Small busi­ness group formed

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

The City of Kar­ratha has ap­pointed mem­bers to be a part of the Small Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Group.

Twelve mem­bers were elected and formed a cross-sec­tion of busi­ness sec­tors through­out the City of Kar­ratha in­clud­ing KBSS man­ager Anouska An­grove, lo­cal GP Martin Ku­mar, McDon­ald’s Kar­ratha owner Clay­ton McIn­tosh, Em­pire 6714 di­rec­tor Tanya Ar­gent and many more.

The ad­vi­sory group was formed un­der the Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s Small Busi­ness Friendly Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments Ini­tia­tive, which aims to help build stronger re­la­tion­ships be­tween small busi­nesses and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

The ini­tia­tive recog­nises lo­cal gov­ern­ments who are work­ing to sup­port their small busi­nesses com­mu­ni­ties.

WA Small Busi­ness Com­mis­sioner David Ea­ton said small busi­nesses played a vi­tal role in all com­mu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially those in the re­gions.

“They pro­vide lo­cal em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, and in many cases cre­ate the amenity that makes a sub­urb or town an at­trac­tive place to live and in­vest,” he said.

“Small busi­nesses also make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy and can cre­ate a sense of vi­brancy, which at­tracts peo­ple to live and work in that re­gion.” Mr Ea­ton said it was very en­cour­ag­ing to hear the City of Kar­ratha had formed the ad­vi­sory group.

“By im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and en­gage­ment be­tween small busi­nesses and their lo­cal gov­ern­ment, con­cerns can be raised, changes can be made and new ini­tia­tives in­tro­duced at the lo­cal com­mu­nity level, to the ben­e­fit of both par­ties,” he said.

“We wish it ev­ery suc­cess.”

Pic­ture: Lee Grif­fith

WA Small Busi­ness Com­mis­sioner David Ea­ton.

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