Business Minister to visit Ipswich
BUSINESS Enterprise Centre Ipswich Region manager Tony Axford is pleased to advise Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry will visit Ipswich to see first-hand the disastrous impact January’s floods had on local businesses.
Mr Axford said his team was shifting focus to the Lockyer Valley and Goodna as central Ipswich businesses got back on their feet.
So far, he has facilitated more than $2 million worth of Tier One grants of $5000 for local businesses affected by the floods.
“We are still working with people doing it tough financially and trying to resurrect their business,” Mr Axford said.
“We held a breakfast at Springfield Lakes this morning and had 15 businesses attend who had been indirectly affected.
“These are the people who have suffered by not being able to do business because there wasn’t anyone in town.”
He said on a positive note, the Shop Ipswich campaign had been received with gusto around the region.
“People are spending their money locally, so the Shop Ipswich campaign is working extremely well,” he said.
“Gatton is looking at a similar campaign; in fact there have been many councils and BECs across the state looking at what we’re doing in Ipswich.”
Senator Sherry will visit the city on March 16 between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.
Jets Rugby League Club is one of hundreds of local businesses supporting the Shop Ipswich campaign. Marketing and promotions manager “Jacko” said all Jets staff wore the shirts proudly and were committed to the campaign.
“We are all passionate about the cause and would like members and visitors to know we have thrown our support behind Shop Ipswich,” Jacko said.
“We have seen an increase in our weekend trade and believe it is because people are choosing to spend locally when eating out.”