North-east transport survey 2012
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ATOROUGH, P., 2012. North-east transport survey 2012. Aberdeen: Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
The aim of this survey is to highlight the importance of transport and deliver a general overview of the services provided. Our conclusion is that transport providers in North-east Scotland are generally positive and satisfied with their current business performance. In the past 12 months, the sector has witnessed an increase in productivity and reported turnover, and this has led to net positive increase in profitability. However, the level of profit increase that may have been possible was negatively affected by costs. Not surprisingly, the main cost component affecting transport providers has been fuel. As a result, the pressure on profitability arising from costs appears to be the underlying theme of this report. There is a high level of satisfaction with the local business environment and it’s clear that providers find a highly conducive environment for doing business in the North-east and consider this the most satisfying factor. However this level of satisfaction is countered by the high dissatisfaction expressed in the local infrastructure. It would appear that while the North-east may provide an enabling environment in many forms, such as business opportunities, wealth and skills, the same can’t be said about the level of infrastructural availability and quality but providers expect a significant improvement in infrastructure in the next three years. They also expect significant improvements in technology and further improvements in the local environment. We conclude that transport in North-east Scoland, in terms of providers, is stable and continues to show signs of growth in spite of tough times in the wider economy