Businesses in Dorset have been told that it is more important than ever to make their voices heard on the local and national stage.
Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) is urging all firms – members and non-members – to have their say in its Quarterly Economic Survey.
The influential study includes questions about local and national issues. Results are used to lobby Government at the highest level through the British Chambers of Commerce.
They are also fed back to local councils, MPs and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to inform important decisions about development, funding and infrastructure.
DCCI chief executive Ian Girling said: “Recent surveys have identified such issues as skills shortages, housing needs and recruitment problems at a local level.
“Responses about business confidence and sentiment have also been used by the BCC to lobby in the corridors of power and ensure the voice of business is heard.
“It has never been so important for businesses to have their say, especially with Brexit negotiations due to begin.
“Dorset’s business community has an excellent reputation nationwide for its drive and entrepreneurial spirit.
“Our views are taken very seriously at local and national level and I would urge businesses of all sizes and types to take part.
“For the short time it takes to fill in a survey form, there is a tremendous benefit for us as a Dorset business community and as a county.”
As Dorset’s leading business support organisation, DCCI also uses the results to tailor the help it offers to its 800 members countywide as well as feed back to such organisations as the LEP.
Lorna Carver, director of Dorset LEP, said: “Detailed information of this calibre is vital to help the LEP drive economic growth, jobs and skills.
“I would encourage all businesses to take part so we can have as accurate and persuasive information as possible to press the county’s case for funding and support.”
DCCI, the voice of business in Dorset, has opened the Quarterly Economic Survey on its website.
Printed copies will also be available at the DCCI offices at the Acorn Business Park, near Tower Park in Poole, and at events.
The survey can also be accessed via the LEP website and through DCCI’s affiliated chambers. These are Weymouth and Portland, Broadstone, Dorchester, Poole, Ferndown, Bridport, Swanage and Shaftesbury.
DCCI Platinum Business Partner PKF Francis Clark has donated a hamper of Dorset produce from Dike & Son for a prize draw for all those who complete the survey.
The local element of the questionnaire is the Dorset Economic Survey. The national section is the BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey, which is used by chambers across the country.
DCCI is the only chamber in Dorset accredited by the BCC.
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