Small businesses in Wyndham will benefit after it joined other councils across Victoria who have signed up to the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Business Friendly Council initiative.

Under the scheme councils agree to pay small businesses within 30 days, reducing unnecessary red tape and properly supporting small businesses when they are disrupted by public works.

The measures also streamline the processing of approvals and supports local business networks.

There are currently 17,115 businesses in Wyndham which stand to benefit from the initiative.

The initiative is centred around a charter between councils and the Victorian Small Business Commission outlining their shared goals in creating a more supportive business environment.

The already-successful initiative was launched in May by the Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek and is managed by the Victorian Small Business Commission.

The Labor Government is dedicated to working together with councils to support small businesses and building a fair and inclusive economy that benefits all Victorians.

Quote attributable to Minister for Local Government and Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek

“The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the best state in which to build a small business. Councils are a part of that and this scheme will help small businesses thrive.”

Quote attributable to Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Judy O’Connell

“Congratulations to Wyndham City Council on its commitment to being a small business friendly council. I look forward to working with the team at Wyndham City Council for the next 12 months to bring about a fairer and more competitive trading environment.”

Quote attributable to Mayor of Wyndham City Council, Cr Mia Shaw

“Small business is the backbone of our local economy in Wyndham, helping to drive innovation, fuel growth, create local employment and promote healthy market competition. We look forward to continuing to build stronger and more productive relationships between our small business community and Council.”

Quote attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Wyndham and I’d like to congratulate Wyndham City Council for making sure small businesses get the best deal they can from Local Government”