State Budget FY23-24 key priorities
As highlighted in the Business Chamber Queensland Submission available here:
- Business friendly governments | Reducing operating costs and complexity
- Smart infrastructure | Building productivity and resilience through connectivity
- Skilled workforce | Supporting upskilling, emerging industries and markets
- Advancing sustainability | Developing and enhancing business practices for future sustainability
- Queensland beyond 2023 | Creating growth opportunities for businesses domestically and internationally and legacy outcomes
Eckersley Print Group Managing Director Tom Eckersley said he was looking to the State Budget for support for high operating costs and labour challenges.
The family owned business, which has operated in Brisbane for more than 50 years, is part of the state’s business community which needs a commitment in this month’s State Budget to support them day-to-day and provide necessary confidence to plan and invest in the future of their business.
“High inflation at a business level translates to uncertainty and to high operating costs, including labour, which has affected profits and reduced confidence. Operating costs like freight, raw materials and electricity are all going up which has a flow on effect to reduced profits,” Mr Eckersley said.
“We need to work out how to do more with less and that translates into an operating environment where we have staff retention and attraction as key issues.
“Small and medium businesses are the engine room of the economy but to do that we need to increase productivity and upskill and retain staff all at the same time. In an environment where there is subdued confidence, business need help to do this.”
Read more data used to form this submission
The submission we wrote was informed by a number of data we collected and feedback we received from Queensland businesses. Find the key reports published throughout the last year on Queensland business condition.
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