Chedid: Parramatta is "open for business"

Parramatta council is taking to the streets to encourage businesses from across Sydney to move to Parramatta.

Council staff are approaching businesses in areas such as the Sydney CBD, Surry Hills and the inner west with a clear message: “Parramatta is open for business.”

The initiative is part of Activate! Parramatta, a new program offering grants up to $10,000 for budding entrepreneurs or businesses to set up in Parramatta and contribute to the diversity and vibrancy of the city.

“There are great opportunities in Parramatta to expand your business,” said lord mayor John Chedid.

“Activate! Parramatta is about promoting the value of our City as a destination for business and creating opportunities for innovative ventures. I encourage people to have a good look at Parramatta as a location. 

“We are the centre of Sydney, our economy and our population are growing by the day. The state government’s recent budget announcements on improved infrastructure and jobs for Parramatta show this is a city on the move.”

Businesses already signed up include Bourke St Bakery, set to be established by the end of 2014, and 3D Printing, which recently opened in Darcy Street.

“If you think you’ve got an idea that can work in Parramatta, get in touch,” Cr Chedid said.

“You can read about the program on our website and download an Expression of Interest form.’’

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