Heed the needs of small busi­ness

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group for high­light­ing the im­por­tance of small re­tail­ers to the com­mu­nity and the WA econ­omy with the ed­i­to­rial head­lined “Give ‘lit­tle guys’ your busi­ness”.

The State Gov­ern­ment’s push for 7am open­ing on week­days and 6pm clos­ing on Satur­days cer­tainly is not what small busi­ness is ask­ing for.

It is about time gov­ern­ment at all lev­els lis­tened to what small busi­ness wants and not just cave in to the two large su­per­mar­ket and hard­ware stores on ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

With WA’s un­em­ploy­ment rate at a 13-year high we would ex­pect the State Gov­ern­ment to ac­knowl­edge that the in­crease in jobs in the re­tail sec­tor are all be­ing gen­er­ated by small busi­ness.

Re­tail is now the largest jobs sec­tor in WA hav­ing re­cently over­taken the health sec­tor. If we want more jobs in re­tail then small busi­ness is where they will come from, not the chains.

It does seem strange to be pro­mot­ing Novem­ber as the Shop Small month while the State Gov­ern­ment is giv­ing big busi­ness all that it asks for so it can gain ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to smash small shops. John Cum­mings, pres­i­dent, WA In­de­pen­dent Gro­cers

As­so­ci­a­tion Inc.

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