Have a say on council plans


Businesses are being asked how they want their local council to help achieve long term economic growth.

In its fifth annual survey Central Bedfordshire Council is asking businesses to share their thoughts on the issues they face to help shape the services the council offers to support growth across our area, particularly in key sectors.

Previous responses have helped to deliver more of the support that local business say they want. For instance, last year’s survey highlighted issues around recruitment and skills. In response, the council secured European funding for schemes to work with local businesses in important sectors such as care, construction, hospitality and retail to deliver training to unemployed people and help them gain the skills they need to secure a job in these sectors.

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “This year’s survey will help us continue to improve how we communicate with and support local businesses, so I’d encourage people to take part. The Business Timebank we run came about as a direct result of these surveys and is still going strong after three years of offering invaluable one to one support sessions to local companies.”

The 2014 survey is being carried out jointly by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and Central Bedfordshire Council both over the telephone and online. The survey can be found online at http://www.semlepbusinesssurvey.co.uk/ and closes on 31 July 2014.