The small stand tall


Joondalup Weekender - - Opinion -

THE Wan­neroo re­gion has a high pro­por­tion of small busi­nesses, Small Busi­ness Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis says.

Speak­ing at the Oc­to­ber 21 Wan­neroo Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion break­fast, Mr Fran­cis said the City of Wan­neroo had be­come “a dy­namic and thriv­ing area”.

“Wan­neroo is unique in the small busi­ness world – just in this lo­cal gov­ern­ment area, there are 1600 small busi­nesses reg­is­tered, rep­re­sent­ing 98 per cent of all busi­nesses reg­is­tered,” he said.

“If there’s a small busi­ness cen­tric econ­omy any­where in the metro area, it’s cer­tainly in Wan­neroo.

“In­dus­tries that fea­ture promi­nently with the great­est num­ber of small busi­nesses in­clude con­struc­tion (398), rental, hir­ing and real es­tate ser­vices (115), trans­port, postal and ware­hous­ing (101), pro­fes­sional, sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal ser­vices (99) and financial and in­sur­ance ser­vices.”

Mr Fran­cis said there would be sig­nif­i­cant pop­u­la­tion growth in Wan­neroo, and the role small busi­nesses played in eco­nomic well­be­ing was im­por­tant.

“It’s a wealth of op­por­tu­nity for you guys to reach onto into the fu­ture,” he said.

“The re­gion has sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial ar­eas. Col­lec­tively, th­ese ar­eas form a manufacturing hub within the north metropoli­tan area.”

Mr Fran­cis said the State Gov­ern­ment had set up a busi­ness sta­tion in the re­gion through its Busi­ness Lo­cal ser­vice.

The WBA board gave a $2500 cheque to YouthCare at the break­fast, raised at its an­nual fundrais­ing din­ner, and signed a spon­sor­ship deal with Edith Cowan Univer­sity.

Wan­neroo MLA Paul Miles, City of Wan­neroo chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Simms, Small Busi­ness Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis, Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Bev Let­ton, from the Wan­neroo Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion.

Trent Carter, from Wan­neroo Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, and He­len Kay, from Rise Le­gal.

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