Winchester City Council asks businesses, 'what can we do for you?'

Winchester City Council is committed to helping businesses and building a prosperous economy throughout the district. Our Corporate Strategy 2005-2008 states that we aim "to achieve a strong and diverse urban and rural economy which builds on local strengths and offers opportunities for all".

Winchester City Council has come together with Hampshire Broadband to build a business survey covering the Winchester district. The aims of this survey are to establish base line data regarding the businesses in the district, use this data to identify actions we need to take to help businesses, and to compare this data over time to see how the situation changes.

Cllr Richard Knasel, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Transport at Winchester City Council said "it is imperative that we get as many replies as possible, in order that the survey can produce meaningful results which we can act upon. This will help us to do what is best for our valued businesses".

We would like to compile district wide information about the sort of businesses in the district, what they expect of themselves in terms of growth rates, and what their needs are in terms of information technology, workforce and premises. We would also be interested in how 'linked in' local businesses are with our partner organisations. Answers to these questions will help to focus our energies on what businesses want and need from us.

The survey can be completed online at , or a paper copy can be obtained from the Economic Development Unit, telephone 01962 848 563 or email  Please note that the closing date for replies is Friday 17 February 2006.