Business survey to be released

THE second Gympie Region Business Confidence Survey is set to be released to Gympie region’s business operators on Wednesday, November 27.

Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Cr Ron Dyne said business confidence was one of the lead indicators of economic performance on a national, state and local level and helped to provide valuable information which could influence the actions and activities of government and the private sector alike.

“The first Gympie Region Business Confidence Survey was completed in May this year, with over 250 businesses across the entire region providing invaluable information and feedback about their plans for the future and overall confidence in doing business in the Gympie region,” he said.

“Gympie Regional Council has again contracted Boardroom Business to prepare and deliver this survey in an online format, so that it is very simple and easy for business operators to respond.

“As with the first survey, receiving first-hand feedback and information from our businesses provides both business and council with an overview of business confidence in the Gympie region which can help inform both business and council in the planning and delivery of services and development of strategies.”

Of the 253 respondents to the last survey, a total of 79.1 per cent felt their business would either be stronger or about the same for the next six months.

Results of the next survey will help determine if those business predictions were accurate.

In addition to business confidence information, the survey will also ask business opinions on major constraints and opportunities for the growth of local business.

“Feedback provided in the last survey has been used to inform the development of council’s economic development strategy and help provide direction in the delivery of services to business,” Cr Dyne said.

“A special feature of this second survey is a focus on infrastructure and major infrastructure projects which will help facilitate the development of the Gympie region.”

The survey will be open for three weeks and will be circulated to the business community or is available online through Gympie Regional Council’s website.

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