Sage calls for greater small business representation in Australian Government
On 13th October 2016, Sage brought together policy experts and small businesses for a morning of networking and discussion on the issues facing the Business Builder community in Australia. The aim of the event was to provide the Government with a call to action to help support small and medium businesses in Australia.
The Roundtable was made up of Sage CEO Stephen Kelly; Ex-Minister of State for Trade and Investment, UK Government Lord Francis Maude; Senator, Australian Federal Government Hon. James McGrath; Smithink Management Consulting Director David Smith; Optus VP Small and Medium Business Matthew Ball; CUFA Ltd. Deputy CEO Rebecca McFarling; and small business owner Allen Zhao of SJD Investment Holdings Pty Ltd.
The engaging discussion focused on the following topics:
- The need for small business representatives to be more visible in government to help affect change
- The burden of red tape facing small businesses
- Tax policies and challenges, specifically what government can do to make this work more efficiently for small business
- Digital innovation and how small business can develop agile strategies for driving greater digital adoption in their business
The roundtable discussion was followed by a meeting between Sage CEO Stephen Kelly and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra.
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