Policy & Representation

Quarterly Economic Survey

As part of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, it is vitally important to have your voice heard. Each quarter, we survey our members to gain invaluable insight into the views of the Thames Valley business community, with results feeding directly into the British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey (QES).

Britain’s biggest and longest-running private business survey, it has provided data since 1989, and regularly receives more than 7,000 business responses. A leading indicator, the survey often picks up big changes in the economy long before other surveys or official statistics. It is the first economic indicator of the quarter, published in advance of official figures and other private surveys, and 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.

Businesses are questioned on a wide range of issues, including: sales and orders, investment, cash flow, confidence and recruitment challenges. Three questions are dedicated specifically to the Thames Valley, enabling a regional perspective on significant issues. 


2020 survey dates: 

Q1 2020

Q3 2020

Survey dates: 17 Feb to 9 March 2020

Publication date: 2 April 2020

Survey is now live and closes 16 Sept 2020

Publication date: 2 Oct 2020

Q2 2020

Q4 2020

Survey dates: 18th May to 8th June 2020 

Publication date: 1 July 2020

Survey dates: 2 Nov to 23 Nov 2020

Publication date: 4 Jan 2021


2020 surveys 

Q1 2020        Q2 2020       Q3 2020        Q4 2020

                            Key Findings               Key Findings                                           

                            BCC Results                BCC Results


2019 surveys 

Q1 2019        Q2 2019       Q3 2019        Q4 2019

                            Key Findings                Key Findings                                                   

                            BCC Results                 BCC Results               BCC Results                BCC Results