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Maintaining and enhancing business confidence into 2021

09/10/2020

Following a Notice of Motion from Councillor Nancy Liu, Council has committed to continue building on its COVID-19 Economic Social Recovery Plan and its program to promote and encourage local business to become ‘COVID safe’ now and into 2021.

Councillor Liu said that Council will also continue to provide information to businesses and the broader community about the suite of financial support available from all levels of government.

“Council staff have been rolling out a ‘COVID safe’ education campaign for local businesses to encourage them to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan and to register as a COVID Safe business,” said Councillor Liu.

“We will continue this to ensure as many businesses as possible are on board to help keep their businesses open and the community safe,” added Cr Liu.

Mayor Kevin Greene said that there had been many initiatives already actioned by Council to help businesses learn new skills to survive and thrive.

“Council is actively offering a range of support, including COVID-19 Recovery Grants for local small business, not-for-profit organisations and arts and cultural practitioners and organisations. Other support includes hardship assistance and local procurement opportunities. A total of just over $140,000 has been awarded to
successful applicants.

“We have invited businesses throughout the local community to register on Georges River Business, which is a free online platform where they can advertise, learn new skills to build their brand and tap into networking and professional development opportunities.

“Since waiving and/or adjusting fees and charges for all outdoor dining across the local government area there have been several applications by businesses looking at opportunities to grow.

“In collaboration with the St George Business Chamber, Council’s ‘Buy Local’ campaign will be encouraging people to play a part in supporting our community by buying from small, independent businesses rather than large stores headquartered in major cities and overseas. This ensures our money stays local.

“Council itself is committed to increasing its procurement of goods and services from local suppliers.

“As part of the NSW Government’s Small Business Month in October, and in collaboration with the St George Business Chamber, Council will be hosting four webinars that focus on resilience. The weekly webinars starting on October 8 will cover future trends that will impact our economy, as well as the future of business
within Georges River and beyond.

“There will also be more practical and immediate impact topics such as cash flow, customer relationships and mental wellbeing. I strongly urge local business owners and staff to register,” added Mayor Greene.

Local businesses are encouraged to register for Georges River Business via www.georgesriverbusiness.com.au
 
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