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  • 17 Mar 2020

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Regional plan delivering jobs and increasing incomes

The region's new five-year economic plan has been launched, to continue to bolster our region’s growth. The latest five-year implementation plan, lays out how we will deliver growth across the region, as set out under the 20-year Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 (the REDS). In the first five years of the REDS, the Sunshine Coast economy grew by almost $5 billion, there are now more than 23,500 additional careers in our high-value industries with more than 500 new businesses opening annually, and household incomes have increased by 25% from $1010 to $1260, moving considerably closer to the State average. Under the new five-year Implementation Plan, a suite of 40 economic actions will be delivered from 2019 to 2023 to ensure new opportunities are realised.



Have your say! Take the survey today!

The 2019 Sunshine Coast Business Confidence Survey is now open! Everyone in the business community is encouraged to provide frank, real-world opinions and insights into the realities of your day-to-day operations. The data collected throughout this process is critical in helping to shape our recommendations and actions to support you. The survey closes 14 October.

Innovation boosts business

Local businesses that prioritise innovation increase their sales of new products and services by 20% and higher, according to the SCRIPT 2018-2019 Regional Innovation Benchmark. The report shows Sunshine Coast businesses were more likely to introduce novel, new-to-their-business innovations than their Queensland and Australian counterparts. Sunshine Coast businesses also showed a higher-than-average uptake of contemporary business practices and are significantly more likely to have an innovation strategy and an e-commerce platform (than non-innovators).


Caloundra shopfront makeovers

Does your shopfront need a face-lift? A pilot to help give our region a boost is underway, with up to $5000 (or 50% of costs) on offer for shopfronts to be enhanced. The pilot is open to businesses in areas along Bulcock and Centaur streets as well as parts of Tay Avenue. Other areas will be considered if the pilot proves successful.

Get exporting

Thinking of exporting? If you own a business in advanced manufacturing, cyber security, food and agribusiness, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, mining equipment and services, or oil, gas and energy resources industries apply for up to $1.5 million in funding. Make sure you read about and get involved with Council's Export Program and join our LinkedIn network to boost your connections and opportunities!


Music to businesses' ears

Local businesses can apply to advertise on the Caloundra Music Festival mobile app for free! If you think your business may benefit from access to the festival crowd then make sure you to get in touch. About 10,000 attendees are expected each day and the app will offer a 'Local Business Deals' tab where businesses will be promoted. Additional advertising space will be available to businesses offering a special deal to anyone wearing a CMF wrist band over the festival weekend, or showing their festival ticket. Enter your business today and make sure you grab your tickets early to get along to the festival!


Boosting business through events

This financial year about 60 major events will be held across the Sunshine Coast, injecting $74 million into our economy. Take advantage of the opportunities to promote your services with these top tips to help stimulate our economy. We can all contribute to encouraging visitors to spend more time in our beautiful region, to help build destination advocates that will rave to their social networks about our Sunshine Coast. Check out our events page to plan ahead!


Bound For Success!

At times we might dream about a life of sunshine, beaches, palm trees and coconuts, but for the Goslings, a 3am light-bulb moment a decade ago has led to the creation of COYO – the World's first coconut yoghurt. Get to know Sandra Gosling in our latest business podcast. In case you missed our earlier episodes, catch up on Bound For Success. Episodes released monthly, so subscribe!

Business events 

Date Event Location 
 6 September  Breakfast of Champions with Samuel Johnson  Sunshine Coast Health Institute Auditorium
 10 September  Getting Wages Right, Interpreting Awards  Innovation Centre
 10 September  Recruiting and Onboarding New Employees  The Hive
 11 September  Recruiting Essentials  Coastal Coworking
 11 September  Creditor Conversations and Cashflow  Home Grown Café Palmwoods
 12 September  Normalising Mental Health Venue 114 
 16 September  Australian Regional Development Conference Novotel Twin Waters Resort 
20 September  Fight Food Waste CRC SME Solutions Fund   Innovation Centre
22 September  Out on the Patio Networking lunch   Harry’s on Buderim
 24 September  Developing Position Descriptions  Innovation Centre
 11 October  Workplace Wellbeing Breakfast: Secrets to a Thriving Business, Customers & Community  Caloundra RSL

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