Archive for April 6, 2009

Curia poll on Sustainable Business Practices

Curia did a poll for BDO Spicers and Ideas Shop of 400 small and medium sized businesses.

BDO Spicers report on one aspect here, being the three biggest challenges facing SMEs. They were:

  1. Economy 37%
  2. Cash Flow 36%
  3. Attract and Retain talented staff 36%
  4. Reduced Sales 28%
  5. Red Tape 14%
  6. Staff Costs 13%
  7. Access to Capital 11%
  8. Higher input costs 11%
  9. Currency fluctuations 10%

It was interesting that despite increasing unemployment, there was still challenges in recruiting the right staff.

At Ideas Shop they have a report focusing more on the environmental, employment and charitable business practices of SMES:

  • Around 10% of SMES formally report on their sustainable business practices
  • 95% of SMEs undertake at least one environmentally sustainable business practice
  • 35% of SMEs offer wellness benefits such as counselling, fitness subsidies or independent financial advice
  • 93% of SMEs undertake at least one charitable activity
  • Time and money are the biggest barriers to incorporating further sustainable business practices
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One News Colmar Brunton Poll March 2009

Polling Company: Colmar Brunton

Poll Method: Random Phone

Poll Size: Approx 1,000 adults

Dates: Probably 28 March to 2 April 2009

Client: One News

Report: TVNZ

Party Support

  • National 57.0% (+1.0%)
  • Labour 31.0% (+3.0%)
  • Green 7.0% (+1.0%)
  • ACT 1.6% (-1.5%)
  • Maori 2.2% (-1.2%)
  • United Future not reported yet
  • Progressive not reported yet
  • NZ First not reported yet

Projected Seats

  • National 70
  • Labour 37
  • Green 8
  • ACT 2
  • Maori 5
  • United Future 1
  • Progressive 1
  • NZ First 0
  • Total 124

This is based on Maori Party winning five electorate seats and ACT, United Future and Progressive one each.

Coalition Options

  • CR – National 70 + ACT 2 + United Future 1 = 73/124 – 10 more than minimum needed to govern
  • CL – Labour 37 + Progressive 1 + Greens 8 = 46/124 -17 less than minimum needed to govern

The Maori Party is not shown as part of the centre-right or centre-left.Economic Outlook

  • 42% economy over next 12 months will be better (+5.0%)
  • 19% same (-2.0%)
  • 39% worse (-3.0%)

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