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Small business boost for Georges River

Small business boost for Georges River
16 October, 2017

Small businesses in Georges River will benefit from the expansion of a highly successful NSW Government program that has reduced the time it takes to start cafes, restaurants and small bars from 18 months to just three months.

The Easy to Do Business program was piloted in Parramatta and has since expanded to local Councils in the Northern Beaches, Dubbo and Georges River. The program is a joint initiative between Service NSW, the Offices of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, NSW Customer Service Commissioner and local Councils.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro and Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello are pleased to make the announcement with the Member for Oatley Mark Coure today.

Easy to do Business is changing the small business landscape, simplifying the process for business owners to enter the highly regulated café, restaurant and small bars sector,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Through the initiative we have been able to replace 30 government forms with a single online application, which has almost halved the amount of duplicated information customers were previously required to provide.”

Mr Dominello said the program streamlines business application processes through a one-stop shop online business portal.

Previously cafés, restaurants and small bars had to navigate up to 75 regulations, 48 forms, 13 agencies, 30 phone numbers and an average 18 month opening time,” Mr Dominello said.

“This program provides small business with a one-stop shop that slashes red tape.”

Mr Coure said this was a great win for the St George region, creating opportunities for new businesses to flourish in the area.

“Small businesses are the engine room of the economy and shouldn’t be buried under piles of paperwork,” Mr Coure said.

Plans are also underway to expand the program to other business sectors.

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