State's SMEs business confidence rises

Australia's economic climate may have levelled off, with the first encouraging signs emerging from the small business sector, according to the Sensis Business Index released yesterday. The survey provides the latest snapshot of small and medium enterprise (up to 199 employees) activity in Australia, with 1,800 businesses from metropolitan and regional areas interviewed between February 2-24 this year.


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Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that our Premier is one of the few leaders who is doing his best to try to build confidence by highlighting the positive indicators and opportunities in the market. We are told that we have a "crisis of confidence" in the finance sector, yet our Prime Minister and big business leaders seem incapable of talking about anything except gloom. We had an economic "tsunami" and we are now going to be hit by a "cyclone"!!! It seems that Australia can't have any credibility on the international scene until we fall in line with all those larger (poorly managed) economies and go into recession. The WA business community wants to get on with the job and managers of SME's are making positive adjustments to their businesses in the light of current market conditions. This seems to be a concept that our big business leaders can't comprehend. We all have a responsibility to highlight the very real opportunities that still exist - this serves to create confidence which will lead to more opportunity, more jobs, and more spending. Yes, Prime Minister, we must keep swimming against the tide, because the alternative is not an option - let's get on with it!

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