Policy & Representation

Quarterly Economic Survey


The British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK. Each quarter more than 7,500 businesses participate in the QES. Businesses are questioned on a wide range of issues, including: home sales and orders, export sales and orders, employment prospects, investment, recruitment difficulties, cashflow, confidence and price pressures.

The QES is the first economic indicator of the quarter, published in advance of official figures and other private surveys, and it consistently mirrors trends in official data. For this reason the survey is closely watched by policymakers such as the Treasury, the Bank of England, the Office of Budget Responsibility, the EU Commission and the IMF.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2017 Q4 survey – the key findings can be viewed here

2018 QES Survey dates


Fieldwork: 19 Feb to 12 March 2018

Chambers to send data to BCC by: 15 March 2018

Publication: 12 April 2018


Fieldwork: 21 May to 11 June 2018

Chambers to send data to BCC by: 14 June 2018

Publication: 12 July 2017


Fieldwork: 27 Aug to 17 Sept 2018

Chambers to send data to BCC by: 19 Sept 2018

Publication: 11 Oct 2018


Fieldwork: 6 Nov to 27 Nov 2018

Chambers to send data to BCC by: 30 Nov 2018

Publication: 10 Jan 2019