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Grants to create and grow small businesses in Adelaide’s north

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Seventeen northern Adelaide-based businesses have been granted more than $810,000 to
assist growth and create new jobs in the region.

The funding is provided as round three of the State Government’s $10 million Small Business
Development Fund, which supports small businesses and start-ups in the Playford, Port
Adelaide Enfield and Salisbury council areas.

Six new small businesses will share in $86,300 through Start Up grants:

  • Adelaide Caravans – $20,000 to establish a used and new caravan dealership.
  • Chin Hills Supermarket – $10,000 for an Asian grocery store that specialises in food products from Burma/ Thailand and India.
  • Elliot’s Driving School – $10,000 to establish a private driving education service in the Salisbury area.
  • IndigiSpace – $11,800 to establish online market place for sale of Indigenous goods by Indigenous people.
  • The Bond Store Artisan Bakery and Café – $20,000 to establish a new bakery and café in Port Adelaide.
  • The Queens Quarters – $14,500 for a new business that offers design/ planningservices for special events including styling services.
Eleven existing small businesses will share in $731,859 through Expansion Grants:

  • Bench Excavation & Civil Construction – $91,500 to purchase additional equipment that will allow a greater scope of specialised drilling work to be undertaken.
  • Bravo Sails – $11,500 to purchase precision tools necessary for sail making.
  • Dirtybits (SA Motorcycles) – $100,000 to expand and duplicate its front of house operations in adjacent premises.
  • Haese Marine – $22,250 for an expansion that will allow the business to sell new or used boats as well as marina berths and housing properties.
  • IG Fresh – $76,500 to expand its grading and packing line for a new variety of cucumber.
  • Infuse Bottling Company – $100,000 to expand its loading and unloading capabilities to allow large export containers on site.
  • J&R Hewitson Carpentry & Joinery – $100,000 to purchase technologically advanced automated machinery to dramatically increase production efficiencies and capacity.
  • Pete’s Vehicle Transport – $100,000 to fast track the expansion of its vehicle storage and transport capabilities.
  • Regen Building Solutions – $30,000 to streamline the manufacturing process of its innovative building products.
  • TA Electrical – $10,109 to amalgamate all business operations to one site.
  • Vo Co Fresh – $90,000 to purchase additional plant and equipment and expand its packing shed.


The $10 million Small Business Development Fund, launched in May 2016, gives businesses
in Adelaide’s north the opportunity to apply for financial support through two dedicated grant
programs over three years.

Of the total funding:

  • $4 million is for Start Up Grants to support the creation of new small businesses in northern Adelaide, with grants of up to $20,000 available.
  • $6 million is for Expansion Grants to support business expansion and job creation in northern Adelaide with grants between $10,000 and $100,000 available.
The Small Business Development Fund is part of The Northern Economic Plan which has
been developed by the State Government in partnership with the Playford, Salisbury, and Port
Adelaide Enfield Councils, along with industry, businesses and the community.

The plan is a blueprint for a prosperous northern Adelaide, focused on creating jobs and
empowering local communities. For more information about the Northern Economic Plan visit

For more information about the Small Business Development Fund visit

Quotes attributable to Small Business Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith

South Australia’s 140,000 small businesses are the backbone of our economy and key drivers
of employment and growth.

The Small Business Development Fund assists small businesses and people considering starting a business in northern Adelaide to grow and realise their potential, create sustainable
jobs, respond to industrial change and strengthen connections with Government.

It’s vitally important that small businesses operate in an environment where it’s easy to
establish start-ups and transform to enable business and job growth