Bowral Chamber of Commerce “Bowral on the Move” survey

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“Bowral on the Move” – revitalising economic development

New project to boost business in Bowral

A new project is underway in Bowral aimed at helping local economic development and marketing the town more effectively. Terry Oakes-Ash, President of the Bowral Chamber of Commerce, urges that the project is essential to retaining and expanding a broad base of business and services in Bowral and to getting Council, the Chamber of Commerce, SHBC, other community organisations and local business working together.

The first stage of the project is a survey of local business owners which is now underway. The project is a joint effort between the Department of State and Regional Development and the Bowral of Commerce, (supported by the ANZ Bank, Telstra Countrylink, Wingecarribee Shire Council and Berrima District Credit Union). The project recognises that existing businesses in any town are its most valuable economic and employment asset.

The project manager, Bruce Nichols of Campaign Marketing, stressed this point recently when talking to the local taskforce who are steering the project. “You can spend a lot of time and money trying to get firms from elsewhere to relocate to your town with a very low chance of success. Meanwhile, your existing business base remains taken for granted and therefore neglected. Through the Retention and Expansion project we aim to remedy this situation, by asking local firms about their needs and plans and how they think the local business environment could be improved.”

If it is possible, all firms in Bowral will receive a letter and survey covering all the relevant topics, with a reply paid envelope. If you don’t receive a letter, please download the questionnaire from this website and fax it to the number below or post it FREE to “Reply paid, PO BOX 900, BOWRAL , NSW 2576

Terry Oakes-Ash urges business owners to take the opportunity to air their views and to contribute to the pool of information about the local business scene. Individual comments and plans will be treated in total confidence, but the aggregated information is of great value in solving local problems, planning for the future and general promotion of the community.

This project also provides the opportunity to match up individual business needs with Government assistance programs.

“This business project is designed to help you”, says Terry Oakes-Ash, “so please don’t ignore or dismiss it. The community will appreciate your co-operation and participation. Most important, we will put the feedback from businesses to practical use.”

Enquiries to Bruce Nichols on 4861 7100 or 0414 566 419. Fax: 4861 7199