Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Blue Mountains scale business mentor program

Blue Mountains City Council has launched a new mentorship program for local businesses.

Council says the program will provide bespoke, 1:1 mentorship with industry experts to help businesses develop a clear future path, and build resilience and sustainability.

“The program is a unique opportunity for local businesses to be paired with an industry expert, and tailor their experience to their needs,” said Blue Mountains Mayor, Mark Greenhill (pictured).

The program is completely free and will run for at least 12 months, he said.

“If you operate within the Blue Mountains LGA – whether you’re new or established, small or large – this mentorship program is for you.”

There are 40 places available, including 20 specifically for tourism-focussed businesses, secured through a partnership with Blue Mountains Tourism.

“A stronger local economy is critical for the Blue Mountains, providing local jobs and amenities. The impact of bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 2.5 years have been devastating to local businesses,” said Mayor Greenhill.

“The impact to the tourism industry have been particularly severe, as identified in the Tourism Industry Profile 2021 (REMPLAN), and include a 40% drop in visitation, $118 million loss of direct revenue and an estimated 600 jobs lost in the industry. 

“In recognition of these challenges, Council has sought and secured funding for programs to assist local businesses to recover, build resilience and sustainability. We’ve also partnered with Blue Mountains Tourism to ensure local tourism-focussed businesses are supported.”

Blue Mountains Tourism President, Jason Cronshaw said tourism had been a major economic contributor to the Blue Mountains for more than a century, and the impact of no international visitors for over two years was still being felt.

“Blue Mountains Tourism looks forward to working with the council to help make a difference to 20 tourism-related businesses, which will have a flow-on effect to the wider local industry.,” he said.

This program is being funded through two Federal grant programs: the Building Better Regions Fund 5; and Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, in partnership with Blue Mountains Tourism.  

Find out more and apply on the Recovery for Business page.

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