Small Business Minister visits Epping to promote $30 million support service

Media release | 16 April 2019

NSW’s new Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope will visit the Business Bus in Epping today to meet local small business owners and encourage them to take advantage of a $30 million Business Connect program.

Mr Tudehope said Business Connect has helped over 20,000 businesses in NSW since it started in 2017, and last year its Business Bus visited over 100 communities across the state covering more than 51,000 km.

“NSW is home to more than 765,000 small businesses which is the largest number on record,” Mr Tudehope said.

“The Government is working hard to support people wanting to set up businesses through initiatives like the Business Connect advisory service and its mobile service the Business Bus.

“On the Business Bus, small business owners can find out about everything from planning the next stage of their business to using new digital tools.”

Carlingford business owner Amanda Primrose said the support of local Business Connect advisor Jane Tweedy had been crucial in establishing her ‘virtual assistant’ business, Streamlined Organising.

“As a mum, I wanted more flexibility, to help other mums who want to get into the workforce and provide support services to local businesses,” Ms Primrose said.

“Jane helped me get my business set up after I was made redundant from a multinational company.

“She was fantastic and we have now grown the business from a sole trader to a company with five staff, and we’re all part time because we’re all mums.”

Mr Tudehope said more small businesses are being created in NSW than any other state with a net growth of close to 30,000 businesses in 2017-18.

“This is a fantastic result for our state and it shows there is no better place to start a new small business than in NSW,” he said.

“NSW’s small businesses employ about 1.59 million people – about 44 per cent of the private sector workforce - and generate $51.42 billion in annual wages and salaries.”

NSW Small Business Minister on Business Bus in Epping