A sourdough bakery, a waste management business and a hobby game store are three of the eight worthy recipients of the Sensis Stepping Up Grant Program announced today in Hobart by Adam Brooks MP, Tasmanian Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Trade and Libby Hay, Director Corporate Affairs, Sensis.
Ms Hay said there had been an overwhelming number of entries to the new initiative across the four categories of Customer Service; Innovation and Technology; Business Growth; and Start Up and Emerging Business.
Of the 645 applications received, 49 percent were for the Start Up and Emerging Business category while the most represented sectors were Hospitality and Tourism; Retail and Consumer; and Trade Services.
“I was delighted at the response from Tasmanian SMBs – the depth, quality and range of applications demonstrates there is a thriving entrepreneurial mindset here in Tasmania,” said Ms Hay.
“Tasmanian small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and the passion demonstrated during this process affirms the talent, ideas, determination and commercial acumen held within this State.”
The 2015 Sensis Stepping Up Grant recipients in each category are:
- Vanessa Richardson, owner Waubs Bay Gallery, Bicheno
- Ashley Kendall, owner Battleaxe Games and Entertainment, Huonville
Innovation and Technology
- Gary McMurtie, owner New Things Now, Beaumaris
- Sheridan Lee, owner Tasmanian Buffalo, Preston
- Libby Monks, Juan Cordero Gomez & Jane Monks – partners Ciguena Bebe, Moonah
- Matthew Allen, Resource Work Cooperative, South Hobart
Start Up & Emerging
- Brendan and Clare Dean, owners Port Arthur Lavender Farm, Port Arthur
- Corey Newton, owner and baker Philadelphia Bakers, Taroona
Each grant recipient receives $10,000; the money will be used for a range of activities including purchasing specialised commercial equipment, developing a new website and expanding floor space to host free events to encourage a sense of community.
“I would like to thank the Tasmania Government for their support both in promoting the initiative and for providing matched funding which enabled us to offer the eight $10,000 grants,” said Ms Hay.