New partnership to bolster local growth in South Holland starts with launch of business survey

NickWorthSouth Holland District Council (SHDC) has appointed economic development experts, Opportunity Peterborough, to support the Council in the delivery of its plans to grow the local economy. The new partnership, which commenced at the beginning of June, sets outs to boost inward investment to the district, improve business engagement, formulate new strategy and policy and assist with accessing more funding to support projects across South Holland.

Opportunity Peterborough is an economic development company which operates between the public and private sectors. By occupying this unique position it's able to add value to all stakeholders; supporting businesses and local authorities to achieve their growth aspirations. As well as leading Peterborough's economic growth for the past eight years, the company has also delivered economic development consultancy and support for both Fenland and South Kesteven District Councils.

SHDC Deputy Leader Councillor Nick Worth, portfolio holder for Growth and Commercialisation said: "South Holland District Council looks forward to working collaboratively with Opportunity Peterborough to drive new economic development and inward investment to the district. This is a really positive statement for the people and businesses of South Holland which further strengthens our already excellent economic development service.

"Amongst other things, with the help of Opportunity Peterborough we'll be promoting South Holland more widely to attract and land new inward investment enquiries, with a particular focus on creating higher value jobs."

Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough, Steve Bowyer, said: "We're delighted to be working in partnership with South Holland District Council. The area has a range of fantastic businesses, excellent connectivity and great potential for economic growth and we're looking forward to helping the district realise its ambitions.

"One of our first priorities is to build a better understanding of the South Holland economy and find out how local businesses are performing and, perhaps more importantly, what barriers might be holding back their future growth. That's why we're launching a district-wide survey and asking all local businesses to contribute their views. It really does only take a few minutes to complete and the results will help us to measure business confidence and tailor our approach to support companies in the area."

The South Holland Business Survey is now available to complete online and will run until 7th September. All businesses in the district are encouraged to take part to help provide a well-rounded snapshot of the local economy. To have your say on how your business is performing and what support you need to be more successful, please visit: www.sholland.gov.uk/businesssurvey2018.