Quarterly Economic Review

Monitoring trends in our regional business economy


The Quarterly Economic Review survey is for all business people from across the Sheffield City Region to answer questions on topical matters in the workplace.

Taking place each quarter, the Survey gives you the chance to ensure your voice is heard and help us influence regional and national policies, on your behalf.

The results are used to gain a snapshot of business sentiment and help inform key strategic decisions on supporting business growth and the wider economy.

The Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Review (QER) is part of the British Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey; the largest independent business survey in the UK and a significant economic indicator.

Latest Survey Results

SCR QER Quarter 1 Results

Between 17 February and 19 March 294 businesses, employing over 25,000 people, responded to the Sheffield City Region’s Quarterly Economic Review. When the fieldwork for Q1’s Quarterly Economic Survey for the Sheffield City Region was taking place – from 17 February to 9 March – the full extent of potential coronavirus implications for business were not yet understood. Instead, businesses were starting the year with an increased sense of certainty following the return of a strong majority for the governing party in Westminster and the UK’s formal exit from the European Union at the end of January.

Download for full results and analysis:  SCR QER Quarter 1 Results

SCR QER Quarter 2 Results

The Q2 survey fieldwork ran from 18 May to 8 June 2020 and there were 263 responses to the survey. In this period, the speed at which the economy shutdown because of the UK’s – and the global – response to the coronavirus pandemic was unprecedented. Whole swathes of the business community either ceased or dramatically reduced activity.

While there are some sectors and businesses that have seen growth in the past few months – for example, some food manufacturing or IT support and provision – for the majority of businesses this period has been one of uncertainty and waiting for further signs as to how and when the economy may unlock and any further health implications of this.

Download for full results and analysis:  SCR QER Quarter 2 Results


QES Q3 Briefing Event

9am – 10.30am, Monday 12 October 2020

In this free online event, hosted by Doncaster Chambers of Commerce, join us as we examine the results of the latest Quarter 3 survey, the challenges as the covid-19 crisis continues, and opportunities arising from the Government’s “levelling up” agenda. Following the results, a representative from Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership will provide an update on the region’s response. Finally, a panel discussion will take place with representatives from across various industry sectors followed by a Q&A session. To ensure you are up-to-date with local policy, and for your chance to influence it, do not miss this interactive event. For booking information and further details click here.