Gwydir Shire Council applauded for supporting initiative

May 22, 2019

Gwydir Shire Council has been commended for its leadership assisting businesses establish and grow.  The council was presented a plaque at the inaugural Small Business Friendly Councils Conference in Sydney last week.

“We are pleased to be part of an initiative that helps small businesses navigate their way through red tape to get started quickly and succeed,” Mayor, John Coulton said in a statement.The plaque recognised council’s commitment to a Small Business Friendly Councils initiative and Easy to do Business.

Gwydir Shire Council representatives with Robyn Hobbs OAM, the NSW Small Business Commissioner, and Damon Rees, CEO of Service NSW.

Gwydir Shire Council representatives Georgia Standerwick with Robyn Hobbs OAM, the NSW Small Business Commissioner, and Damon Rees, CEO of Service NSW.

NSW Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope said Gwydir Shire Council was one of almost 70 NSW councils to join business leaders, mayors and experts from across the country to plan and discuss strategies to stimulate local economies.

“Small Business Friendly Councils is a fantastic initiative that provides all NSW councils with information, workshops, networking opportunities and resources to support local businesses,” Mr Tudehope said.”This inaugural conference was a significant milestone for the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative, and I was pleased to join Gwydir Shire Council to celebrate their involvement.”

NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello also attended the conference to acknowledge the Council joining the Easy to do Business program.”This award-winning program puts customers at the heart of everything we do and transforms how small business owners transact with government,” Mr Dominello said.

“Easy to do Business has been a huge success, with 108 NSW councils now on board, covering two-thirds of the state.”Through this program, small business owners can access free online and phone support from Service NSW’s Business Concierge, which means they can start, open and grow much faster.

“NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs congratulated Gwydir Shire Council for embracing the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative and for their commitment to supporting the growth of their local area.

“Small business is the backbone of our economy and local government plays a key role in supporting businesses to start and grow,” Ms Hobbs said.

Mr Tudehope said NSW is now home to more than 765,000 small businesses, the most the state has ever had. “More small businesses are being created in NSW than any other state, with a net growth of close to 30,000 businesses in 2017-18,” Mr Tudehope said. “This is a fantastic result for our state and it shows there is no better place to start a new small business than in NSW.”

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