Suncorp has finger on the pulse with Queensland small business
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and Suncorp – one of Australia’s largest financial services providers – have teamed up to provide insight into business sentiment in the Sunshine State.
The Suncorp CCIQ Pulse Survey of Business Conditions for the June Quarter includes both Federal and State Budgets and the build-up to the Federal Election.
CCIQ Director of Advocacy Nick Behrens welcomed the new partnership with Suncorp.
“It is great to have Suncorp on board and joining with CCIQ to provide the most comprehensive quarterly study of business conditions in Queensland,” Mr Behrens said.
“The Suncorp CCIQ Pulse Survey is the largest of its kind in Queensland and has provided critical insight into the sentiment of business owners and managers for more than two decades.
“The survey is an invaluable means of gauging the impacts of government policy on businesses, allowing CCIQ to successfully lobby for a positive business operating environment.”
Suncorp’s Head of Business Customers John Debenham said Suncorp was delighted to partner with CCIQ to deliver the Pulse Survey.
“As an organisation with a long and proud heritage across Queensland, we are committed to supporting the growth and sustainability of small and medium sized businesses. Our commitment to this sector is renowned, and was nationally recognised earlier this year when we received Money magazine’s 2016 Business Bank of the Year Award,” Mr Debenham said.
“There were a number of significant events that occurred throughout the June quarter on both a global and national scale, and we’re looking forward to gaining a stronger understanding of the effects these events have had.
“We are focussed on creating value for our customers by helping businesses build resilience, invest and grow. While the Queensland economy continues to transition and diversify, there are some exciting opportunities ahead and we will support the sector to take full advantage of these.”
Up to 1000 small businesses respond to the Pulse Survey every quarter, including answering a “Hot Topic” question relating to a relevant business issue at that time.
Mr Behrens said in the aftermath of the 2016 Federal Election – finally claimed by the Coalition last Sunday – CCIQ was eager to garner views on business conditions in Queensland.
“In order for us to represent the interests of Queensland small businesses at the state and federal level, we’re seeking this valuable feedback on the issues that are likely to influence business decision-making in a post-election climate,” he said.
The Pulse Survey is conducted in conjunction with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s National Survey of Business Expectations.
Mr Behrens said the survey is unchallenged in terms of being the most authoritative, timely and comprehensive snapshot of Queensland business expectations.
“The survey contains data from the largest firms in Queensland through to the smallest and is the first to provide a sample covering the entire business community.
“The data is highly regarded as an extremely accurate reflection of the Queensland economy. The Pulse Survey constantly foreshadows the results of other surveys and reports due to its quick turnaround.”
The June Quarter survey has opened and will close for responses on July 22.