Small Businesses Welcome LNP Buy Local Policy

Monday 25 September, 2017 | By: James Flaherty

Small Businesses across Queensland will have welcomed the announcement by State Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls MP, that, if elected, an LNP government would implement a Buy Local Policy for government contracts.

CCIQ’s General Manager Advocacy, Kate Whittle, said buy local policies are a shot in the arm for business “Queensland businesses want the opportunity to tender for and to win contracts from the state government. We also know that Queenslanders want local businesses to be the at the forefront of government procurement. The LNP policy strikes the right balance between giving small businesses a level playing field to compete and ensures that Queenslanders receive value for money and high quality services.”

“Queensland Government spends $14 billion each year on services and the measures announced by Tim Nicholls means that, Queensland’s 414,000 small and medium businesses have a greater opportunity to win their fair share of business. By ensuring businesses winning contracts have headquarters in Queensland CCIQ believes that the policy will create additional jobs, particularly in regional Queensland.“

“Buy local policies directly benefit business by providing greater access to government tenders and procurement opportunities, recognising the skill, entrepreneurship and essential role small business plays in the state economy and enabling businesses to confidently compete with business from interstate and overseas.”

“We are delighted to be seeing a level playing field created in Queensland and are confident that small and medium businesses across the state will welcome the opportunities the LNP’s buy local policy offers work with open arms.”

“We have seen both the Labor Government and the LNP Opposition launch buy local policies in recent months and CCIQ is delighted, as are our members, that small business will be at the forefront of future government procurement contracts. Both policies will support the growth of small and medium business and will create jobs in Queensland.”

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