Swindon businesses urged to take part in key survey

By Barrie Hudson - 29 March 2021

Business

Business West is inviting the business community to share their priorities for 2021 and beyond.

The organisation, which promotes business in the region, says participants in a 10-minute survey can help to shape a shared economic agenda for the region. 

By filling in the survey, the organisation says, businesses will enable the region’s largest and most influential business support organisation to build detailed local intelligence and feed into local decision making around key issues, such as infrastructure and skills, that hold economic growth back.  

Business West has a strong track record of working in partnership with local councils, councillors and MPs to develop joined-up solutions to enable and accelerate business growth locally, in addition to securing concessions and mitigations for businesses from central government. 

Business West holds regular meetings with Swindon business leaders, MPs Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson and Swindon Borough Council Leader David Renard to enable the business community to positively influence the way the area is shaped, managed and developed.  

Ian Larrard, Director – Swindon & Wiltshire at Business West, said: “As the region recovers from the economic impacts of covid-19, businesses need to have confidence that their local representatives are focused on unlocking the areas that hold economic and business growth back. 

“That’s why in the run-up to local elections in Swindon & Wiltshire on 6 May, Business West is inviting local businesses to share their priorities for 2021 and beyond to enable us to continue to work closely with councils, councillors and council leaders to shape a shared economic agenda and programme of change. 

“By letting us know about your priorities, it will help us to build the intelligence and evidence base required to present to local decision-makers at this crucial time for our economy.” 

In Wiltshire, Business West runs quarterly roundtable events with Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan, Devizes MP Danny Kruger and Leader of Wiltshire Council Philip Whitehead to facilitate dialogue between local business and their representatives. 

The survey can be found at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Q343DX/ 

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