For some enthusiasts the roar of small business never dies down, constantly humming with a fervour that can’t be shaken. But none can match the enthusiasm of former minister for small business Bruce Billson, who last night attended the Smart50 Awards (hosted by our sister site SmartCompany), tweeting up a storm and captivating the crowd with a cracking speech. Of course, Billson isn’t actually small business minister any more, but he seemed to do a good job considering actual Small Business Minister Michael McCormack didn’t turn up.


Billson is now executive chairman of the Franchise Council of Australia, so small business is still his bread and butter, and we hear that he lit up the event at Melbourne’s The Cluster co-working space last night.