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Richmond Events’ Business Panel Report – Economic Outlook


Our latest Business Panel report on the UK economic outlook is now available. Headline findings include:-

  • Only 8% rate the government’s handling of the economy as very good, 52% as acceptable, 28% could have been better and 8% as shocking. 
  • The panel predicts interest rates will be at (average) 0.8% in 1 year’s time and 1.88% in 3 years’ time.
  • Not a single respondent expects the economy to grow significantly over the coming year, whilst 24% expect it to grow marginally.  A further 45% expect it to stay much the same as it is now, whilst 29% expect it to shrink a little and 2% shrink a lot.  These figures are down versus last year.
  • The Retail sector is the most pessimistic, with 92% predicting things are going to get a little or a lot tougher (transport & travel are the only ones who predict ‘carnage’!)  
  • Less than half the panel feel their organisation’s profit will increase in 2012, though up from 41% last year.  19% feel their profits will fall this year, 6% more than last year.  3% are undecided.
  • Budgets – mixed news. The proportion expecting an increase has remained similar to last year, 23% down from 24%. However this figure is still dwarfed by the 33% expecting a decrease (though also down from 37% last year). The remaining 44% don’t expect to see a change.   

Download the full report.

For further information please contact David Clark.


2011/2012 market research report now available


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The Communication Directors' Forum 2011/12 market research report is now available! The report offers an overview of the comms industry including...

- The main management challenges facing Comms Directors

- Their budget expectations for the year ahead

- Where practitioners are spending their budgets

- The most effective marketing activities to get in front of comms decision-makers

- Which market sectors suppliers are currently targeting
 
- Latest readership stats

This report is free of charge - to request a copy please contact Kirsty Brown.


‘Beyond the horizon’ with Monty Halls


Monty-Halls-pic-3-(crop).jpgWe're delighted to announce that the excellent explorer and presenter Monty Halls will be opening this year’s ship forum with his unique insights into the complex world of human change behaviours.

You may know Monty from his recent TV programmes ‘Great Escapes’ and ‘Great Barrier Reef’, and with his 20 years’ experience of observing people all over the world, he is well placed to explore the dynamics of the team, the individuals within it and the common themes of how we all deal with change.

Illustrated with stories of individuals and teams getting it magnificently right and hideously wrong, this keynote is set to be an education for us all. 


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