High housing costs can affect businesses, making it more difficult to recruit and retain staff.

The Town Council is aware that this is an issue for some local businesses and would like to encourage as many as possible to complete this questionnaire, which is part of a study to help shape local and national policy on housing, and to find ways to tackle the problem of high housing costs.

We all know that the cost of buying or renting a house in the South East is high, only London costs more than some parts of our area. High housing costs can affect businesses, making it more difficult to recruit and retain staff.

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and Radian Housing Group have commissioned the Southern Policy Centre (SPC) to find out more about the impact of housing costs on our local economy.

SPC is a Southampton-based think-tank with a growing reputation for finding solutions to some of the difficult challenges faced by businesses and communities across the Central South.

As part of this research, SPC are seeking the views of local businesses and their employees.

We are circulating this short questionnaire and asking you to complete it, and to ask some of your staff to answer a few questions about their experiences.

This study is intended to help shape local and national policy on housing, and to find ways in which we can tackle the problem of high housing costs.

Your views and ideas are vital to its success, the more responses SPC get the more likely their research will have an impact.

So please try to find a few minutes to respond.

The results will all be anonymous, no companies or individuals will be named.

We will publish a summary of the results and conclusions from this study in a newsletter later this year.

Please feel free to forward this questionnaire to other businesses and organisations that you think may be interested.

Thank you in anticipation for your co-operation.

Complete the questionnaire