On 22nd August, 2016 Business SA unveiled a unique insight into the issues constraining business development and jobs creation in regional South Australia with the publication of its inaugural study, The Regional Voice.
SA’s peak business organisation also launched an historic collaboration with the State’s nine key regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry to explore ways in which the issues holding back growth might be addressed.
“In the first study of its kind, Business SA conducted a two-stage survey of our members and regional Chamber members to identify the barriers they face on a daily basis trying to run successful businesses,” Business SA Chief Executive, Nigel McBride, said.
“Four issues – taxation, labour costs, skills shortages and utility (electricity, water) costs – emerged as the biggest impediments to business development in the regions,” he said.
“Business SA will now work with the regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry to further strengthen our policy advocacy with a regional focus and provide practical advice and support where possible.”
Mr McBride said the survey that provided the data for the Regional Voice initiative, which was launched in Wallaroo, would be repeated on an annual basis.
“The regions currently contribute around $25 billion to the State’s economy and hold much potential for future growth,” Mr McBride said.
“I look forward to this annual survey and publication becoming a significant contributor to the progress we need in this State to meet the regional economic challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” he said.