Small busi­nesses re­main up­beat

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Business - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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