Survey to provide snapshot

A survey of local business owners in Brunswick Heads was held last week.

The Business Retention and Expansion Survey is a joint effort between the Industry and Investment New South Wales (formally DSRD) and the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce.

The survey will provide a 2009 snapshot of the Brunswick business sector, with very useful research material for prospective new businesses, and for strategic planning and the sourcing of future grant funding.

The project recognises that the existing businesses in any town are its most valuable economic and employment asset.

Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce president Matthew Denehy stressed that assisting with the expansion or enhancement of existing businesses makes more sense than putting energy into attracting new businesses into town.

 “The business survey provides the opportunity for our local businesses to articulate their needs and plans and how they think the local business environment could be improved,” Mr Denehy said.

“The project also provides the opportunity to match up individual business needs with the government assistance programs available.”

All Brunswick Heads-based businesses will receive a letter and a survey covering all the relevant topics.

Assistance with completing the survey will be available if required.

Project managers Shannon Dowsling and Kim Rosen urge all business owners, no matter how big or small, to take the opportunity to air their views and to contribute to the pool of information about the local business scene.

They stressed that “A high return rate is essential to maximise the accuracy of the snapshot.
“Individual comments will be treated in total confidence, but the aggregated information is of great value in solving local problems, planning for the future and general wellbeing of the community.”

All participating businesses will be invited to attend a special cocktail launch of the results on December 9, hosted by the Hotel Brunswick and sponsored by Eagle Insurance Brokers and TURSA.

For further information contact Kim Rosen on 0412316299 or at or Shannon Dowsling on 66851003 Tuesday to Thursday or at

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