Entries by Greg Ratsch

Innovative Small Businesses Collect Prestigious Industry Awards

Two innovative small businesses based in the City of Salisbury have been recognised for their development of innovative products at several recent awards. XPed, based at Mawson Lakes, won the Research and Development category in the South Australian section of the prestigious iAwards. The iAwards honours companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation and […]

The importance of STEM

A recently released report by the Office of the Chief Scientist highlights the importance of STEM and the need to increase the emphasis on engaging young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This is based on a survey of 486 employers across Australia. These disciplines have been an important element of northern […]

Industry-Led Training Programs Creating Opportunities

Recently I had the pleasure of attending an assembly at Salisbury East High School at which it launched its 2015 partnership with the Beacon Foundation. The Beacon Foundation focuses on supporting young people to successfully transition from education to meaningful employment. This is of vital importance to this region as youth unemployment in northern Adelaide […]

Northern Adelaide Economic Plan

At the Northern Economic Leaders event held at Mawson Lakes last week, the Minister for Manufacturing and innovation, The Hon Kyam Maher, announced the development of an economic plan for northern Adelaide. According to Minister Maher, “The Northern Economic Plan will provide a roadmap for job creation, up-skilling workers, and diversifying the economy in Adelaide’s […]

Major Projects in Northern Adelaide

The South Australian Major Development Directory for 2014-15 was launched by the State Government on 3 December 2014. All up, it itemised 326 projects valued at $94.69 billion. Some of the northern Adelaide projects included were: Cross Keys Enterprise Park and Kings Aviation Centre at Parafield Airport (combined value $600m) Lend Lease’s Blakes Crossing and […]

Building a Resilient Business

A recent report by the Stretton Centre confirms that business owners in northern Adelaide are well aware of the potential impact that the closure of GM Holden will have on their business. According to that report nearly four in ten employers indicated the closure of the automotive sector may lead to a fall in employment […]

The Election Outcome for Small Business

The South Australian election has been run and won with Labor being returned to office for a record fourth consecutive term. The pre-election announcements for small business included: Expansion and acceleration of manufacturing programs; Reduction of WorkCover premiums and payroll tax relief; Support for entrepreneurship support initiatives such as the Majoran Distillery and the Polaris […]

Tips to be an award winning business

Winning an award can provide your business with valuable publicity, be an important marketing tool and increase sales. Even the process of entering an award can provide useful insights into your business and objective feedback on your products and services.  Some owners enter the same award on an annual basis because they use it as […]

Small Business Key to Economic Growth

The recent announcement by GM Holden that it will close its Australian manufacturing operations in 2017 will result in significant economic loss to the region, not only in the automotive supply chain but throughout the business community.  This has been amplified by Toyota’s decision to also cease manufacturing in this country. The bulk of businesses […]