Regional Business Survey launched


Businesses from across Yorkshire and Humber are being given the chance to paint a picture of the level of business confidence, experiences in investment and their business intentions by taking part in the new Business Survey which began last week.
The survey will continue from the foundation of the National Business Survey, and while the results will bear some comparison to previous NBS results, the survey is being backed by a partnership of Local Authorities across Yorkshire and Humber: Leeds City Region, Sheffield City Region, the Humber Economic Partnership and York and North Yorkshire Partnership Unit.
Charles Lewis, Chair of the Humber Economic Partnership, comments: “The Humber Economic Partnership (HEP) and its local authority partners anticipate a positive response to the survey from business and employers located in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. The results will greatly assist our work to develop local strategies and policies to the challenges and opportunities the area faces. We are pleased to be involved in this major survey and look forward to considering the results”
Rob Norreys, Head of the Leeds City Region Secretariat, added: “"It will be especially valuable to get the mood and opinions of business at the moment.  We are currently working on a business plan for the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, and the views of the private sector will be in the lead in determining our strategy to create jobs and attract investment in the future,"
Jonathan French, Manager of the York and North Yorkshire Partnership Unit, continued: “The York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership will put the private sector in the driving seat for the local economy. Understanding business needs and acting on barriers to growth will be central to the Local Enterprise Partnership's mission. This survey will make an important contribution to this new approach to creating and sustaining local jobs.”
Interviews will be carried out by BMG Research, who will begin contacting 3,400 businesses by telephone from Monday, November 22, to arrange convenient interview times.
The survey, which is being jointly managed by Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward and policy network Yorkshire Cities, will collect views from a large sample of businesses representing industrial structures and different sizes of business to provide partners, including LAs, with details about issues affecting businesses in their area.
It is an excellent chance for businesses to provide input to new policies and strategies being formed, with the results due to be published in February 2011.