BUSINESSES in Mid Wales are being ask for their views on the future of the region’s economy.

The Growing Mid Wales Partnership, an amalgamation of public, private and voluntary sector organisations set up to strengthen the region’s economy, has commissioned consultants to help develop an economic action plan for the region.

This comes after the publication of the Welsh Government’s new economic action plan and the announcement of a potential Growth Deal for Mid Wales in the autumn budget.

The partnership is asking business for views on issues such as digital connectivity, business support, transport infrastructure and skills, to identify opportunities for growth in the region.

Cllr Rosemarie Harris, leader of Powys County Council and chairman of the Growing Mid Wales Partnership said: "A Growth Deal for Mid Wales is a major opportunity for the region that will require the full support and participation of the private sector.

"Proposals must be transformational focusing on innovation and unlocking the barriers to growth for local businesses and new investment.

"The work being undertaken will set out a clear vision and direction for the regional economy. The voice of the Mid Wales business community is vital in informing the economic plan. We are very keen to speak to a wide cross section of business leaders within the region that could help shape and influence future growth."

The economic action plan will look to develop a programme of strategic projects and investments that will help transform the Mid Wales economy and support growth over the next 15 years.

It is anticipated that the projects will be delivered through a range of funding sources including the potential Growth Deal for Mid Wales.

Businesses and organisations can take part in the survey at

The study will conclude in the autumn with the preparation of a prioritised economic action plan for Mid Wales.