Federation of Small Business in Suffolk asks firms ‘What do you need to succeed?’

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The Federation of Small Business in East Anglia has been asking what firms need to succeed as it prepares to back a bid for Government funds.

The federation, which has more than 5,800 members in Suffolk and Norfolk, has been carrying out a survey looking at seven key areas for businesses.

Those issues include access to finance, business connections, infrastructure and business premises.

It also asks about what the firms need to boost products, service and sales, and about company’s experiences when it comes to recruitment, and staff training.

The final topic the survey asks about is whether business owners feel they are easily able to access business advice.

The findings will be fed through to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership as it bids for Government funds to support businesses.

Chris Soule, chairman of the FSB in Suffolk said: “The skills minister Matthew Hancock, who is also the Conservatives’ Small Business Champion, has asked us to help in his project, developing what small businesses want.”

The survey is available to complete online.

Jeanette Thurtle, development manager at the FSB East Anglia said the main issues raised so far surrounded access to finance.

“Members want to have small chunks of money that they could get access to for a specific project and then pay back in a short time frame,” she said.

She also said businesses want more incubator units, as well asimprovements to broadband, mobile networks, roads and railways.

You can fill in the survey by visiting www.fsb.org.uk/eastanglia

Alternatively email jeanette.thurtle@fsb.org.uk