By Joe Smith
From Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June it is Queensland Small Business week. So if you are a small business owner I would like to congratulate you for taking the risk (and hopefully the rewards) of operating your own business!
There are over 400,000 small businesses in Queensland compared to just over 10,000 medium businesses and 611 large businesses. This represents a huge number of people putting some ‘skin in the game’ as well as employing Queenslanders. The stats show that small businesses employ 44% of the workforce compared to 23% in medium businesses and 33% in large businesses.
In Gladstone, these small businesses are mostly locally owned and put a lot back in to our local community through employment, sponsorship and donations as well as volunteering in local clubs and organisations. With this in mind, I would urge everyone in Gladstone to Buy Local as your support of small local businesses is essential in getting the local economy back to where it used to be.
The Buy Local campaign is an initiative of Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It is supported by the Gladstone Observer and Gladstone Regional Council as well as all of the members of the Chamber. You should keep your eyes open for our Buy Local video which is being launched during Queensland Small Business Week and should be on TV screens not long after!
One other item that the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry have recently launched is the Boom, Bust, Recharge report which is the third study to be carried out for the Gladstone Region. The results from the study are very detailed however one key point to take from the report is that 71% of businesses expect the operations of their business to remain similar or increase over the next 12 months.
With the support of locals I would hope these businesses can grow which will generate further employment of locals which in turn will put more money back into the local economy. A detailed copy of the report is available at www.gcci.com.au
If you would like a no obligations chat with us regarding your business, please call or email us at Sothertons Gladstone on 4972 1300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will hopefully be able to work with you to ensure you can celebrate future business success!