The City of Ipswich is the first to sign the Small Business Friendly Charter in Queensland. The initiative was initially developed in other Australian states and has now been adapted and implemented in Queensland by the Small Business Commissioner Maree Adshead.

The signing of the Small Business Friendly Council charter reinforces the commitment of council to supporting your Ipswich small business. The signing took place on 1 October 2020 and was attended by the Mayor, Councillors, State Members for the region, Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce President, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce President and representatives from Department of Employment Small Business and Training (Office of the Small Business Commissioner).

Check out what Mayor Teresa Harding, Cr Nicole Jonic and Small Business Commissioner Maree Adshead have to say about the signing- find out more.

So what does this mean for your local small business? 

Ipswich City Council are committing to provide a range of COVID specific business support, assistance with starting a business, ongoing support for established businesses, assisting businesses in supplying to council, guidance with business Permits and Licences and issue resolutions. A number of initiatives and efficiencies have been strategised and Ipswich City Council will continue to monitor and adjust to  help and support our local small businesses.

If you are a local small business looking for support and guidance, reach out to our Local Business and Investment team by heading to


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