Nsw Have Your Say

Peak industry body the National Retail Association (NRA) has backed the Queensland Government’s Big Plans for Small Business Strategy which will see $140 million invested over the next two years to support small operators.

NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that thousands of small retailers across Queensland will benefit from this scheme.

“Small Queensland retailers are operating in a very challenging environment. They are having to weather the storm from the COVID-recession and consumer confidence has been very volatile over the past 12 months,” Ms Lamb said.

“A skills gap within the Queensland small business community would have detrimental effects across the economy. Ensuring that both workers and retailers are equipped with the necessary training is crucial and we welcome the Queensland Government’s strategy over the next two years.

“Small operators don’t have the resources that multi-nationals do so we’re very pleased to see initiatives aimed at building the skills and capabilities of small businesses. Particularly at a time of profound shifting consumer behaviour it’s vital that smaller retailers are not left behind as the industry continues to evolve.

“Also, making the Queensland Small Business Commissioner permanent is something that the NRA has previously advocated for and retailers welcome this announcement.

“The NRA looks forward to working with the Queensland Government to ensure the objectives outlined in this strategy are achieved and that the state’s small business community thrives over the coming years.”