Council supports small business to tune of $170 million
  • Wednesday 03 September 2014
Cr Chris Thompson

Sunshine Coast Council spent nearly $170 million with local businesses during the 2013-14 fiscal year, representing about 70% of council’s total active spend for the year.
That was the main message Acting Mayor Chris Thompson imparted at today’s Queensland Small Business Week launch.
The launch was attended by Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey, at the Innovation Centre.
“The delivery of council procurement workshops has seen a massive $169 million – that’s 69.5% of total expenditure in procurement – go to local firms,” Cr Thompson said.
He also outlined a number of other initiatives to underline council’s commitment to small business on the Sunshine Coast, whose numbers total close to 34,000.
“With Lend Lease and Spotless, council coordinated procurement workshops across the Sunshine Coast to leverage the $1.8 billion game-changer project; a number of Sunshine Coast companies have benefited from these contracts,” he said.
“We have developed and delivered an annual business confidence survey which helps keep track of the business mood and needs.
“And coming up, we have two new tools to help businesses grow their business – the first of these is we have available on our web site the economy.id market intelligence service, with a range of very useful market and customer data.
“Later this week, Cr Steve Robinson will be launching our online Business Gateway which, linked to the ICN, will enable Sunshine Coast small businesses to be aware of, and better compete for, new business opportunities.”
More than 150 members of the business community attended today’s event.