What do we do with the results?
Your views are compiled into a report which forms the basis of our responses to consultations on things like upcoming law changes, and we can also pass your comments on to your MP for you if you want us to. We often use members' own stories to illustrate the challenges facing businesses.
We also use the results to raise awareness of the issues facing small businesses through traditional channels like the press and broadcast media, and via social media, blogs and infographics.
Our lastest Referendum dated September 2015, we've asked our members about the Cost of Doing Business in 2015. For almost 40% of Forum members the high levels of predictable costs have been the main cash flow issue this year, with around 20% reporting that late payment, unpredicted costs or even declining sales were an issue.
The results showed that 86% of businesses have seen an overall increase in their business costs over the last 12 months. However, only staff costs are more frequently mentioned than in a similar survey last year; part of this is due to market forces – businesses having to pay increased salaries to attract and retain staff, but the majority of the costs faced by businesses were regulatory – the cost of auto-enrolment on small employers and the cost of the EU ruling on holiday pay
To see a copy of the latest report you can download it here.
Get involved, have your say!
As a member of the Forum, you get the opportunity to express your views and opinions on matters affecting you and your business, which is sent to you four times a year.
How does it work?
Through the research we collect, we bring together the voices of all our members - that's thousands of the UK's small business owners - and present the results to decision-makers, whether it be to government, banks or other official bodies, to influence the decisions that affect smaller firms.
Results of historic ballots can be downloaded from the research page.