COUNCIL leaders are asking local firms what they need to improve competitiveness.
Calderdale Council has launched a local business survey for all businesses in the district, including ones in Brighouse and Elland.
The survey will run until September and the findings will be used to help the council improve business conditions in the area. So far more than 100 companies have taken part.
Clr David Kirton, the council Cabinet’s member for regeneration and development, said: “One of the council’s key priorities is to safeguard Calderdale’s future and foster economic prosperity for all.
“So it is vital that the council does everything in its power to work alongside companies to help improve business conditions in the area.
“Asking businesses what matters to them will help the council to identify the issues that need addressing as priorities.”
The survey follows hard on the heels of a World Class Calderdale business breakfast, hosted by the council in Elland in June.
Key concerns for firms to emerge from that meeting included skills training, transport, business support and the availability of land and premises.
Clr Kirton added: “The survey has been designed to look further into the local barriers against business development, as well as identifying the positive features of doing business in Calderdale.
“This is the first year that the survey has been carried out, but we will be conducting it annually from. This will help the council to get a picture of local business trends and enable it to identify what needs to be done to help businesses compete at the highest level.”
The survey is open to all Calderdale businesses.
It can be found at www.growingcalderdale.org under the Have Your Say tab.
Further details are available from Fred Yeomans, Calderdale Council, Floor 4, Northgate House, Halifax HX1 1UN (phone . 01422 393280).