We want to hear about businesses' experience of trading in Lambeth, what makes the borough a good location for businesses, and how the council and partners can best support local businesses to grow and thrive.
There are at least 10,000 businesses in Lambeth trading in a wide variety of sectors. Many of these businesses are small or micro businesses, employing less than 10 people, but making a significant contribution to the local economy. There are around 60 large employers in the borough who account for around 40% of the jobs in Lambeth.
We are currently considering our plans and priorities for economic growth in the borough. This will include the number of jobs that we want to see created in Lambeth, and how local business growth will contribute to this.
We need to work closely with local businesses to develop these plans so that the voice of local businesses influences the services the council and other agencies deliver.
As part of this we will be conducting a telephone survey with a representative sample of local businesses from across the borough. The survey will ask questions about:
- The advantages and disadvantages of Lambeth as a place to do business
- The extent to which customers and suppliers are based locally
- The challenges facing local businesses (eg cost of premises, changing customer base, competition, broadband availability)
- How staff are recruited and any skills shortages
- Engagement with apprenticeships and work experience programmes
- Where businesses go for help and advice
- How businesses communicate with their customers and partners
- Whether businesses would like to be involved in any further research or engagement with the council, and if so how would businesses like to be involved
Have your say
As well as the telephone survey we are happy to hear from local businesses who want to share their views on any of the topics above. This is to ensure that anyone who wants to share their views is able to do so.
This stage of the consultation will end on Monday 16 February. Later in February we will conduct a further consultation on our specific plans for jobs and business growth, informed by this consultation and other work, including our assessment of the local economy and labour market.
Any comments should be sent to John Bennett, Lead Commissioner for Jobs and Growth, by Monday 16 February.