Business Confidence Survey - Have Your Say Now
If you own or operate a business in the Moree Plains Shire, then we’d like to hear from you.
Council understands that many of our local businesses have experienced incredibly tough times over the past few years. From unprecedented drought to COVID-19, trading conditions have been far from ideal. However, with trading restrictions eased, rains returned to the Plains and Inland Rail and the Moree Special Activation Precinct in the works, the outlook for the Moree Plains and a COVID-19 economic recovery led by the regions is promising.
In order to best advocate for its local businesses when liaising with State and Federal Governments and applying for grant funding for key projects, Council is conducting a Business Confidence Survey.
The survey will assist in determining how our local industries are currently tracking, as well as key obstacles and opportunities for future development. With Small Business Month in October quickly approaching, survey respondents are also asked to Have Your Say as to how Council can best support your business through training and networking opportunities.
Council recognises that many local businesses are owner-operated and time poor. In order to thank businesses for their time and contribution in completing the survey, respondents will go in the draw to win one of two $250 Love Local Gift Cards.
The Business Confidence Survey was first released by Council in 2016 and at the time, provided Council with baseline data regarding our local businesses and economy as well as identifying opportunities and challenges for the future. The data obtained from the survey was utilised to guide Council’s Economic Development functions, as well as advocate for cornerstone projects such as the Moree Special Activation Precinct.
“Since the last time we surveyed our local businesses, our business landscape has changed considerably and we would like updated responses and statistical data in order to formulate economic strategies that support our local businesses and meet the new challenges,” said Moree Plains Shire Council’s Acting Manager of Economic Development and Grants Susannah Pearse.
“It is an understatement to say that our local businesses have endured, and continue to persevere, in the most of inconceivable of circumstances. After a once in a century drought, the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19 have been a particularly devastating blow, but we have been astounded by the resilience of our local businesses.
“This 5-minute survey provides businesses with an opportunity to connect with Council, to Have Your Say and to be part of the collective local business voice.
This year, Small Business Month is aiming to help small businesses reboot, upskill and focus on recovery to address the challenges 2020 has presented. Council is planning on creating and delivering an online workshop that aligns with a theme of Small Business Month but is of interest to local businesses in the Shire; the themes include:
Building your brand on social: How to market your business on social media, build your brand, protect your reputation and attract the customers you want
Working with digi-tech: Present, promote and grow your business online and learn the latest technologies to best connect with your customers
Financial foundations: Explore the grants and support available to you, take control of your bookkeeping, budgeting and taxation, and learn to safeguard your business
Research, plan, do: Plan for the future with market research and develop tactics for risk and disaster management
Futureproof your business: Understand stressors and disruptors, keep an eye outside your business model and know what to do when the unknown hits
Your team and you: Gain insights on how to hire, manage, train and retain the best staff
Help us plan for a vibrant economy by letting us know how confident you are feeling about your business now and into the future.
The survey is available to complete online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BJJ9D5
The survey is intended to be part of a regular series, to allow changes over time to be tracked.
The business confidence survey is currently open until Friday, 28 August 2020.
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