Kangaroo Island businesses will have a unique opportunity to network with the Chief Executive of Business SA, Nigel McBride (pictured), at an informal presentation on Tuesday, April 12.
There are just 30 seats available at this event, available to any business person on KI, at no charge.
Mr McBride will tackle the issues of taxation, labour costs, skills shortages and bureaucratic red tape, which have been identified as key issues facing regional South Australia, according to a survey by Business SA.
Specific issues of concern highlighted by business owners included the impact of payroll tax on employment, weekend penalty rates, attracting and retaining skilled workers, and the compliance burden of regulation.
The businesses surveyed also suggested that diversification into new activities and value-adding on current products could reduce a region’s reliance on traditional industries.
“Business SA recognises the importance of regional South Australia and the contribution it makes to the State’s economy and jobs,” Mr McBride, said.
“We also recognise that smaller regional centres face particular challenges including attracting and retaining skilled professionals and that businesses, like retailers, struggle to achieve the critical mass and economies of scale that underpin the success of their bigger city rivals.”
Mr McBride said Business SA was actively engaging with regional South Australia and the sorts of issues and challenges revealed by the survey would be taken on board by Business SA.
These topics, along with other challenges identified by local businesses, will be discussed at a Connecting SA Business event that Mr McBride is hosting at Ozone Seafront Hotel, Tuesday 12 April from 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Business Kangaroo Island Chair Sharon Kauppila, SA Small Business Commissioner John Chapman and AusIndustry Customer Service Manager, Roberta Zugan, will also attend the event.
Business SA members and non-members are invited to this free Connecting SA Business event. For further details and to register click on the Register Now button above, or call 8300 0280. Attendance is by registration only. Don’t miss out!