Launch of the 2017 Business Survey across Cheshire

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Launch of the 2017 Business Survey across Cheshire

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The 2017 Business Survey provides an opportunity to ask businesses about their views on a variety of issues that impact them across the two Cheshire council areas, from workforce and training issues to IT infrastructure and regulatory services.

Background:
The Cheshire Business Survey will help to understand the views of local businesses regarding key issues that the Council and the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) can influence.
It was agreed that, in partnership with Cheshire East Council and the LEP, to undertake a telephone survey with 1,500 randomly selected businesses across the Cheshire area.

Purpose:
The aim of the survey is to help assess business health, identify opportunities for growth and investment and to understand any barriers local companies might be facing.
The business survey also complements the 'Your Voice Matters' — Residents' Survey 2017. This survey is gathering residents' views on Council services such as community safety, the environment and local facilities.

Development Process:
The survey has been designed so that businesses of all sizes, sectors and locations will have an opportunity to present their views and have a collective voice.
The current research will build on a similar survey undertaken in 2011 across the sub-region and will help show how businesses have grown and adapted to changes.
The previous survey results are still a valuable source of such information but are becoming increasingly dated, driving the need for updated information.

Communication and Awareness:
Information is available on a specifically developed page on the Council website to offer business assurance that the survey is legitimate.

Information is also available on the Cheshire East Council website

Survey Timeline and Next Steps:
It is proposed that the survey will start in late January, and will be open until March 2017.
The results of business survey will be available at headline level in April 2017 and a more detailed breakdown of results will be presented in September 2017.

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