The BC Chamber of Commerce conducted a province-wide survey, which discovered a strong confidence among the business community in both the current health of their businesses and their future outlook on the economy. The Collective Perspective survey results were presented at the BC Chamber’s Dinner with B.C.’s Deputy Ministers on November 9, 2016.
Some key findings from the Collective Perspective:
An impressive 92% of businesses believe their businesses are in good or acceptable shape today
Approximately 4/5 of B.C. businesses surveyed expect that they will grow their businesses over the next five years
A large majority of respondents believe the government is supportive of B.C.’s business community, with the provincial government taking the highest praise, followed by the federal government and then local government
Respondents expressed that many sectors of B.C.’s economy will become “more important” over the next five years to ten years, with Tourism, Clean Technology, International Trade and Health Services emerging as the top sectors
Respondents also expressed that even the province’s most well-established industries like Forestry and Mining will become “more important” to the business landscape over the next three to five years
Respondents identified the four most important factors affecting their business where they need more help: taxes, regulation, access to labour and cost of labour
The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is focused on gathering, analysing and sharing data of relevance to the Squamish community. Louise Walker, Executive Director, will be presenting the results of the Collective Perspective to Squamish Chamber members on February 1, 2017, sharing BC wide results and digging deeper into findings from the Vancouver Coast / Island region.
Louise is an experienced research and marketing consultant, most recently overseeing research in Whistler and responsible for economic impact assessments, surveys, business forecasts and modelling. Louise’s research experience spans Canada, Denmark, Spain, Ireland and the UK, where she was a member of the Market Research Society, the Association of Qualitative Research and the European Society of Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).
Space will be limited for this event so book in advance.