Posts Tagged ‘Small Business Minister’

BEC Australia: We want Bruce Billson to overstay his welcome

September 18, 2013

As Bruce Billson begins his role as Australia’s sixth Small Business Minister in 15 months, Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman, Jack Hughes, says the greatest wish among small business owners is that the Minister will stay in the job a long time.

“As Australia’s peak body for small business advice, I can say with confidence that what the small business sector is craving is stability in Canberra so that owners, managers and staff can plan with certainty,” says Mr Hughes.

“I think many in the sector would relish the ‘problem’ of the Minister becoming part of the furniture.

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Rising to the Challenge: Small Business Ideas for Minister O’Connor

April 1, 2012

Australia’s peak body for small business will be submitting new ideas for the sector directly to government, after an open invitation was made by Australia’s first Small Business Minister with a seat in Cabinet, Brendan O’Connor, says Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman Jack Hughes.

Small Business Minister, Brendan O’Connor, has thrown down the gauntlet to critics who have bemoaned the fact he has never run a small business himself, by saying his door is open and he is ready to listen to arguments and suggestions from small business for new ideas and better ways for government to support the sector.

“BEC Australia is greatly encouraged by Minister O’Connor’s frankness and approach to his portfolio,” said Mr Hughes.

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New Small Business Minister Knows the Ropes

December 16, 2011

Australia’s peak body for small business advice welcomes the decision to appoint Senator Mark Arbib to the role of Australia’s Small Business Minister given his experience with the sector during his time as Minister for Employment Participation during which he played a significant role in ensuring the continuation of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), according to Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman Jack Hughes.

Funded by the Federal Government, NEIS has helped more than 100,000 people in Australia set up viable businesses.

“A lot of our Business Enterprise Centres around Australia deliver NEIS and when its future was under review it was extremely pleasing to see Senator Arbib recognize the value of the program and ensure it remained a high priority for the Gillard Government,” said Mr Hughes. (more…)