Penalty rates problematic: Chamber

Reducing the tax burden, repealing red tape and fixing the industrial relations system are also key areas where there should be changes to give local industries the chance to grow and create more jobs.

Speaking at the Shred the Red Growth Series business breakfast in Mandurah on Thursday, CCI chief executive Deidre Willmott said the success of the small business sector was intrinsically linked to the future prosperity of the region.

She said around 92 per cent of Peel businesses were small businesses, so the health of the sector was vital to the future prosperity of the region overall.

“We must create an economic environment statewide that allows businesses to grow unimpeded by overbearing tax burdens, complicated and costly red tape compliance and rigid industrial relations legislation,’’ she said.

“Sunday penalty rates are particularly problematic for the Peel region – the local tourism, retail and hospitality industries all suffer when small businesses in these sectors can’t afford to pay staff on Sundays and can’t open their doors to the public.

“CCI would also like to see telecommunications in the region improved, as poor broadband accessibility impacts on the ability of businesses of all sizes to deliver services.’’

Ms Willmott said there were also opportunities for small businesses to create jobs and stimulate investment through innovation.

“Taking a risk and starting your own small business is the very essence of entrepreneurialism and innovation,” she said. “In developing and embracing breakthrough ideas and practicable solutions, new and expanding small businesses can drive future employment and investment opportunities.”

The event was hosted by Peel Chamber of Commerce and Industry.