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GC Business Survey

Summary of key findings

Latest report: 25th May


Over 2,200 firms have participated in our Business Survey to give a picture of how COVID-19 is impacting the local business landscape. 

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• 79.5% of firms reported decreased sales this week (68.1% of all respondents since March).

• This week 14.6% of firms (21.2% of all respondents since March) said they can sustain their organisation on reserves for up to 3 months, compared to 14.3% last week, and 21.7% two weeks ago.  

• 69.0% of all respondents this week said that they had furloughed staff, compared with 51.1% last week. 


Archived reports

Download the 18th May report

Download the 11th May report

Download the 4th May report

Download the 27th April report 

Download the 20th April report

Download the 15th April report

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The information provided is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance. GC Business Growth Hub does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information and professional guidance should be sought on all aspects of business planning and responses to the coronavirus. Use of this guide and toolkit are entirely at the risk of the user. Any hyperlinks from this document are to external resources not connected to the GC Business Growth Hub and The Growth Company is not responsible for the content within any hyperlinked site.