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When assessing business performance, the measure most focussed on to a major extent was quality (38%), followed by financial (33%). The measure least focussed on was environmental (39%).
Businesses in Manufacturing (43%) were the most likely to focus on quality to a major extent, followed by Accommodation and food services, Health care and social services and Other services (all 42%). Businesses in Electricity, gas, water and waste services were the most likely to focus on environmental measures to a major extent (40%) followed by Mining (23%).
Non innovation-active businesses were almost twice as likely to report no focus at all on environmental measures (48%) than innovation-active businesses (26%). Innovation-active businesses were more likely to focus on financial measures to a major extent (45%) than non innovation-active businesses (25%).
CHANGES IN BUSINESS PERFORMANCE AND ACTIVITIES
Businesses were provided with a list of performance indicators and activities and were asked to self-assess whether any of these had decreased, stayed the same, or increased compared to the previous year; an additional option of not applicable was also provided. Businesses were asked to select one response for each performance indicator of activity.
An increase in income from sales of goods or services was reported by 40% of businesses. Over a third of businesses (35%) reported a decrease in profitability compared to the previous year. The range of products or services offered stayed the same for 61% of businesses.
The incidence of businesses reporting an increase in income from sales of goods or services increased with each employment size range from 36% for businesses with 0-4 persons employed, to 68% for businesses with 200 or more persons employed. Businesses with 20-199 persons employed were the most likely to report a decrease in profitability (37%).
More than half of businesses in Electricity, gas, water and waste services reported an increase in income from sales of goods and services (52%). Conversely, 46% of businesses in Retail trade indicated a decrease in income from sales of goods and services. Businesses in Retail trade were also the most likely to report a decrease in profitability (46%). Businesses in Mining were the most likely to report an increase in total number of jobs or positions (30%).
Over one third of innovation-active businesses (35%) reported increased productivity compared to the previous year, almost twice the proportion reported by non innovation-active businesses (18%).
Innovation-active businesses were four times more likely to have increased their range of products or services offered by the business than non innovation-active businesses (32% and 8% respectively).
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