Breakfast ‘takes’ Townsville into the digital future

31 Jul 2013 9:42 AMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey today outlined a range of initiatives the Newman Government is implementing to reduce red tape by 20 per cent and lower unemployment to 4 per cent by 2018.

Ms Stuckey addressed the Advancing Regional Small Business in a Digital Future breakfast at Rydges Southbank, Townsville this morning as part of Queensland Small Business Week.

Ms Stuckey said the Newman Government was committed to cutting red tape to boost Queensland small business.

“The Newman Government is unashamedly pro-small business and committed to growing a strong and prosperous small business sector in North Queensland,” Ms Stuckey said.

“We have delivered on our promises to pay all bills to government suppliers of up to $1 million within 30 days, to expand the payroll tax exemption threshold and to scrap Labor’s useless sustainability declaration forms.”

Ms Stuckey noted Townsville was home to approximately 11,500 small businesses, more than 94 per cent of all businesses in the region.

“The region’s small business operators have a golden opportunity to transform the way they work, how they provide goods and services, and to access new and broader markets,” she said.

“Here in North Queensland, the economy has more than doubled over the past decade from $5.8 billion in 2000 to $11.9 billion in 2010, and it is currently growing at a rate equal to the rest of Australia at 2.9 per cent.

“With its diverse economy, Townsville is well placed to capitalise on its competitive strengths, and ramp up growth well into the future.”

Ms Stuckey highlighted three initiatives from the Queensland Government that are helping local operators make the most of the digital economy:

·         Connecting business to Queensland digital service firms through the information and communications technology business directory

·         Providing online resources through our Business and Industry Portal (BIP), www.business.qld.gov.au ( http://www.business.qld.gov.au/ ), for businesses looking to establish their digital presence and capacity.

·         Providing opportunities for small businesses to search and access government datasets via the Queensland Government’s online open data portal to encourage innovative new services and digital solutions for businesses and the State.

Queensland Small Business Week runs until 31 July, with more than 80 events across the State to help small business grow, succeed and prosper.  As part of the week, 19 webinars have been scheduled across Queensland.

Other speakers at today’s breakfast included Deloitte Access Economics Director, John O’Mahony and CEO of Townsville’s own SafetyCulture Pty Ltd Luke Anear.

Both provided valuable insights into ways that Far Northern small business operators can make the most of the digital future.

Visit www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessweek ( http://www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessweek ) to find out more about the week.

[ENDS] 30 July 2013