Sage 2014 business insight survey

Business Index

Economy and business health

Sage interviewed close to 14,000 small and medium-sized businesses around the world to learn about their outlook and challenges in three areas: prospects (business opportunities for revenue), their country's economy, and the global economy.

We provided information based on four key areas: business confidence, predictions of growth, exporting data, and attitudes toward risk.

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Business confidence


Business confidence for prospects (potential revenue), the U.S. economy, and the global economy has increased.

U.S. business and economic confidence
U.S. has increased confidence
Steady increase in confidence for three years


Predictions for growth

58% of businesses predict turnover will increase by an average of 3.1% in next 12 months.



U.S. growth
U.S. anticipated growth


33% of businesses export to an average of 1.2 countries.

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U.S. growth

Attitudes toward risk

Businesses are more open to taking risks compared to 2013.



U.S. attitudes toward risk
U.S. areas of country with attitudes toward risk
Nexus: G-WEBCD1