Getting with it: John Todd, of BAC, says business owners must move with the times and be smarter online.Picture: Gary WarrickLAST week the federal opposition spokesman on small business, deregulation, competition policy and consumer affairs, Bruce Billson, visited Penrith to talk to business leaders about the challenges they face.
Mr Billson chatted to a cross section of industries and businesses to determine the concerns of the group.
“They were unanimously against the carbon tax and its effect on their businesses,” said Lindsay Liberal candidate Fiona Scott.
Business Advisory Centre executive officer John Todd, who attended the meeting, believes education and training is the most effective way for companies to thrive.
“Businesses need to be more innovative in their outlook and the way they deliver their products and services,” he said. “We’re trying to get more information out to local businesses and encourage them to take advantage of the programs and training sessions we offer.”
One big problem facing small companies here is the lack of infrastructure, parking, roads and public transport, said Mul-T-Lock Security co-partner Owen Rogers, also at the meeting.
He said his business could benefit from easier access to his store.
“You can spend 20 minutes or more looking for a parking spot,” he said. “Parking has always been an issue, right back to the 1880s when parking horses and carts.”
Mr Rogers suggested local organisations support each another to increase revenue in stores.
“We should all work together through a support network and internal mentors,” he said.
“Consumerism and getting together could be very profitable because small industries are the backbone to our country as we strive for employment.”
Blitz hairdressing owner Dorothy Grace, not at the meeting, agreed that small businesses needed community support.
“Being out of Westfield has been difficult — High Street is much quieter,” she said. “There’s not enough to draw people to the street. We need more boutiques and cafes.”
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