Tara and Chris Hing have just opened their first business.
Tara and Chris Hing have just opened their first business. Shannon Newley

New venture launches

WITH a strong family background in screen printing and embroidery, opening a shop offering those services seemed like the obvious choice for Warwick's Chris Hing.

Mr Hing grew up in the trade - his parents started Warwick Screen Printing and Embroidery - and he decided to return to it after seven years working as a tradesman for Advanced Metal Warwick.

"I'd always wanted to own my business and this seemed obvious," he said. "I thought my parents could help me out if anything went wrong."

So Mr Hing and his wife Tara took on the mammoth task of starting the Palmerin St business, C and T Design which opened just after Christmas.

And it could just be one of many new businesses cropping up in the Rose City with Warwick Chamber of Commerce president David Littleproud saying he had heard mutterings of various prospective operations.

Mr Littleproud said it was always a good sign for local economies when new businesses were getting off the ground.

"While things are fairly quiet for businesses, we are just getting wind of a few new businesses which is good, it shows confidence," he said.

Mr Littleproud said the biggest challenge start-up businesses faced included meeting administration requirements.

"Some of the administrative processes being posed at all levels of government are really inhibiting factors for new and established businesses," he said.

"Also staffing requirements, being able to find good quality staff."

Mr Littleproud said Warwick had a tight labour market with relatively low unemployment compared to other areas in Queensland.

But finding good staff wouldn't be a challenge for Mr Hing who was manning the fort fulltime himself with help from his wife.

Like most start-up businesses, Mr Hing said he was yet to pull two wages so until that time, Mrs Hing would continue to work a second job.

"She comes here after she finishes there," he said.

Mr Hing said his biggest challenge had been getting the business' name out there.

"Not many people know we are here at the moment," he said.

He said as a first-time business owner he thought it was important to offer up promotions to attract new business and get people walking through the door.

"We are offering no set-up costs (for screen printing) for now until the end of February," Mr Hing said.


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