Businesses quizzed for in new Future of the High Street survey

SMALL businesses in Greater Manchester are being invited to have their say on the future of the high street by taking part in a UK-wide survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Issues such as business rate relief, public transport, parking, access to cash and street cleaning are covered in the new survey, the findings of which will be analysed and recommendations then submitted local councils as well as national government.

The aim is to uncover what could help struggling high streets flourish into the future and what policy interventions could help. The survey runs until July 27 – and can be found at

Local Area Leader for GM, Anne Lambelin, said: “I encourage all small businesses across the GM city region to spare a few minutes to take part in the FSB Future of the High Street survey.

“High streets are essential for small businesses, providing a platform for commerce and a sense of community pride, as well as opportunities for social interaction, events, and cultural activities.

Sustainable high streets are key to a flourishing city, town and district town centres, and the communities around them. The more responses we get from businesses the better their specific views can underpin recommendations.”

Hyde Town Centre | Photo via Tameside Captured and Hazel Ripley

The public highly values small businesses on the high street, according to recent research by FSB and Public First.

A majority of respondents said small businesses were more important than large businesses for the following categories: Keeping traditional craft and skills alive (78%), pride in local communities (76%), providing unique services and products (72%), and growing the local economy (57%).

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