Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Business Leaders Prepare for Prosperous Year in the Region

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Business Leaders Prepare for Prosperous Year in the Region

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FIRM FOCUS

with Ashley Jones

WITH a new year under way in Ipswich, leaders in the business community are confident the fast-growing region can expect a bright future.

The presidents of the three Chambers of Commerce in the region - Ipswich, Bremer and Springfield - took time to reflect and consider the year that was and is.

Anita Dwyer, president of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry, along with her colleagues, Bruno Klos, president of the Bremer Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), and Ralph Breaden, president, Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, all agreed 2014 had been a tough year.

"People have had to work very hard to make ends meet, I think it has been an unpredictable year and because of that the people who are surviving are able to adjust to changing conditions. The changes have been significant from government changing rules suddenly," Ms Dwyer said.

Each chamber has a very specific role and mandate but 2014 has been one of transition, according to Mr Klos.

The CCIQ Bremer Region was formed in 2014 coming from the former WIDEN (Western Ipswich District Enterprise Group) and is supported by Ipswich City Council to encourage growth and development in the surrounding townships and districts. WIDEN was formed in February of 2011.

"We are in a transition period, the big challenge for 2014 was the name change, we have focused on membership. We are not a gentleman's club, this is about education and to that end we aim to get key speakers throughout the year," Mr Klos said.

"It is my second term as president and I am pleased with the growth and changes we have made."

CCIQ Bremer Region is moving towards another expo in March this year, following the success of one held two years ago.

Networking groups is another focus because the groups cover a large geographic area so it is important to gather people together.

"We are pleased with the investment in the CBD with big business coming to town. …

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