Business Events Perth urges WA businesses to apply for $50m grant funding

Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin is urging local businesses to apply for grant funding.

Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin has urged local exhibitors and delegates to apply for the Federal Government’s Business Events Grants Program, saying it would provide welcome relief to the business event sector.

Twenty Western Australian business events have made it onto the approved schedule of business events, which are eligible for the grants program, that is offering between $10,000 and $250,000 to offset the cost for delegates and exhibitors to attend and present at pre-approved business events.

“As we all know the COVID pandemic has caused monumental challenges to the business events industry, with gathering restrictions and the inability for international and interstate visitors to come to WA, sparking widespread postponements and cancellations of events over the past 12 months,” Martin said.

“By reducing the cost for buyers and sellers to meet, connect and collaborate at a business event, this program is not just aiding in the recovery of the events sector, it’s also stimulating increased activity in the business events supply chain.”

Martin said supporting local business events would have far reaching benefits.

“The Business Events Grants Program will be instrumental in kickstarting Western Australia’s business events sector, with generous grants available to cover up to 50 per cent of costs incurred as part of participating in a pre-approved business event,” Martin said.