Small businesses and industry groups are invited to have their say about the priorities and challenges facing small businesses, and how Government and industry could work together to address these.

The feedback, ideas and business intelligence gathered through the consultation will inform a new Small Business Statement for South Australia to support small business growth and jobs. The survey closes on 23 September – to have your say visit yoursay.sa.gov.au/small-business-statement

Small Business Minister Martin-Hamilton Smith announced the consultation today during Country Cabinet in the Southern Mallee region, which is an opportunity for the Government to hear from local people about the matters affecting them and their communities.

As part of the Government’s support for small businesses, a workshop was also held in Bordertown recently to help small businesses enhance their digital and marketing skills.

Background

The new Small Business Statement for South Australia will build on the State Government’s recent reforms in areas important to business, including taxation, Return to Work SA (formerly WorkCover), planning and liquor licencing.

The statement is also complemented by Simplify Day, a red tape repeal day being held on 15 November 2016 to remove out-dated and redundant legislation that makes it difficult to do business in South Australia.

Quotes attributable to Small Business Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith

The State Government is committed to supporting a strong, sustainable and globally competitive small business sector in South Australia.

A new Small Business Statement will be developed in partnership with the small business community, and will highlight not only the importance of small businesses to our State, but the actions and activities of Government to address the key challenges small businesses face.

Our small business community, has a vital role to play in supporting business growth, and we will be seeking suggestions for how industry and Government can work together to address these challenges.