Business Survey 2018

As part of its current Corporate Strategy, one of the District Council's key objectives is to support a ‘flourishing local economy'. To help shape and support this, the Council conducts a biennial Business Survey so that it can better understand the state of business in the District and the needs of the business community. This survey was used to obtain the views of business to influence, shape and inform the development and delivery of current and future plans and strategies, especially the Local Industrial and Economic Development Strategy for Stratford-on-Avon District 2018-2023. The way SDC administers National Non Domestic (Business) Rates.

A mailing of questionnaires went out to 3,627 businesses on the Non-Domestic Business Rates address database at the start of June 2018, with a reminder sent in early July to those who had not responded. 868 were completed, including 33 who took up the opportunity to complete the questionnaire online. 96 questionnaires were returned to SDC by the Royal Mail not delivered, i.e. not known at this address, gone away, no longer a business.

The response rate was 24.6%, 3% lower than 2016. This gives a confidence interval of + or – 2.9%, which is within the acceptable level of + or – 3% and gives statistically reliable results. The response rate in 2011 was 31%, in 2013 it was 29% and in 2016, 28%.

The Business Survey Results 2018 can be viewed online.

Business Survey 2016

As part of its current Corporate Strategy, one of Stratford-on-Avon District Council's key objectives is to support a ‘flourishing local economy'. To help shape and support this, the council conducts a biennial Business Survey so that it can better understand the state of business in the district and the needs of the business community.

The last survey was conducted in early 2016 and was used to obtain the views of businesses to influence, shape and inform the development and delivery of current and future plans and strategies. The way the council administers National Non-Domestic (Business) Rates was also examined and the best ways of supporting businesses in the future were questioned.

A mailing went out to 3,545 businesses on the Non-Domestic Business Rates address database in early January 2016, with a reminder in mid-February. 963 were completed, including 47 online. 139 questionnaires were returned to SDC by the Royal Mail not delivered, i.e. not known at this address, gone away, out, no longer a business. The response rate was 28.3%, similar to that recorded in the last two surveys. This gives a confidence interval of + or – 2.7%, which is within the acceptable level of + or – 3% and gives statistically reliable results. The response rate in 2011 was 31% and in 2013 29%.

The Business Survey Results 2016 can be viewed online.

Last updated on 27/09/2018

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