Small business growth on agenda

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Small businesses throughout the Pilbara will gain stronger partnerships with the Pilbara Development Commission, thanks to sponsorship agreements with local chambers of commerce.

The sponsorships, which are with the Port Hedland, Karratha and Onslow chambers, are in line with the priority of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint to support the growth of robust and diverse small to medium enterprise in the region.

Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Jim Henneberry said the chamber highly appreciated the support of the commission towards its awards and events.

Pilbara Development Commission chairman Chris Gilmour said the new sponsorship agreements enhanced the commission’s existing annual support of the chambers’ initiatives.

“Each year, we sponsor the business awards and other initiatives of the chambers, so we identified an opportunity to package this investment to provide a better level of support,” he said.

“The growth of small businesses is important to the future of the region. We are committed to continuing to support the chambers, and most importantly, supporting small business owners in the Pilbara.”

The commission is developing a Small and Medium Enterprise strategy to meet the 2020 objectives of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint.

“The strategy considers how we attract business and investment to the Pilbara, the role of business support services and lowering the cost of doing business,” Mr Gilmour said. “The most important step for us in finalising this strategy is getting endorsement from the chambers of commerce as well as other key stakeholders.

“This will ensure we maximise the value of our efforts and provide the most positive impact on the region’s economy.”

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