Briefing held to boost local small business

Vice president of the Northam Chamber of Commerce John Proud at the briefing.
Vice president of the Northam Chamber of Commerce John Proud at the briefing.

The briefings provide small to medium-sized local businesses with details about State and Commonwealth Government assistance programs and enable them to learn how to supply to major markets.

Since September last year, the briefings have been conducted in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Albany, Collie, Mandurah and Northam. They form part of the State Government’s approach to local industry participation, implemented by the Industry, Science and Innovation |Division.

The Department of Commerce also provides an Industry Facilitation Support Program, which exclusively targets small to medium-sized business based in regional WA.

Northam-based Splice Projects received a $25,000 grant through the IFSP in December 2011. Managing director Simon Dempster spoke at the briefing and credited the business’s recent success, including a significant contract with Leighton Contractors and Newcrest Mining Ltd, to the IFSP.

Royalties for Regions funded this year’s IFSP regional round and the business briefings.

For more information and to view the videos |of the briefings, visit |commerce.wa.gov.au/local industry participation.