Support for entrepreneurial businesses

28/7/2014

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has welcomed the $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme (EIP), an Australian Government initiation to work with local businesses to create new opportunities, new markets and new jobs.

The EIP is putting in place supporting infrastructure to help businesses become more robust and build on their strengths.

Mr Wilson said it will also provide advice and a helping hand to support businesses take the next step into new growth areas.

“Small and medium businesses are the bedrock of our community, especially in remote and regional Western Australia. They create jobs and underpin our economy.

“Our new programmes mean that they can access the services needed to develop their businesses, in a user friendly, streamlined way. This will lead to a more diverse and competitive economy,” Mr Wilson 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.

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.

“This is another way that this Government is boosting innovation, cutting red tape and ensuring that Australia is open for business,” he said.

For more information on the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme visit www.business.gov.au or call 13 28 46.

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