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20,000 tip-offs shine a light on workplaces

Friday 23 February, 2018 | By: Default Admin

Thousands of anonymous reports from concerned members of the community are assisting the Fair Work Ombudsman to target unlawful practices in workplaces across Australia and deliver outcomes for workers who might otherwise not seek help. Read more.

Queensland business confidence hits four-year high

Monday 12 February, 2018 | By: Default Admin

For the first time in four years, Queensland businesses are feeling optimistic about the future and confident in their operations, according to the latest Suncorp CCIQ Pulse Survey of Business Conditions. Read more.

PSA - CCIQ Email Breach: Lessons learned, and what it means for your business

Friday 2 February, 2018 | By: Default Admin | Tags: cyber security

Dear members, friends and followers. I just wanted to let you know that one of CCIQ’s email accounts was breached by a third party yesterday in an attempted phishing attack. We’re confident the breach poses no danger to any other staff, members or customers of CCIQ. Our IT provider took immediate action to contain and eliminate any possible threats. We’re now conducting a thorough review of our cyber security systems and policies to make sure we are meeting best practice standards. Read more.

Business 2018

Wednesday 10 January, 2018 | By: Default Admin

2018 has all the elements to be the year for business. At the close of 2017, the State Government was re-elected with a majority, albeit slim, helping to solidify political certainty for the next 2 years and 10 months. The Queensland economy reached $309 billion GSP during 2016/17, growing by 1.8% over the past year. Although lagging behind the national average growth of 2%, Queensland’s economy goes into 2018 with momentum.  Read more.

4 Questions Every Business Owner Should Ask about the NBN

Sunday 31 December, 2017 | By: Default Admin

In today’s business environment, internet connectivity is often considered vital to a business’ success. Businesses rely much of their success on how well their business is connected to the rest of world through the Internet. Read more.

Mid-Year Financial Updates Review

Wednesday 20 December, 2017 | By: Default Admin

Both the Federal and Queensland governments have released their respective mid-year budget updates, providing updated details of the fiscal outcomes for FY2017 and revised budget projections for the outlook period to FY2021. Read more.

It’s the most wonderful(ly hot) time of the year

Tuesday 19 December, 2017 | By: Default Admin

‘Tis the season to be jolly! But unlike our northern counter parts who worry about white outs, Queensland business have a higher concern about black outs. With soaring temperatures and parts of Queensland experiencing 45 degree days this week, expect the air conditioners to be cranking. However, with electricity prices having doubled in the past decade small businesses are turning to alternatives to keeping their operational costs down this summer. Electricity bills represent a significant chunk of mum and dad small business operating budgets and will continue to exert greater pressure on profit margins as prices remain volatile and continue to rise. Read more.

CCIQ Welcomes Combined Portfolio

Monday 11 December, 2017 | By: Default Admin

In the run up to the state election small businesses called for greater emphasis to be placed on skills and workforce developments and will be pleased at the announcement of a combined portfolio of Employment, Small Business and Training and Skills Development in the new Palaszczuk government. Read more.

Economic Growth Focus Welcomed

Monday 11 December, 2017 | By: Default Admin

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) congratulates incoming Premier and her Labor Team on forming majority government in Queensland. Read more.

What to do with the Weinstein in your company

Monday 11 December, 2017 | By: Default Admin

In the wake of the Weinstein situation, wherein over 65 women have come forth amidst allegations of sexual harassment and assault by serial predator Hervey Weinstein, communities across the globe have joined together to revolt against oppressive sexual harassment, starting the #metoo campaign, and leading to a worldwide ‘purge’ of predators across various industries and vocations.  Read more.

Why your website is the best sales tool you have

Tuesday 28 November, 2017 | By: Default Admin

From payroll and rent to advertising expenses, there are many costs that come with operating a small business. Some are more important than others but one expense you should never try to downscale is building a professional and usable website. Read more.

Business As Usual as Count Continues

Sunday 26 November, 2017 | By: Default Admin

The result of the 2017 State Election is still some way off yet, but it is “business as usual” for Queensland’s small business community. Read more.