Home' Border Enterprise : Summer-Autumn 2011-2012 Contents 39
Vol 5. Summer/Autumn RED tape is tying up
battling to survive
times, says the NSW
Small Business commissioner
Ms King said a rise in internet
shopping posed a threat to
the retail sector but was also
an opportunity for regional
businesses to access the global
However, she said many small
companies did not have the
time to look into growing their
businesses and keeping up with
new trends and technologies
because they were too busy
making sure they complied with
"People are taking an
extraordinary amount of time
dealing with these issues and it's
stopping people getting on with
things," she said.
"Because you're so busy trying
to earn revenue, what happens
is that all of these compliance
things are left until late in the
evening or early in the morning."
On the Border, things are more
complicated for business owners
who have to deal with rules and
requirements from two state
But Ms King, who visited the
Border last month and spoke
to local business owners, said it
was essential local companies
change in order to survive.
"Doing business the way we
used to is not going to cut it,"
"They have to be looking at
having an internet presence and
using marketing tools like social
media to connect their business.
"That's why compliance is
such a frustration, you have
to keep people from being
The NSW government was
advertising for a cross-border
commissioner who would
help cut down the red tape for
businesses who work on both
sides of the border.
Ms King would also report to
the Minister for Small Business
Katrina Hodgkinson about ways
to improve regulation for small
"What we are doing is looking at
very specific examples and trying
to make change," Ms King said.
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