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Small businesses in Manly will benefit from the expansion of a highly successful NSW Government program that makes it easier to start cafes, restaurants and small bars.

The Easy to do Business program has succeeded in reducing the average time taken to start a business from 18 months to just three months. The program was piloted in Parramatta and has now expanded to other local Councils including the Northern Beaches.

The program is a joint initiative between Service NSW, the Offices of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, and NSW Customer Service Commissioner.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello joined Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski, Member for Manly James Griffin, Service NSW CEO Rachna Gandhi, Bo Hinzack from Showbox Coffee and Will Scholl from Drake Coffee to make the announcement.

“This program provides small businesses with a 21st century one-stop shop service – dramatically reducing the piles of duplicative paperwork,” Mr Dominello said.

“The rapid expansion in digital technology provides an opportunity for government to make life easier for prospective small business owners.”

“This program’s success is marked by the overwhelming feedback of small business owners involved – they simply love the Easy to do Business Program.”

Mr Griffin said the program removed barriers and obstacles for small business.

“For many businesses one of the biggest challenges they face is navigating all the rules and regulations, and often plans are slowed down by red tape and bureaucracy,” he said.

“This program will help small businesses in Manly by replacing 30 government forms with a single online application, connecting them with a case manager and almost halving the amount of duplicated information customers were previously required to provide.”

The pilot program in Parramatta helped 31 small businesses. Plans are also underway to expand the program to include four other business sectors - clothing retail, housing construction, print business and road freight.