Sensis Business Index reveals confidence levels dip in NSW, Leeton business owner gives thoughts

THE hard facts of having a business is it’s never going to always be rosy, according to one young Leeton store owner. 

Caitlin Davy has owned Gosh Beauty Therapy for almost two years and in that time has witnessed her business, as well as others in town go through similar cycles. 

A new report released last week from the Sensis Business Index (SBI) found business confidence in NSW had dipped by four points in the last quarter of the year, but still remained above average. 

Drilling further down on the numbers showed regional business owners weren't as confident as their Sydney counterparts.

Regional confidence was down 20 points. 

However, Miss Davy said it was all relative and she felt most Leeton shire businesses were doing okay. 

“It’s going to be different for everyone,” she said. 

“Everyone is always going to have their ups and downs, but I would say most businesses are doing okay at the moment. 

“I’ve had a positive start to the year. It’s been really busy compared to this time last year.”

Across the nation, the SBI found each state and territory had a decline in business confidence, except in Tasmania. 

However, in good news, businesses surveyed said they considered the economy to be healthy and expected it to remain strong this year. 

The NSW opposition believes the state government needs to do more for regional businesses in order to give them a leg up. 

Shadow treasurer Ryan Park said the state coalition had “failed regional NSW”.

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“John Barilaro professes to be the small business champion, but he has been completely ineffective in ensuring that regional NSW gets its fair share,” Mr Park said.

“Regional small businesses could benefit from that extra spend in their areas but this government has done next to nothing to stimulate that growth.

“With youth unemployment rising and business confidence falling, regional NSW deserves much more attention than it is currently getting from Macquarie Street.”

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