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New grants for textile, clothing and footwear sector

Small businesses operating in the textile, clothing and footwear sector have received a welcome boost of $2.5 million in grants funding.

The Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, this week announced the opening of Round 9 of the TCF Small Business Programme, which will provide grants of up to $50,000 to eligible businesses.

The purpose is to help recipients transform their business so they can thrive and compete at home and abroad, by improving their operations and competitiveness. Australian designers may also apply for grants if they manufacture in Australia.

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

To date this particular grants program has benefited 548 businesses. 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.

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Stephanie Zillman

Stephanie Zillman

Stephanie is the editor-at-large of Dynamic Business. Stephanie brings with her a passion for journalism, business, and new ideas. On her days off, you might find her reading a book on the beach.

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