Moira Shire’s small businesses to see a boost in support

Published on 03 February 2021

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Moira Shire’s local businesses will have more support in getting through the pandemic, following the council’s move to join the Small Business Friendly Council initiative.

The initiative aims to make it easier to run a business, and it’s being rolled out across the state by the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) in partnership with councils.

Commissioner Judy O’Connell and Moira Shire Council CEO Mark Henderson made it official by signing the initiative’s Charter.

This represents the council’s commitment to:

• supporting the growth of local business networks

• helping to manage disruption to business trade caused by council works

• promoting how the VSBC can help and more.

Moira Shire supports over 10,900 jobs across a range of industries, from agriculture – including horticulture, cereal, livestock and dairy – to food processing and tourism.

The move builds on current council measures including their Business Concierge service to streamline approvals for people looking to start a business locally, and their commitment to pay small business suppliers promptly.

Moira Shire Council joins nearby City of Wodonga and Greater Shepparton City Council in having said ‘yes!’ to backing their local business owners through this initiative.

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Quote attributable to Moira Shire’s CEO Mark Henderson

“Our local small businesses are an integral part of Moira Shire’s community and we’re committed to supporting them in any way that we can. Making the small business friendly pledge is a step that we’re eager to take to further build on the business supports we’re providing at this time.”

Quote attributable to Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell

“It really is great to see Moira Shire Council pledge to further support their local small business owners in getting through to the other side of the pandemic, and we look forward to working together on ways to respond to local needs.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford

“The Small Business Friendly Council initiative is helping to provide small business owners with the support they need to face the challenges ahead, saving them time and money. It’s great to have Moira Shire Council on board and we’re calling on all councils to help make Victoria an even more small business friendly state."

The Victorian Small Business Commission is an independent government agency that advocates

on issues affecting people in small business, raises awareness of their rights and responsibilities,

and helps them to avoid or resolve disputes.