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Penrith Press
I April 7, 2017

Businesses lead push to put west on tourist map

PENRITH Panthers has united with other western Sydney leaders to fund the first business-led plan for a stronger visitor economy.

Western Sydney Business Connection’s new $100,000 Western Sydney Visitor Project aims to produce a region-specific visitor marketing strategy to put western Sydney on the map.

The man behind the hugely successful 100% Pure New Zealand tourism campaign, Ian Macfarlane, has been recruited to help with this.

“Up to 1998 NZ had suffered market share decline in its major markets and that campaign actually allowed NZ to increase its market share in all its major markets in the seven years that followed,” said Mr Macfarlane, who has also developed marketing strategies for Abu Dhabi, Cape Town, Adelaide and San Diego....Read More

Blacktown Sun I Nov 17, 2016

Keep your business strong

As Australian small businesses brace themselves for the impending Christmas period, Business Life Australia (BLA) – a recently formed business support charity – has launched and is here to help.

“Running a small business can be stressful enough at the best of times, but the Christmas period can be a particularly trying time for small business owners, who struggle to meet increased demand but also contend with the higher emotional and social pressures of the season,” Business Life Australia director, Koos Kruger said.

“The health of the business can strongly affect the health of the business owner in a myriad of ways – mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, socially – and these issues can have a flow-on effect onto the owner’s family and even their wider community....Read More

Parramatta & Holroyd Sun
 I Sept 15, 2016

Engine room of the nation

A packed room of 600 business leaders showed why west is best last week.

Premier Mike Baird delivered his third annual state of the region address at a Western Sydney Business Connection lunch in Rosehill, where he talked up his government's progress, priorities and plans.  

"Western Sydney is the engine room of the nation," Mr Baird said. 

"It's the 22nd largest economy in the world, ahead of countries such as Sweden, Poland and Norway. Unemployment is at 5.2 per cent, compared to 5.7 per cent nationally."....Read More 

Parramatta Advertiser I Sept 8, 2016

Premier Mike Baird talks up investment his government has given to western Sydney

PREMIER Mike Baird has talked up the level of investment and attention his government has given to western Sydney while addressing 600 of the region’s business leaders.

Mr Baird today delivered his third State of the Region speech at the Western Sydney Business Connection at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and boasted about the Liberal Government’s key projects and achievements for the region and the state.

“Starting with the economy, there has been real progress. The numbers came out yesterday for NSW as the fastest growing economy in the country ... It is the 22nd largest economy in the world.”....Read More

Western Sydney Business Access
I May 2, 2016

Benefits of private equity funding

A home visit health care business that is thriving by being client-driven is no longer dubious about private equity financial help after attending the WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon on April 28. 

Alexandra Conroy from Reliant Healthcare operates in a niche market and did not think she fit the profile of a business that would attract private equity finance. 

Ms Conroy told WSBA after the event that she had been dubious about the benefits of private equity financing, should she need a financial boost further down the track.

I thought I would have to give after control of my business but after hearing....Read More I Feb 27, 2015

Westmead Health Precinct will become one of Australia’s biggest 24/7 businesses

THE new Westmead Health Precinct will be, “one of the biggest 24/7 businesses” in Australia with more than 12,000 staff and patients on site everyday, the hospital’s new general manager said.

General manager Andrew Newton said the future Westmead Health Precinct would have to be built to cater for projected population needs he described as, “scary”.

By 2026 the Western Local Health District will have 1.161 million people, an increase of 315,000.

People aged zero to 15 years will increase by 40 per cent....Read More

Hills Shire Times I March 24, 2015

New businesses vital for economic growth

The growth of western Sydney will only be successful if the region meets the needs of private business, according to the west's councils. 

Speaking at the Western Sydney Business Connection's Business Leaders' Luncheon last week, senior staff from Parramatta, Liverpool, Blacktown, The Hills and Penrith said encouraging business to move to the west would mean future growth was sustainable. 

Penrith Business Alliance Chief Executive Bijai Kumar said making the west a viable option for business would encourage growth. 

"Businesses will go where they can make a buck," he said....Read More

ABC News
I Oct 6, 2015

Shortage of skilled workers and apprentices restricting growth in western Sydney, report finds


 A growing skills shortage in Sydney's west is restricting the growth of businesses in the region, a report has found.

TAFE Western Sydney and Western Sydney Business Connection conducted the Greater Western Sydney Skills Barometer audit in mid-2015, surveying 456 businesses across different industries in the region.

TAFE Western Sydney Institute director Robin Shreeve said one of the key findings was a shortage of "grey collared workers"....Read More

Western Sydney Business Access I Nov 2, 2015

Infrastructure dream drives Baird

Premier Mike Baird's message to Western Sydney business leaders was clear - he will not be thwarted by community opposition when delivering his promised infrastructure program. 

Paraphrasing Elanor Roosevelt, Mr Baird told the 600 business representatives at the State of the Region Address that he would do what he believed in, "because you are going to get criticised whatever you do". 

He said there would be inconvenience as new roads and other infrastructure was being built, but the benefits would make it all worthwhile....Read More

Parramatta Advertiser
I June 12, 2014

WSBC Parramatta lunch inspires employers on how to grow employment in west

WITH being a “westie” now “a badge of honour”, Western Sydney businesses gathered to hear how to attract and keep one of the biggest workforces in the country, at a Parramatta lunch today.

Deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph Ben English used his experience as driver of the Fair Go for The West campaign to inspire employers at Western Sydney Business Connection’s What’s Driving Employment in GWS lunch at the ParkRoyal.

Mr English was keynote speaker along with demographer Mark McCrindle, leading the way into a panel discussion involving workplace specialists from Matthew Folbigg, Fay Calderone and Stewart Gough; TAFE NSW strategic projects director Ron Wright and Greg Travers from William Buck Chartered Accountants....Read More 

Parramatta Advertiser
I Dec 4, 2013

Western Sydney Business Connection lunch raises vital funds for Northcott Disability Services

Western Sydney Business Connection's last lunch of the year gave business people a chance to network before the start of another year as well as raise money for Northcott Disability Services.

Held at Oatlands House in Dundas on Wednesday, the business leader lunch featured popular Northcott ambassadors Ben Keyte and Shirley Wong who both spoke of how Northcott had helped their lives.

Both wheelchair bound and Ms Wong communicating via an iPad voice, the young ambassadors told of the support Northcott had given them.

"If not for Northcott, I, we would not be talking to you today," Mr Keyte told the audience....Read More

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