Scot MacDonald
2nd Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government’s $30 million Business Connect service has helped Wallsend businesswoman Amy Pollitt, director of Early Start Speech Pathology, expand to establish a second practice.

“Amy works with eight speech pathologists supporting local kids aged 18 months to 18 years and she’s well known among peers and parents for her caring and innovative approach,” Mr MacDonald said.

“When Amy and her business partner Michelle Batey realised they needed business advice they turned to local Business Connect provider The Business Centre for support.”

“Business Connect provides business advisory services and skills training to startups and small businesses, with professionals on hand to help - whether you’re starting out, building a business or wanting to go global,” he said.

Amy Pollitt said The Business Centre advisor Melissa Archer provided fantastic support.

“I rave about Business Connect which is one of the best programs available. We are very good as speech pathologists but Business Connect made sure we were dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s from a business perspective,” Ms Pollitt said.

“Melissa helped us with management advice and in choosing our business location and we are now expanding into a second practice at Warners Bay,” Amy said.

Business Connect advisor Melissa Archer said both Amy and Michelle Batey were open to advice on how to take their business forward.

“We coached them on management skills, reviewed their strategic direction, and identified the geographical spread of their business clients,” Ms Archer said.

"It’s great to see Amy and Michelle now growing, introducing new programs, and collaborating with other therapists to continue to expand their business.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro saidBusiness Connect provides subsidised services to build digital, financial and business management skills.

“Small Businesses are the heart and soul of our economy, representing almost 98 per cent of all NSW businesses, so it’s great to see Business Connect helping them succeed.”