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Surveys are completed every six months and are completed online, by phone, or when the need arises, ENC staff will come and do face-to-face interviews with businesses. They are then collated and the following updates are provided.
The latest survey took place in April 2019. The results show that North Canterbury businesses are positive about their prospects, despite low confidence in the New Zealand business sector. Sales figures are positive, yet profit has dropped. However, businesses are generally positive about their prospects with 72% expecting profits to remain stable or increase in the next six months. Finding skilled staff continues to be tricky, but staff numbers have increased. This survey highlighted a new issue emerging, with 14% of respondents citing immigration policy as a barrier to finding staff.
Key points from the latest survey:
View the full survey here: Business Opinion Survey April 2019 >>
If you have any questions about these surveys, please contact Miles Dalton for more information.