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Time for road transport businesses to thrive: NatRoad

Road transport operators – large and small – have the opportunity to strengthen and grow their businesses as demand for freight services increases in coming years, but they must be prepared, according to the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad).

“Australia’s national land freight task is predicted to grow by around 75 per cent between 2011 and 2031,” said NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark.

“This creates great opportunities for new businesses to emerge and for our existing operators to begin to look at their sustainability, how they might work more efficiently and productively, and the potential for expansion,” he said.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in February reportedly show that one-quarter of the increase in Australian business numbers during 2016-17 was due to growth in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing Industry. In terms of road transport businesses, over 7,000 new businesses entered the sector.

“While these figures might seem like it is easy to be a successful road transport operator, running a business is challenging,” said Clark.

“In fact, in the same period we had 6,700 businesses exit the industry. It takes a huge mix of skills from marketing, to finance, to legal and compliance, to run a business, whether it has one employee or 100,” he said.

NatRoad is looking to help businesses to ‘Power Up’ at its upcoming National Conference. The goal of the conference is to encourage businesses to be innovative and forward-thinking as they prepare for the future, while giving them the practical tools they need to effectively run a business day-to-day.

“There will be sessions designed specifically for both small operators and larger businesses,” said Clark. “Offering both hands-on, practical advice as well as ‘big-thinking’ inspiration, we hope attendees will go home invigorated.

“We are very pleased to have one of Australia’s most popular comedians, Dave Hughes as our Gala MC and Olympic Gold Medallist Steven Bradbury will be sharing his inspirational story during the event. Also joining us is Senator John ‘Wacka’ Williams and Sal Petroccitto, CEO of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Nissan Supercar driver Rick Kelly will also be sharing his tales and triumphs with delegates over Breakfast by the Beach with special thanks to BP,” he said.

(Image: NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark.)

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