July 28th 2014
Federal MP John Alexander says the Australian Government is working with local businesses in Bennelong to create new opportunities, new markets and new jobs.
The new $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme (EIP) is putting in place the supporting infrastructure to help businesses become more robust and build on their strengths, as well as provide the advice and a helping hand to support businesses take the next step into new growth areas.
Local businesses can access Government information and services through a single website or contact number. Eligible businesses will be able to request business evaluations from skilled advisors and be able to apply for assistance to grow their business.
The programme is easily accessible through the new Single Business Service initiative which simplifies how businesses access Government information and services, on the web, over the phone or face to face.
“New South Wales’ 687,400 small and medium businesses are the bedrock of our community, creating jobs and underpinning our economy. Our new programmes mean that they can access the services needed to develop their businesses, in a user friendly, streamlined way,” Mr Alexander said.
“Eligible businesses can request a business evaluation, where an assessment provides detailed recommendations and assistance to implement key improvements, boost business performance and growth.”
Mr Alexander said the full range of EIP activities will be rolled out in the coming months, and will provide professional support to assist businesses to lift their capabilities, commercialise good ideas, find market and industry information and get easy access to business management advice and connections to research.
“Under the old system there were too many confusing and competing programmes and layers of expensive bureaucracy. These have been removed to make dealing with Government easier and quicker,” Mr Alexander said.
“This is another way that this Government is boosting innovation, cutting red tape and ensuring Australia is open for business.”
The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme can be accessed through www.business.gov.au, on 13 28 46 or through your local AusIndustry office.