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Clifton & District Business Survey 2013 - 2015


Clifton Village Sign
Shefford in Business, Google Plus Community.Shefford Open 4 Business, LinkedIn Group

Link to Business Survey.

The Clifton & District Business Survey Form is hosted on Microsoft Onedrive. It will take a few seconds to open

This is an informal survey of home-based businesses in and around Shefford & Clifton, Bedfordshire. The aims are to gauge the level of interest and activity; and actually to ask what home-based business people really would find helpful. With such a wide range of local businesses, it is very hard to guess what people would like and would use.

The questions are meant to be relevant and useful. However, please only provide information that you are happy to make public.

Any useful results will be shared with the Councils, to help improve their policies & services.


Purpose of This Survey.

Changing patterns of employment and increased local housebuilding, mean that local businesses and particularly home-based business are becoming ever more important. More people need to work at home, or from home, without the support services or companionship provided at larger companies. People now have to do many of the tasks that they used to hand to others.

We have seen how problems, closures, & changes at the Post Office have removed some services we used to take for granted, and perhaps added others.

The idea of this informal online survey is actually to ask local business people what extra services they would like, find useful, actually use, and perhaps pay for? Which aspects of our villages, such as our Post Offices, bank, and library are vital to people working from home? What should be built into the Councils' future plans & policies?


Business Support & Advice

Already, there are many sources of help and advice, including those provided by local authorities:


UK National Business Support

Here are some links to UK national sources of business help and advice:


Clifton, Shefford & District Business Support

There are four special initiatives, which are also open to business people in surrounding areas.

1. Shefford Town Council: "Shefford Open 4 Business"

A new business association which aims to help a wide range of local businesses & represent their interests to the Council. It has taken over the existing Shefford Business Online Directory. Currently, any local Bedfordshire business can register on this directory at no cost.
Shefford Business Online Directory.

2. Shefford Library

At present, the "First Thursdays, Business Networking Group" seems to have ceased. Periodically there are special work-related and business-related events at the library. These are advertised on posters.

3. "Open" LinkedIn Group: "Shefford Open 4 Business"

I have created a free "group" on LinkedIn, called Shefford Open 4 Business aiming to provide a "virtual" space, in between "physical" meetings at Shefford Library. Anyone is welcome to join: No cost to join or to use. (Note. Formerly called: Shefford in Business.)

Now changed to "open," this group can now be seen by non members and by search engines.

4. Google Plus Community: "Shefford in Business"

I have created a new free "community" on Google+, called Shefford in Business aiming to provide a "virtual" space, in between "physical" meetings at Shefford Library. Everyone who has a GMail account, also has a Google Plus account. Google Plus Communities are easier and more pleasant to use, than groups on some other Social Networks. Anyone is welcome to join this community: No cost to join or to use.


Articles in Clifton Chronicles, Parish Magazine.


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