The NSW State Government is pulling out all the stops to revitalise the Sydney CBD. From educational, business to creative events, grants and webinars, there are loads of exciting activities taking place.
In the NSW Small Business Commission Business Survey Wave 2 Report for 2021 and the Wave 3 Report completed earlier this year with 2,247 small and medium sized businesses, it was revealed, among other statistics, businesses are still pivoting post-covid, concerned in some cases about their viability due to decreased foot traffic and other factors. More on the Wave 2 and Wave 3 stats at the end of this post.
A series of free webinars for small business. Topics covered include digital marketing tips, who to best use Canva and podcasting for business.
Food Lab Sydney
Applications are now open for the July 2021 program.
25 June – Applications close
- 9 July – Program starts
If you run a small business, you can tap into Business Connect, a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help small businesses. Independent business advisors provide tailored advice on a range of topics which is complemented by live events and online resources to help develop business skills. Topics include developing a business plan, accessing finance and managing cash flow, marketing to reach new customers, adopting digital tools, connecting to other government support and professional services. Support is free of charge for businesses impacted by bushfires, COVID-19 and/or floods. Other eligible businesses can access up to four hours of advice and online events free of charge.
Sydney City Business Awards
Connect Sydney – Anti-racism and bystander action training program
The Big Rethink – revitalising your fundraising strategy for 2021
- How to assess your fundraising assets to determine your organisation’s focus points for 2021
- Discover new ways to approach your priority markets to maximise funding opportunities by applying principles outlined in the Big Rethink report (Oct 2020), From responding to shifts in donor interests through to growing your digital capacity, reflect on the new fundraising landscape
- Be informed on the latest key research findings from Australia about the impact COVID has had on fundraising and what organisations need to do in this post pandemic world.
Small business fees and charges rebate
9. City of Sydney Covid-19 business recovery survey, 31 May–18 June 2021
In May 2020, City of Sydney surveyed their communities to understand the impacts of Covid-19 and received feedback from 1,100 business representatives. This informed the City of Sydney’s plan for economic and social recovery in the local area. One year on they are inviting Sydney business owners again, to have their say and to share key insights on how local organisations, the industry sectors or members are recovering from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in a Business Recovery survey.
This survey will help City of Sydney understand the impacts of Covid-19, and the responses will help shape future business support initiatives and ensure the recovery plan continues to align with local business needs and priorities.
We invite you to take part in this survey and please free to forward this survey to your members or networks.
If you would like to provide further insights or share research, contact Kristina Kalnins, Senior Communications & Engagement Advisor on 02 9265 9333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Business recovery 2021’.
Statistics from NSW Small Business Commission surveys
Wave 2 survey
75% of businesses have tried to change their business model or find new opportunities, the most common being reduced or tried to reduce costs (40%), reduced profit margin (30%) and delayed or reduced capital expenditure (24%).
Wave 3 survey
Challenges: As with Wave 2,the three most common challenges mentioned were the impact of coronavirus in general (45%), increasing cost of materials, overheads, etc. (34%) and cost of staff (28%).
Revenue in the Past Three Months: 33% of businesses experienced a decrease in revenue in the last 3 months, while 23% experienced an increase.
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