Qld Treasurer launches 2009 Q400 program

Treasurer Andrew Fraser launches prestigious 2009 <font color="#8b0000"><b>Queensland </b></font><font color="#808080"><b>400</b></font> Survey at a special event today

Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development, Andrew Fraser, officially launched the prestigious 2009 Queensland 400 Survey at a special event held at Hillstone St Lucia on Friday, August 21.

Click here to participate in the 2009 survey, the culmination of which was described as "unquestionably the key Queensland business event of the year" by former Premier Peter Beattie.

Now in its 7th year, QBR's Queensland 400 is a unique program that aims to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Queensland’s local business heroes – the owners of leading home-grown and home-owned enterprises.

These largely unsung entrepreneurs are the engine room of the Queensland economy, with the 2008 Q400 boasting a combined turnover of $12.8 billion and some 40,000 employees.

Launched in 2002, the Q400 comprises:
  • The official Q400 listing of the State’s top 400 privately held companies, based on an exclusive survey conducted in association with business advisor BDO Kendalls. To qualify businesses must be privately owned, with their headquarters and majority of shareholders based on Queensland
  • A commemorative full-gloss magazine featuring the official Q400 list, analysis and profiles of Q400 members
  • The annual Q400 Gala Awards Dinner, at which the official list is unveiled by the Premier of the Day and members recognised via the awarding of membership certificates, the commemorative publication and a series of special awards
  • Four supporting Q400 Club breakfast events at which Q400 members gather to network and hear the inside story on how a fellow Q400 member is tackling a common operational or strategic issue.
  • The Queensland 400 now ranks among the State’s premier business programs, attracting support from key stakeholders and many of our leading private companies (2008: 450).
THE 2009 Q400
In 2009 QBR and its partners will take the Queensland 400 to new heights, with the addition of an expanded numbers of events held across the State, and a landmark new research initiative.

With the assistance of our partners in government, industry and academia, the Q400 will now include an annual research component focused on identifying, and promoting, the key drivers to the success of these crucial businesses.

The results of this landmark research will be presented in an official report to key stakeholders, including government.

They will also determine the focus of our four Q400 Club events, with a combination of leading experts and leading Queensland businesses tackling the key issues facing the State’s leading business owners.

Members of the Q400 also earn the right to leverage their membership as a powerful marketing tool, through the exclusive use of the official insignia, the members-only Q400 magazine and membership certificates.

Just as importantly, the Q400 draws the attention of governments and other stakeholders to the economic significance and importance of this group of enterprises - and the issues affecting their growth and profitability.

The more businesses that participate, the more powerful the message.

To participate in the 2009 Q400 program – either as a survey participant or sponsor – contact Events Manager Kirsty Kahler on (07) 3166 2338.

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