All businesses in the Belper neighbourhood area – from sole traders, the self-employed and those working from home – are being invited to the business drop-in at No.28 Community Hall, 28 Market Place, Belper from 11am to 6.30pm on 12th July.
The event, being run by the Neighbourhood Plan for Belper, will help the plan collect information from businesses to accurately assess the current and future needs of local firms. It will focus on what improvements can be made for local businesses and how the NP4B can assist them. They also want to understand and protect – if necessary – what already works well for commercial enterprises in the area.
The drop-in will be an opportunity for businesses of all types and sizes to learn more about the neighbourhood plan, talk to the organisation, give your views, see how to access business assistance in the locality, and take the business questionnaire. It can be completed and handed in at the drop-in or taken away and returned to them by the deadline. For those unable to attend, questionnaires will be available at other venues.
Speaking on the local economy, Np4B said: “In a relatively short space of time the local economy and employment patterns have changed beyond recognition, and are still evolving. If we are to obtain accurate information about the situation now and in the foreseeable future, some of the questions will necessarily be sensitive.”
With this in mind, only the Chairman, the facilitator and those involved in the analysis will have access to the completed questionnaires, but they can be rendered anonymous if preferred.
If your business is located within the civil parish of Belper (covering Bargate, Belper, Belper Lane End, Blackbrook, Broadholme, Far Laund, Makeney, Milford, Mount Pleasant, Openwoodgate, Whitemoor, and outlying areas) then NP4B feel that it is important to you and your enterprise that they obtain accurate information. The questionnaires should be available by the end of June.
Please note that this date replaces the original arrangement of 22nd June at St. John’s Chapel.