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Mr Barilaro says businesses could reduce their operating costs by relocating to Regional NSW. Image: Joshua Hibbert, Unsplash
  • Mr Barilaro has announced a new concierge service to help businesses wanting to make the move
  • Suggests regional HQs could lower operating costs for businesses
  • Also said more public sector jobs would be advertised state-wide

John Barilaro, the Deputy Premier of New South Wales, has announced the establishment of a new concierge service that will facilitate companies who wish to move jobs, offices and headquarters to regional towns and cities.

The service would provide practical advice and help companies develop business plans to achieve the move. Advice includes recommending towns, identifying office space and support business plans by capitalising on the advantages of being based rurally.

In addition to this, Mr Barilaro also announced the NSW Government will lead the way by advertising jobs statewide with ‘regional location encouraged’ vacancies.

Along with being able to tap into a wider pool of skilled workers, he says businesses can lower their operating costs by moving to Regional NSW.

3.1 million people currently call Regional NSW home, representing around 38% of NSW’s current population, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data from 2018.

Mr Barilaro said as COVID has accelerated remote working, he believes individuals and businesses should embrace the opportunity to relocate.

“One of the principles of good business is ‘location, location, location’, but in the COVID world the secret to success is relocation, relocation, relocation, to regional NSW, giving companies access to a wider field of skilled workers and reduced operating costs,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This month the NSW Government launched the 20-Year Economic Vision for regional NSW, and announced that public sector jobs will now be advertised in every corner of the state and I am calling on corporates to share in the benefits by establishing themselves in rural towns.”

He added that Regional NSW is ideal for companies in sectors such as banking and finance, technology and telecommunication who want to conceive long-term plans for their workforces.

“Thousands of workers and the advanced manufacturing industry already know regional cities and towns are NSW’s best kept secret, with a more relaxed lifestyle, shorter commuting times, wide open spaces and cheaper property prices

“This is about building a safer and stronger regional NSW, creating jobs for locals and enabling big business and corporates to flourish in the regions.”

Last year the NSW Government launched a $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund to assist businesses with fast-track relocation as a way to stimulate economies in Regional NSW.

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