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President's Report

SEBCC Breakfast at Sunrise

President's Report

2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways. It’s also been a year where we’ve seen unprecedented collaboration between states and federal governments, whole communities working together towards a common goal and all of us getting a reminder of what really is most important.

I’d like to congratulate Stephen Tait, Amanda Rohan and all the team at CCIQ for the advocacy work they’ve done this year. The ‘Small Business Is A Big Deal’ campaign had significant impact as did the quarterly Pulse surveys. This year, both sides of politics produced in depth, written responses to our Election Priorities and CCIQ are on the front foot in holding the Palaszczuk government to account on their commitments.

Qld small & medium businesses employ 44% of the private workforce. To make sure we can continue to employ and thrive, the government must act swiftly on their commitments. For full details on CCIQ’s response to the State Budget: https://www.cciq.com.au/business-voice/2020-federal-budget/

Borders also reopened this month, which is welcome news for many in our community. Obviously for business it will be of great benefit, but also to our community as we are finally able to reunite with family and friends.  Keeping our borders open is important in so many ways. We urge all our members to continue to practice regular handwashing and social distancing. The ability to swiftly contact trace anyone who’s been exposed will be vital in balancing the needs of keeping our community safe and keeping business open. To that end, please ensure you continue to check-in to venues and give correct information.

Wishing all of you a wonderful festive season and excited to see you all back in 2021!

Thomas Pollock on Winning Government Business
A very successful breakfast this month with Thomas Pollock from THINQ Learning. Small business make up 97% of all businesses. Most government contracts (59%) are under $80,000. However, only 26% of those contracts were awarded to small business. The Queensland Government brought in a mandate from 1 July 2020, that 25% of all procurement was to be sourced from small business. This mandate will increase to 30% come 1 July 2021. This means there is literally billions of dollars in government contracts which must be allocated to small businesses. Thomas gave an excellent presentation and many of the attendees went on after the event to complete his diagnostic to know how ready their businesses are for government contracts. If you’d also like to complete Thinq Learning’s Government Ready Pulse Check, head to https://thinqlearning.com.au/govready

Indigenous Business Report
After the New Year CCIQ will be working towards our Indigenous Business report. If you yourself are interested or know of any businesses who would be interested in consulting with us on this project please send their details through. Contact Rebecca on (07) 3186 5979 and/or info@sebcc.net.au.

SEBCC Office Christmas Closure
Our SEBCC office closes on Wednesday 23rd December and will reopen on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

President's Report