Business plugs into programs
A MACKAY engineering business has taken advantage of government programs to help improve and grow their business.
Jet Engineering business manager and partner Shayne Ritchings said the outside advice had helped their business improve.
"We completed programs and workshops through Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and QMI Solutions," Mr Ritchings said.
"We had external consultants look at our business from an impartial view.
"We've made a large number of changes and we're focusing on a core market now."
Mr Ritchings said the business provided mining companies with underground products.
"Now we know where to focus our time and attention," he said.
"The strategic planning process that QMI helped us with has provided us with so many opportunities.
"Our business then went through a process of looking at where our strengths are."
He said other Mackay businesses should look at the opportunities too.
"Businesses that don't have a head office to guide them should look at getting outside assistance and advice.
"QMI was extremely good and they have really knowledgeable and experienced people."
Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt visited the business yesterday to recognise the efforts the business had made.
"While the manufacturing sector in other states has remained flat, Queensland companies have remained ahead of the pack by looking to innovative ways to outmanoeuvre competitors China and India," Ms Jarratt said.
"Jet Engineering has undertaken some business improvement programs offered by the Government and used Government support programs to become a successful local leader."