Hunter entrepreneurs: new dedicated facilitator

Joint Media Release
  • Minister for Employment
  • Minister for Women
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
  • Senator for Western Australia
  • Cabinet Secretary

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).

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