- Workshops to be held in regional centres of Geraldton, Northam, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Collie, Mandurah and Albany
- Up to $20,000 available for regional businesses as new round of Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP) opens on Monday October 15
Geraldton will today host the first in a series of six business development workshops aimed at informing regional small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) about how State and Federal governments can assist their competitiveness.
Commerce Minister Simon O'Brien said regional SMEs would significantly benefit from a greater understanding of the policies, processes and assistance programs open to them.
“There are numerous opportunities available to regional businesses in Western Australia that will increase their share in major local markets, including government purchasing and the resource projects currently under way in the State,” Mr O’Brien said.
“For example, the State Government's Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP) offers eligible SMEs up to $20,000 to implement projects designed to enhance productivity. The program’s first round has just concluded with more than 40 per cent take up from regional companies.
“The outcomes from this support have been outstanding. I have feedback from individual businesses to confirm the funding has increased sales and the number of staff they have employed including apprentices.
“IFSP’s second round will open soon and specifically focus on regional businesses.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said regional businesses were the backbone of many local communities in terms of employment opportunities and population growth.
“The viability of our regional communities is dependent on the competitive ability of its business operations,” Mr Grylls said.
“The business development workshops will outline the policies and processes that the State Government has in place to enable competitive suppliers to operate successfully against international competition."
Workshop presenters include speakers from State Government agencies including the departments of Commerce; Finance; and State Development, the Industry Capability Network WA, and the Federal Government. Other speakers in Geraldton include Karara Mining, focusing on local supply opportunities and another local company successful in the resource market.
Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney will attend the workshop and emphasise the Liberal-National Government's commitment to regional businesses.
The Department of Commerce welcomes comment from regional companies on specific topics for inclusion in these workshops.
- Applications for IFSP in the Regions will open on Monday October 15
- The business development workshops and IFSP in the Regions are a co-operative effort between the departments of Commerce; and Regional Development and Lands. Both initiatives are funded through the Royalties for Regions program
- For more information about what the State Government is doing for local industry participation, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/localindustryparticipation
Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5800