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Ballarat businesses tell us what they really think

Posted: Friday 18 October 2019

Ballarat businesses have responded quickly to the Federation University / Commerce Ballarat business survey distributed two weeks ago.    

The anonymous survey, which is a joint project of the two organisations, is the first of its type for the region. It is designed to gauge the confidence of Ballarat businesses, as well as their priorities and hopes for the future.

So far up to 150 local businesses have completed and returned the survey, which is a combination of multiple choice questions and written responses. The survey has been emailed to many local businesses, both members and non-members of Commerce Ballarat.

Any businesses still wishing to complete the survey have until 31 October to return their answers.    

The results from the survey will be revealed in the first quarter of 2020.

Quotes attributable to Lecturer, Federation Business School, Dr Moulik Zaveri
“This is the first time the confidence of the Ballarat business community is being measured. We are delighted to work with Commerce Ballarat on this significant research for local businesses.”

“The purpose of this survey is to explore the areas where the region is excelling and the areas in which it can do better. We encourage businesses in the Ballarat region to participate in the survey to provide us a robust baseline and representation from all types of businesses.”

Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer, Commerce Ballarat, Jodie Gillett

“Ballarat's gross regional product is estimated at $6.823 billion so it is critical we have access to useful data to maintain this growth. The results of this survey will be available for business and all levels of Government to assist with identifying new opportunities and planning for the future.”

“Commerce Ballarat and Federation University will continue to work on projects such as the survey to provide business with critical information and guidance.”  

Contact Matthew Freeman
Media and Government Relations
03 5327 9510; 0408 519 674