Lancashire Business Survey can help lay foundations for the future


As Lancashire emerges from the recession into an ever-changing commercial landscape, it has never been more crucial for businesses to make their voices heard in the decision-making process.


They can do this by taking part in the Lancashire Business Survey, an annual benchmarking project that evaluates the most critical issues facing the county’s businesses.


In many ways Lancashire is a micro-economy within the North West, so it is important that the special issues that shape our commercial development are presented cohesively to the economic planners in central, regional and local government.


The survey aims to capture the opinions, experiences and insights of some 500 of Lancashire’s foremost businesses and this analysis of the county’s ‘commercial DNA’ will play a key role in delivering a more productive business environment across our community.


The survey is being carried out by a partnership of ourselves (Moore and Smalley), private sector lobby group Downtown Preston in Business, Forbes Solicitors, Northwest Development Agency, Business Link Northwest, marketing communications consultancy Freshfield, and digital communications consultancy Soap Media.


One of the major questions in the survey relates to the recently announced decision by the coalition government to abolish English regional development agencies. It will be interesting and instructive to gauge the reaction of Lancashire’s business leaders to this move.


Another significant part of the survey addresses business performance and, while there is no doubt that challenging times lie ahead, I firmly believe the unique entrepreneurial qualities of Lancashire businesses will enable them to compete strongly in the global economy.


The survey’s findings will be published in September and unlike previous years, businesses have a full ten weeks to complete the 2010 questionnaire. This can be done in complete confidence, either online or in paper format. For further information, visit: