For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Mr Peter Strong
One week left for small business opinions to be heard
The need for a common language between small business operators and a little bit of empathy are emerging as common themes in a national questionnaire into the relationship between regulators and small business, mind COSBOA president Peter Strong said today.
The online forum, sale which is to be fed into a Productivity Commission inquiry into regulators and small business, is producing some quality insights and data, and remains open for at least another week.
“In some ways, the early results are confirming what we already know, but it is encouraging that there are comments coming through that praise regulators who are getting it right,” Mr Strong said.
“Communication and an understanding of the needs of the particular business is the theme that recurs, and that is made more difficult by the constraints small businesses face in time and resources.
“For example, one respondent describes how helpful their local Business Enterprise Centre has been in providing information in a form that can be understood.
“On the other hand, one respondent complains that regulators should try to help, not ‘lord it over’ small business people,” Mr Strong said.
Mr Strong urged small business people to go to the website and spend 15 minutes filling in the questionnaire.
“This is one occasion where you can be assured that your comments are going directly to the Government, and into a process that is designed to provide advice that can make a difference to the lives of small business people.
“We could wait a lifetime for another chance to have our say in such a direct form – it really is a case of speak now or forever hold your peace,” Mr Strong said.
You can access the survey at this link: http://survey.cosboa.org.au/