SAY HI: Meet Emma Brenton, business banking manager at Wide Bay Australia.
SAY HI: Meet Emma Brenton, business banking manager at Wide Bay Australia. Mike Richards

Emma brings new sector to Wide Bay, solid advice for locals

WHETHER it's supporting local business or ensuring people think positively about their funds, Emma Brenton has brought a new sector to Wide Bay as its business banking manager.

Wide Bay itself is going through what Emma said were great changes with the launch of Business Banking coming up next week and the Goondoon St office going through a major overhaul.

She said her role was for business customers to have someone who understands small-to-medium business.

"I want to help people be more positive. There is concern as we're coming out of the boom but Gladstone is just returning to where it should be," she said.

"The town is scaling back but we don't need to be scared of where we're headed."

Emma said encouraging people to buy local was great, as long as they really are local businesses.

"People need to not just be buying local, but buying locally owned as well," she said.

"It can be difficult to look at a business and know whether the funds will stay in the town, but we should be helping out our local business owners."

She said the role she would also like to play is to help businesses succeed.

"The financial goals are part of that, but it's not the be-all and end-all," she said.

"To reach that end goal people need to work 'on' the business, not just 'in' the business."

She said having a good business plan showed good management and clear direction.

"It can show lenders that you've got direction," she said.



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