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New position provides helping hand to local business

LOCAL small business is set to receive a valuable helping hand following the establishment of the South East Business Advisor position – a role that will see free independent advice offered to help businesses reach their full potential.

Spearheaded by the South East Region Development Association (SERDA), the role will form part of Enterprises Centres Tasmania, a statewide network of business advisors.

The program, funded by the Department of State Growth and delivered under the guidance of Business Tasmania, allows up to five free hours of advice to assist businesses develop from a start-up concept to an established business.

Chair of SERDA Sorell Mayor Kerry Vincent said the South East Business Advisor would cover the local government areas of Clarence City Council, Sorell Council, Tasman Council and Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council, south of Swansea.

“The south-east region had, up until now, lacked a locally-based business advisor, so it’s great to see the State Government’s confidence to back local solutions for the region,” he said.

Following an exhaustive selection process, Greg Bowers was appointed the advisor for the south-east region.

Mayor Vincent said this new role would build on SERDA’s already successful appointment of a workforce development coordinator.

“The appointment of a workforce development coordinator has been a resounding success and this new advisor position will be vital in connecting the dots between employers, employees and workforce training organisations,” he said.

“Greg has worked in private enterprise for many years and is keen to assist people to develop new business opportunities in the region.

“He is experienced in the development and management of small to medium business enterprises, marketing, brand awareness and building financial and business planning capacity – he will no doubt be a valuable resource for our region.”

The South East Business Advisor position will complement the services already provided by the South East Employment Hub – a community-designed employment services program that links local people with local jobs and assists community members to further their education and training.

For free independent business advice, please contact Greg Bowers on 0401 700 600 or via email at greg.bowers@serda.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Newly appointed South East Business Advisor Greg Bowers.