Small business dark on WA govt

The approval rating of the state government by small and medium enterprises has fallen, making it the second lowest ranked state or territory government across Australia, a business survey has revealed today.


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I am not surprised at the low rating. State Government can be woeful in paying its invoices on time to small business but they still expect the work to be completed on time and on budget. Obviously receiving their fortnightly pay makes them less understanding that cashflow is king for small business and that prompt payment ensures we can pay our suppliers, staff and ourselves. How would they feel if their employer delayed their pay without communication or kept on promising prompt payment that just does not happen as promised? As for tendering - how complex and tortuous and jargon driven it is. I avoid tendering unless it is with a larger company that has the staff and resources to put the tender together. Even if you win a tender it can be more trouble than its worth - pushed out timelines due to Department's staff not performing as and when required, constant micro managing, and hand holding. The billable hours just go out the window. Having said that, there are some Departments that are an absolute joy to work with but they are rare. I evaluate very very carefully whether or not to engage with State government and it really does depend on which Department and the internal contact as to whether I take on the work or not.

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