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Canberra Business Chamber and University of Canberra join forces and call for local business research

The Canberra Business Chamber and the University of Canberra announced today that they have entered into a new major partnership agreement.

Canberra Business Chamber CEO Graham Catt said: “We are excited to welcome the University of Canberra as a major partner and principal member. This partnership will further strengthen the important relationship between Canberra’s University, and a Business Chamber that has been helping businesses for over 90 years.”

Canberra University Vice Chancellor Professor Paddy Nixon said: “Connection to Canberra and the region is critical to the University of Canberra. As Canberra’s University, we are committed to working with the Canberra Business Chamber in this major partnership.”

Mr Catt said: “We can create new opportunities by linking business with the University’s research and policy development expertise, facilitating work integrated learning, and helping to meet the education needs of the region’s unique and rapidly growing small – medium business population.”

With submissions to the ACT Governments’ 2023-2024 budget closing soon, the Business Chamber and University of Canberra are calling for the government to invest in research and data to support businesses and economic development in the territory.

Mr Catt said: “There is a lack of good data available about how the ACT business community operates, the issues that affect it, and what policy tools will assist the growth of our private sector and specific industries.”

Professor Lorne Cummings, Head of the University of Canberra’s business school said: “Government needs a dynamic, research-driven data set if it is to understand the private sector, set policies and measure the impacts of policy and external factors.”

The Chamber and the University have called on the ACT Government to partner with them in a new research project that will deliver a new business wellbeing measure for the region. This research will provide new insights into challenges faced by organisations and industry, technology needs, preparation for future industry changes, crisis management, and wellness indicators for owners, staff, and consumers.   

Mr Catt said: “This critical research, delivered through a genuine partnership between business, government and the university, will help us understand what policy and external factors have the biggest impact on business success and failure. That will make a real difference – to the 34,000 small businesses already active in the ACT, to jobs creation, and to our economy and community.”

Professor Nixon said: “Research excellence underpins our teaching at the University of Canberra and enables us to serve the community and respond quickly to the needs of local industry and the government.”



CBC Media Contact:     Graham Catt, CEO
CBC Office:                    02 6247 4199

 UC Media Contact:        Professor Lorne Cummings, Head of School, Canberra Business School
Faculty of Business, Government & Law

Mobile:                                0418 468 082