Lake Macquarie City Council’s new partnership with the NSW Government makes it a whole lot easier to set up a cafe, restaurant or small bar in Lake Mac.

Council’s Manager Organisational Performance, Laura Kendall, said that for many small businesses, one of the biggest challenges they face is navigating all the rules and regulations, and too often plans are slowed down by unnecessary red tape. This is where the Easy to do Business service, with its My Business Navigator tool, can help.

Before Easy to do Business, it could take many months to start a cafe, restaurant or small bar, dealing with Council and up to 12 state and Commonwealth government agencies to complete more than 30 forms. Under this program, the aim is for local businesses to open their doors in 90 days or less.

“By using this new service, business owners can spend more time planning their business and less time filling out forms, in turn creating jobs and growing the Lake Mac economy,” Ms Kendall said.

“Anything that makes it easier to start or grow a business is very welcome in our City. The Easy to do Business program is set to enhance the growing range of cafes and restaurants we have in our town centres, as well as motivate anyone who is thinking about starting a new business.” Service NSW also has plans to expand the program beyond restaurants and cafes to other business sectors in the future.