Website clicks for small business

11 Oct 2012 10:54 AMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Newman Government’s refreshed web-based business portal has exceeded expectations and is proving a hit with small business users.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said an overwhelming preference to do business online had seen demand almost triple in the past year.

“Monthly users of the website have increased from 20,000 in 2011 to more than 58,000 in 2012. During the month of September, growth in unique visitors to the website was up by almost 14 per cent,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Newman Government revamped the website, providing easier usability, access to more than 100 business support programs, and the inclusion of Tourism Pathways to help tourism operators find specialised support programs.”

Ms Stuckey said an independent customer survey carried out in May and June found businesses reported saving an average of 35 hours and more than $1,300 per user by accessing government services via the business website.

“This equates to an overall saving of $155 million for businesses in the past 12 months. It is no surprise then the survey also found respondents intend to return to the website for future use,” she said.

“The business portal, combined with our commitment to a 20 per cent reduction in red tape and regulation, and an increase in the payroll tax exemption threshold, will breathe new life back into our small business sector.

“The Newman Government recognises the vital role small businesses play in generating economic activity and employment across the state.”

Further improvements to the website will continue and will include content delivered in foreign languages, online engagement tools to enable real-time discussions, and integration with the Australian Business Account to make it easier to pre-fill forms.

Business operators should visit the portal at www.business.qld.gov.au( http://www.business.qld.gov.au/ )

[ENDS] 10 October 2012