UU Business School launches Brexit business survey
The University of Ulster’s Business School has launched an online survey “to identify businesses’ perceptions of Brexit taking into account the significance of business size, sector and geographical location with particular reference to border proximity”. It will also seek to identify key risks and perceived opportunities and the support needed to “ensure businesses are Brexit-ready”.
Results of the survey will be analysed at the end of May for discussion at a Roundtable Event in June 2017. The Business School aims to identify practical outcomes “to form a Business Toolkit for Brexit which will be used externally to shape policy and positively influence practices”.
The UU press release does not indicate whether specific sectors or businesses will be targeted, if the survey will be mediated via existing channels such as business organisations or if they will rely on companies self-selecting in response to media coverage.
Targeting would in any event be difficult because of the utter lack of structured information on vulnerable sectors in Northern Ireland: there is nothing, for example, that compares with the Working Paper 550 produced in the Republic by the Economic and Social Research Institute as far back as November. There is also an almost complete absence of analytical media coverage except where southern or English media have focused on exposed areas such as dairy production. The silence from Stormont departments and agencies is deafening.