Hampshire: Business survey launched by university

The coronavirus pandemic is having an exceptional impact on the economy across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

In response, the University of Portsmouth, on behalf of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum, has launched a new survey to help understand the evolving and emerging needs, challenges and aspirations faced by businesses.

The online survey will ask respondents a series of questions to collect views about the impact of coronavirus on their business, what support is needed and future business outcomes.

The survey results will be analysed and published in a freely available report for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum (and its members) in order to help businesses in the whole of Hampshire & Isle of Wight region, including Portsmouth and Southampton.

Peter Hooley, director of business development at the University of Portsmouth, said: “The University, led by the Faculty of Business and Law, is playing its part as a member of the Solent business community to support our partners and friends during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Data on the evolving and emerging business needs of the region will be critical to ensure that the community directs its efforts where they are most needed. It is important that there is a clear understanding of business needs, challenges and aspirations underpinned by a solid evidence base.”

David Williams, chief executive of Portsmouth City Council and chair of the Recovery Co-ordinating Group for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight region said: “This work being undertaken by the University of Portsmouth will help us to better understand the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local businesses, and more importantly where further support might be needed, and where opportunities can be created as we move towards recovery.

“This region has a track record of responding strongly, but we cannot take anything for granted and must ensure we do what we can collectively to support the recovery process for businesses in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and therefore the livelihoods and wellbeing of those who live and work here.”

You can complete the survey, which will take about 10 minutes, at https://portsmouth.fra1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_82qoj7setyXCqNv