Editor Jen Bishop meets with NSW Small Business Minister about axing of events

Katrina Hodgkinson NSW Minister for Small Business

Dynamic Business editor Jen Bishop met with NSW Small Business Minister Katrina Hodgkinson at Parliament House yesterday.

They discussed the new $5 million Small Biz Connect program for the State. Hodgkinson invited Bishop to meet her after we broke the news last week about Small Business September and other small business programs being axed.

Dynamic Business still feels many questions around the changes have been left unanswered. As such, Bishop left the Minister with a number of questions, which she has agreed to endeavour to answer by the end of today. We will share the answers with you next week.

Hodgkinson confirmed that the $5 million is an annual budget for the program (there was some concern this amount might be spread across more than 12 months) and that more money will be spent on small business-related activities under the new provisions.

The pair discussed a better dialogue between the magazine and the Minister’s office going forward.

  • Hello Jen

    I am hoping you will get a follow-up interview once you have reviewed the NSW Govt’s answers.

    And I am hoping you can raise some new questions about the EOI tender for Small Biz Connect [SBC] … BECAUSE … the latest Addendum (#6) really reinforces my view that this has not been fully thought through. Once again the onus has been put on prospective tenderers to advise the NSW Govt on how to operate key aspects of SBC.

    So my conclusion (and I will gladly take correction) is that because SBC has not been thought through then there is no ‘stake in the ground’ against which to measure and evaluate the EOI submissions. This goes against all the rules of leading practice related to EOIs (and tenders).

    There has to be a stake in the ground and prospective tenderers have to submit a response that aligns with this stake … and then … prospective tenderers should be invited to submit alternative alignments if they feel that what was set down can be done in a different / better way.

    So without that stake – the EOI evaluation team has NOTHING to refer to. So the NSW Govt cannot guarantee that they will get an outcome which is in the best interests of small business (and everyone) in NSW.

    This does not make sense and the NSW Govt must be called to account.

    Cheers – John

    PS – my LinkedIn profile has been viewed by the NSW Govt … ‘big brother’ is clearly watching me (and ‘you’ also).