Bolton Employment and Economic Study - Business Survey

Bolton Council, working with consultants Iceni Projects, are undertaking a study to understand employment space needs in Bolton. This will be used to inform Bolton’s policies and proposals regarding employment space and economic development activities. As part of this we are seeking to engage with local businesses to understand their needs. We would welcome your inputs. Your response will be invaluable in shaping Bolton’s business environment and the activities of the Council in supporting business growth and investment. The survey also provides an opportunity for you to register your interest in business support/advice.

Your survey responses will be treated confidentially (in accordance with GDPR requirements). Your business will not be named or otherwise identified in any reporting.

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* 1. What is the name of your business?

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* 3. Briefly describe the nature of your business.

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* 4. What is your approximate annual turnover?

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* 5. Including yourself, how many employees do you have?

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* 6. How long have you been trading?

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* 7. What proportion of your goods and/or services are sold to customers within the following areas?

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* 8. Where is your supply chain predominantly located?

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* 9. How has Covid-19 impacted your business?

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* 10. What percentage of your staff are currently working from home?

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* 11. Do you consider your business to be in a growth sector/growing market? Please comment explaining why you think this is the case.

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* 12. By how much do you expect your turnover to decline/grow in the next 2 years? Please comment explain why you think this is the case.

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* 13. By how much do you expect your staff numbers to decline/grow in the next 2 years? Please comment explain why you think this is the case.

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* 14. Do you plan to make any significant investments (for example in Premises, Plant, Equipment, Skills or Digital Technology) over the next 2 years? Please comment to explain the scale and type of investment.

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* 15. What are your barriers to business growth?

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* 16. Do you have any staffing issues or recruitment difficulties? Please let us know what they are.

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* 17. Do you feel that your business will be significantly impacted technological advancements and/or digitalisation? If so, please comment as to why and how this is the case?

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* 18. What is your postcode? If you operate from more than one premises, please give the postcode of your largest premises within Bolton and answer all further questions with regard to this premises.

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* 19. What type of premises do you occupy? Pick the option that applies most (and comment if mixed).

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* 20. If you occupy floorspace (i.e. indoor space), how much do you have?

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* 21. Do you own or rent your premises?

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* 22. If you currently rent, do you have plans to own your own premises?

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* 23. How adequate are these premises for your needs? Pick the option that applies most?

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* 24. If you feel your premises do/will not meet your current/future needs, why is this the case?

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* 25. Are you looking to re-locate in the next 5 years? Please comment to say why/why not and when you might look to move?

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* 26. If you were to relocate, what type of premises would you be looking for and where?

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* 27. If you were to re-locate, what would be the key factor in your choice of location?

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* 28. If you were to relocate, what would be the key building related factor in your choice of premises?

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* 29. If you were to re-locate, what size of property would you be looking for?

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* 30. Would you/have you considered intensification/expansion of your existing premises? Please comment to say why.

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* 31. Are there any particular issues which you feel are impacting your ability to expand?

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* 32. Do you have any comments to make on commercial property availability in Bolton District?

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* 33. Have you ever accessed government funded financial support from… [Please tick all relevant]

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* 34. Have you ever accessed business support/advice from… [Please tick all relevant]

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* 35. Would you be interested in business advice and/or support? If so, what types of business advice/support services would you be interested in? Please comment.

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* 36. Please provide any other comments you may have.

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* 37. Are you happy to be contacted in order to answer further questions/provide further detail? Please comment with your email address or phone number. We will also need your contact details if you have requested any business support/advice.

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