The largest annual survey of Northern Ireland’s small, micro and self-employed businesses is seeking the insights and feedback of local business owners to help influence the future of support programmes and strategies to aid growth and development.

Supported by the British Business Bank, the Enterprise NI Barometer helps to capture vital data about the challenges and opportunities faced by micro and small business owners.

Last year’s Barometer saw almost 700 completed responses, across all economic sectors.

Enterprise NI presented the surveys key findings to both the Northern Ireland All Party Group on Micro and Small Businesses, and to influential Government officials at Westminster, including Northern Ireland Minister, Steve Baker, and the UK’s Small Business Commissioner, Liz Barclay.

Findings also informed the design of impactful workshops and services, delivered through Enterprise NI’s network of 27 Local Enterprise Agencies.

Data from this year’s survey will be used to inform the shape of DfE’s emergent entrepreneurship strategy for Northern Ireland.

Every respondent will be entered into a draw to win £250 worth of business support vouchers. Last years winner was Pearl Linnegan, of Aurora North Coast.

The 2023 Barometer’s findings will be announced at an event in the Dunadry Hotel, Antrim, on the 23 of November.

Urging business owners to complete the short survey, Jayne Taggart, CEO of Enterprise Causeway stated: “This critical survey provides the strongest, most unified voice for micro and small businesses in Northern Ireland, strengthening arguments for adequate funding and tailored strategies and support services to address their specific needs.”

“In the five years that it has been running, the Causeway Coast and Glens area has been the highest respondent across all Councils, which is fantastic that our voices are being represented. I would urge business owners to once again take a couple of minutes to complete this vital survey, particularly so a clear picture is presented on the challenges and opportunities faced to allow for bespoke, on-the-ground supports to be developed.”

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For further information on the survey contact Lisa McElroy, Brown O’Connor. Tel: +44 (0)7565 816 643 or email