Business confidence is on the way up
BUSINESS confidence in the South Burnett is on the rise, according to a council survey.
South Burnett Regional Council surveyed 100 businesses in the region on local business confidence.
Mayor Keith Campbell said business trading conditions across the South Burnett region improved significantly over the 12 months compared to the previous 12 months.
"Non- retail businesses significantly out-performed retail and personal services over the past 12 months, although both are anticipating improvements in the next 12 months," he said.
He said business expectations for the next year were positive despite pessimism in the wider regional economy over the same period.
The report outlined the most important issues for business in the South Burnett, which were local government efficiency and leadership, government policy and regulation, increasing output costs, declining customer base and broadband and IT access.
Businesses in the South Burnett are also taking part in a shop local rewards system.
Cr Campbell said the shop local campaign was to improve foot traffic levels, foster community pride and promote the region.
Trials have started, but it will be officially launched in September this year.
"South Burnett Rewards is an electronic rewards system which will be rolled out exclusively for the South Burnett," he said.
"In the coming months interested businesses will start trialling the system for free in the build up to the launch."
Cr Campbell said South Burnett Rewards was an opportunity to for businesses to unite together and share economic growth.
"Businesses can capitalise on this opportunity through their in-house rewards program," Cr Campbell said.
South Burnett Directions launched the program over a series of breakfasts.