The challenges facing Southland businesses are set to be identified as Venture Southland undertakes its annual business survey.

The survey will determine the major concerns of Southland businesses and assess the overall confidence levels of businesses across the region.

Available online for local businesses to complete from Tuesday, April 10, the survey will focus on the challenges, pressures and opportunities that are present in the current business environment.

Venture Southland business services manager Alistair Adam said the results of the survey provide direction for Venture Southland’s strategic projects and business services.

“The survey gives us direct feedback from businesses about their main areas of concern for the immediate future, “Adam said.

Venture Southland uses the annual survey to track business trends and assess the impact of factors such as the use of new technology, online presence and the ease of recruitment.

The information obtained allows Venture Southland to advocate for the Southland business community and assists Councils and local businesses with their planning around business concerns in Southland.

Previous results of the survey have contributed to significant developments in the business community including improved telecommunications investment in Southland.

The establishment of the Venture Southland Labour Market team helped address the major concern for businesses in the 2017 survey of being able to recruit the right people.

The 2018 survey is available to be completed on the Venture Southland website and will close on Thursday, 10 May 2018.

To encourage participation of the survey across the region, there are some great prizes that businesses will be eligible to win upon completing the survey.

The prizes include eight dozen oysters, a $200 Industry café voucher and tickets to the SPW Southern Rumble, ‘History in the making’.

Adam urged Southland businesses to get involved and fill out the survey.

“This is your chance to let us know what is top of your business agenda so that we can continue to provide the support you need for your business to succeed,’ he said.

Fill out the 2018 survey here