Small businesses urged to take part in council consultation

January 8, 2013 No Comments »

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Small businesses in Cardiff are being urged to take part in an online consultation into how the city’s council works with them.

Cardiff council’s economy and culture scrutiny committee is carrying out the inquiry, and is appealing for small businesses – classed as those employing less than 50 people and with a turnover of less than £6.5 million – to come forward with their opinions of local authority services in the city.

You can fill in the committee’s online survey here.

Councillor Craig Williams, chairman of the economy and culture scrutiny committee, said small businesses were an important part of Cardiff’s economy, making up 94 per cent of the active enterprises in the city, and 34 per cent of private sector employment.

He said: “During these tough economic times it could be argued that small businesses are more vulnerable than large corporations, with a smaller customer base, fewer assets and less able to spread their business across multiple product and geographical platforms, as well of course as the lack of bank lending. So it’s important that the council’s approach is as efficient and customer focused as possible.

“We are interested in finding out the views of small businesses on council services. So if you’ve come into contact with council, be it through competing for contracts, paying your business rates or getting help with complying with environmental health please go and complete the survey.”

The Federation of Small Businesses in Wales has also voiced support for the exercise, with the chairman of FSB Wales’ South East branch Edward Talbot urging members and small businesses to contribute.

He said: “Small businesses make up the vast majority of businesses in our capital city, and more people are employed in SMEs in Cardiff than in any other local authority in Wales. I urge those people who are the backbone of the business community in Cardiff to take part in this survey to make sure that their views are heard and acted upon by the local authority.”

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