Liberal Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres has welcomed the release of Giving Small Business a Big Say, the NSW Small Business Commissioner’s report on her listening tour meeting hundreds of small business operators across the state.
\”Following the delivery of our election commitment to create an advocate inside the government for small business, the states first-ever Small Business Commissioner Yasmine King toured the state and collected input from 553 small businesses across New South Wales.\” Mr Ayres said today.
\”We now have a document outlining the concerns raisedof small business and a commitment from the Commissioner to taking action on their behalf.\”
These actions include:
- The establishment of a hotline for small businesses to contact for assistance dealing with government or other businesses.
- Draft legislation to provide the Small Business Commissioner with sufficient authority in dealing with government agencies.
- Improving the level of clarity and communication between WorkCover and small businesses.
- Providing advice and low-cost dispute resolution services for small businesses subjected to unfair market practices in their dealings with other businesses, government agencies or local councils.
- Working with government agencies to reduce the red tape burden on small businesses.
\”In the Small Business Commissioner we havea contact point inside the government to work with smallbusinesses experiencing difficulty in dealing with government agencies.\” Mr Ayres said.
\”This is an important step in restoring the entrepreneurial spiritto our state’s economy and an essential move toward Making New South Wales Number One Again.\”
A copy of the report can be downloaded from http://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/