Advocacy, Access, Action

We are the independent voice for Greater Hobart Small to Medium Business. Our aim is to create and maintain the best environment for small/medium business to be able to both start and flourish within the Greater Hobart locale.

Objectives

To provide advocacy and lobbying on behalf of members To provide regular monthly low cost networking events To obtain information on local issues and ideas from members.

MEDIA RELEASE

We welcome the adoption of our recommendations to include Micro Businesses by State Government

The Chairman of the Confederation of Greater Hobart Business Ltd today has been elated to see that the recommendations personally discussed with the Department of State Development have now been adopted into a new Grant aimed at Microbusinesses.

“It has been hard watching so many micro businesses do it so tough in recent weeks only to be told they weren’t ‘enough’ for consideration of Government support.’ Stated Louise Bloomfield, Chairman.

“Dropping the minimum turnover figure from $50,000 to $25,000 is a fantastic outcome and gratefully received by the small business community”

“This recent development shows that this current Government is prepared to actively listen and work with small businesses in Tasmania. It’s heartening to see and even better to see the elation on those who now can apply for the Grants.”

“How wonderful it would be if the Hobart City Council took a leaf out of the State Government’s book and did the same – by taking serious note of over 1000 signatures supplied in recent petitions begging for the consideration of a temporary hold on parking fees in North Hobart.”

For the majority of small businesses impacted by Border Closures the tank is already empty with no rainy day fund left to reach for and cover further losses. Failing to support small businesses in areas such as North Hobart, Sandy Bay and now even the Midtown areas will force a journey towards job losses, poor credit and ultimately business closures as the customers find themselves unable to engage with the businesses and go elsewhere.

“It is common knowledge that this kind of financial pressure will impact severely on mental health – which is already off the charts with 1 in 5 Australians reporting either high or very high levels of psychological distress” (ABS)

“What kind of realistic outcome do they honestly expect will come out of the Councils decision to ‘wait until the report comes out’ If the Hobart City Council Alderman read earlier consultative reports they themselves funded on the area, they would remember that the community values their local small businesses over and above larger National counterparts – for they contribute so much culture and local flavour to the areas. We need to be sure that the functional environment allows them to continue operating as a priority.

It is hoped that the Hobart City Council will reconsider their poor decisions and immediately can all parking machines from the North
Hobart area.

For further details contact Louise Bloomfield directly on 0418 388 164

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