Making it easier for new businesses

Community life - 10 April 2018

Opening a new business in the Macleay Valley is about to become easier with Kempsey Shire Council supporting a program that aims to streamline the process.

Council has agreed to partner in the Easy to Do Business program. It was started by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Service NSW and the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner to make it faster and easier to start, grow and run a small business.

The initiative focuses on coordinating and navigating through the various government approvals required when starting out or growing a business in NSW aiming to make the process faster and easier.

The current process requires new businesses to deal with 13 agencies, including Council, and to complete 48 forms. This will be replaced by the Service NSW digital platform which includes upfront information regarding what is required by a potential new business owner from all of the approval authorities, including Council and includes a single digital form to replace the existing forms.

A concierge service, via a single phone number, is also provided to support customers through the process.

Council’s General Manager, Craig Milburn, said Council is happy to be part of the initiative to make it easier for prospective business owners to operate as soon as possible.

“The benefits of the partnership include improved support and a one-stop-shop tool to make doing business locally easier and improved quality of information provided to Council, helping to reduce processing and assessment times,” Mr Milburn said.

“It’s a big decision to open your own business so it’s fantastic to be able to take some of that pressure off when people are starting out. The Macleay Valley is a wonderful region to invest in and this program will make it easier for new and existing businesses.”

The free service also offers personalised support and step-by-step guides, online information on government licensing, approvals and regulations.

For more information, visit www.service.nsw.gov.au/easy-do-business 

Smith Street, KempseyOpening a new business in the Macleay Valley is about to become easier with Kempsey Shire Council supporting a program that aims to streamline the process.