Business crisis summit outcomes

johnboy 14 August 2013

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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