InvestMK, the council’s economic development team, is running the survey to gauge how it can offer a more comprehensive support service to local businesses.
“We have helped hundreds of businesses relocate and flourish in the borough – but we want to raise the game,” said Pam Gosal (pictured), head of corporate economic development and inward investment at the council.
“We have an excellent relationship with local businesses but we want to get even closer to the ‘nitty gritty’ of how local businesses tick, what makes them successful and what further support the council can provide to ensure business growth and economic success.”
The survey also aims to assess the skills gaps that exist to ensure that the right investment decisions are taken to maintain and develop an appropriately skilled workforce.
Cllr Rob Middleton, cabinet member responsible for resources, efficiency and growth, said: “Milton Keynes is a magnet for businesses of all shapes and sizes – it really is the place to be for them. It’s important that we hear from as many companies as possible to help us improve the service that we can offer them.”
Many companies will be interviewed over the telephone but some will be interviewed face to face by BMG Research, an independent market research agency commissioned by Milton Keynes Council.
BMG Research has worked with ‘heavy hitters’ in the private sector such as BMW, Network Rail and Siemens as well as government agencies at all levels, including the Cabinet Office and the Electoral Commission.