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Small business asks for more support from an incoming government

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Billy and Lauren Duroux and their Walkabout coffee, clothing and culture business

Billy and Lauren Duroux and their Walkabout coffee, clothing and culture business. Source: Supplied


Published 13 May 2022 at 3:38pm
By Sandra Fulloon
Presented by Jasdeep Kaur
Source: SBS

The small and medium business sector contributes more than 400 billion dollars to Australia's economy each year, yet many founders are struggling to survive. Whichever party wins the election, most owner-operators want relief from the effects of inflation and ongoing labour shortages.


Published 13 May 2022 at 3:38pm
By Sandra Fulloon
Presented by Jasdeep Kaur
Source: SBS


Business is brisk for a husband-and-wife-run Indigenous catering and food truck venture, based on the New South Wales central coast.

Their Walkabout coffee, clothing and culture business has doubled during COVID, amid growing interest in bush foods for events.

But it’s not all good news. Ms Duroux says rising costs are eating into profits for many of Australia’s two million small business owners.

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Fuel’s not the only cost of concern – business loans are up too, affecting many retailers with a bricks-and-mortar city address.

With more women starting their own business than ever before, female founders are calling for easier access to finance.

Australian Retailers Association's Paul Zahra says what’s needed most is a return to economic stability.

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