Message from Business New England, Anthony Fox
October was a busy month for the Chamber with a host of Small Business Month events and the rebranding of the Chamber to Business New England on the 29 October.
We also welcomed Ross Patch of the Daily Ritual Tea & Coffee and New England Hatters - certainly a man of many talents or is that hats - to our Board.
Speaking at The Future of the Armidale Region event, organised by Business New England, the Hon Adam Marshall MP outlined a potential vision for the future of the economy and what the local LGA might look like in 2030 if the community taps into its competitive advantage. It was both engaging and inspiring.
Terry Rawnsley's interactive webinar on Regional Small Business, an Economic perspective was very positive in today’s climate. The Chamber is looking at utilising the services of SGS to develop a strategy for businesses to grow and develop the Armidale region. More on that later. If you have any thoughts please let us know.
Business New England will take a collaborative approach as it moves to 2021 with programs such as the soon to be announced local gift card (a partnership with Armidale Regional Council) and the continuation of providing access to online training through the Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre (BEC). A Business Hub is also on the drawing board, partnering with UNE, to provide a focal point for advice and networking for all business, as well as facilitating start-up’s through UNE’S Smart Region Incubator, to drive the regional economy forward. These steps in their own way will help drive the regional economy forward.
Stay safe and stay distant, Anthony
Shopping locally is one of the best ways for all of us as a community to grow and prosper together. Which is why we’re launching the New England Gift Card program. We will be asking the people of Armidale to put their money where their heart is and spend with local business.
There are no limits to how many businesses within the Armidale region can take part in the program and we encourage all locally owned and operated businesses to take part, especially now in the lead up to the Christmas period.
To participate in the New England Gift Card Promotion or to sign up to be a load up store please register below.
Make sure your store has registered in time for the lead up for Christmas.
Oh and be sure to join us on Facebook @newenglandgiftcard to keep up with any news!
SGS ECONOMICS AND PLANNING WEBINAR - IN REVIEW
The Chamber, for Small Business Month 2020 sponsored a webinar by Terry Rawnsley of SGS Economics and Planning. Entitled Regional Small Business, an economics perspective. The webinar covered topics such as;
A number of quite significant statements were made, some of which may be obvious to you. On talking about the importance of small businesses in Regional economies, Terry mentioned, providing goods and services, providing local jobs, generating profits which are reinverted locally and increasing the local tax base. He also mentioned that regional NSW GDP and per capacity growth had fallen significantly in 2019. While it is too early to factor in COVID-19, Terry stated that drought has been the driving factor across regional NSW in terms of regional GDP growth.
In Wagga it was -2.5%, Orange, – 1.1% and Armidale - 1.8%.
The greatest sectors contributing to CDP growth in Armidale were health, education and agriculture, making up 40% of the economy. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services came in fifth after Administrative & Support Services and Construction. Significantly. more than half of the economy in Armidale is made up of businesses with less than 20 workers.
Since March 2020 the broader Armidale region has seen between 0.16 – 2.5% decrease in the number of jobs. Other regional areas have seen up to 5%. While these figures are raw they suggest that Armidale is better placed than other regions at this point of the COVID-19 recession.
Terry suggested structured development for Armidale by:
He then commented upon the importance of the agricultural sector, supporting tourism and investing in lifestyle, pointing out that today’s tourists could become tomorrow’s residents.
This webinar presented a point of view from an expert in regional and urban growth. While some of it may be obvious, it was a timely, encouraging analysis, reminding us of the need for focus and to plan our steps, often small steps, towards a more developed and prosperous region.
Speaking at The Future of the Armidale Region event, the Hon Adam Marshall MP outlined a potential vision for the future of the economy and what the local LGA might look like in 2030 if the community taps into its competitive advantage.
He saw water security as a key driver with a vision of Malpas Dam capacity increased to support both Armidale and Uralla communities. He posited the mall as the thriving heart of the community and the Airport Business Park at capacity and 300+ people. His vision included the New England Renewable Energy Zone producing 10Kw of energy, the city hosting a major data centre, and a second runway at the Armidale airport with direct flights to the major capital cities and other regional centres.
“We have a wonderful climate, excellent water supply, amazing transport providing access to the rest of Australia (and the world) and NBN fibre to the premises. We have a burgeoning clean and green energy sector underway and our region is one of the few regions which understands the benefits that will grow from the renewables sector.”
“It is time for the Armidale region to take the leadership mantle in economic development. It’s a vision that I think everyone can identify with, and my challenge to the business community is to bring about that vision – we have all the ingredients to reach our potential.”
This was a "pep" talk from Adam encouraging the audience to move away from the difficulties of the past and to work on, and make use of, the considerable assets that exist in the Armidale region.
The new name and supporting vision better reflects the aspirational goals of the business community across the Armidale Local Government Area (LGA).
Business New England would like to acknowledge Edwina Bach of Small Batch Graphic who was responsible for refreshing our logo. Small Batch Graphic was able to stay true to the heart of Verso’s original vision while updating the logo to reflect our vision.
We'd also like to thank Ed Campbell of Seek+Deploy who put together the above montage from guests at our Small Business Luncheon. Ed is a new startup business in Armidale, so welcome to our business community.
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21 November - Guyra Peony Festival
21 November - Live and Local Streets Edition - Massiel Barros - Torning @Clique Creations
21 November - James Bennett + Dave Wells - Live@The Welder's Dog supported by Lily Rose
25 November - BNI All Seasons Networking Breakfast Meeting. Focus Presentation - Joanna Dolan of Righting Writing, The Internet needs an Editor
25 November - HR-focused Advisory Livestream - A new topic every Wednesday 5.30pm designed for regionally-based business - Pinnacle People Solutions
26 November - Jazz Blues & Alt Grooves @TheWeldersDog
27 November - Live and Local Streets Edition - Archie Todd @ReadersCompanion
27 November - Goldheist - Live @Charlie'sLastStand
28 November - Field day on Birds of Prey
28 November - Live and Local Streets Edition - Finlay & Hunter @ Ten Koo
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President - Anthony Fox
Vice President - Deborah Hunter
Accounts -Cathryn McFarland
Secretary - Aileen MacDonald
Board Member - Bryn Griffiths
Board Member - Monty Maquire
Board Member - Peter Bailey
Board Member - Ross Patch
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