Council becomes small business friendly

Published on 05 February 2020

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Small businesses in Nillumbik are on track to gain more supports, with Council signing up to the Small Business Friendly Council initiative.

Developed by the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC), the initiative aims to address issues experienced by small business owners by making it a lot easier for them to start and grow their businesses.

Commissioner Judy O’Connell yesterday met Mayor Cr Karen Egan and CEO Carl Cowie for the signing of the initiative’s Charter at the Civic Centre in Greensborough.

By signing, Council is committing to a range of measures including helping to manage impacts to trade caused by disruptive infrastructure works, working towards faster permit approvals and helping to set up and support local business networks.

This builds on the support Council currently provides including committing to pay small businesses within 30 days.

There are more than 6400 registered businesses in the Shire that could benefit from Council's new commitment.

Cr Egan said Council was pleased to sign up to the initiative.

"Becoming a part of this initiative is a way for us to make it easier for new businesses to start in the Shire in relation to planning, greatly benefitting the broader Nillumbik community," Cr Egan said.

Minister for Small Business, the Hon Adem Somyurek MP, said the Victorian Government was committed to creating a fairer business environment.

“Our Small Business Friendly Charter helps councils support local small businesses and boost economic growth,” Minister Somyurek said.

Commissioner Judy O’Connell said councils are an important support to local businesses and that a collaborative approach is the key.

“I congratulate Nillumbik Shire Council for their commitment to work together to create an inclusive and competitive environment for their local small businesses,” Commissioner O’Connell said.