Local industry in Forde will sharpen its focus on the industries of the future, with Merino Country receiving a $50,0000 grant under the final round of the Australian Government’s Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Small Business Programme.
It will help the business invest in sustainable growth and focus on opportunities in new markets.
The grant is one of 59 projects, worth $2.157 million under round nine of the TCF Small Business Programme, announced by the Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane.
Forde MP, Bert van Manen MP said while Australian industry and manufacturing is facing challenges, the investment would assist the local business focus on a future that prioritises new opportunities and new markets.
“This project will help Merino Country to improve its productivity and become more internationally competitive and viable over the long term,” van Manen said.
In this year’s budget, the Government announced that Round 9 would be the final round of the TCF Small Business Programme. Over the past nine years, $22.5 million has been awarded to 496 businesses for 607 projects to improve their business enterprise culture, stimulate innovation, promote sustainable growth and keep manufacturing in Australia.
“The Australian Government is introducing new initiatives like the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme, which will be delivered by a single business service. This new approach will be open to all businesses and they will find it much simpler and easier to access Government information and assistance,” he said.
For more information visit www.ausindustry.gov.au