Small business survey to influence government

BUSINESS owners in North Devon are being urged to make their voices count in a survey which will be used to lobby government for action. It will take just a few minutes to complete the online survey, which is being launched on April 17, and the results

BUSINESS owners in North Devon are being urged to make their voices count in a survey which will be used to lobby government for action. It will take just a few minutes to complete the online survey, which is being launched on April 17, and the results will be fed into a report making recommendations to government on how it can meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in rural areas.The survey is being carried out by the Business Information Point (BIP), a not-for-profit organisation which helps businesses with their development and sustainability. Cathy Wright of BIP said: "We want to hear from owners of SMEs throughout Devon about what they think will sustain their company and help it survive the recession. "Their opinions really will count - they just need to log onto www.bipwestdevon.biz to fill in the confidential questionnaire. The more people we hear from, the better our case to government will be - it's clear that programmes already in place to help businesses aren't working, especially when it comes to accessing loans and grants. "This is a particular problem in rural areas where small and medium sized businesses predominate - if they cut jobs or fail, it's a disaster for the local economy."Business owners have until May 31 to complete the survey. BIP has an excellent track record of supporting businesses - under a recent scheme they achieved an increase of �6.4 million and 50 extra jobs for a group of companies - and of attracting funding to the region, having been an integral part of a working party which secured �3.2million to help the area recover from foot and mouth disease.


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