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$2.5m to help build productive TCF small businesses

9 December 2013

Small businesses in the textile, clothing and footwear sector can apply for grants of up to $50,000 from today to help them transform their business so they can thrive and compete at home and abroad.

Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, today announced the opening of Round 9 of the TCF Small Business Programme, which will provide grants totalling $2.5 million.

“Australian textile, clothing and footwear small businesses have an international reputation for flair, cutting-edge designs and manufacturing high quality garments,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The TCF Small Business Programme is helping businesses harness these attributes so they can grow and succeed. By embracing technology and innovation, and adopting sound business practices, our TCF sector will improve productivity and compete with the best.”

Mr Macfarlane said small businesses employed nearly half of the private sector workforce, and had an important role in raising the standard of living of all Australians.

The TCF Small Business Programme gives enterprising small businesses that manufacture textiles, clothing or footwear in Australia the opportunity to improve their operations and competitiveness. Australian designers may also apply for grants if they manufacture in Australia.

To date TCF Small Business Programme grants have benefited 548 businesses and supported projects to transform business operations. Projects have included business strategy and mentoring, marketing and branding, manufacturing process upgrades, e-commerce and export opportunity development.

Applications for Round 9 close on 28 February 2014. AusIndustry will run workshops nationally in early 2014 to assist businesses applying for the program. Businesses can register for these workshops on AusIndustry’s website.

Potential applicants should visit www.ausindustry.gov.au for more information, or call the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46 or email the hotline at hotline@ausindustry.gov.au.

Media contacts: Mr Macfarlane's office 02 6277 7070