Greater Manchester Business Survey 2016

This study is the fourth large-scale business survey that has been coordinated across Greater Manchester (GM). The aims of the project were to deliver GM-wide research, to provide data on current and future economic performance by local businesses and to identify the opportunities and barriers to growth they face across a range of themes; including support services, trade and internationalisation, innovation and employment and skills.

For the first time, alongside the detailed survey results, this year’s business survey also includes additional profiling focussing on business growth: This supplementary analysis provides a profile of recent high performing businesses to help better understand their key characteristics, as well as exploring the key components of growth; with profiles of skills active businesses, ‘international traders,’ ‘business support users’ and businesses that ‘engage in innovative activities.’

Released: November 2016

Key partners for this project included Manchester Business Growth Hub, Manchester City Council, and Bolton Council, and the survey was also part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority .

1,403 telephone interviews were undertaken with businesses across Greater Manchester and the survey sample was restricted to private sector businesses and voluntary/non profit-making organisations with at least one employee. Fieldwork took place between November 2015 and April 2016

For more information, please email Amanda Stevens or call 0161 237 4195.