How has the pandemic affected your business?


14-10-2020
Covid - social distancing sign on pavement

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) wants to hear the views of business leaders to find out how they see their organisations operating following the Covid-19 pandemic, extending the deadline for its business survey to this Sunday (18 October).

Cambridge Network members are encouraged to take part.

The GCP wants to hear how the pandemic has affected the way businesses operate, particularly looking at any changes to working practices and travel patterns. It wants to hear how businesses have adapted and whether they plan to make any changes to working patterns in the longer-term.

This survey will help GCP understand the views of the Greater Cambridge business community and whether changes like more home working and flexible hours are here to stay. The responses will complement other work underway to understand the potential impacts of the pandemic on Greater Cambridge, and help the GCP target its investment to best support the region’s immediate and longer-term economic recovery.

Claire Ruskin, Executive Director of Cambridge Network and GCP Executive Board member, said: “It’s obvious from our conversations with businesses and from closely monitoring transport data that the pandemic has had a huge impact on the way we work in Greater Cambridge.

“We want to understand from business leaders what you think this means for the future and if you’re planning to make changes to your business long-term. This will help us adapt and deliver our programme of investment so we can best support businesses and workers now and in the future.”

The survey, designed in collaboration with Cambridge Ahead and distributed by partners and business bodies, has been sent out to business leaders.

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and the information will be analysed and used to help the GCP’s decision making moving forward. The GCP is keen to gather as much information as possible, so the survey deadline has been extended. It will now close at midnight on Sunday 18 October.

Jane Paterson-Todd, Chief Executive of Cambridge Ahead, said: “Understanding the current and future impact of changes in behaviour brought on by measures introduced during the pandemic is important in all aspects of how the economy is functioning. This will have implications on our transport network and the travel choices we make.

“To plan better it is important we gain early sight into these changes and Cambridge Ahead is keenly supportive of this research to help the GCP in adapting their plans and processes to meet future needs.”

If your business has not received the survey and would like to take part, email contactus@greatercambridge.org.uk and a survey will be sent out.

 

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is the local delivery body for a City Deal with central Government, bringing powers and investment, worth up to £1 billion over 15 years, to vital improvements in infrastructure, supporting and accelerating the creation of 44,000 new jobs, 33,500 new homes and 420 additional apprenticeships.

Greater Cambridge Partnership