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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Hey Sco-Mo, here’s something to chat about with Qld small businesses during your FIFO visit!

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Hey Sco-Mo, here’s something to chat about with Qld small businesses during your FIFO visit!

    The Palaszczuk Government today (Thursday) welcomed the second business survey in just three weeks showing small business confidence levels in Queensland continue to rise.

    Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said the latest data confirms the Palaszczuk Government’s economic agenda to diversify the economy, attract greater investment, nurture entrepreneurial talent and support innovation across Queensland is having a positive impact.

    “According to the CCIQ-Suncorp Pulse Survey of Business Conditions, small business confidence is increasing significantly - reaching its highest level in three years,” Ms Enoch said.

    “The CCIQ Suncorp Pulse survey found confidence levels were at their highest (49.4) since December 2014 – and backs data from other national surveys showing Queensland small businesses have nation-leading confidence.

    “Recently, the Sensis Business Index survey showed confidence among Queensland small and medium business owners was at its highest level in seven years.

    “However, we know there is still work to be done and that is why we are focussing on growing this important sector after the damage inflicted by the previous Newman/Nicholls Government.

    “Unlike the Federal Treasurer – who has offered some skewed insight on his first visit to Queensland this year - we know who is in the corner of this state’s small business owners and operators.

    “If Scott Morrison bothered to actually spend time in Queensland, he might learn about how the Palaszczuk Government is working to streamline business services after the LNP stripped away major programs designed to provide small businesses with additional support to help them thrive.

    “Red tape also increased under the previous Newman/Nicholls Government, with a Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry April 2015 Red Tape Survey Report stating:  “The burden of red tape has intensified over the past two years and continues to adversely impact the performance of Queensland businesses’.

    “That survey also found one in four businesses felt growth was hindered by red tape and were disappointed the LNP had let them down,” she said.

    Ms Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government had committed an additional $22.7 million in the 2016/2017 Budget to deliver an Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy to help small businesses launch, grow and employ.

    “The Palaszczuk Government understands that by supporting small business, we are supporting economic growth across the state,” Ms Enoch  said.

    “Our Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy is delivering a range of new grants, and expanded services and programs such as the Mentoring for Growth initiative.

    “We are also backing Queensland Small Business Week, which is celebrating the importance of operators.

    “Events and workshops are being held across the state this week, giving business owners, managers and small business advocates access to the tools and resources they need to make their businesses thrive,” said Ms Enoch, who will be attending a small business ‘Time to Thrive’ masterclass in Bundaberg this afternoon.

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