Small business booming thanks to Sensis grants

A SOURDOUGH bakery, a waste management business and a hobby game store were among eight recipients of the Sensis ‘Stepping Up Grant Program’, which provides support to small businesses deemed the best and most innovative in the state.

The grant recipients were announced in Hobart recently by Tasmanian Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Trade Adam Brooks and Sensis corporate affairs director Libby Hay.

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.

“I was delighted at the response,” she said.

“The depth, quality and range of applications demonstrate there is a thriving entrepreneurial mindset here in Tasmania.

“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 the state.”

Each grant recipient received $10,000 that could 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 Tasmanian Government for its support, both in promoting the initiative and for providing matched funding that enabled us to offer the eight $10,000 grants,” Ms Hay said.


2015 Sensis Stepping Up Grant recipients

Customer Service category:

Vanessa Richardson (Owner of Waubs Bay Gallery, Bicheno)

Ashley Kendall (Owner of Battleaxe Games and Entertainment, Huonville)


Innovation and Technology category:

Gary McMurtie (Owner of New Things Now, Beaumaris)

Sheridan Lee (Owner of Tasmanian Buffalo, Preston)


Business Growth

Libby Monks and Juan Cordero Gomez (Partners of Ciguena Bebe, Moonah)

Matthew Allen (Owner of Resource Work Cooperative, South Hobart)


Start Up and Emerging 

Brendan and Clare Dean (Owners of Port Arthur Lavender Farm, Port Arthur)

Corey Newton (Owner/baker of Philadelphia Bakers, Taroona)

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