Boost for burgeoning Grafton businesses

Start-up businesses in the Grafton area have been given an additional chance of success.

Within months of losing its government funding and gloomy predictions about its future, the Clarence Valley Business Enterprise Centre is about to open a new business incubator.

The BEC has been operating an incubator in South Grafton for a number of years, and on May 16 will open its second, this time in Queen Street, Grafton.

The organisation already has three confirmed clients for the new site and has received interest from three others looking to relocate from other centres.

BEC chief executive officer Henk van der Merwe said businesses operating from the new centre would have the benefit of a shared, full-time secretariat, broadband internet connections and business advice.

"It more than doubles our capacity and gives us the financial stability for the next 12 months we have been after," he said.

Mr van der Merwe said the new facility would not have been possible without the support of the new Clarence Valley Council.

"Proving that they are serious about economic development, Mayor (Ian) Tiley and his team are already delivering on the promises made during the election campaign," he said.

"'Us and them' is thing of the past. The new council is focused on all our needs and the opportunities for sustainable growth in the Clarence Valley."

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