Small businesses remain upbeat
A survey of small business confidence in the City of Karratha shows more than 40 per cent of businesses expect to increase their profits in the next 12 months.
The Business Centre Pilbara conducted the survey in partnership with the City of Karratha to gauge the key issues affecting local small businesses.
Most businesses were positive about their trading over the past six months and had a positive outlook about the upcoming year, with connection to the National Broadband Network highlighted as an important priority for the region.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the City was looking at ways to support small business as part of its commitment to economic development.
“The small business sector in the City continues to grow thanks to the hard work of our passionate owners and operators across a wide range of business types and industries,” he said.
“I am pleased to see that overall there is still confidence in the sector, with many businesses planning to grow by employing more staff this year.
“Council has also established an economic development advisory group, which will have two members from the small business community, to continue to engage with the sector.”
The Business Centre Pilbara chief executive Paul Jagger said he was pleased with the number of responses the survey received.
“It’s so important that local business owners engage with these surveys as they help us better under- stand the challenges they face so we can get our service support right and fit for purpose,” he said.
“We will have another similar survey later in the year as we plan to measure where business is at twice a year.”
The council and the Economic Development Advisory Group will assess the results of the survey and determine ways the City can help small business.