The Andrews Labor Government is boosting Swan Hill businesses by committing $15,000 funding towards Swan Hill Rural City Council’s local business events program.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp confirmed the funding as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s programme to make Victoria the best state in which to build a small business.
The money will support a series of events for the local business community who are in the establishment phase or looking to grow.
By supporting small businesses in Swan Hill, the Andrews Labor Government is helping create more local jobs and boost the region’s economy.
This programme will target priority businesses through partnerships with councils, chambers of commerce and organisations which cater to women in business, Aboriginal-owned businesses, culturally and linguistically diverse business owners and business people with a disability.
Supporting regional business events actively builds on the Andrews’ Government reductions to regional payroll tax, which has been reduced to a quarter of the metro rate – down to 1.2125 per cent by 2022-23 – making regional business cheaper, easier and more attractive for employers.
More than 600,000 small businesses operate in Victoria and they have increased faster than anywhere else in Australia, according to the ABS.
The latest Sensis report shows Victorian small businesses have the most positive predictions in the nation for their sales, profitability, employment and prices.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Small businesses make a huge contribution to Swan Hill and I’m proud to see the Andrews Labor Government supporting them to thrive.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek
“The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the best state in which to build a small business. This programme will support our economy to grow and prosper for all Victorians.”
“Our recent cuts to payroll tax in regional Victoria, plus raising the threshold at which businesses pay payroll tax, will allow businesses to employ more people.”