This research has been commissioned by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, with support of the business community, into micro-businesses (0-10 employees), to understand their needs around recruitment and retention with a view to shaping future support to this business sector. The research is being undertaken by Dr Gibson of Wil Gibson Consultancy

. This questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.  

The Business

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* 1. Where is the business located

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* 2. Which best describes your business

Employees

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* 3. Number of employees, including oneself

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* 4. Number of employees who are

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* 5. Number of employees who are

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* 6. Qualifications/Skills

Recruitment

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* 7. What are the main means of advertising job vacancies

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* 8. HR and recruitment

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* 9. Have you experienced difficulty recruiting staff. If yes, please comment as to any reasons why

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* 10. Has your business recruited any apprentices?

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* 11. Has your business considered recruiting apprentice?

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* 12. Has the business experienced difficulties recruiting appropriately skilled staff? If yes, please make any comments as to why

Retention

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* 13. Is the business concerned about losing key staff? If yes, make comments about possible business impact, and or, steps taken to minimise this.

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* 14. Some businesses have mentioned upfront costs (equipment, tools, specialist clothing) for not taking on additional worker/apprentice. Are such upfront costs an important consideration for your business?

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* 15. If there was assistance with such upfront costs, would the business consider taking on additional worker/apprentice?

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* 16. What steps are taken by the business to help retain staff?

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* 17. Employee retention

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* 18. Does the business have a dedicated training budget?

Business Needs

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* 19. What assistance would help your business to grow, to recruit the right staff or retain staff?

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* 20. Where do you access support/guidance to help manage and grow your business?

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* 21. Do you wish to make any further comment?

Thank you for completing the questionnaire

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