Cherwell has received positive feedback from more than 750 companies which have given their opinions on the district’s business landscape.

Cherwell District Council launched an online and telephone survey towards the end of last year which allowed businesses to share how they want to grow and what they need to help them achieve their goals.

The Business Needs Survey found more than 75 pre cent of respondents regarded the district as a good or very good location for business.

More than a third reported improved performance within the past 12 months, with 37 per cent anticipating this trend would continue in 2024.

Ian Boll, corporate director communities at the council, said: "It was exciting to see such a large and positive response from Cherwell businesses for this survey.

"We are dedicated to creating an enterprising economy that allows businesses to realise their potential through developing employee skills and encouraging innovation.

"This survey was a brilliant opportunity to hear first-hand from business owners and see where we can support local businesses to continue to grow and flourish."

The six-week government-funded survey collected information regarding the effects of changing business conditions and viewpoints on skills, infrastructure, and sustainability.

The findings from these surveys will assist the council in designing its 2024-25 UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund projects, supporting emerging and growing businesses, green skills training, and decarbonisation.