The City of Holdfast Bay has become the first metropolitan council to join the Small Business Friendly Council Initiative, which aims to simplify interactions between councils and small businesses, and to recognise councils that are working to support their small business communities.
Participating councils commit to a general Charter containing a number of principles, including a commitment to liaise with small businesses on a regular basis, the prompt payment of accounts, commitment to local procurement wherever possible and having a dispute resolution process if problems arise. In addition, each council is asked to implement three initiatives per year to foster and support small business in their local area.
Since its launch in August, nine councils have signed up to the SBFC, including the City of Whyalla, District Council of Franklin Harbour and the Flinders Ranges Council.
Small Business Commissioner John Chapman said a positive relationship between small business and their council is an extremely important part of economic development in the state.
“We have worked closely with councils on a range of business disputes and what we find is that where a council has a good working relationship with their businesses, there seems to be fewer problems,” Mr Chapman said.
"I congratulate the City of Holdfast Bay for being the first metropolitan council to sign up to the program. It shows a very proactive approach to ensuring the area has a strong and vibrant business community and I look forward to working with the Council on the program in the future."
City of Holdfast Bay Mayor Stephen Patterson said signing the SBFC Initiative Charter reinforces Council’s long-standing commitment to the city’s economic development.
“A thriving business environment supports local employment opportunities and a vibrant, diverse community with a strong sense of place and quality of life. Economic prosperity has therefore been a core element of our strategic planning for many years,” Mayor Patterson said.
“Signing the SBFC Initiative Charter reinforces our long-standing commitment to working with industry to deliver a prosperous city. We already have many of the general principles of the charter in place, and we look forward to working with the Office of the Small Business Commissioner to ensure our interface with business is seamless.”
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