In July 2014, BMG Research carried out a survey of 1,573 businesses across the South East Midlands. This covers Aylesbury Vale, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Cherwell, Corby, Daventry, Kettering, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton and South Northamptonshire. The Survey was mainly telephone based and an online version was also available to encourage more businesses to respond.

The purpose of the survey was to find out from local businesses what the key challenges and opportunities facing them are in terms of access to business support, business growth, skills shortages and other issues including level of innovation and collaboration with universities.

For the first time, the survey also gathered information about ownership and the proportion of businesses using the Velocity business support website as a source of advice.

Highlights from the survey can be found at:

http://www.semlep.com/news/2014/semlep-business-survey-results-2014/