This survey provides businesses with an opportunity to connect with Council, to have a say and to be part of the collective, local business voice. Your participation will help Council plan for a vibrant economy by letting us know how confident you are feeling about your business now and into the future. 
 
The survey is anonymous, does not ask for specific financial information and is conducted for research purposes only in compliance with the Privacy Act 1988.

Estimated completion time: 5 to 10 minutes.
PART 1 - BUSINESS CONFIDENCE

This section relates to your business profile, performance and confidence level. No specific financial information is requested.
BUSINESS PROFILE
BUSINESS PERFORMANCE: ACTUAL + ANTICIPATED

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* 4. How many people does your business employ? (Please include yourself)

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* 5. Compared to the 17/18 financial year your overall trading / sales for the 18/19 financial year were:

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* 6. Your trading / sales for the 19/20 financial year is expected to be:

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* 7. Compared to the 17/18 financial year your profitability for the 18/19 financial year was:

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* 8. Your profitability for the 19/20 financial year is expected to be:

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* 9. Your capital expenditure (e.g. buildings or equipment) for the 18/19 financial year was:

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* 10. Your capital expenditure for the 19/20 financial year is expected to be:

STAFFING

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* 11. Compared to the 17/18 financial year the number of staff you employed for the 18/19 financial year was:

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* 12. The number of staff you expect to employ in the 19/20 financial year will be:

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE

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* 13. Overall, how would you best describe your current level of business confidence?

PART 2 - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 

This section relates to local economic development - this is your opportunity to let us know what is important to you and your business.
 
Council’s Economic Development Strategy for 2017-21 details a range of actions to help create a prosperous place with a vibrant, diversified and resilient economy.
The following questions will support Council’s focus as we work with local business and implement this Strategy. 

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* 14. How familiar are you with the 2017-21 Port Macquarie Hastings Council Economic Development Strategy?

MOST IMPORTANT FOR THE GROWTH OF YOUR BUSINESS

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* 15. From the five options below please select the THREE most important factors that will influence the growth of your business in the next 12 months:

MOST IMPORTANT FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN OUR REGION

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* 16. From the five options below please select THREE factors that you believe are most important for economic growth in our region:

INNOVATION AND YOUR BUSINESS

Innovation can broadly be described as the activity of creating or capturing value from introducing a new or improved product or service. The next three questions will help us to better understand the level of innovation occurring locally.

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* 17. Have you introduced a new (or significantly improved) product in the 2018/2019 financial year?

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* 18. Have you introduced a new (or significantly improved) service in the 2018/2019 financial year?

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* 19. What do you believe are the barriers to innovation in your business?

STAYING INFORMED

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* 20. Would you like to be kept up to date with the activities of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Economic Development team in the future? If yes, please provide your business name and email address and below.

ANYTHING ELSE?

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* 21. Is there anything else related to business and the local economy that you would like to comment on?

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council greatly appreciates your participation in this survey. 

If you have any questions relating to the survey please contact the Economic Development team at PMHC on 6581 8111 or economic@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

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