Facebook - Shropshire Business Twitter - Shropshire Business LinkedIn - Shropshire Business
https://www.lblaw.co.uk https://yarrington.co.uk

Poll takes temperature 12 months on

Businesses in the Marches are being re-polled for their views on the economic and business support measures put in place during the pandemic as the region prepares for recovery.

Last year the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership conducted the region’s biggest ever survey as the full impact of the first lockdown hit businesses. In October, it’s Economic Recovery Summit polled businesses again, highlighting a range of priorities for rebuilding the region’s economy and helping its business community get back on its feet from the impact of the virus.

Now the LEP is asking the same questions which featured in the summit poll as part of its ongoing recovery planning, working with its local authority partners in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

The summit – the culmination of the LEP’s Business Recovery Week – brought together nearly 100 members of the business community and leading local and regional partners, including local authorities, business board representatives, both Shropshire and Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chambers of Commerce, the British Business Bank, The Federation of Small Businesses and NFU.

Marches LEP chief executive Gill Hamer said a draft recovery plan was well under way, but the organisation was keen to ensure the final blueprint reflected the up-to-date situation.

“Last year, 38 per cent of businesses did not expect to make redundancies in the next 12 months even though 45 per cent were broadly or very pessimistic about the health of the regional economy. We’d like to know what those figures are like now, six months on.

“Then, 31 per cent did not think the Government’s new Job Support Scheme would be effective. Of course, since then we’ve had a further lockdown and the furlough scheme has been extended. We’re also re-polling for their views on innovation and use of new technology, on e-commerce and financial grant support.

“Our original survey at the start of the pandemic was the most successful we have ever staged and gave us a wealth of really important evidence about the impact of the first stages of the pandemic on the ground.

“We are now gathering new data about how businesses across our region have fared during the last 12 months and what they regard as the priorities for the future. This evidence will also strengthen our case to Government for targeted support and funding for the Marches.”

The confidential poll asks a number of questions about the impact Coronavirus has had, how helpful the Government’s response to date has been and what is needed to help the region recover from the impact in the coming weeks and months.

The recovery plan itself will map out both immediate and longer term actions the LEP and its partners will take to stimulate the region’s economy as it emerges from lockdown.

The LEP – the business-led partnership responsible for driving the region’s economy – has pledged to maximise all available funding and delivery flexibilities to direct investment and activities towards recovery. 

To take part in the survey visit mlep.co.uk/poll

Pictured:  Gill Hamer


Businesses invited to have their say

Virtual summit will help shap economic recovery

8th October 2020

Partnership vows to help recovery

Major survey reveals impact of Coronavirus on local companies

1st June 2020

Working together will be vital

Business community counts cost of Covid

23rd February 2021

New finance drive is launched

Funding will help businesses recover from Covid pandemic

22nd February 2021

Business expertise available online

Growth Hubs move seminars and workshops

20th May 2020

Expert online events to help businesses recover

Sessions will look to the future

8th May 2020

Business showcase will be delivered

Chambers join forces for virtual expo

24th February 2021

New grants support for SMEs

Initiative aims to help businesses plan their recovery

29th May 2020

Survey shows huge impact of Coronavirus

Marches LEP asks more businesses to take part in research

22nd April 2020

Green shoots of recovery but caution needed

Shropshire Chamber says there is still a mixed picture

16th June 2021

Marches Growth Hub looks for new chair

Business advice service looks to fill crucial role

3rd November 2020

Free training will help with fightback

Programmes on offer in wake of pandemic

22nd December 2020

Pioneering land deal will support key attraction

£230,000 lifeline for Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

3rd July 2020

Businesses urged to utilise tech

Technology and software will help firms stay financially sound

25th February 2021

Lockdowns push businesses to the brink

New survey reveals sobering statistics across the UK

18th February 2021