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Hunter entrepreneurs: new dedicated facilitator

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment
Minister for Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Western Australia

Budding entrepreneurs in the Hunter and Newcastle area received a significant boost today with the Turnbull Government announcing Ms Cheryl Royle as the new Entrepreneurship Facilitator for the Hunter.

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said that, as a Hunter resident, Ms Royle would provide valuable knowledge to locals looking to start their own business.

"Self-employment and entrepreneurship are fantastic options for young people who are unemployed. Entrepreneurship Facilitators will work on the ground to help support young people to develop their ideas into a business,” Minister Cash said.

Patron Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos welcomed Ms Royle to the role.

"Ms Royle has extensive practical experience as a facilitator working with young people. This new position will greatly assist in building networks with schools, colleges and business advisory services,” Senator Sinodinos said.

"Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide a unique opportunity to connect young people with existing local services and programs and provide one-on-one support to overcome barriers preventing them from commencing their own business.

"Entrepreneurship Facilitators give young Australians the chance to consider self-employment as a real option. Ms Royle is a proven innovator, with strong regional and community knowledge of start-up business development.

"Research shows that many young job seekers have promising business ideas, but lack the capacity and support to develop these ideas into a successful business.”

Entrepreneurship Facilitators have been appointed in three regions with high youth unemployment and low uptake of self-employment by youth: Cairns, Hunter Valley and Launceston (encompassing North-East Tasmania).

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Facilitators, visit www.employment.gov.au/entrepreneurship-facilitators.