Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Pest Analysis


Political factors are how and to what degree a government intervenes in the economy. Specifically, political factors include areas such as tax policy, labour law, environmental law, trade restrictions, tariffs, and political stability. Political factors may also include goods and services which the government wants to provide or be provided (merit goods) and those that the government does not want to be provided (demerit goods or merit bads). Furthermore, governments have great influence on the health, education, and infrastructure of a nation

Economic factors include economic growth, interest rates, exchange rates and the inflation rate. These factors have major impacts on how businesses operate and make decisions. For example, interest rates affect a firm's cost of capital and therefore to what extent a business grows and expands. Exchange rates affect the costs of exporting goods and the supply and price of imported goods in an economy

Social factors include the cultural aspects and include health consciousness, population growth rate, age distribution, career attitudes and emphasis on safety. Trends in social factors affect the demand for a company's products and how that company operates. For example, an aging population may imply a smaller and less-willing workforce (thus increasing the cost of labor). Furthermore, companies may change various management strategies to adapt to these social trends (such as recruiting older workers).

Technological factors include technological aspects such as R&D activity, automation, technology incentives and the rate of technological change. They can determine barriers to entry, minimum efficient production level and influence outsourcing decisions. Furthermore, technological shifts can affect costs, quality, and lead to innovation.

Environmental factors include ecological and environmental aspects such as weather, climate, and climate change, which may especially affect industries such as tourism, farming, and insurance. Furthermore, growing awareness of the potential impacts of climate change is affecting how companies operate and the products they offer, both creating new markets and diminishing or destroying existing ones.

Legal factors include discrimination law, consumer law, antitrust law, employment law, and health and safety law. These factors can affect how a company operates, its costs, and the demand for its products.

Our Market;

1.The internal Environment: Staff i.e Matt, Dom, Will and Yafet.
2.The micro Environment: Musicians/Artists, external Customers/clients, Paper Suppliers etc.
3.The macro Environment: Political forces, Economic forces, Social forces and Technological forces.

Outlines of what considerations we would need to think about when applying P.E.S.T to business;


-Employment Laws
-Environmental regulations
-Tax policy
-Trading Agreements
-Government stability
-Product labeling requirements
-Health and Safety regulations
-Home Market lobbying and pressure groups


-Interest Rates
-Exchange Rates
-Rate of Inflation
-Employment levels
-Consumer spending power
-Trade Tariffs
-Seasonal Issues (weather)


-Ethnic and religion Issues
-Attitudes to foreign products and services
-Consumer Leisure time
-Roles of men and women
-Living standards
-Education standards


-Technology legislation
-Computer Usage
-Quality and standards

When Applied to Pardn;





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