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Businesses urged to have their say

Businesses across Fenland have until 9 June to share the challenges and opportunities facing them in a survey launched by Fenland District Council and its economic development arm, Fenland for Business.


The results will allow the Council and Fenland for Business to identify common local issues, put appropriate support in place for organisations in Fenland, and measure business confidence.

This is the second annual survey to be conducted; last year respondents were confident they would see improved business performance whilst identifying skills, digital media, and finance as areas where they wanted support.

Using the results, Fenland for Business representatives have been meeting with local businesses to discuss in greater depth some of the challenges and opportunities within the local economy.

The information will also allow the Council to engage with both the Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the recently formed Cambridgeshire Combined Authority to enhance Fenland business prospects.

Fenland for Business has also listened to businesses' desire to develop closer ties with local organisations and have set up regular networking opportunities in Wisbech and Chatteris which are soon to be followed by engagement with March and Whittlesey networks. The events allow attendees to discuss issues with representatives from Fenland for Business and the Council whilst also discussing ideas and exploring any potential for collaboration.

The bi-monthly events in Chatteris also feature expert talks on topical business issues. The next event, being held at the South Fens Business Centre on 27 June, will look at how businesses can work with schools, training providers and each other to develop the right skills in Fenland. Plans are in the pipeline for similar events in other locations across Fenland.

Cllr Ralph Butcher, Portfolio Holder for Growth at Fenland District Council said, "We want businesses of all shapes and sizes to take part in the survey so we have a rounded view of the support we need to provide.

"Whilst there are questions around Brexit and local issues we need to continue working with Fenland businesses and would encourage them to tell us what help and advice is needed so they can grow and succeed."

Businesses can take part in the survey online: A link will also be made available on the Fenland for Business website.

Article added: May 22, 2017