Belfast Telegraph

Deloitte inviting business opinions

By Amanda Poole

A UK advisory firm is inviting entrepreneurs from Northern Ireland to take part in an annual business survey.

Deloitte said it wanted business people to reply to the survey ahead of the third Entrepreneurship UK: 2010/11 report, which the company said would give an insight into the thinking of those running major UK companies and their assessment of future prospects across UK regions.

David Crawford, partner at Deloitte Belfast, said: “When we launched the results of the 2009 survey, we were in the midst of exceptional times, and the recession had exposed frailties in businesses of all sizes. “Around 98% of the entrepreneurs who completed our survey admitted a competitor would be able to spot weaknesses in their businesses, allowing them to take market share.

“As a result, growth took a backseat to survival, with a fifth expecting to see no revenue growth in their business in 2009, versus 7% in 2008.

“Those entrepreneurs that took the tough decisions last year, should now find themselves in a far stronger position in 2010.”

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Participants will receive a copy of the finished report when it is published in the autumn following analysis by Deloitte and the London Business School.

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