Survey to measure impact of coronavirus on businesses

Thursday, 7 May 2020

We have launched a comprehensive survey to measure the impact of coronavirus on local businesses.

We have paid out more than £50 million in government coronavirus grants to businesses so far and have been working hard to ensure businesses are directed to the most appropriate information and organisations that can help them.

We are now keen to gather intelligence on what additional support businesses need and what help they and business support organisations might be able to offer within their communities.

The answers provided by businesses will be used to lobby for more support for businesses at a regional and national level and prepare a recovery plan for the borough’s economy for the short, medium and long term. This will include working with the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and sector led support organisations.

The feedback will also be used to help us shape our own recovery and business support policies, as well as understand how help from within the local business community could be harnessed to best effect.

The survey can be completed via our consultation page up to and including Saturday 16 May.

Cllr Liz Colling, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, said:

"We want to continue doing all we can to ensure the borough’s businesses get the right level and type of support they need, now and in the future. We also have a leading role to play in planning for and managing the staged recovery of the local economy.

"We are under no illusion that coronavirus has hit our economy hard, but we also know of some excellent examples where businesses have diversified and embraced innovative ideas to trade throughout the crisis.

"We want to ensure that all experiences are captured accurately. By completing our survey, businesses can let us know what matters the most to them and be part of shaping how, together, we can begin to get our borough back on its feet."