NEW BUSINESS SUPPORT

June 4, 2020 Sharon Purcell

The Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner is now open and ready for business, with Queensland’s Small Business Champion, Maree Adshead (pictured) appointed as Commissioner.
A top priority for the Commissioner will be helping small business recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild the economy.

“Queensland relies on our small businesses to keep the economy moving, I am extremely pleased to be stepping into this new role to provide much needed support and strengthened advocacy for the roughly 445,000 small businesses across the state.
“Hundreds of Queensland small businesses have shared their stories and experiences with me, and I know how tough things are right now,” Ms Adshead said.

The Small Business Financial Counselling Program in Southern Queensland is delivered by regional financial counselling organisation, the Rural Financial Counselling Service SQ (RFCSSQ) who welcomed the announcement.
“Small business are actively seeking a representative, a reduction in red tape and someone to call for support,” said RFCSSQ CEO, Jenny Whip.
“The new Commissioner will provide all of that plus advocacy support for small business operators.”

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the establishment of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner would bring Queensland in line with other states.
“The establishment of the Commissioner will provide a single point of contact for small businesses handling leasing disputes and will result in time, money and resource savings for business owners and government,” Ms Fentiman said.
“We know that dispute resolution can come at a significant cost for small business owners in terms of legal services, time away from their business, lost productivity and income, as well as additional expenses and stress.
“We understand the challenges ahead and the Small Business Commissioner will play an integral role in the future of our small businesses.
“I am confident Ms Adshead will continue as a strong voice for our small businesses, providing the outstanding advocacy and support role that she has fulfilled since 2017 as Small Business Champion,” Ms Fentiman said.
The Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner can be contacted on 1300 312 344 or visit www.business.qld.gov.au/qsbc.
The Small Business Financial Counselling Program SQ can be contacted on 1300 732 777.
Released June 2, 2020