Minister Announces Latest Round Of Small Business Development Fund Grants

Minister Announces Latest Round Of Small Business Development Fund Grants

South Australia Minister for Small Business Martin Hamilton-Smith

Small Business Grants To Create Jobs In Northern Adelaide

Victor P Taffa

A new rural activity program for people with intellectual disabilities, a French café and a trucking firm are among 20 northern Adelaide businesses to share in almost $1 Million worth of State Government job creation and business expansion grants.

“A key priority for the State Government is supporting small businesses to grow, and the Small Business Development Fund is helping make this a reality.” Minister for Small Business Martin Hamilton-Smith said.

Latest round of Small Business Development Fund grants will create around 60 jobs and have been made as part of the $10 Million fund supporting small businesses and start-ups in the Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield and Salisbury council areas.

Announcing the grants, Minister for Small Business Martin Hamilton-Smith said that one of the successful applicants Windamere Park will use a $90,000 grant to expand services to clients with disabilities and to set up ‘Camp Windamere’ where clients can stay on site and take part participate in three-day, five-day or seven-day camps.

Here they will learn valuable daily living skills and, depending on the client, receive tailored vocational training to prepare them for future job opportunities.

“I am pleased to see so many entrepreneurs and business owners applying for this funding to pursue their ideas or expand their existing operations, creating sustainable jobs for South Australians.” Mr. Hamilton-Smith said.

Windamere Park expects to employ an additional 8 full time equivalent staff as a result of the expansion, with the potential for more jobs to be created as the service grows.

“We are delighted to receive this grant as part of the State Government’s Small Business Development Fund, as it will allow us to offer a broader range of services to our clients.” Windamere Park Director Ted De Lyster said.

“The funding means we will be able to support more people living with a disability to develop meaningful skills to reach their full potential, not only to increase their employment prospects, but also to help them participate in recreational opportunities in mainstream society.”

8 new small businesses will share in $140,518 worth of start-up grants:

  • Arikamama Pty Ltd – $12,000. A butcher shop catering to the local African community.
  • Jiva Bowls – $20,000. A health food shop at Semaphore, specialising in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains and superfoods.
  • Just Glorious Designs – $13,518. A clothing store selling imported garments, accessories and footwear through retail and online sales.
  • Medimart – $20,000. Supplier of medical products and equipment to health professionals working in primary and acute care, rehabilitation and aged care sectors.
  • Mixed Creative – $20,000. Mixed business concept comprising a café operation, artisan space, retail sales and live music area.
  • Oneconstruct Pty Ltd – $20,000. Manufacturer of modular and pre-fabricated buildings.
  • Port Express Takeaway – $15,000. A new takeaway food business at Birkenhead.
  • Vs Trade Pty Ltd – $20,000. A French café offering crepes, pastries, cakes and coffee.

 

12 existing small businesses will share in $859,257 worth of business expansion grants:

  • Bolly Props – $20,000 to purchase additional machinery to accommodate increased export orders and expedite the production of two new products.
  • Car Service Salisbury Pty Ltd – $55,295 to purchase specialised machinery for an expansion of services into diesel powered vehicles.
  • Coiltek Manufacturing Pty Ltd – $77,000 to assist with the construction of a clean room manufacturing facility.
  • Davey Blasting & Painting – $40,000 to assist with the construction of a grit blasting booth and grit recovery system.
  • Dogtooth Distribution – $100,000 to expand operations at Port Adelaide to service the growing demand from both local and interstate customers.
  • Enviro Solutions Group Pty Ltd – $83,583 to purchase and commission a firewood bagging plant.
  • J D Trucking Pty Ltd – $80,000 to purchase four side tipper trailers for work on the new Northern Connector project.
  • Mega Courts Indoor Sports – $100,000 to fast track expansion of indoor multi-sport activities to the local community.
  • Pacer Profiles Pty Ltd – $100,000 to assist with the acquisition of a new plastics extrusion line that will introduce a new product to the market place.
  • Realfence Industries Trust – $75,000 to purchase additional excavator and truck to expand their retaining wall division.
  • Technoweld – $38,379 to purchase specialised Ultrasonic Impact Treatment equipment to assess fatigue in various infrastructure.
  • Windamere Park – $90,000 to expand services to clients in the disability sector with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

 

Background

About 98 %, or 140,000, of all businesses in South Australia are small businesses and employ around one third of the state’s workforce. The sector provides almost a quarter of a million local jobs and is worth $34 Billion each year.

Latest round of grants follows this month’s release of the government’s 2016 Small Business Statement which gives a snapshot of the local SME sector (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) and delivers a baseline from which to measure improvement in an area that still faces key challenges including energy costs and on-going IR challenges.

Windamere Park has provided services to clients with intellectual disabilities for the past 25 years, including overnight stay respite services for the past two years.

Funding will enable the organisation to broaden its services so clients can stay for longer; providing much needed respite to parents as well. It is anticipated that it will also allow those living with different disabilities or challenges to access Windamere Park services.