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The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) is asking local businesses to participate in its 2021 Business Survey. It added that this is designed to influence future investment, business support and economic strategy in the area.

SEMLEP sets the strategic direction for the area, and it wants to hear business’s views on a range of issues regarding economic conditions, their own performance and the future of the South East Midlands’ economy.

The results of the survey will inform the area’s priorities for government-funded investments and interventions made to strengthen the area’s economy.

SEMLEP will share the results with the economic development and investment teams in local councils across the South East Midlands area to help them shape local economic strategies and initiatives, benefitting local businesses.

Questions will focus on what businesses think about local economic and business issues, what’s good and works well, and what can be improved.

This survey is the chance for business owners to talk about how they want to grow and what they need from their Local Enterprise Partnership, Growth Hub, local councils and partners to help achieve that growth and become more sustainable.

Hilary Chipping, chief executive of SEMLEP, said:

“Over the past two years, we’ve spoken to businesses of all sizes in all sectors with one core theme coming across. Resilience. Our 2021 Business Survey is the opportunity for businesses to have their voices heard.

“We want to deliver support and shape our skills strategy in a way that is aligned with business needs. Have your say to influence that approach.”

The survey will be conducted from 27 September until early November, contacting a representative sample of businesses across the region.

To express an interest in participating, businesses should email surveys@publicperspectives.co.uk and a member of the team will be in touch to arrange an interview.

For more information, contact the SEMLEP team.