Ipswich Small Businesses Shine On Statewide Stage

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31 May 2024

  • The Queensland Small Business Friendly (SBF) Program’s annual conference and inaugural awards ceremony in Cairns today is one of the final events on the Queensland Small Business Month calendar.
  • This month celebrated Queensland’s more than 482,000 small businesses.
  • Today’s conference brings together the 49 councils from Gold Coast to Burke that have joined the Small Business Friendly family since it started in 2020 as an initiative of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner.

As Queensland Small Business Month ends, the Miles Government supported 4th annual Small Business Friendly Program conference and inaugural awards ceremony was held in Cairns with winners from across the state taking home the silverware.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Lance McCallum officially opened the conference and presented the awards to the Member of the Year - City of Moreton Bay, Regional Member of the Year - Balonne Shire Council, and Innovator of the Year - Ipswich City Council.

The Small Business Friendly Program is a community of 49 like-minded organisations championed by the Queensland Small Business Commissioner to work together to ensure their small business community is flourishing.

By signing the Small Business Friendly Charter, councils commit to creating operating environments that help their small business communities to grow and thrive.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Employment and Small Business Lance McCallum:

“Small businesses are vital to Queensland’s economic wellbeing, contributing more than $117 billion each year and fueling the cycle of growth by providing employment for over one million Queenslanders.

“The new Miles Government is committed to supporting our small business sector and this is reflected in the new $250 million Queensland Small Business Strategy 2024-27 to help power small businesses to grow and thrive.

“The inaugural Small Business Friendly Awards are another important initiative to recognise the role that local councils play in supporting their local business communities.

“Congratulations to all the winners–as the Member for Bundamba, I’m particularly proud to see the Ipswich City Council in this year’s winner’s circle as part of Queensland Small Business Month.”

Quotes attributable to Mayor Teresa Harding, Ipswich City Council:  

“As Queensland’s first small business friendly council, Ipswich City Council continues to explore new and innovate solutions to support our more than 12,000 small businesses.

“Council has worked in partnership with our small businesses to introduce new initiatives that encourage residents and visitors to shop, stay and spend in Ipswich. This includes our Queensland-first street patio program which offers local restaurants and cafes an additional and attractive outdoor dining space. 

“Small businesses are a big deal for our city, and we are delighted to see Council recognised as the Innovator of the Year for our ongoing efforts to support and advance local businesses in Ipswich.”

Quotes attributed to the Queensland Small Business Commissioner, Dominique Lamb:

“Queensland small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities from our remote towns to our metropolitan cities.

“As a community we cannot survive without small businesses, and they can’t thrive without vibrant communities, which is why the Small Business Friendly Program is so important.

“The conference and the workshops give members an opportunity to share their success stories and learn together. This is about supporting councils and chambers with economic development.”

Further information

The Small Business Friendly inaugural awards attracted a large number of nominations that exceeded the expectations of judges who had the challenge of shortlisting and selecting the winner for each category.

Innovator of the Year 2024 - Ipswich City Council

The Ipswich City Council has embarked on an innovative placemaking program to foster a shared vision for Ipswich Central, the vibrant cultural hub and beating heart of the Ipswich community. As part of the Ipswich Central Revitalisation project, a 12-month Street Patio trial was initiated across four locations in Ipswich Central for three months. The primary aim was to bolster small businesses and stimulate foot traffic. The trial's feedback was very positive, with 90% supporting more such initiatives. A significant outcome of the trial is the increased participation of businesses that typically would not operate on Sundays, allowing them the opportunity to capitalize on the increased foot traffic.

Find out more about the Small Business Friendly program at: https://qsbc.qld.gov.au/the-small-business-friendly-program/