Rory Curtis has been at the helm of the Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce for the past two years.
Rory Curtis has been at the helm of the Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce for the past two years. John Gass

Bugs, business and bye-bye all at the business breakfast

BUG farming, business strategy and Rory Curtis stepping down as president were all topics at the Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning.

About 90 people gathered at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club to mingle and observe presentations from business consultant John Hale, Tweed Shire Council economic development coordinator Mark Tickle, NSW Business Chamber regional manager Northern Rivers John Murray and Councillor Warren Polglase.

Mr Polglase announced the near completion of a long-awaited bug farm on Tweed Valley Way, which would pipe in sea water from Kingscliff.

"This is what we need, people to come in and show business confidence," Mr Polglase said.

Mr Tickle presented updates on Tweed Council's draft Economic Development Strategy and the chamber's request to spend about $600,000 on the beautification of roads leading to Tweed from Gold Coast Airport.

He said the development strategy would be aimed at stimulating regional businesses, while the beautification project would present a more appealing entrance to the Tweed for visitors to the area if it goes ahead.

Mr Hale discussed marketing strategies for small business, including the interesting "swarm behaviour" theory.

He said the theory was based on research that shows businesses offering similar products or services should be situated close together, to maximise growth and achieve a strong customer base due to less search time and cost by consumers.

"If they're not within spitting distance they're losing their market," he said.

Mr Murray announced that Tweed Heads would play a significant part in the NSW Chamber's Small Business Too Big to Ignore campaign by hosting a four-storey tall billboard in Chris Cunningham Park closer to the Federal election, complete with barbecues and the opportunity for business representatives to network.

"There's never been a more important time to get onboard with the chamber," he said.

The billboard would be moved south throughout NSW locations after starting its journey in the Tweed.

President of the Tweed chamber Rory Curtis said the breakfast would be his last as president, as he comes to the end of his two year leadership run.



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