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Small Business Friendly Council

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019

Robyn Hobbs OAM, the NSW Small Business Commissioner, with Councillor Branko Licul, Mayor Darriea Turley and Damon Rees, CEO of Service NSW at the Small Business Friendly Councils meeting last week. PICTURE: Supplied Robyn Hobbs OAM, the NSW Small Business Commissioner, with Councillor Branko Licul, Mayor Darriea Turley and Damon Rees, CEO of Service NSW at the Small Business Friendly Councils meeting last week. PICTURE: Supplied

By Emily McInerney

City Council has made the move to become more ‘Small Business Friendly’ after attending a conference last week.

It was one of 70 councils to attend the inaugural Small Business Friendly Councils conference in Sydney.

Mayor Darriea Turley and Councillor Branko Licul joined business leaders, mayors and experts from across the country to plan and discuss strategies to stimulate local economies.

Mayor Darriea Turley said it was an excellent conference and Council was given free registration to attend.

“We joined as soon as the NSW Government made the announcement,” Mayor Turley said. “If we can get rid of the red tape and roll out the red carpet to businesses, that will help.

“The conference consolidated what we needed to start to make changes.

“That includes connecting businesses so it is easy for people to start up, making it easy to be successful.

“I know small businesses find sustainability a challenge and becoming established.”

Mayor Turley said the government would start rolling out programs to tackle these issues.

“Important ideas include reducing risks with cyber security and creating risk management strategies.”

She said it was important to be innovative in attracting people to the city.

“Working with the ‘25 in 25’ group is part of that. It was a good opportunity for Council to attend.

“It was a very successful and informative conference.”

Mayor Turley said the next step will be for the ideas to be discussed with Council’s General Manager and its Economic Leadership team.

NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs congratulated BH City Council for taking up the initiative.

“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.

Council was presented with a plaque to recognise its commitment to the Small Business Friendly Councils and Easy to do Business initiative.

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