Council Wants To Hear From Small Business Operator For Better Approvals Program

Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 15:45

Mansfield Shire Council is calling on people who have recently started a small business or operate a business that requires dealing with Council for approvals, to join in the Better Approvals program.

Better Approvals, a state-wide initiative to make it easier to set-up and operate a small business, will get underway in early October in the Mansfield Shire.

Mansfield Shire CEO, Kaylene Conrick said the Better Approvals program has been rolled out through 64 small and large councils already.

“The results have seen councils make changes that put businesses first and deliver value for the community. The reforms have had an immediate impact, with businesses reporting they have opened faster, saved money and time and are experiencing less stress. We want to deliver that in our community too,” Ms Conrick said.

The Better Approvals program offers the local business community and Council staff the opportunity to work through a guided process which examines all the regulatory approvals needed to start or run a business.

“The program focuses on customer experience. Over six weeks, Small Business Victoria (SBV), expert consultants, small businesses and council staff co-design solutions,” she said.

“A very important part is that small businesses share their experience on the approvals process they have experienced. This is imperative to a locally tailored outcome that will provide a concierge-style permit application process for businesses, whilst increasing structured and healthy dialogue between departments within Council and creating positive outcomes for our businesses.

The project will commence in Mansfield on 5 October.  In the lead-up SBV and expert consultants will be engaging with businesses to gain insights on opening a business in Mansfield. If you would like to provide feedback on your experience, please contact Derek Beautyman, Economic Development Officer - Business & Industry at Council on (03) 5775 8555 and he will put you in touch with the consultants.

The Better Approvals project is a collaborative effort between local government and the Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions (DJPR).

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Last Updated: Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 16:00