Economic Research and Reports

The Chamber are continuously conducting local research in order to gauge Members’ experiences of fundamental business issues, this can range from local infrastructure developments to concerns of national pertinence. This qualitative and quantitative research is then analysed via a plethora of reports created by our team of experts. These reports identify the critical issues our businesses are currently facing and the actions your local Chamber are going to take, in order to support your business in overcoming those barriers to growth.

Quarterly Economic Reports

The Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the largest private sector independent business survey of its kind in the UK, with a history of data and trends spanning over 30 years. The survey looks at a wide range of issues including UK sales and orders, export sales and orders, employment prospects, investment, recruitment difficulties, cash flow, confidence and price pressures.

Local results are fed into the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to formulate national economic indicators per quarter. As the largest satisitcal private buisness survey, it is used by key organisations such as the Treasury, the Bank of England, the Office of Budget Responsibility and the IMF.

2024 Reports

Local economy

QES Q1 2024

In partnership with Worcestershire County Council

2023 Reports

Local economy

QES Q1 2023

In partnership with Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership

Local economy

QES Q2 2023

In partnership with The Development Manager Ltd

Local economy

QES Q3 2023

In partnership with Worcestershire County Council

Local economy

QES Q4 2023

In partnership with Worcestershire County Council

Business Manifesto

Annually the Quarterly Economic Survey is also used to identify the challenges, barriers and opportunities Member businesses face. This is the evidence base the Chamber use to formulate the Business Manifesto, a document which outlines our policy position and the key prioritises members have highlighted for us to focus on for the forth coming year.

 Download your copy below to read more about these issues and how the Chamber is supporting.

 

Salary & Benefits Report

To support businesses who are looking to recruit and retain staff, the Chamber produce an annual Salary & Benefits Report, in partnership with Hewett Recruitment. This report allows businesses to benchmark the salaries and benefits packages they offer. Download your copy of the report below.

Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) Sponsorship

Align your brand with a report which will be used to engage with MPs, key stakeholders and the wider business community. Position your brand with the most up-to-date thought leadership in the two counties.

BCC POLICY REPORTS

Our expert business support is concentrated in five core areas: Global Britain, People and Work, Local Economy of the Future, Green Innovation, and Digital Revolution.

These areas have been carefully selected based on our unparalleled insight into British and global business communities. Regardless of your sector, size, or location, we strive to address your diverse needs in the modern business landscape.

Businesses trust us to be their advocates, and we’re passionate about helping them trade and grow.

PEOPLE AND WORK

BOOSTING SKILLS: JOURNEY THROUGH EDUCATION AND WORK

To grow our economy we need more skilled, engaged and motivated people to contribute to the workforce in every part of the UK. In recent years, however, we have had record levels of job vacancies. Employers have experienced a shortage of job candidates and a mismatch of skills on offer. It’s had a damaging impact on firms’ ability to fulfil order books, take on new work and operate profitably.

LOCAL ECONOMY OF THE FUTURE

A BUSINESS-LED PLAN FOR THRIVING COMMUNITIES

Businesses play a pivotal role in shaping the economic landscape of the UK, and their impact extends far beyond the national level. Local economic development is an essential facet of a thriving society, and businesses are integral to its success.Their role is more than simply the generation of profits; it encompasses a commitment to the well-being and growth of the communities in which they operate.

GREEN INNOVATION

BUILDING SUSTAINABLE FUTURES FOR UK BUSINESSES

The UK has the potential to lead the world in green innovation.  We have a strong economic base, and a legal and policy framework designed to ensure we reach net zero emissions by 2050.

To reach those targets and address our shared environmental challenges, businesses must play a leadership role.

GLOBAL BRITAIN

ACCELERATING GROWTH: DRIVING TRADE AND INWARD INVESTMENT

How does Global Britain present itself on the international stage? In considering this question we have heard from many about a long-term optimism, but juxtaposed with short-term anxieties. This is a great country. And with it a great belief in our cultural capital, our talent, our institutions and our capacity for innovation.

DIGITAL REVOLUTION

NAVIGATING OUR DIGITAL FUTURE

The digital revolution opens a wealth of opportunities for UK businesses of all shapes and sizes. This report outlines a clear roadmap for action from policymakers across a series of interconnected areas. Without better broadband and wireless connectivity – and improved cyber security – businesses will not be able to engage with Artificial Intelligence (AI). In short, businesses want to be connected, secure and dynamic.