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The NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs has helped launch the expansion of the NSW Government's Easy to do Business pilot in Parramatta which has slashed red tape for people setting up new businesses.
The Commissioner joined Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello, Parramatta business owner Peter Doueihi and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee to announce the expansion of the program following its success in Parramatta.
New businesses could soon be set up in 90 days or less thanks to a new innovative program between the NSW Government and local councils.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said one of the biggest challenges many businesses faced was navigating all the rules and regulations relevant to them.
“As part of the Easy to do Business pilot, we’ve been working with the City of Parramatta to identify areas of duplication and make it easier and quicker for cafes, restaurants and small bars to get started, reducing the time from 18 months down to 90 days or less.”
Mr Dominello said the program, which commenced as a pilot in the Parramatta LGA in May, had helped 31 cafes, restaurants and bars open for business.
“Service NSW have been working with City of Parramatta, Office of the Small Business Business Commissioner and local businesses to identify ways in which to streamline applications processes,” Mr Dominello 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 Barilaro said plans were underway to roll the Easy to do Business initiative out to three more local government areas in the coming weeks.
“Service NSW is working with councils in Dubbo, Georges River and the Northern Beaches to roll the program out further,” he added.
City of Parramatta’s Administrator Amanda Chadwick said Easy to do Business aligns well with the City’s direction, creating an agile environment for entrepreneurs to flourish.
“As a major innovation hub, the City of Parramatta continues to experience an influx of business and residential growth making it the perfect location to open a food business,” Ms Chadwick said.
Plans are underway to expand Easy to do Business pilot to provide local specialists on four other business sectors clothing retail, housing construction, print business and road freight.
Online guides for all five sectors are available for all NSW customers looking to set up their own business from the Service NSW website.