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The Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Business Panel is a group of businesses and social enterprises from across the region who have agreed to take part in regular surveys for HIE. Each survey includes core questions on economic optimism, business performance and growth aspirations, and also explores relevant topical issues.
The surveys help HIE monitor business confidence and economic optimism and identify challenges or opportunities that are currently presenting themselves across the region. As panel membership is representative of the Highlands and Islands business population, it provides a strong evidence base that facilitates robust regional, sub-regional and sectoral analysis.
Panel surveys are undertaken by Ipsos MORI on behalf of HIE.
This latest report ‘Looking beyond COVID-19’, published in December 2020, presents findings from the survey carried out in October 2020. In addition to core tracking questions on economic confidence, performance and optimism, the survey sought to explore how businesses are responding and adapting to the hugely disruptive effects of COVID-19 and impending change associated with the UK’s departure from the EU.
Find out more about our Business Panel, view other surveys that have taken place and find out how to take part.