On Tuesday business-minded people from across the Central West headed to Parkes Services Club for the Central West Business Summit. Hosted by Adloyalty, the day was opened by Caddie Marshall who welcomed everyone to the event before introducing Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Barbara Newton, to the stage. “Parkes Shire is very proud of its vision and its energy,” Cr Newton said; “We also have one of the best outfitted mayors in the state, who has
a wardrobe that includes Elvis, leprechaun and ABBA costumes! Congratulations to Caddie and her team on this event.”
The timetable for the day included a fantastically funny and informative speech on innovation by keynote speaker, James O’Loghlin, who stressed how all types of people can be innovators, all you needed to do was take the time to think. “Everyone tells you innovation is important but hardly anyone tells you how to do it” he Summit At The Top Of Business Innovation said; “Think, think how to take advantages of opportunities, how to make things better. If you spend 100% of your time dealing with today’s problems and none of your time thinking about tomorrow then you are prioritising today at the expense of tomorrow.”
James encouraged those present to make a list of everything they suspected wasn’t perfect in their business, question everything that they do and challenge their assumptions. The rest of the day consisted of breakout sessions from companies such as YBM, RDA, AusIndustry, BEC, Adloyalty, Central West Networks and the Australian Graduate Management Consortium which covered a variety of topics from Inland Rail to digital integration and leveraging competitive advantage.
Talks were also given from Central West Orana Business Chamber winner, Steve Fieldus, owner of Transforce, Alan McKellar of Northparkes Mines and Mitch Colton of Colton Computer Technologies. During Alan McKellars talk he spoke of the impressive achievements of Northparkes Mines, including how they are now the world leaders in 100% automated production. The Central West business community was represented from across the region, including many business members of the Parkes Shire.