Business community urged to share insights to shape future support

Last Updated: 10 October 2022

10 October 2022

Business owners are being invited to help ensure their views and insight inform future economic support strategies in South Lakeland and beyond.

The Economy and Culture team at SLDC has today launched its annual South Lakeland Business Survey for 2022 and is urging members of the business community to take part.

The survey is undertaken annually by the Economy and Culture team at SLDC to provide an up-to-date local assessment of business needs and inform its plans and policies.

With many challenges facing the economy and the reorganisation of local government to form a new Westmorland and Furness Council, it is critically important that business owners give their views and share their insights to ensure support can be targeted where it is most needed in the most effective way.

Insight and intelligence gathered in the South Lakeland survey will be available to the new council, which is set to take on responsibility for all district and county council services in the current South Lakeland, Barrow and Eden areas from April 1 next year.

Issues covered in the survey include levels of confidence for the next 12 months, projected staffing levels, anticipated future premises/business needs, obstacles to business growth, response to rising energy and fuel prices and the importance of addressing climate change to respondents.

Councillor Robin Ashcroft, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: "We at South Lakeland District Council continually strive to do everything we can to work across boundaries to  create the necessary conditions for businesses to thrive and to deliver economic growth.

"The information we gather annually in this way is vital in giving us a clear picture of what is happening now, as well as an indication of future plans and commercial land and premises requirements, which means we can offer support and advice where required and also develop our strategies and policies based on first-hand evidence.”

“We are extremely fortunate that our surveys have been well supported in the past and are grateful to members of the business community who take the time to share their thoughts, predictions and insights."

The survey runs until 6 January next year. Businesses will receive an email with a link to the survey or later on will be sent a paper form to be completed and sent back.

The online survey is now open and paper forms will start to be sent out from 7 November. The online form will still be active after 7 November.

Business owners are encouraged to complete the short survey online at: https://cumbria.citizenspace.com/south-lakeland-district-council/south-lakeland-business-premises-survey-2022.