The 2014 London Business Survey (LBS) is an innovative survey designed by the Office for National Statistics, on behalf of the London Enterprise Panel and the GLA. The survey collected information from a representative sample of private sector businesses in London in May-July 2014.
How businesses rate London as a place to do business for a range of factors including: transport infrastructure, digital and communications infrastructure, affordable workspace, the cost of housing and staff with the appropriate skills
The expected impact on the business of leaving the EU (but not the single market)
How Greater London compares to cities outside the UK on availability of work visas for non–European employees
Satisfaction with local facilities including parks, sporting and recreational facilities, cultural activities, local amenities, and the safety and cleanliness of the local environment
Factors affecting businesses including the costs of energy and materials, taxes and business rates, government regulations, travel infrastructure, IT/connectivity
As with any survey, the 2014 LBS is based on a sample and as such is subject to variability in the results. Care should therefore be taken in interpreting the survey findings. For all estimates, lower and upper limits of 95% confidence intervals are provided in the data files to assist with interpretation. The LBS results represent the population of business units in London. A business unit is defined as a site/workplace, which may also be a head office if the head office is in London. It will be the whole business in the case of businesses which only have one site, or part of the business in the case of multi-site firms.
The results are presented by enterprise size band and industry sector.