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About the BCM

The BCM has been running for over 13 years and has built up an extensive dataset on business confidence, financial performance and the challenges to business performance of the credit crunch, recession and recovery.

How useful is the BCM?

We share the BCM findings with a range of policy makers at a national and regional level. It is utilised by the business community, academics and researchers, and provides a robust tool from which government and regional authorities can base decisions for developing both business and economic policy.

Finance professionals also find the BCM findings useful as a credible predictor of economic change. Many use the report as a basis for making business decisions or to enhance dialogue with clients and economic stakeholders in their region.

How is the BCM carried out?

Each quarter approximately 1000 members active in business in the UK are interviewed by telephone.

Interviews gather opinions on past performance and future prospects for members’ businesses, as well as investigating perceived changes in impact of factors such as availability of skills, government regulation and the tax regime.

How can I participate in the next BCM survey?

If you are an Institute member working in business, you may be selected to give your opinion on the current economic climate. Please spare a few minutes to complete the survey to ensure your views are heard by influential policy makers and to help to raise the profile of chartered accountants as business experts.

All Institute members are kept up-to-date with the latest BCM findings via our email alerts.