BCEC Report

The Engine Room for Growth?

The Role, Performance and Future Prospects of Small Business in Western Australia
Report SeriesFocus on WA
PublishedMay 2017
PublisherBankwest Curtin Economics Centre
ISBN978-1-925083-583
Number of Pages144

The 2015 Federal Budget referred to small businesses as the ‘engine room’ of the economy. Australia’s changing economic landscape means that governments are placing greater emphasis on the important role of small businesses for growth and employment. This is not unique to Australia, with small firms seen as the driving force of growth across many of the developed OECD nations.

This report examines the history of WA’s small business sector, its current contribution to the WA economy, and the future prospects for small businesses in the state.

We ask if small businesses are in fact the engine room for growth in WA, by looking at their value added and employment contribution to the economy. The factors contributing to and impacting on their survival, growth and succession are addressed.

Key findings are supported by the BCEC Small Business Survey 2017. With 1,500 small businesses surveyed, this new dataset ensures that the diverse nature of the small business sector in WA, at both a regional and industry level, are adequately captured and represented.