Essex businesses encouraged to shape future business support strategy for the county

Essex businesses encouraged to shape future business support strategy for the county

Essex County Council (ECC) is encouraging local businesses to share their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic to help inform its future business support strategy.

The county council has commissioned Essex company, the Mackman Group, to carry out engagement with businesses across the county in order to better understand how they are coping during the pandemic, as well as any future challenges they may face.

They will initially be engaging with businesses via a telephone survey and looking to speak to a wide cross section of organisations over the coming weeks. An online survey is also live and is open to all Essex businesses.

The feedback received will help to ensure ECC can target specific support where it is most needed as well as better understand the challenges faced, such as the direct impact on jobs and the support needed to mitigate these risks.

Cllr Tony Ball, ECC’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic will have undoubtedly had an impact on most, if not all, businesses across Essex, affecting every aspect of how they operate and in some cases, whether they have been able to operate at all.

“Businesses of all shapes and sizes have kept the county going through the pandemic and it is vital that we understand exactly how they have been impacted so that we can ensure they have the right support to not only survive this uncertain period, but to go on to thrive and positively contribute to the Essex economy.

“We are absolutely committed to supporting local organisations on their recovery journeys and I would encourage all businesses across Essex to share their experiences with us.”

Any local businesses who wish to take part in the survey can do so by completing the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PRCW2HR or by calling 01206 625222.

The survey will be open for responses until 16 October 2020.