-We need your views so we can champion what will help your business now and tomorrow

9th June 2016

Sir Nigel Knowles encourages Sheffield City Region businesses to take the Quarterly Economic Survey -Shaping policy, ensuring that businesses can compete domestically, globally and securing prosperity and a good return for the local community are core to our mandate.

I am convinced that hard data, contemporary commentary, case studies and testimonials should influence strategy and inform the Sheffield City Region's approach to local, regional and national decision makers and foreign direct investors. The Quarterly Economic Survey is vital in shaping our policy and support for local businesses it takes only minutes to complete and will be time well invested, says Sir. Nigel Knowles, Chair of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. -I strongly encourage firms in the Sheffield City Region to get online, take the survey, share their feedback on important issues affecting their business and then track how we get things done and help address their needs from improved broadband connectivity, diluting skills shortages to enhancing international trade relations. If we know the challenges, issues and opportunities, we can work as partners to deliver and be accountable for doing so. The Chairman confirmed that the survey results will be used by the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership and the Chambers in Barnsley and Rotherham, Doncaster, the East Midlands, and Sheffield to; help set the mandate for their work, provide the right business services, and to lobby local, regional and national Government and decision-makers on issues affecting business. The SCR quarterly economic survey is sponsored by RBS South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire and the results are fed into the national Quarterly Economic Survey, run by the British Chambers. The survey acts as an economic indicator and is used by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee as a key benchmark when setting interest rates. A few days remain to complete the Quarter 2 survey, submission is to be completed by Monday 13th June 2016, take the survey: www.screconomy.org.uk #screconomy

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