CSIRO trends report shows how local businesses can thrive
BUSINESS minds came together in Gladstone on Tuesday to discuss the CSIRO's global megatrends report and the predicted impact on small to medium businesses.
Here, they share details on how Gladstone's small businesses can get ahead:
Michael Egan, CSIRO
"There's a lot of information and I would love people to follow up and do something with it.
"It's not enough to just provide data. You need to spend some time making connections to figure out what you can improve and how things are going to be different.
"There are 4000 researchers at CSIRO. Wouldn't it be better if they're working on your problems rather than making up their own?"
James Scotland, Department of Industry, Business
"Business people in Gladstone need to have an entrepreneurial approach. We know the world is changing.
"You've got to see what the trends are and then be ready for them.
"We know trends happen and when businesses try to attack those points there is the infrastructure available to help with that."
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Tim Williamson, regional manager for AusIndustry
"We've put together the Gladstone business referral support guide.
"It gives you information on what problems you may encounter and how we can help you solve them. There are lots of people out there to help your business grow."
David Martin, research connections facilitator for Queensland
"Research connections are when we place a researcher with your company to work on a whole range of projects.
"I've done everything from putting psychologists into computer games companies, assist a fellow to sell his products for constipated cows in Japan, to how to tighten bolts on nuclear reactors.
"So the whole point of the program is to make life easy for you finding the technical knowledge that you require or engaging with any research organisation across Australia."
Andrew Harvey, business adviser
"I cover central Queensland. We go and have a holistic look at your company from planning to marketing, financials to operations and identify areas where you can do things differently.
"That third person coming in and talking to you about your business, quite often you don't get that chance to do it that often.
"There's a small pot of money called the Business Growth Grant at the end that enables you to go and action some of the things we discussed."