Kar­ratha opens up busi­ness sup­port

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

Fund­ing for busi­ness sup­port ser­vices in the City of Kar­ratha has re­ceived a shake-up with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new model de­signed to open up the field to a wider range of providers.

At last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted to re­place their long­stand­ing fund­ing part­ner­ships with the Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara and the Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try with a new Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Sup­port Grant Scheme which will be open to all busi­ness sup­port ser­vices in the area.

The new scheme will in­volve a com­pet­i­tive process to ac­cess a share of $100,000 in to­tal fund­ing across four dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, cov­er­ing ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing con­fer­ences, sem­i­nars, work­shops and busi­ness in­for­ma­tion sur­veys.

City of Kar­ratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said the new scheme would be an in­cen­tive for providers to tai­lor their ser­vices bet­ter for busi­nesses in the lo­cal mar­ket.

“Now that we have a more providers in this space it makes sense to let them spe­cialise and di­ver­sify their of­fer­ings by hav­ing a com­pet­i­tive grant process,” he said.

“We have great re­sponses to the busi­ness pro­grams that or­gan­i­sa­tions cur­rently run in our City and we think this will be im­proved even more with this fund­ing pro­gram.

“With more small busi­nesses open­ing up in our City, I’m sure these of­fer­ings will con­tinue to be a very well utilised ser­vice for our lo­cal en­trepreneurs.”

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter sev­eral re­views that found there is now some over­lap of busi­ness sup­port ini­tia­tives in the City, as well as more providers.

Many Rivers Mi­cro­fi­nance Pil­bara field of­fi­cer Carol Mered­ith said she wel­comed the move, given the op­por­tu­ni­ties for small busi­nesses in the re­gion at the mo­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.kar­ratha.wa.gov.au.

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