Politicians, business people and academics laud business owners as the engine of the UK economy. Of the 3.7 million UK businesses, 3 million are small and medium sized. They provide work for 12.5m people and generate an estimated £400 billion of GDP.
Yet, despite this, business owners are under-represented in political and business decision-making; don’t have a voice in media and political circles that matches the contribution they make to business and economic success; and are often hamstrung by unhelpful legislation and bureaucracy. They prosper - and help our economy prosper - despite, rather than because of the political and regulatory environment.
The RSM Tenon Business Barometer
As the UK's 7th largest provider of accountancy and business advisory services, RSM Tenon believe that it is in everyone's interest, including Government, that business owners have vigorous and positive representation.
We have therefore established the RSM Tenon Business Barometer, an independent think-tank made up of representatives from the UK’s business community. The business barometer forum will provide a platform from which the rights, values and needs of a healthy market can be championed.
Every quarter we commission independent research and act on its findings; respond to the requests of small businesses that link into it with practical solutions; and challenge the received wisdom that big business represents all business.
Our research focuses on both ongoing trends and topical questions, identifying areas of particular concern based on specific issues at the time. It is one of the most in-depth surveys of its kind, interviewing over 300 MDs, FDs and other senior directors at small and medium sized business (between 5 and 499 employees) on a wide range of issues.
The research is carried out by YouGov Plc, a recognised thought leader and innovator in online market research, and covers all business sectors across the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. The results are weighted to give a truly representative picture of the British economy.
The RSM Tenon Business Barometer will work with business owners the length and breadth of the country to:
- Ensure they have the voice they deserve
- Create the right legislative and regulatory framework for business owners to thrive
- Battle the barriers that are holding their businesses back.