Welcome to the April issue of xpress.
It has been a busy start to the year and the wonderful festival of events throughout March provided a welcomed boost to the local economy.
Business SA recently released its State Budget submission which focuses on the issues that are critical to the long-term economic sustainability and competitiveness of South Australia.
The submission, which was hand-delivered by Business SA to the Treasurer earlier this month, is clear in its message that the time has come for the Government to make bold decisions on State taxes.
Independent reports and feedback from local businesses tell us that these taxes remain as a major burden weighing down the economic performance of our State and there is more information about the submission in this issue of xpress.
Business SA has welcomed the State Government’s decision to allow city shops to open on the final day of the extended Easter long weekend.
It is a real breakthrough to have shops throughout the CBD being able to trade on a public holiday and it is a boost for shoppers, for the many workers wanting to work, for businesses and for tourism.
We have called on the Adelaide City Council and the traders to get behind this decision and make the Tuesday trading as successful as possible.
Business SA’s Changes and Challenges Conference will be held in June and once again it will provide all the information for businesses regarding issues being faced in the workplace.
Industry experts will be on hand to provide all the latest news and information through workshops, exhibits and presentations. More information about the conference is provided in this xpress.
As previously mentioned, registrations are now open for the Australian Chambers Business Congress. I encourage all businesses to learn more about this event which will be unlike any other on the business calendar. More information about the Congress is available at www.BusinessCongress.com.au
We welcomed the Reserve Bank’s recent decision to leave interest rates on hold. Local businesses remain under pressure and the latest retail trade data revealed South Australia’s fourth decline in retail trade over the past five months.
Our local unemployment rate remains above the national average and any rise in interest rates in the coming months will be a major blow to the many small businesses throughout the State.
Business SA’s networking series continued its successful start to the year with the recent event at the Clipsal 500 and the next event will held be in May at the Adelaide Zoo.
It’s another busy issue of xpress as we also have a look at the assistance being offered from Business SA and we catch up with a couple of Business SA members.
Until next edition,