MEDIA RELEASE - Macarthur Businesses Have Their Say!
Tuesday 8 April 2015
Late last year the Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC), in conjunction with its member Councils, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly, commissioned respected market research company Iris Research to conduct a survey of businesses in Macarthur.
The survey was undertaken as part of the economic development activities of each Council in a bid to gain a better understanding of the business landscape of the Macarthur region.
The survey focused on a range of questions relating to confidence measures such as sales, profitability, capital expenditure, staff levels and overtime. The survey included specific questions relating to local industry markets, suppliers, workforce, and growth impediments.
MACROC President, Cr Paul Hawker is delighted with the response by the business community, “Four hundred and forty three businesses in the Macarthur region responded to the survey, an excellent response! The growth of our Macarthur region presents both opportunities and challenges for business in the region, and it is encouraging that two fifths of businesses reported trading conditions for the six months from January to June 2014 as being good or very good,” said Cr Hawker.
“The Mayors of Macarthur, Crs Paul Lake, Lara Symkowiak and Col Mitchell all understand the importance of strengthening our region and believe the results of the survey will assist MACROC and its member Councils to understand how they can support existing businesses and attract new businesses and jobs to the region”.
‘I encourage you to have a look at the survey’, says Cr Hawker, ‘It provides an analysis of factors that affect business confidence and performance as well as providing an overview about the local business climate for potential investors and businesses”.
The report: ‘2014 Survey of Businesses in Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly. Summary of Findings’ can be found on the MACROC website at www.macroc.nsw.gov.au/2014 Business Survey; and copies will be sent to the local Chambers of Commerce and to relevant Ministers and State and Federal Government agencies.
Cr Paul Hawker
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