The City of Fremantle has committed to supporting local businesses by signing up to the Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative.
The initiative run by the Small Business Development Corporation requires local governments to sign a charter which outlines what they will do to support small business in their area.
The charter includes standard activities required of all local governments as well as at least three additional activities specifically suited to the size and demographics of individual councils.
It also includes recognition that the small business community is an important stakeholder, a commitment to provide clear advice and guidance on regulations and compliance and an agreement to limit administrative burdens on small business.
WA Small Business Commissioner David Eaton said small businesses were an essential part of Fremantle’s local economy.
“It’s pleasing to see the significant small business city of Fremantle commit to the Small Business Friendly Local Government initiative,” Mr Eaton said.
“Fremantle is in many ways defined by its amazing range of small businesses and the vitality they bring to the community.
“Through the SBFLG initiative, I’m confident the City’s small businesses will be even better placed to develop and grow.”
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt it was an important step to formalise the City’s support for small business by signing up to the Small Business Friendly Local Governments charter.
“We recognise that one of the main reasons why Fremantle is such a popular place to visit is because of our fantastic mix of independent retailers, hospitality venues and other small businesses,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“It’s great to see that the City’s plan to grow the number of people living and working in Fremantle is coming to fruition, which will translate into more customers for local businesses.
“By formally becoming a Small Business Friendly local government it will help us to build a stronger and more productive relationship with our business community.”
The standard activities the City has agreed to as a Small Business Friendly local government are to ensure small business suppliers are paid within 30 days, regular meetings and consultation with the business community and establishing a timely and cost effective dispute resolution process.
The additional activities the City is undertaking to support small businesses include the ‘This Is Fremantle’ destination marketing campaign, the Business Capacity Building program and access to the online grant portal Fremantle Funding Finder.
The City is required to provide a report on its business friendly initiatives every six months.