NSW Minister for Small Business Katrina Hodgkinson, has announced the appointment of Robyn Hobbs OAM as the new NSW Small Business Commissioner. Hobbs will commence her five-year term in the role on February 25.
Hobbs will take over from Acting NSW Small Businesses Commissioner Candace Barron, who has been serving in the role following the conclusion of Yasmin King’s tenure as inaugural NSW Small Businesses Commissioner.
Hobbs founded Carols in the Domain in 1983 and has previously worked with the Sydney Opera House and the City of Sydney. She is currently the Manager, Executive Support at the City of Parramatta.
Hodgkinson said that Hobbs will be a strong, independent advocate on behalf of NSW small business owners and operators.
“The NSW Government is committed to encouraging growth of small businesses in NSW, and today’s announcement of the appointment of Ms Hobbs as the NSW Small Business Commissioner for a period of five years is a tangible demonstration of that commitment,” Hodgkinson said.
“Following the passage of the Small Business Commissioner Bill through the NSW Parliament last year, the role was established as an independent statutory officer and the NSW Government began a competitive process to select a NSW Small Business Commissioner.”
Hobbs added that she is excited to contribute to the growth of small businesses in NSW.
“The review of the Retail Leases Act will be one of my immediate challenges, but I look forward to working hard to identify and advise the NSW Government on ways it can reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses.”
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