Business owners encouraged to complete survey

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5 October 2016

Business owners have been sent a South Lakeland Business Premises Survey for 2016 through the post.

This annual survey – which can also be completed online - is being undertaken by the economic development team at South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) to provide an up-to-date local assessment of business needs over the next 12 months.

Last year’s survey gave the council a good insight into employers’ future land and premises needs, which helps the team to get an understanding of local requirements and helps them to focus on ensuring the correct type of land is identified and available.

It also provides the council with information on which businesses may need additional support to help achieve growth.

The 2015 survey revealed useful information including which businesses were expanding, moving locations or downsizing and provides a good insight into issues directly affecting South Lakeland businesses.

The survey last year showed that more than a third of the 933 businesses responding indicated they expected their premises needs to change over the coming years, mainly because of the need for more space.

The survey also showed that town centre and edge of town locations in the main towns of Kendal, Ulverston and Windermere/Bowness were the areas respondents were most likely to look for new premises, and that the types of premises they’d be looking at would be industrial units, retail units and offices.

SLDC’s Economic Development Programme Manager, Gareth Candlin, said “This survey is a vital tool for our Invest in South Lakeland and Local Plans teams to use to help inform future strategy decisions and policy making around business needs in South Lakeland.

“The views and opinions of the business community are very important to us and we hope as many business owners as possible will take the time to complete the survey.’’

When the results of the 2016 survey have been compiled the findings will be analysed and the results will be published on the council’s Invest in South Lakeland website, where business owners can also complete the survey.

Deadline for responses is Monday, 28 November 2016.

The Business Premises Survey has been posted out to all South Lakeland businesses on the council’s business rates database.

However, if you are a small business working from home that does not currently pay rates you are also welcome to take part.

Alternatively please return the survey by post, email or fax.