DTI prepares for SME survey

The Department for Trade and Industry’s Small Business Service is on the hunt for an agency to help gauge opinions about its offering.

The DTI service is designed to ensure that support for minnow firms, including access to finance, is easily accessible, relevant and of high quality. It is also briefed to encourage ethnic minorities and female entrepreneurs to forge business careers in the UK.

Small Business Service is looking for help to monitor the concerns and attitudes of SMEs. The hired agency will conduct its annual survey, scheduled to take six months and which will involve interviews with up to 8,000 business managers.

The consultation will be carried out mainly via telephone, with the possibility of 'boosted samples' for particular types and locations of interviewees. Such samples involve extra interviews with survey sub-groups.

SBS said a shortlist of between five and ten agencies will be drawn up in May but declined to give a deadline for an appointment.

SBS is overseen by minister of state for industry and the regions Alun Michael.

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