Each Agency has several hundred regular contacts drawn from all sectors of the economy. The Agencies aim for a representative picture of business conditions across their area.
Individual contacts usually receive a visit once or twice a year, supplemented by conversations at other times. The content of discussions about individual businesses is treated as confidential.
The network of Agency contacts is always changing, reflecting the changing nature of the economy as a whole. To ensure that the information gathered remains as representative as possible, new contacts are always welcome.