Business incubation workspace study
A study is being carried out to assess whether more business incubation workspace is needed in South Ribble.
The research has been commissioned by South Ribble Borough Council and will seek to review the existing supply of facilities for small businesses in the area as well as assess future demand.
BE Group, a planning, property and regeneration consultancy, is carrying out the study to examine whether there are any gaps in provision and, if so, the potential scale, type and location for any new incubation premises for fledgling firms.
While the focus will be on South Ribble, the research will also take account of the facilities for small businesses currently available in neighbouring Preston and Chorley.
Latest national statistics show that over 80 per cent of all South Ribble's businesses can be classed as small firms, employing up to ten staff.
Councillor Phil Smith, South Ribble Borough Council cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said:"New and established small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy, so it's vital they have access to appropriate start-up workspace. We have commissioned this study to map out what's currently available and identify any gaps in provision.
"As part of the study, BE Group will be contacting a number of our small businesses to talk about their experiences and future needs in terms of start-up premises. We hope they will give us their views so we can build up a clear picture of provision in South Ribble."
Anyone wanting to pass on their views can complete a survey questionnaire by clicking here and following the Business Incubation Property Study link.
Last updated: 19 March 2013