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Tackling mental health positively can lead to big gains for Small Business

Small Business owners have a major opportunity to make significant gains in their businesses by taking a lead in mental health.

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ACCC Delivers for Adelaide Small Businesses in the Waste Industry

The South Australian Small Business Commissioner has welcomed a decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to refuse to allow five Adelaide councils to form a cartel to tender out more than a third of Adelaide’s waste management.

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Time for Energy Market Leadership

The State Government  has an opportunity to take a lead role in reform of the electricity market for the benefit of small business but also the wider community.

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Small Business has a win over the finance industry

Australia's major financial institutions have conceded defeat on a proposal to implement a new security system on credit cards which has been smacked down following strong representation by the small business sector.

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Jason Wells

Whyalla businessman Jason Wells is now looking at expanding his drinking water supply business into other areas of the region following a difficult period resulting in appointment of administrators to the Arrium companies.

Mr Wells has secured a loan from the State Government under the special loans program for businesses directly affected by the administration.

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner has worked closely with Mr Wells during the past two months.

Jason Wells 

Image: Jason Wells


A Word from the Commissioner

With the New Year now underway, it is a good time to reflect on the direction of your business and what new opportunities can be identified.

With many changes and disruptive technologies emerging in the  market place, no business can assume that their customers are not going to be keenly sought by competitors. Establishing who those competitors are and might be and how they could grab some or all of your business is an investment in your own future.

The next task is to develop a strategy which allows you to protect your existing base and/or move into one or more new areas to grow your business and profits.

With a clear plan in place, you have a much better chance of adapting to changing circumstances and leading change rather than dealing with it's consequences by following.


Holden’s Transition Centre

The Small Business Commissioner John Chapman paid a visit to Holden’s Transition Centre at Elizabeth recently.  

The facility is designed to provide Holden workers with extensive information and assistance on their future employment options. It’s development follows extensive research by Holden into developing a facility which opens up as many employment options for workers as possible.  

Holden workers are very highly skilled in terms of lean manufacturing, problem solving, team management and quality management for example.  

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner will be working with Holden to develop a number of events in 2016 to help Adelaide’s small businesses find potential future employees as they transition out of the automotive industry.      

Holden Transition Centre 

Image: Mr Jamie Getgood, Holden Senior HR Manager and Mr Richard Phillips, Executive Director Manufacturing in the Career Transition Centre for automotive workers.    


Innovation and Collaboration Centre at the University of South Australia

University of SA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd has welcomed with open arms the launch of the new Innovation and Collaboration Centre at the University of South Australia.  

The project in conjunction with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the State Government will give students and small businesses access to Hewlett Packard’s global capabilities.  

The Premier Hon Jay Weatherill announced that the State Government has $5.5 million to help establish the centre. He said  the centre is dedicated to helping businesses and industries transform ideas into market success and will be the pipeline for the commercialisation of innovative ideas.  

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, South Pacific Managing Director Nick Wilson said  Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s role in establishing the centre is a direct reflection of his company’s dedication to enabling innovation that transforms industries, markets and lives.”

Uni SA 16Nov2015

Image: Premier, Jay Weatherill and Professor David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor, University of SA 


EC Group, Edwardstown

The Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman, toured the Edwardstown factory of EC Group  which is one of only two Australian owned carpet manufacturing companies.  

EC Group formerly Edwardstown Carpets, is a family owned company which has been running since 1963. Business development is led by Mr Ben Grace and the company has offices in London, Paris and New York.  

The company supplies custom designed and produced floor coverings into both the commercial and domestic markets. A good example of a South Australian company seeking new markets beyond the border.

Edwardstown factory of EC Group 26Oct2015

Image: Mr Ben Grace, EC Group and Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner


Simpler Regulation Unit

The State Government is leading a new charge on regulation reduction with regulators across government being brought together to work on ways to cut red tape.  

The Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Raneri, is leading the project with the Simpler Regulation Unit.  

Great to see a good cross section of those responsible for regulation within Government attending a special session last week.  

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman, will work with a project group to provide advice from a business and industry perspective of the impact of regulations.

Erma Raneri


Radio Italiano Adelaide

Small Business Commissioner John Chapman has greatly appreciated the opportunity to discuss the operations of the office and in particular retail and commercial lease issues with listeners of Radio Italiano Adelaide in February and March 2015.

Host Mario Leuci and John Chapman

Host Mario Leuci interviewed Commissioner John Chapman and translated his responses for the benefit of the listeners.


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