Spring 2019 Barometer is now closed – Results will be announced shortly…

Businesses in the region were encouraged to take part in the latest Thames Valley Business Barometer which was open until early May. In this report we are focusing on employee wellbeing.

What is the Thames Valley Business Barometer?

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.

As well as focusing on economic confidence, growth and employment intentions, the Spring 2019 Barometer will be putting the spotlight on employee wellbeing; the importance of wellbeing in the workplace is being increasingly recognised, and many companies are looking at practices to increase the wellbeing of their staff. For this reason, it seemed only right that this should be our themed topic for our survey, so we can get a local level perspective on a topic that affects every one of us.

The barometer survey was open to Thames Valley businesses for six weeks. Survey results will be published and circulated in July 2019.

Second Half 2018 Barometer Results – Cybersecurity Trends

The spring Business Barometer looked at cybersecurity trends, in particular organisations’ challenges around cybersecurity and how Thames Valley businesses are responding to the threats they face to their reputations, revenues and business continuity.

While a majority (58%) of those surveyed hadn’t experienced a data breach in the last 12 months, just over a quarter (27%) had and 15% didn’t know. When asked about the prime cause of these breaches, half of respondents mentioned a malicious attack such as ransomware or phishing and a quarter said it resulted from human error. Others were victims of insider threat (15%) or an attack via supply chain or third party (10%). Just under one third (29%) said that these attacks have become significantly more sophisticated in the last 12 months and less than a quarter (23%) said that they’ve become slightly more sophisticated. While no respondent said that attacks had become less sophisticated, about a fifth (21%) reported no change.

Nearly 100 businesses across the Thames Valley took part in the Barometer survey. RSSL, CMI, Keit, Source Code Control and Cybera are also profiled in the report, sharing their perspectives on their own performance and cyber security trends.

To access your copy of the full Thames Valley Business Barometer January 2019 please click here.

If you would like a hard copy version of this report, please email Paula Elliott on 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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25 June | 2019

We had a great line up of panellists including Zoe Kleinman, BBC; Paul McNamara, Channel 4 News; Christine Horton, B2B tech reporter and David Bicknell, technology analyst, Global Data.

29 May | 2019

C8 organised and hosted a podcast with IT experts to talk about the risks associated with endpoint devices and how these can be minimised by deploying a security-focused operating system.