Saturday, December 17th, 2011 - Business Enterprise Centres Australia

Australia’s peak body for small business advice welcomes the decision to appoint Senator Mark Arbib to the role of Australia’s Small Business Minister given his experience with the sector during his time as Minister for Employment Participation during which he played a significant role in ensuring the continuation of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), according to Business Enterprise Centres Australia (BECA) chairman Jack Hughes.

Funded by the Federal Government, NEIS has helped more than 100,000 people in Australia set up viable businesses.

“A lot of our Business Enterprise Centres around Australia deliver NEIS and when its future was under review it was extremely pleasing to see Senator Arbib recognize the value of the program and ensure it remained a high priority for the Gillard Government,” said Mr Hughes.

Senator Arbib will now be responsible for the governement’s Small Business Advisory Service, in which Business Enterprise Centres play the crucial role of delivering grass roots information and advice to the sector.

“Having someone at the helm who has empathy with small business operators and who appreciates the contribution they make to the national economy and the difficult circumstances they often face is essential if the sector is to thrive,” said Mr Hughes.

“I believe we can work well with Senator Arbib to achieve this and we welcome him to the role and look forward to working closely with him and his colleagues.”

On behalf of Business Enterprise Centres Australia, Mr Hughes has also thanked outgoing Small Business Minister Senator Nick Sherry with whom we have had a “very productive working relationship”.

“Senator Sherry and his staff were great supporters of BECs and he was always prepared to make himself available to meet small business operators and share their stories and experiences. Moreover, he actively kept his political colleagues aware of the value of the small business network, to the benefit of this most important sector and the Australian economy as a whole. We wish him well for the future,” Mr Hughes concluded.

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Business Enterprise Centres Australia


Business Enterprise Centres operate throughout all states and territories in Australia endeavouring to work with and on behalf of the micro and small business sectors.

BEC Australia Charter: -
BEC Australia is a not-for-profit organisation whose primary role is to support and grow the national network of Business Enterprise Centres and provide representation on behalf of its members to key stakeholders.

BEC Australia Vision:-
A nationwide network of Business Enterprise Centres that are recognised as the first and best point of contact for small business operators seeking quality business information, advice and guidance.

BECA National Chair, Jack Hughes
P: 0408 837 032


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