Growing small business

2016-05-10 06:00

Small businesses will received a boost as a project to grow the number street kiosks operating on Long Street is launched.

Ten entrepreneurs from across the province will start operating from a set of on-street kiosks in Long Street.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, officially handed over the kiosks yesterday (9 May), on the corners of Long and Wale streets, to the entrepreneurs. The project is an initiative of the provincial departments of economic development and tourism, and transport and public works.

Each kiosk is equipped with a preparation bowl fixed with brackets to the internal wall, precast concrete serving counter, two lockable hand operated roller shutters, electrical light switch and double point plugs, Winde explains.

Provincial transport and public works minister, Donald Grant, says: “The space has been constructed taking into careful consideration the needs of the beneficiaries, and to aid in the efficient and effective running of their businesses. We are very proud of this initiative, and the impact it will have on the lives of the chosen beneficiaries.”

Each entrepreneur will be able to customize their kiosks, says Winde.

“We’re handing over the space to the entrepreneurs; they can now customize and make it their own. Located in the middle of the CBD, they are able to showcase and sell their goods in one of our region’s most vibrant spaces,” he says.

“We know that entrepreneurs are key job creators, employing over 500 000 people in the Western Cape. This is why we invest in initiatives like these, which give small businesses the support they need to take their enterprises to the next level.”

The department has given over 30 000 entrepreneurs the tools they need to start a business since 2009, Winde says.

“In this financial year we’re investing R40.9m into the development and support of small businesses,” he says.

Residents have been encouraged to take ownership of the space, opening the call for crowd-sourcing the name of the initiative.

“I’d like to formally open the call to residents to submit their suggestions for the official name for these kiosks.”

The kiosks will house a variety of businesses, ranging from clothing, accessories and bags; sports apparel; snacks, cold drinks and coffee; cosmetics and hair products to art. Entrepreneurs are expected to begin trading by the end of the month..

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