Business event takes Gold Coast into the future

31 Jul 2013 9:44 AMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A range of initiatives has been outlined, which the Newman Government is implementing to reduce red tape by 20 per cent and lower unemployment to 4 per cent by 2018.

Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey this morning addressed The Future Is In Your Hands breakfast at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Queensland Small Business Week.

She said the Newman Government was committed to cutting red tape to boost the Queensland small business sector.
“To do this, we’ll be creating an environment for business success and will get out of the way so operators can get on with running their business,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Newman Government is unashamedly pro-small business and committed to growing a strong and prosperous small business sector on the Gold Coast.

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

Ms Stuckey noted the Gold Coast was home to approximately 60,000 small businesses; more than 96 per cent of all businesses in the region.

More than 20 per cent are construction businesses, followed by those in the rental, hiring, and real estate services (14.3 per cent) and professional, scientific and technical services (11.1 per cent).

“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.

On the Gold Coast there are enormous opportunities for small businesses to benefit from the array of world–class events being held over the next five years, including:

·         the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships being held in 2014

·         the Gold Coast Marathon

·         the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Ms Stuckey said the events provide opportunities through increased promotion of the city, increased visitor numbers, expanding supply chain opportunities and the legacy that these events leave.

“Your State Government is doing its bit to stimulate sustainable growth and help small businesses position themselves to get their fair share of work flowing from events and major projects,” she said.

“Through the Industry Capability Network, the government is working with the Gold Coast City Council and project proponents to better position small business to tap into major projects supply chains.

“Modern supply chains are relying more and more on the digital economy to streamline efficiencies and increase productivity.

“With its diverse economy, the Gold Coast 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 finishes later today and has seen more than 80 events across the State to help small business grow, succeed and prosper.

As part of the week, 19 webinars have been conducted across Queensland.

Other Queensland Small Business Week activities occurring today on the Gold Coast include:

·         Network event – Surfers Paradise – How to be a social media superhero

·         Business and Sport Breakfast – Broadbeach – The future is in your hands

·         Luncheon – Benowa – Finders-keepers: How to find and sell your ideas to sponsors and alliance partners

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

[ENDS] 31 July 2013