Mansfield Courier

Council offers support to local business

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MANSFIELD Shire Council has been reaching out to local businesses to ensure they have the support they need.

Council’s Business Concierge Program supports more than 400 businesses across the shire.

While under restrictio­ns, the program contacted businesses to offer informatio­n, resources and support over the phone.

With an easing of restrictio­ns, council will visit those businesses in person.

The Business Concierge Program captures insights into the state of our business community.

It examines the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns.

With this informatio­n, council can offer targeted support.

Mayor Mark Holcombe said it was clear that businesses were suffering in the wake of ongoing lockdowns.

“When the business community struggles, there are far-reaching consequenc­es for our community,” said Cr Holcombe.

“This program allows us to check in, make sure businesses know that we are there to offer our support and facilitate resources for businesses, owners, operators and employees.

“We depend on visitation and these extended lockdowns limit key sectors, including tourism, hospitalit­y and accommodat­ion.

“Our team have been sharing informatio­n and staying on top of resources on offer from the Australian and Victorian Government­s that would assist our local business community.”

The program will continue to collect informatio­n to facilitate support and resources for local business.

“The best way the community can offer support to local business is to buy local,” said Cr Holcombe.

“Showcase our shire’s craft, produce and entreprene­urship in your Christmas shopping this year and support your community to thrive.”

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