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Powell Media Release – Strategic plan to lift Queensland’s small business (17 May 2013)

Small business across the Glass House electorate will find it easier to operate and capitalise on jobs and growth opportunities, after the Newman Government released a strategic plan.

The recently launched Queensland Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2015 builds on the government’s efforts to date, and articulates the policy directions and actions to be delivered over the next two years.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey launched the Strategy and Action Plan at a home business expo in front of 150 small businesses.

Ms Stuckey said, “The Queensland Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2015 will build on the Government’s Blueprint for Queensland small business,”

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, said, “This is the first time the Queensland Government has delivered a Strategy and Action Plan specifically for small business that prioritises government investment, policy development and service delivery,”

“Until now, there has been no specific, clear plan for supporting small businesses and driving growth across all industries in Queensland.

“Our vision is for the state’s 412,000 small businesses to be profitable, innovative and resilient.

“The Newman Government understands the importance of small businesses to Glass House.

“Substantial progress has already been made in getting the sector back on track by delivering on our commitments to reduce red tape, reform the skills and training system and lower payroll tax.

“This Strategy and Action Plan will build on these efforts and help us work towards our goal of four per cent unemployment by 2018.

“We are cutting red tape by 20 per cent across government agencies to simplify how business is done.

Mr Powell said in its first year, the Newman Government had increased the payroll tax exemption threshold from $1 million to $1.1 million, with 90 per cent of Queensland employers now exempt from paying the tax.

As part of the Government’s skills and training system reforms, $86 million will be allocated to create 10,000 additional apprenticeship places over six years.

The Newman Government has also identified more than $1 million in funding for initiatives to directly assist small, micro and non-employing businesses.

The small business sector represents more than 96 per cent of businesses state-wide, employing about half of all private sector workers.

Copies of the Queensland Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2015 are available online from the Queensland Business and Industry Portal at www.business.qld.gov.au

[ENDS] 17 May 2013

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