Welcome to the March issue of xpress.
It’s at this time of year when we are reminded more than ever what a fantastic State we live in.
Adelaide continues to be a hive of activity in March with the spectacular festival season, the Clipsal 500 and Adelaide Cup Carnival, and this follows the range of other events we’ve been exposed to in the last couple of months.
Let’s hope many businesses right across the State continue to benefit from the increase of traffic flowing into South Australia.
It has been a real breakthrough to have shops throughout the CBD being able to trade on recent public holidays and this has already been massively supported by the people of South Australia, as evidenced on the recent Adelaide Cup public holiday.
If this initiative to allow public holiday CBD trading, which has been endorsed by both the Adelaide City Council and the State Government, is not achieved after Parliament’s consideration, it will be to the detriment of all South Australians.
We must promote our State as a great place to do business and we cannot allow our current archaic shop trading hours to remain in place.
It was disappointing that interest rates remained on hold earlier this month, particularly at a time when we need to encourage greater consumer spending across the State, and give businesses a much needed boost in confidence.
The two interest rate cuts before Christmas provided some relief, however it has been evident that many industry sectors remain under strain.
South Australia’s unemployment increased to 5.2 per cent in February and while we remain in line with the national average, low consumer sentiment and rising business costs are translating to pressure on employment levels throughout the economy.
Business SA’s Changes and Challenges Conference will be held in May and once again it will provide all the information for businesses regarding issues being faced in today’s 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.
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 in later this month at Hoyts Cinemas Norwood.
It’s another busy issue of xpress as we 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, Peter Vaughan