New approach to see business boosted

Council’s business support funds are set for a shake up with a competitive grant process to replace long-term agreements with the Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Business Centre Pilbara.

The change has come after a number of services were seen to be duplicated both by these organisation and other providers available in the City.

Conferences, seminars, workshops and business information surveys are just some of the initiatives that are eligible to be funded under the new scheme.

City of Karratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said the new scheme would incentivise organisations to innovate and adapt business support programs to the immediate needs of local businesses.

“Now that we have a more providers in this space it makes sense to let them specialise and diversify their offerings by having a competitive grant process,” Cr Lally said.

“We have great responses to the business programs that organisations currently run in our City and we think this will be improved even more with this funding program,” he said.

“With more small businesses opening up in our City, I’m sure these offerings will continue to be a very well utilised service for our local entrepreneurs.”

Interested providers can view the new funding categories as well as information about the process on the City of Karratha website:www.karratha.wa.gov.au.

The grant process will run on an annual basis with the amount of funding to be confirmed in the 2016/17 budget process. 

Business people interested in attending events can find out details on the City of Karratha Facebook page or the events calendar on the City website.