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Our 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.
Each survey helps HIE monitor business confidence, 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 our behalf.
This latest report ‘Responding to Economic Challenge’, published in March 2021, presents findings from the survey carried out in February 2021. In an environment of continued disruption, uncertainty with ongoing coronavirus restrictions, and the end of the EU exit transition period, the survey sought to understand the operating status of business confidence and steps to ensure viability, risks and opportunities. It also explored import and export challenges and associated impacts.
Find out more about our Business Panel, view earlier reports and sign-up if you'd like your views included in the next survey.