Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    A boost to regional small business economic recovery

    14/07/2020 6:30 AM
    • Eight regional CCI groups to benefit from Horizon Power's $180,000 initiative
    • The grants will assist regional small businesses in business planning and campaigning

    The McGowan Government is investing in the revitalisation of regional Western Australia through an initiative which will provide support and services to small businesses as they recover from COVID-19.


    Vibrant Regional Businesses is a community-led investment program developed by Horizon Power in collaboration with eight regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry groups.


    The groups include East Kimberley, Karratha & Districts, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Broome, Derby, Port Hedland and Esperance Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


    The initiative is ensuring regional small businesses receive the expertise and support they need to adapt to the 'new normal'.


    Small businesses will have the opportunity to benefit from a range of practical and essential business recovery services, including business mentoring and planning, digital innovation, buy‑local campaigns and networking opportunities.


    Between $10,000 and $30,000 will be administered by each of the eight regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry groups, commencing this month.


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "Hundreds of regional Western Australian small businesses will benefit from Horizon Power's Vibrant Regional Businesses initiative.


    "This is a challenging time for everyone, so I encourage regional small businesses to get in touch with their local Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  


    "Regional WA businesses are at the heart of every community, and this new initiative is just one of the ways the McGowan Labor Government is supporting the revitalisation and recovery post-COVID-19."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700