Businesses wise up with expo

Dick Smith is business as usual in Warwick on Tuesday. Photo Samantha O'Neil / Warwick Daily News
Dick Smith is business as usual in Warwick on Tuesday. Photo Samantha O'Neil / Warwick Daily News Samantha O'Neil

The region's retail, hospitality and tourism businesses are set to get savvy, when industry experts pay a visit to the town as part of Warwick's first Government Subsidies Expo next month.

The not-to-be-missed event will provide valuable information on the government subsidies, incentives and support available to the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors in our region.

The Expo will help to generate jobs in the region by providing vital information on apprentice and trainee options and availability, directly connecting government program and subsidy providers with local businesses.

The event is prompted by the Queensland Government's Tourism Workforce Plan, which aims to provide the industry with another 20,000 workers by 2020.

Representatives from education and training organisations, employment agencies and other local service providers will provide industry updates and key information at a forum and via trade stalls.

Southern Downs Regional Council staff will also be on hand to answer questions and selected local industry providers will present new and innovative products and services.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said these industries combined contribute over $300M to the regional economy every year.

"Our retail, tourism and hospitality businesses contribute so much, not only to our economy, but also to the vibrancy and liveability of our region," Cr Dobie said.

"This forum will equip these industries with valuable insights into incentive programs and available subsidies to continue to strengthen and grow their businesses, and our region.

"No matter how successful a business, there's always room for improvement - to do better, and local business don't have to do it alone. There is support available, so I encourage people to come along and take advantage of these programs and subsidies.

"We are also inviting agencies and businesses that support or contribute to the retail, tourism and hospitality industries in any way to come and join us and have their own trade stall."

The Government Subsidies Expo is a free event which runs from 1.30pm - 3.30pm on Tuesday, February 13 at Stanthorpe Civic Centre on Marsh St.

Bookings are for the expo are essential.

For more information or to register, contact Council's Economic Development Officer Jenny Sherrin on 07 4681 5527 or email

Registrations close on February 6.

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