Search:



Silver lining from pandemic

Posted: 12pm 21 Aug 2020

Business in the Moreton Bay Region may be able to future-proof themselves by learning lessons from the COVID-19 crisis, according to researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

USC’s School of Business has joined with Innovate Moreton Bay to investigate business resilience and innovation among entrepreneurial firms during the pandemic.

Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at USC, said the research team was looking for owners and managers who had changed business models to adapt, using online platforms to engage new customers.

Adding value

“Many business owners we would like to talk with have come up with ingenious changes to their products to provide value to their customers, with some saying they have never been so busy,” Dr de Villiers Scheepers says.

Innovate Moreton Bay’s Regional Innovation Coordinator Steve Butler says those taking part in the research will have a chance to showcase their business by highlighting achievements.

“We’ve seen innovations across a diverse range of industries and this has not been limited to technology-focused innovations,” he says.

Finding hope

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) suggests the coronavirus pandemic has hit small businesses across the country, particularly tourism and arts.

“The cash flow out of two out of three businesses, across all sectors, has been affected by the restrictions, with many deferring loan payments, standing down staff and renegotiating leases,” says Dr de Villiers Scheepers, “yet some have sought the silver lining in the crisis.”

Sign-up today

The project builds on existing entrepreneurship research in the region and aims to support economic development efforts to bring about long-term recovery.

Small businesses in the Moreton Bay Region who have been operating for 13 months or more, are invited to register their interest here.

Share

Trending

Free Netflix-style training for business, employees, jobseekers

The State Government is partnering with an online training company to provide world-first ‘Netflix-style’ free online training for small businesses and employees affected by COVID-19.…

COVID-19 Update August 5

Queensland has recorded 27 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours - 11 of them overseas acquired on board a ship moored off Gladstone and 16 linked to the Indooroopilly cluster. Read more here....…

More you might like:

Trending

Local News   •   19-1-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Sneak peek at Queensland’s second Gold’s Gym

We take a look inside Gold’s Gym at Kippa-Ring, which will open its doors at 9am tomorrow and meet the team. It’s massive, with the latest equipment and fitness options for everyone. …

Local News   •   14-1-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Call for council staff to have body cameras

A push by Moreton Bay Regional Council for regulatory officers to use body-worn cameras and other surveillance video while on duty has the backing on the Local Government Association of Queensland.…

Local News   •   21-12-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Serge passes the baton

The man who has been at the helm of Community Bank Margate for more than 13 years has retired, drawing a sense of pride of what he and his team have achieved but also confidence in the future. …

Local News   •   20-12-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Novel way to foster love of books

Creating a community of readers and breathing new life into read books is driving Alea and Andrew Cadzow, whose business The Book Bucket is thriving on the Redcliffe Peninsula.…

Local News   •   15-12-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Teaching spirit of Christmas

Families and staff at Sesame Lane Care and Kindergarten centres across the Moreton Bay Region will bring smiles to the faces of less fortunate children this Christmas, donating hundreds of gifts to the Pyjama Foundation. …

Local News   •   13-12-2021  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Tenders called for new 400-bed hospital

Expressions of interest are being sought to build a new hospital at Petrie, which will have up to 400 beds and 20 operating theatres.…

Your free local community newspaper, home delivered fortnightly.

Read Latest Edition

Close