Bass Coast Shire Council signed up to the Small Business Friendly Council initiative recently, to help provide more support to local businesses.
Developed by the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC), the initiative aims to address issues experienced by small business owners by making it easier for them to start and grow their businesses.
The initiative commits Council to working with local businesses and the VSBC on a range of supports including:
- Paying small businesses within 30 days;
- Helping to set up and support local business networks;
- Working towards faster permit approvals; and
- Helping to manage impacts to trade caused by disruptive infrastructure works.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said Council’s commitment to the initiative will benefit the estimated 3,000 businesses in the Shire.
“Small businesses play a vital role in our communities, across the whole of Bass Coast,” Cr Tessari said.
“Signing up to this initiative is an important way that Council can strengthen the support provided to the small businesses that play such an important role in our towns.”
Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell congratulated Council for signing up to the initiative.
“It really is great to see that Bass Coast Shire Council wants to create a level playing field by giving local businesses the supports they need,” Commissioner O’Connell said.
Minister for Small Business the Hon Adem Somyurek MP said the Victorian Government is committed to creating a fairer business environment.
“Our Small Business Friendly Charter helps councils support local small businesses and boost economic growth,” Minister Somyurek said.
Council’s move to join the initiative builds on other supports they provide, such as the implementation of the Better Approvals Process as well as running business workshops, breakfasts and mentoring sessions.