SMALL BUSINESS —
1496. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the minister representing the
Minister for Small Business:
I apologise—there are
noticeable spelling errors and grammatical errors in the question. I will
correct it as I read it out. I refer to the recent publication of the Small
Business Development Corporation —
Hon Sue Ellery: Does that
mean you did write it!
Hon COLIN TINCKNELL: I will
read it out as it was meant to read, because the grammatical errors are bad. I am
sorry about that.
I refer to the recent publication
of the Small Business Development Corporation ''Annual Report 2018–19'',
and note that of the 224 270 reported small businesses in Western Australia,
the industry with the highest number of small businesses—reported on
page 6—is construction, at 18 per cent; and, further, the top five
industries, which account for 58 per cent of all small businesses in WA, do not
include small businesses operating in the retail sector.
(1) What percentage of small
businesses in WA are operating in the retail sector?
(2) How many workers are employed
by small businesses operating in the retail sector?
ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the
question. The Minister for Small Business was able to sort through the
grammatical complexities and has provided the following information.
(1) It is five per cent.
(2) It is 50 008 employees.