Gympie Regional Council and COVID-19
E-Commerce Grants for Business now available
This grant is open to eligible retail businesses operating in the Gympie region.
The E-Commerce Grants are available now. Applications close on 30 May 2020, however, approvals will be progressively rolled out as businesses apply. The grant program may close early should all funding be allocated ahead of 30 May 2020.
This Gympie Regional Council initiative is designed to support local businesses during this challenging time.
To list your business details for free with the Gympie Times, please email your business name, address, trading hours and phone number to email@example.com.
The Gympie Times will then publish your information over the coming weeks.
For more information, phone 1300 307 800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Resources and Information COVID-19
COVID-19 Business Information and Referral Service
Gympie Regional Council with support from the Regional Chambers of Commerce and the Business Leap Program understand that as a business, you need relevant up-to-date information about financial support services during the COVID-19 response and recovery stages.
As of Monday 30th March 2020, Council will provide a business information service to assist you with rate deferral and payment plans, fee and charges waivers and, to connect you with appropriate state and federal funding programs that may also assist you. We also welcome businesses to come forward if they believe that under the current circumstances, consideration should be given to relaxing some of the restrictions they are required to operate under.
Please call - 1300 307 800, should you wish to access this service.
Consolidated Information Package
With so much information already being generated, we’ve taken the liberty of summarising the state and federal assistance packages that may be available to you (see attached) and have provided contact details for a range of other useful organisations that may be of assistance to you during these unprecedented times.
COVID Business Response Checklist
This checklist provides a summary of key areas to consider the response to the COVID-19 virus and its associated impact, potential risks and opportunities. If you are not sure where to start, this resource may be useful.
Supporting Gympie region businesses to go online
In unprecedented restrictions to the way businesses are able to operate, many have turned to online selling in an attempt to keep contact with their customers. Businesses in the region may need to pivot from a shop front retail model to e-commerce in order to survive in the short term, and potentially thrive in the long term. This guide provides a starting point to navigate to online selling.
Business Intelligence and Information
In the meantime, we are also keen to understand exactly where the pinch points are for your company during this time, and would ask you to engage with us in the relation to the questions posed below. The reason we’re asking, is to be able to connect you to appropriate business solutions or to find alternative ways for you to continue in to the future.
Apart from the obvious impacts of COVID-19, we would like to understand what, if any of the following challenges may be impacting you now or will impact you as we move in to a recovery phase:
- Import restrictions resulting in the inability to source products vital to your businesses’ capacity to manufacture, build and or produce
- Export restrictions on current distribution channels and key markets resulting in surplus stock, widgets and or produce
- Increased or decreasing sales caused directly by COVID-19
- Human resource challenges including staff lay-offs, having to recruit more staff or the skills that you need are not available
- Other, please outline
At this stage, we are only looking for very brief, dot point information and would ask you to send your insights to us using the following email address: email@example.com
Any insights and intel that you do choose to share with us will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used to help us to formulate a strong business recovery plan for our region.
We know that we can’t solve the challenges caused by COVID-19, but we hope that the Information and Referral Line and the Consolidated Assistance document will at least be helpful during this tough time.