Today’s opening of a new small business shopfront in the CBD is part of the State Government’s commitment to back the sector, help it grow and create more jobs.
The new Small Business Centre at 99 Gawler Place was opened this afternoon by Minister for Small Business Martin Hamilton-Smith and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis. Housing the new office of the Small Business Commissioner, the centre brings together services and advice from the Department of State Development and Office of the Industry Advocate.
Small business is core to the local economy and continues to be front and centre of the State Government’s plans to move towards a modern and innovative economy that creates jobs for the future.
The new centre complements the Small Business Commissioner’s work to deliver important information and training to business owners. Together with the Department of State Development and the Office of the Industry Advocate, a range of services are offered to small business including business workshops and information and training sessions.
The State Government committed $770,000 to the project. Efficiencies gained through providing shared board and mediation room facilities to the Office of the Small Business Commissioner and Office of the Industry Advocate will save $45,000 each year.
In line with the Government’s SA Industry Participation Policy, more than 20 South Australian businesses worked on the project including carpet, furniture and outfitting suppliers.
The centre opening follows the $109 million Job Creation Grant package announced in this year’s State Budget, which offers grants of up to $10,000 to eligible SMEs that take on new employees above current staff numbers.
Quotes attributable to Small Business Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith
The Government is committed to assisting small business and having an easily accessible location to assist business owners is a great initiative. In the 2016/17 budget, the Government has increased funding to the Office of the Small Business Commissioner to continue to expand the important alternative dispute resolution work the office undertakes and support city and regional activities.
The alternative dispute resolution offered by the Office is a great benefit to business to help them through complex dispute issues which may involve another business, local or state government.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis
This office continues to help many South Australian businesses by offering a cost effective avenue to deal with disputes but also to find out information on programs which can help them grow and prosper.
The new shopfront supports small business by providing an interface where businesses can find important information on grant programs including the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme and the Northern Economic Plan.
South Australia is a small business state and it’s these businesses that are key to creating jobs and growing our economy.
We delivered a budget surplus so that we had the capacity to support SMEs and help them grow, and this shopfront is another part of that commitment.
Quotes attributable to Small Business Commissioner John Chapman
We are now in a high traffic location, which is important to building awareness of our services and making direct contact with SA business owners.
We will continue to develop our service to ensure that other work being undertaken by the South Australian Government and other bodies assisting small business is showcased and easily accessible.
During 2015/16 there was an increase of 15 per cent in the number of enquiries to the office and this is an indication of the value of the work we are doing.