Businesses in Denbighshire have given their verdict on the county’s economy.
Despite a difficult trading environment affecting town centres across the UK and uncertainty over Brexit, the county’s traders are remaining positive according to Denbighshire County Council’s 2018 Business Survey.
More than 430 respondents took part in the annual survey, conducted by the Economic and Business Development Team, which helps inform the Council’s March for Business month.
It found almost three quarters of businesses (73 per cent) expected to increase customer numbers next year while 65 per cent expect to increase sales in 2019.
Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council, said:
“We know it is a difficult time for high streets across the UK. That is why we have been supporting local traders with our #LoveLiveLocal campaign this Christmas, with free 1-2-1 sessions with business experts, as well as administering business rate relief in the county.
“The survey shows that despite uncertainty, Denbighshire businesses are working hard and planning for the future.
“It is also encouraging to see businesses talk about the positive interaction they have had with our planning and public protection team which supports businesses in a variety of ways as part of our Better Business for All scheme.
“Businesses have also told us about their training needs and we will make sure March for Business 2019 is tailored to meet those needs. During these difficult times we will continue to talk and listen to businesses and provide them with the support they need.”
Respondents also gave positive feedback on the improvements to mobile coverage, something Denbighshire County Council has been working with the Welsh Government and mobile providers on, while fewer businesses said they had issues collecting payment from debtors but more had issues securing loans.
Businesses also said training around social media, e-commerce, and improving the presentation of products were most important to them.
March for Business is four weeks of free workshops, networking events and advice sessions for businesses organised by Denbighshire County Council.