Gold Coast Business Week 2022: preparing the city for a new phase of growth

Gold Coast Business Week 2022: preparing the city for a new phase of growth

With the Gold Coast’s post-pandemic recovery in full swing, the city is gearing up for the next phase by bringing together the business community for the fourth annual Gold Coast Business Week to be held from the end of August.

The event, which is back after a two-year hiatus, is poised to deliver an entrepreneurial week-long program of 11 events and interactive workshops for businesses across the Gold Coast, all drawing on the city’s renowned entrepreneurial talent, community and lifestyle opportunities.

Presented by the City of Gold Coast, and supported by Business News Australia, Gold Coast Business Week 2022 (GCBW22) is aimed at upskilling business owners and budding entrepreneurs through a program that explores emerging trends and promotes collaborations via key networking opportunities.

The Gold Coast economy was identified earlier this year by the city’s Economic Outlook report as outperforming the broader Queensland recovery, and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says GCBW22 is an opportunity to take that growth to the next level.

“The city’s employment has been growing by more than 2 per cent per annum over the past 10 years, almost twice the employment growth rate in Queensland and Australia,” says Tate.

“At the same time, our economy has been growing at a strong 3.4 per cent per annum across the same period meaning we are better placed than others to emerge from the pandemic.

“But it hasn’t been an easy few years for some industry sectors. COVID has changed global economies and we aren’t exempt. Gold Coast Business Week events will focus on emerging trends, innovation and opportunities to grow businesses here on the Coast.

“It’s time to hear from industry leaders, so welcome to Gold Coast Business Week.”

GCBW22 is being held from 29 August to 2 September 2022 with free ticketed events to be held at locations across the city.

Each day of the five-day event will focus on a specific theme, namely ‘sustainable economic future’, ‘talented’, ‘connected’ and ‘high performance’. The events will draw on the Gold Coast’s diversified industry sectors, including marine, tourism, education, sports, screen & film production, professional services and technology.

The GCBW22 program will feature one special online event, The Top 10 Tips for Tendering, providing an opportunity for participants around Australia and the world to join in.

Special guest and keynote speaker Michael McQueen, a renowned futurist, will share insights into COVID-inspired shifts in consumerism and the expectation for the future, in preparation for what is to come for the Gold Coast.

A series of new City of Gold Coast-run programs and opportunities for local business will be announced during the week, while live presentations and key expert speakers will share their knowledge on a range of topics offering strategies that are actionable and best-practice to future-proof local businesses. These will be resilience-focused learnings around skills, jobs, supply chains, product innovation and business strategies.

Participants will learn about the city’s new targeted business matching platform, the GCB Portal, aimed at helping local companies build meaningful networks to strengthen their businesses.

Registrations are required for each event as numbers will be limited. For more information and to register for GCBW22, click here.

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