Participant Information Sheet

For businesses taking part in the High Streets Task Force/Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government COVID-19 survey


The purpose of this survey is to understand more about the impact on business of COVID-19, in particular locations. The survey has been created by Manchester Metropolitan University, on behalf of the Government's High Street Task Force and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.  Who will conduct the research? The research is being conducted by the Institute of Place Management, based at the Manchester Metropolitan University. It is coordinated by Professor Gary Warnaby, Professor Cathy Parker and Dr Nikos Ntounis.  

What would I be asked to do if I took part? 

If you took part, we would like you to complete an online questionnaire, which would include details on the current situation of your business due to the impact of COVID-19 (including impact on finances, trading, loans, rent etc).  

Are there any risks if I participate? 

There are no risks arising from the participation in this project.  Are there any advantages if I participate?  Your participation in this project will help us understand more about the impact of business on COVID-19, and the emerging needs of businesses during the pandemic, which will inform government’s response as well as the High Street Task Force’s support for resilience and recovery.  

What will happen with the data I provide?  

The Manchester Metropolitan University (‘the University’) is the Data Controller in respect of this research and any personal data that you provide as a research participant.

The University is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and manages personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the University’s Data Protection Policy. 

We will not share your data collected in this form with any third parties.

If your data is shared this will be under the terms of a Research Collaboration Agreement which defines use, and agrees confidentiality and information security provisions. It is the University’s policy to only publish anonymised data unless you have given your explicit written consent to be identified in the research. The University never sells personal data to third parties.

How is confidentiality maintained? 

In terms of collection method, the data is being solicited using a software package recommended by Manchester Metropolitan University by virtue of its compliance with all relevant data protection regulations.    Once collected, data will be stored on the Manchester Metropolitan IT System, using encrypted files and password protected equipment. 

What is the duration of the research? 

We anticipate that filling in the questionnaire will take less than 15 minutes to complete

What will happen to the results of the research study? 

The findings of the survey will be shared with Government and the High Streets Task Force to help them plan their support packages and programmes. We will also share findings with your Business Improvement District.

Finally, if you have any further questions/comments about this research, please contact: Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Business and Law, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH.