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23 April, 2021

Somerset officially commits to being Small Business Friendly

The Somerset Regional Council has cemented its support for the region’s small businesses by signing the Small Business Friendly Councils (SBFC) charter. Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer welcomed Somerset to the growing list of councils that have already signed the charter.

Somerset Regional Council signed the Small Business Friendly Charter. Pictured is Somerset councillors, CEO Andrew Johnson and Queensland Small Business Commissioner, Maree Adshead.

 “Small businesses are the heart and hubs of our local communities and they create jobs delivering on the plan for Queensland’s economic recovery,” Minister Farmer said.

“They are our families, our friends, our neighbours and they keep our communities strong.

“It’s such a positive indication that eight councils have already signed the SBFC charter with others lining up to join.

 “By signing the Small Business Friendly Council Charter the councils commit to support small businesses in their respective area and reduce red tape,” Ms Farmer said.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said small business was the heart of the local economy and played a critical role in the fabric of rural communities.

"By signing this charter we are making a pledge that we will support small business which has never been more important than now with such trying and unpredictable times.” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council is committed to raising the profile and capability of small business and supporting business resilience and recovery. 

“We also vow to continue promoting and showcasing small business.” Cr Lehmann said.

Queensland Small Business Commissioner, Maree Adshead, who today co-signed the SBFC Charter with Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann, said it is pleasing the council has committed to engage, promote and support the small businesses within their region.

"I look forward to continuing to work with all concerned to bring real benefits to the local small business community,” she said.

The SBFC charter has been developed by the State Government in conjunction with councils and includes a commitment to: 

• communicate and engage

• raise small businesses profile and capability

• support resilience and recovery

• simplify administration and regulation (red tape reduction)

• ensure fair procurement and prompt payment terms

• promote place-based activities.

Look out for the small business friendly identifier to recognise Somerset Regional Council’s participation in the initiative.

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