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ASBIG Business Growth Program by East Gippsland Shire Council celebrates successful completion for 2023

Success in ASBIG Program Celebration for Local Business Growth by East Gippsland Shire Council.

By news@gippsland - 9th January 2024 - Back to News

East Gippsland Shire Council celebrated the successful completion of the Australian Small Business Innovation Group (ASBIG) Business Growth Program 2023 recently. A special recognition event for participants took place in December at The Centre in Bairnsdale. It is the fifth time that council has facilitated this program, aimed at enhancing the capabilities of local businesses and ensuring their sustainability.

The ASBIG program aligns with Council goals for nurturing entrepreneurship and fostering new business opportunities, reflecting its success

The ASBIG program aligns with Council goals for nurturing entrepreneurship and fostering new business opportunities, reflecting its success

Business support success

Mayor Cr Tom Crook said the program is an example of council's commitment to supporting local businesses. "Fourteen businesses joined the Business Growth Program, spanning industries such as manufacturing, marine, food production, trades, and accommodation. These businesses collectively identified opportunities to grow their value by $4.9 million, a testament to their hard work."

"The program consisted of group workshops held in June 2023, supplemented with Optim Improvement conducting monthly onsite visits to each business over the following six months. Notably, this training was provided free of charge to the businesses," Cr Crook said.

Success stories celebrated

At the recognition event business owners shared success stories of increased productivity, improved organisational skills, and enhanced customer service resulting in quicker turnaround times. Another great outcome from the program resulted in work/life improvements for business owners, with one business moving their factory staff to a four-day working week and creating a healthier work-life balance!

Cr Crook and Cr Jane Greacen attended the recognition event, where Cr Crook congratulated participants and presented certificates of achievement. The ASBIG Business Growth Program aligns with council priorities outlined in the Council Plan and Economic Development Strategy 2022-2032. Council's commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship and creating new business opportunities is evident in the success of the ASBIG program.

Council's aligned initiatives

Cr Crook emphasised the program's alignment with council's strategic goals. "Our collaborations with stakeholders promote entrepreneurship and new business opportunities. The ASBIG program directly contributes to this objective by advancing business growth and sustainability in our region."

Council invested $50,000 in the 2023 ASBIG Business Growth Program. The program will run again in 2024. To be contacted when nominations open, please email council at Media Enquiries: Communications Team - (03) 5153 9500

Pictures from Google Images.


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