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Business crisis summit outcomes

By johnboy - 14 August 2013 0

The Chamber of Commerce have announced what’s come out of their crisis summit at the Ainslie Football Club.

“The overwhelming message from small business owners is they want a ‘fair go’ and for the ACT Government to take a more active role in assisting them to succeed; and a fresh approach is needed by all stakeholders in recognising the important role small business plays in the ACT economy,” said Chamber CEO, Andrew Blyth.

Issues raised at the Summit included: local businesses not receiving priority in procurement decisions; the taxation system unresponsive to changing business circumstances; a need for the public service to understand small business; the value of a Buy Canberra campaign; quicker decision making on tenders; automatic interest payment on late payment of invoices by government; flexible employment laws; and the need to quickly develop key infrastructure in the nation’s capital.

They also take aim at the golden child of tourism:

“The ACT Government currently provides $10 million to drive business and industry development, while tourism receives $40 million. We are arguing for more funds to accelerate private sector investment, particularly when seeking to attract interstate and overseas investment,” Andrew said.

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