Speech by Minister of Small Business Development on the occasion of the stakeholder engagement in Dundee

10 January 2019 - I am delighted to be afforded this important opportunity to share my thoughts on the role of small businesses and how the department’s programmes can advance the growth and sustainability of small businesses. At the outset, let me state that the vision of the Department of Small Business Development and its agencies is to create a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship and enterprise growth, where small businesses and co-operatives act as drivers of job creation and inclusive economic growth.


To lead and coordinate an integrated approach to the promotion and development of entrepreneurship, Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) and Co-operatives, and to ensure an enabling legislative and policy environment to support their growth and sustainability.


The coordination, integration and mobilisation of efforts and resources towards the creation of an enabling environment for the growth and sustainability of small businesses and co-operatives.


A transformed and inclusive economy driven by sustainable, innovative SMMEs and Co-operatives.