In between heading the Australian Services Roundtable and holding meetings with Federal Ministers, Alina Bain recently led a successful trade mission to Indonesia.
Bain’s Indonesian mission served as an eye-opening introduction to the Asian market for the SMEs that accompanied her on the trip. But for Bain herself, it was just another stage in a career dedicated to assisting others in business.
As the head of the Australian Services Roundtable – the only dedicated whole-of-services industry organisation – Bain’s goal is to continue the development of the services sector. Given 4 out of 5 Australians work in the services industry and the majority of small businesses are also set up there, the support is needed and welcomed.
Part of the Roundtable’s objective is to enable businesses in the services industry to grow domestically while also seeking out opportunity internationally.
Her passion for small business is unquestionable. When Bain recently sat down with Michael McCormack, the Federal Minister for Small Business the pair discussed opportunities both local and abroad for SMEs in Australia, with Bain commenting she was positive about the outcome.
During this episode of the Aus-Asia Business Program, Bain gave her thoughts on the free trade agreement between Australia and China, the importance the services sector has for Australian business as a whole and the inner workings of what makes a trade mission successful.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- The impact the services industry has on Australia’s economy;
- How SMEs can benefit from a trade mission prior to engaging overseas operations;
- The Federal Minister for Small Business’ thoughts on the future of SMEs in Australia;
- Why quality networking is king, especially in foreign countries;
- What the Australian Services Roundtable’s ultimate objectives are, and why it holds a deeply important position; and
- Bain’s thoughts on what the free trade agreement between Australia and China really means.
Listen to Alina’s full interview below-