The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW, says the announcement of grants to help small businesses reopen or upscale following the pandemic is a great show of support for the engine room of our state economy.
From 1 July, businesses and not-for-profits that have been severely impacted by the pandemic will be able to apply for a grant of up to $3,000 to assist with the costs of re-opening their businesses.
“Small business owners across have done it tough during the pandemic, with many impacted by bushfires and drought prior to that,” said Adam Zarth, Executive Director of the Capital Far South Coast Region.
“Many have had to lay off staff and are struggling to just survive. They will certainly appreciate this new support package from the Government as they ramp up their operations following hibernation,” Mr Zarth said.
“Business NSW will be encouraging all of our member businesses to apply for the grant as it will help to kick start their operations, re-engage staff and allow them to get back to running their business in the ‘new normal’.”
“The application process for this grant commences the day after the current $10,000 Small Business Grant program closes, showing that the Government is acutely aware of the plight of the hundreds of thousands of small business owners, and their employees, across NSW.”
“While some of the initial stimulus measures were aimed at larger companies, these packages are aimed at small and family owned operations who are the lifeblood of their local community and who employ local people.”
“The announcement came on the same day that the NSW Government has announced a $13 million program to assist regional businesses on their export journey.”
“Exporting is tough at the best of times, but regional businesses have been particularly hard hit with the limited air and sea freight options available to them during the pandemic.”
“This support from the Government will encourage more regional businesses to explore their exporting options and get the right advice and assistance to assess the best channels to market for their products,” Mr Zarth said.