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Local Government Recognises the Value of Small Business

Posted on: Tuesday, 21 November 2017 at 9:38:49 AM

The Shire of Northam is pleased to announce it is looking to improve the way it interacts with small businesses operating in its community, to ensure that it is offering an attractive location in which to establish and grow a small business.

Having recently signed the Small Business Friendly Local Government Charter, the Shire of Northam is showing its commitment to being small business friendly.

The Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative was developed by the Small Business Development Corporation, the only State Government agency focused on supporting small business in Western Australia.

The Shire of Northam is now proudly displaying the Small Business Friendly Local Governments logo and is committed to supporting our local small business community by:

  • Recognising it as an important stakeholder and consulting regularly;
  • Understanding how small businesses operate, their needs, goals and key challenges;
  • Providing clear service standards, setting out what we will do to support local business;
  • Giving clear advice and guidance to help business owners meet their regulatory obligations;
  • Regularly reviewing our policies to check for ‘small business friendliness’;
  • Ensuring prompt payment of small business invoices;
  • Providing networking and other development opportunities for local business owners;
  • Regularly meeting with and consulting members of the local small business community to improve our understanding of their needs; and
  • Managing disputes in a timely and cost effective manner.

The Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jason Whiteaker said “as an organisation we are always trying to buy local and regularly encourage our staff to do this where possible. To achieve our commitment we have developed a number of actions such as continuing to promote the ‘Pop-Up Shop’ concept and also tracking our purchases each month, and reporting this to the community each quarter.

Shire of Northam President, Cr Chris Antonio said “The Shire of Northam really values its local small businesses because they bring many benefits to the community including creating employment opportunities, providing goods and services and building a vibrant economy”.

Other small business facts:

  • There are more than 218k in Western Australia.
  • Small business employs almost half of the private sector workforce.
  • Small business is critical to WA; worth around $44 billion to the WA economy.

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