Take part in DCCI’s economic survey and have your say

Dorchester Chamber for Business is appealing to all its members to complete the Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s quarterly economic survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DorsetQES1

The economy affects all of us so don’t miss the opportunity to have your say and directly influence future key decisions for our beloved Dorset that may impact your businesses.

When completing the survey don’t forget to use Chamber ID code 32 and tick Dorchester.

Why participation in the survey is crucial

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) is urging all firms – members and non-members – to have their say in its Quarterly Economic Survey.

The influential study includes questions about local and national issues. Results are used to lobby Government at the highest level through the British Chambers of Commerce. They are also fed back to local councils, MPs and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to inform important decisions about development, funding and infrastructure.

Ian Girling and Lorna Carver

DCCI chief executive Ian Girling said: “Recent surveys have identified such issues as skills shortages, housing needs and recruitment problems at a local level. Responses about business confidence and sentiment have also been used by the BCC to lobby in the corridors of power and ensure the voice of business is heard.

“It has never been so important for businesses to have their say, especially with Brexit negotiations due to begin. Dorset’s business community has an excellent reputation nationwide for its drive and entrepreneurial spirit.

He added: “Our views are taken very seriously at local and national level and I would urge businesses of all sizes and types to take part.

“For the short time it takes to fill in a survey form, there is a tremendous benefit for us as a Dorset business community and as a county.”

As Dorset’s leading business support organisation, DCCI also uses the results to tailor the help it offers to its 800 members countywide as well as feedback to such organisations as the LEP

Lorna Carver, director of Dorset LEP, said: “Detailed information of this calibre is vital to help the LEP drive economic growth, jobs and skills. I would encourage all businesses to take part so we can have as accurate and persuasive information as possible to press the county’s case for funding and support.”