Who else has an issue with Easter eggs on shelves in January?

I’m one of those people who does get a bit upset when I see Easter Eggs on supermarket shelves in January.  And this is coming from a confirmed chocoholic who will usually accept any excuse to enjoy the delights of this heaven sent miracle.

I like to take my ‘strategic’ time getting into a new year and setting my goals and plans for how we are going to change the world and make our everyday better. So I don’t need anything pushing this time faster than necessary – Easter will come soon enough!

Whilst our last quarter business conditions survey results were a bit disconcerting with the triple threat of bushfire impacts, drought and weak household demand, I am beginning to hear of some optimism for consolidation of business strategies. 

This discussion suggests now is a good time to really get inside your financial position and know where to trim and where to invest – particularly in areas of strength.

If you would like some support in this area of your business please get in touch as we can connect you with support from across our network.

Keeping connected and informed

I want to reiterate a comment from previous newsletters – when times are tough it is important for us to be there for each other and to share information that might help others no matter how small or big that knowledge might be. 

The NSW Business Chamber is often an intermediary between industry and government as we have very deep and trusted relationships and well used networks to distribute information and also gather knowledge quickly and clearly present it to support business.

Please use the Service NSW portal and concierge for your bushfire recovery support options. This also ensures that data is tracked on the number of enquiries and the types of enquiries taken to ensure we continue to learn and improve on support for business in these difficult times. Go to: service.nsw.gov.au/assistance-bushfire-affected-communities.

We are also very keen to hear from you if there is an area of concern relating to bushfire recovery where we can feed this into meetings with relevant authorities for you. What we often find is an issue is being felt by many and by presenting it in a united way we get faster action.

Recognising your efforts through the Local and Regional Business Awards Programs

We are currently in preparation for the 2020 Business Awards season and look forward to shining a light on businesses in the Northern Rivers again this year.

Being recognised as a business of excellence at your local and regional awards is a fantastic marketing and PR strategy. 

If you are interested in finding out more about entering the awards program please email our Regional Coordinator Rebecca Watling via rebecca.watling@nswbc.com.au so we can get you on track early with plenty of time to prepare a fantastic submission.

We are also calling for expressions of interest from community leaders who would like to participate on our independent judging panels. 

This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is retired, with industry experience and a passion for business improvement. 

Please contact me directly by email – jane.laverty@nsw.com.au to discuss the criteria and timeframes for this important role.

Yours in business


Jane Laverty – Regional Manager Northern Rivers, NSW Business Chamber