Brecon Business Survey
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.

Revive & Thrive Ltd, commissioned by Powys Council, have compiled these questions to better understand the issues facing businesses in Brecon town centre and to begin to put together a picture of what you, the business community, see as being the priorities for the future.

All responses will remain confidential and will form part of an overall feasibility study for a possible Business Improvement District for the town centre.

The sole purpose for collecting your email address is to keep you informed as to the progress of this study. If you do not wish to receive any further communications, please email: m.powell@reviveandthrive.co.uk and we will remove your email address from our responses.

There are 23 questions and your responses to them will help to shape the future of Brecon town centre. If you would like to receive the survey in Welsh, please contact Matthew Powell at the email address above.

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Business Name *
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Respondent Name
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Business address
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Contact telephone number
Your answer
1. Is this business an independent, a franchise or part of a chain?
2. What type of business is the main business operating from these premises?
3. How has business been for the last six months?
4. How do you expect things to go over the next six months?
5. What are the three most important issues affecting the operation and performance of your business?
6. How do you feel the issues you selected could be addressed?
Your answer
7. How would you rate the following aspects of Brecon town centre?
Very Good
Good
Neither Good nor Bad
Bad
Very Bad
Rents
Business rates
Availability of staff/customer parking
Safety during the day
Safety during the evenings and at night
Crime and security
Range of shops and services available
Quality of shops and services available
Range of leisure and entertainment facilities
Quality of leisure and entertainment facilities
Quality of public open spaces, street furniture and landscaping
Liveliness and character of the area
Level of street cleansing and litter
Condition and appearance of buildings
General shopping environment
Support from Powys Council
Marketing and promotion of the town centre
Interest shown by landlords and property owners
The way businesses work together
Events in the town centre
8. In general, do you think that over the last five years Brecon town centre has…?
9. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements:
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
The paving and street scene need improving
Festive lighting is important for the town centre
The festive lighting needs to be improved
Hanging baskets play an important role in improving the appearance of the area
Vacant shops are detrimental to the area
The appearance of both occupied and vacant units could be improved
10. What measures do you think would help to improve Brecon town centre?
11. Which of these marketing activities/channels do you currently use?
12. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about local area marketing:
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Marketing activities play an important role in attracting customers to the local area
Further marketing activities are required to attract local area visitors
I would be prepared to get involved in local area marketing campaigns
13. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about marketing for your business:
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Marketing activities play an important role in attracting customers to my business
Further marketing activities are required to attract more customers to my business
I would like to invest more time and resources into improving the marketing of my business
14. Your online marketing.
15. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about events:
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Events play an important role in attracting customers to the town centre
More events are needed to attract more visitors to the town centre
I would be prepared to get involved with supporting/organising events in the town centre
16. Are there any business support or training topics that would be of benefit to your business?
17. Would you like to be part of a group that looks after the interests of your business and your town centre?
18. Prior to completing this survey, did you know what BIDs (business improvement districts) are and what they do?
19. There are around 300 BIDs across the country, they raise sums of money from £100,000 upwards annually which is all reinvested in the areas they represent. They are adopted following ballots of businesses in those areas who each contribute a small amount (usually 1%-1.5% of their rateable value) into the shared pot. A BID in Brecon town centre would begin to address some of the issues covered in this survey and would allow solutions to be implemented to improve the town centre. Based on this, do you think a BID for Brecon town centre should be tested at ballot?
20. What types of businesses do you think should be included in a possible BID for Brecon?
21. If a BID for Brecon town centre were to be implemented and it generated approximately £200,000 per year, what three projects do you think would make the biggest difference to your business/the town centre?
Your answer
22. If a BID for Brecon town centre were to be implemented and it generated approximately £200,000 per year, how much difference do you think this would make?
23. Would you be interested, in principle, in getting more involved with determining the outcomes of the feasibility study and possible future BID development?
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