Have your say on key issues

Business and financial advisor Grant Thornton is giving business leaders the chance to have their say on the key issues facing the region in the latest edition of its annual Sheffield City Region Business Confidence Survey.

The firm has invited more than 1000 business leaders in South Yorkshire to take part in the survey, which asks respondents to identify how they expect the region to fair over the next 12 months.

Last year’s survey found business confidence in the region to be at its highest level for three years.

Paul Houghton, Assurance Partner at Grant Thornton, said: “The survey paints a picture of the economic landscape in the Sheffield City Region, and it is an important tool for measuring how ‘on the ground’ businesses feel the region is performing.

“Last year’s results show that businesses expected their situation to improve significantly over the next year, so it will be interesting to see how this has played out in practice.

“It will also be interesting to see what impact the Government’s recent budget has had on business confidence, as initial reactions suggested businesses welcomed the measures introduced by the Chancellor.”

In completing the survey, business leaders will also have the opportunity to share their opinion on the availability and cost of skills in the region, the impact of recent spending cuts, the availability of finance and the potential effect of any interest rate rises.

Any director that has not received their 2011 Business Confidence Survey should contact Katie Smith on 0114 262 9794, or by email at katie.smith@gtuk.com.