growth, advice, finance and innovation.
Official Print Publication DateDecember 2006
Website Publication DateDecember 27, 2006


ISBN 0 7559 6384 9
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1 Introduction
1.1 Introduction to the research
1.2 Summary of the research method

2 Key Characteristics of Small Businesses in Scotland
2.1 Number of staff employed
2.2 Distinguishing between businesses with, and without, employees in this report
2.3 Industrial and commercial sectors covered
2.4 Business growth intentions
2.5 The age of the business
2.6 Perceived employment growth and prospects
2.7 Financial turnover
2.8 Recent experiences of employment growth
2.9 How well businesses were doing
2.10 Location of the businesses
2.11 Whether or not the business exports outside the UK
2.12 Legal form of the business
2.13 Composition of the management team
2.14 The physical characteristics of the main location of the business
2.15 Social enterprise, income source and financial surpluses

3 New Businesses
3.1 New businesses

4 Business Objectives and Growth
4.1 Recent experiences and expectations about employment growth
4.2 Intention to grow the business
4.3 Means of achieving growth
4.4 Actions required as a result of growth
4.5 Rationales for not growing
4.6 Temporary and seasonal employment

5 Barriers and Obstacles to Achieving Business Objectives
5.1 Overall incidence of obstacles to business
5.2 Greatest obstacle to business
5.3 Competition as an obstacle to business
5.4 Regulation as an obstacle to business
5.5 Tax and the tax system as an obstacle to business
5.6 Cash flow as an obstacle to business
5.7 Would you encourage someone to start up in business?

6 Financing the Business
6.1 Seeking finance
6.2 Reasons for seeking finance
6.3 Type of finance sought
6.4 Equity finance
6.5 Amount of finance sought
6.6 Difficulty in obtaining finance
6.7 Impact of difficulties raising finance
6.8 Late payment

7 Business Advice and Support
7.1 General advice and information on business matters
7.2 Reasons for not seeking external advice
7.3 Advice on regulations
7.4 Satisfaction with advice on regulations
7.5 Business support from the private sector
7.6 Sources of information in Scotland

8 Contact With and Use of Government Services
8.1 Contact with government departments and agencies
8.2 Satisfaction with government contact
8.3 Range of government services
8.4 Government consideration of small business concerns
8.5 Interest in public sector contracts
8.6 Procurement of public sector contracts
8.7 Barriers to public sector contracts

9 Other Issues
9.1 Crime
9.2 Staff training
9.3 Use of internet technology
9.4 VAT
9.5 Home working
9.6 Innovation
9.7 Family businesses
9.8 Transfer/sale/closure of the business
9.9 Insolvency
9.10 Disability among SME managers

The Institute for Employment Studies

The Institute for Employment Studies is an independent, apolitical, international centre of research and consultancy in human resource issues. It works closely with employers in the manufacturing, service and public sectors, government departments, agencies, and professional and employee bodies. For over 35 years the Institute has been a focus of knowledge and practical experience in employment and training policy, the operation of labour markets and human resource planning and development. IES is a not-for-profit organisation which has over 60 multidisciplinary staff and international associates. IES expertise is available to all organisations through research, consultancy, publications and the Internet.

IES aims to help bring about sustainable improvements in employment policy and human resource management. IES achieves this by increasing the understanding and improving the practice of key decision makers in policy bodies and employing organisations.

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

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