Yesterday marked a step in the right direction for Adelaide small businesses as the City of Adelaide signs up to the Small Business Friendly Council Initiative.
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese, City of Adelaide Acting Chief Executive Beth Davidson-Park and Small Business Commissioner John Chapman gathered for the official signing ceremony held in Adelaide Town Hall today.
The City of Adelaide has an extensive list of services available to small businesses, which includes their Enterprise Adelaide Business Advisors, who provide valuable support through their one-on-one programs, and their Economic Insights Dashboard, an online tool offering a range of data on key city indicators including demographics, the economy, employment, city businesses, property and tourism.
According to Economic Insights Dashboard there are 5,196 businesses operating in the Council area, employing 115,465 people (data from 2016).
“By signing up to the Small Business Commissioner’s Initiative, Council is demonstrating its strong support for over 5,000 small to medium sized businesses across the City of Adelaide,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Council recognises the vital role that SMEs play in providing jobs and greater opportunity for so many South Australians.”
The City of Adelaide is the twenty second Council to sign up to the Small Business Friendly Council Initiative, which is being coordinated through the Office of the Small Business Commissioner in partnership with the Local Government Association of South Australia. The Initiative aims to simplify interactions between councils and small businesses, and to recognise councils that are working to support their small business communities.
Councils have a significant responsibility in ensuring they are providing support and services to these businesses, and creating open and transparent communications with their local business community.
The Initiative was launched on 30th August 2017 in Whyalla, whose Council was the first to sign up. Since then, 15 regional councils and 7 metropolitan councils have signed up to the Initiative and committed to the general Charter Agreement which contains a number of principles, including a commitment to liaise with small businesses on a regular basis, 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.
“I am so pleased that the City of Adelaide has recognised the value in this program and cemented their commitment to businesses in the CBD and North Adelaide,” Small Business Commissioner John Chapman said.
“This Initiative will assist councils as well as their small business community in developing a collaborative approach to how small businesses are supported by their local councils. Improving this relationship is essential to the growth of the State’s economic development.”