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Hambleton business survey underway

A major survey of the future needs of businesses located on Industrial Estates and Business Parks across Hambleton is underway.

In the next week around 800 companies will receive a questionnaire to complete – and district council officers will be visiting 180 business owners.

It is the first time Hambleton District Council has given businesses the chance to help shape the future economic landscape of the area – they will be asked about their plans going forward and where they may need support.

They will also be questioned on any obstacles for growth – including access to finance, problems with regulations or business rates, attracting new staff, availability of raw materials and competition in the marketplace.  

Issues around business premises, the cost of rent and the availability of suitable buildings will also be covered along with broadband, transport and any problems with the infrastructure on the industrial estates and business parks.

The survey will look at businesses of all sizes – from those with hundreds of employees to the one person operations – and cover all sectors.

The information gathered will allow the Council to develop programmes of work to try to overcome common problems.  It will also feed into the preparation of a new Local Plan for the district.

The survey will run until December 11. For more information check out hambleton.gov.uk/business or contact the council’s Business and Economy Team on 01609 767058 or Philip.bramhall@hambleton.gov.uk

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