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Autumn 2019 barometer is now live – take part and have your say…

The Thames Valley Business Barometer is a collaboration between BDO LLP and C8 Consulting, providing a snapshot of business and economic confidence in the Thames Valley twice a year. The theme for this barometer is ‘Improving Productivity’ and this is your opportunity to contribute and take part.

What is the Thames Valley Business Barometer?

As well as focusing on economic confidence, growth and employment intentions, the autumn 2019 Business Barometer will be putting the spotlight on productivity.

Britain’s productivity crisis should be keeping the country’s politicians awake at night. The UK has experienced a slump in productivity growth since the financial crisis over a decade ago, which shows no sign of coming to an end. The slowdown has been more acute than any other western country. Achieving higher growth in productivity — or output per hour worked — is the way nations become richer, living standards improve and governments have the resources to advance public services or cut taxes.

Participate now – The latest barometer survey is now live and will be open to Thames Valley businesses for six weeks, until mid-November 2019.

Survey results will be published and circulated at the beginning of 2020. You can also request a hard-copy of the survey and return it to either of the following addresses:

Kevin Hunter, BDO LLP, Thames Tower, Station road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1LX

Paula Elliott, C8 Consulting, 200 Brook Drive, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6UB

First Half 2019 Barometer Results – The Changing Dynamics of Wellbeing in the Workplace

The spring Thames Valley Business Barometer report published this summer revealed business confidence is at its lowest level since the Barometer Survey began with 63% of respondents feeling that confidence had dropped since late 2018.

However, business performance over the previous six months remained relatively strong with 36% telling us that their business pipeline had increased. 43% seeing turnover rise and 51% seeing profitability improve.

The spring barometer took place between March and May 2019 also looked at health and wellbeing in the workplace in order to identify a local perspective of how businesses are addressing an issue that affects every one of us. We asked companies if and how they encourage employees to be mentally and physically healthy at work.

Almost 90% of those surveyed think that as employers they have a responsibility to encourage their employees to be healthy. For 48% of respondents, sickness absence is an issue for the effective day to day operation and productivity of their organisation, while 71% of those surveyed said that the financial benefits of spending money on their employees’ health and wellbeing outweigh the costs to the business.

104 businesses across the Thames Valley took part in the Barometer survey. Kymira, A10 Networks, Qdot, Pro-Counselling and WebTMS are also profiled in the report, sharing their perspectives on their own performance and wellbeing practices in the workplace.

For a copy of the full report please click here. If you would like a hard copy version of this report, please email Paula Elliott on paula@c8consulting.co.uk or call Paula on 0118 949 7736.

Thames Valley Business
Barometer Panel Members

  • Activate Learning
  • Boyes Turner
  • BtL Communication
  • Carbon Black
  • CH&Co Convatec
  • Diamond Light Source
  • Grundon
  • Hays
  • Henley Business School
  • Hewland Engineering
  • Hicks Baker
  • HR Wallingford
  • HSBC
  • Integris Financial Recruitment
  • International Brand Development Council
  • J Bennett & Sons
  • Mabey
  • MD2MD
  • Medical Supermarket
  • Morgan Lovell
  • Natwest
  • Ocean Consulting
  • Oxford Space Systems
  • Oxfordshire LEP
  • Pitmans LLP
  • RBS
  • Snaffling Pig
  • Stoke Park
  • Thames Valley Science Park
  • The Business Magazine
  • The Romans Group
  • TVCC
  • UK Property Forum
  • UTC Reading
  • Waylands

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