The CEO of Master Grocers Australia (MGA), Jos de Bruin, was named 2016 Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA)’s Small Business Champion at the Vodafone National Small Business Summit.
Jos was presented his award by Kate Carnell, Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman – a respected member of the small business community.
Paul Nielsen, Chairman of COSBOA, bestowed the honour to Jos for his dedication to small business and his work surrounding competition policy, in particular section 46, The Effects Test.
Paul said: “Jos is most worthy of the accolade of the COSBOA Small Business Champion for 2016 for the terrific work he did in marshaling 23 industry associations, representing 900,000 businesses, and other interested parties, together with government, to discuss the most necessary changes to competition policy recommended in the Harper Review.
“The implications of the changes to section 46 cannot be understated and will have far reaching effects for small business over the next 20 years.
“Jos works tirelessly to bring together the interest groups. COSBOA and small business owe him a great debt of gratitude.”
Section 46, if enacted, will assist the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to act quicker and regulate the behaviour of dominant businesses, which is to the detriment of the market.
Like COSBOA, Jos believes in a level playing field for businesses in Australia, which allows small businesses to compete with big businesses and in a fair environment.
Speaking about his award, Jos said: “I am thrilled to be awarded the COSBOA Small Business Champion award. I’m passionate about small business and seeing their futures protected. I hope all the work I and the businesses and associations I’ve worked with on the Effects Test are enacted upon sooner rather than later.
MGA Independent Retailers is a fast moving, agile and forward-thinking employer organisation supporting Independent Supermarkets, Liquor Retailers and Hardware Stores in Australia. As a national employer organisation, its role is to support employers with areas of their business that they may not have the time, money or resources to focus on.
To find out more about COSBOA, visit: www.cosboa.org.au
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