This is an invitation to be part of the leading-edge research project “Knowledge is Power – Business and the New Unknown” helping businesses like yours through the pandemic at most uncertain times & informing policymakers about best decisions.

How can this project make a difference to you? It will provide you and policy-makers timely, valuable, scientific information on vital business aspects to find out what works for business, for whom and how to support you.

How is this research different than others? This is not just a one-time research project to write a report gathering dust; this is a scientific, in-depth and longer-term project for creating of value and meaning for business resilience and growth. We are with you for the long haul, collecting data three times: (1) now during the pandemic, (2) shortly after lockdown eases and (3) when things settle down hopefully to normal. Only this long-term design can give businesses and policymakers the best, most relevant and timely knowledge. It is the largest project of its kind in the UK, as far as we are aware of.

Who designed this science-driven project? A team of experts (Professors, Research Fellows) in economics, business and management, with extensive business-related research expertise and internationally-significant research knowledge.

Who is invited to take part? Businesses in the UK, all sizes are welcome – yes, sole traders too.

What are you invited to do? Fill in the following on-line questionnaire, designed to take no longer than 20 minutes, open online initially until 20 June 2020. Estimates is what we’re after, no need to spend time typing exact figures.

What information are we asking for? About the impact of the pandemic on your trading, workforce and finance. We also ask about specific support you may need and how your business is coping, and finally give you a way to test if you are a scale-up / high-growth company.

All responses are kept strictly confidential, shall be stored in a GDPR compliant way, and shall be anonymised so that no business can be identified in any reporting. If you have further questions or queries about this survey, please contact the team’s research fellow via APetrescu@uclan.ac.uk (email monitored daily).

To take the survey, please click here and please share with other businesses.