Denbighshire County Council believes it is important to listen to businesses, which is why every year we encourage traders to take part in our annual Business Survey and ask them what training and support will help them grow.
We then take that information and plan out four weeks of training, workshops and networking events as part of our March for Business month. This year businesses asked for help with social media, e-commerce and marketing and we responded by hosting events to meet those needs.
Other results from our 2017 Business Survey, which had more than 470 responses, found the majority of businesses are more confident about the future than ever before.
The survey, conducted by the Council’s Economic and Business Development team, found more than 70 per cent of respondents said their business is stronger than it was in 2016 while only 1 per cent said it was weaker. More than a quarter expect to increase staff numbers, while 63 per cent are expecting sales to increase.
March for Business 2018 – our biggest business month yet.
This year more than 400 attendees took part in 25 varied events during March for Business 2018. Working with partner support providers, we held Facebook, Twitter and Instagram training, workshops on e-commerce, exporting post-Brexit, branding and marketing as well as showcase of local Denbighshire produce.
We asked businesses for feedback on March for Business and the response showed event satisfaction was very high and businesses rated events as being very useful. From feedback the overall feeling was that events at March for Business were ‘excellent’.
More than 90 % of respondents said events were well organised, staff were helpful and the events provided useful networking opportunities. Food producers who attended the Blas Lleol – Meet the Producer event reported more than £25,000 of orders.
Business Survey 2018
We have launched our business survey for 2018 which means you have the chance to tell us what events you would like to see at March for Business 2019. Do you want to see events focused around social media, branding and marketing, financial support or exporting? Or are there other areas you would like us to focuson? By taking part in the survey you can help shape March for Business 2019.
It is also your chance to tell us about how your business is performing and what your aspirations are for the future.
This information allows us to direct our efforts to help businesses grow over the coming year to support healthy private businesses, create higher paid jobs to increase economic prosperity, a priority under our Corporate Plan.
You can take part in the Business Survey 2018 here: