This section provides information for businesses, and links to information and support available.

Blue Mountains Business Mentorship Program

The Blue Mountains Business Mentoring program has commenced thanks to a partnership between Blue Mountains City Council, Blue Mountains Tourism and Business Blue Mountains. With the support of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF - Round 5) and Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) grants the program has been able to offer a mentoring package to over 40 local Blue Mountains businesses. The range of businesses selected as mentees are from the tourism industry, retail, hospitality, health and professional services, and range from large established businesses to smaller businesses and start-up businesses.

What is involved?

The program provides bespoke 1:1 mentorship with industry experts, to help develop a clear future path for the mentees business.

The program is designed to help local businesses build resilience and sustainability and each business will be able to tailor the program to suit their specific needs.

The program is completely free and is running for up to 12 months, with the possibility of being extended.

Why is Council running this program?

The impact of bushfires, floods and the pandemic over the last 2.5 years have been devastating to local businesses. 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 sought and secured funding for programs to assist local businesses to recover, build resilience and sustainability. A stronger local economy is critical for the Blue Mountains, providing local jobs and amenities. 

More information and questions

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact David Somerville (Program Leader Economic Development) at dsomerville@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or on 0457 152 554.

This program is being co-funded by:

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Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund: This Local Economic Recovery project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements                          

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Building Better Regions Fund (Round 5): This project is funded by the Commonwealth under the Building Better Regions Fund program.

 

Mental health and wellbeing

The uncertainty around how long restrictions will last can be one of the more stressful factors surrounding lockdowns and restrictions. If you, or your staff are distressed and need wellbeing support, a number of support services are available.

24/7 telephone services

There is 24/7 help available on the following numbers:
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636

Online services and resources
NewAccess by Beyond Blue – Free and confidential help for small business owners from mental health coaches with a small business background.

Council and the Ahead for Business team at Everymind, have partnered to support the mental wellbeing of Blue Mountains based businesses. The Ahead for Business online portal provides resources for small business owners to help you get to know your mental health, understand your wellbeing status, and identify areas for action and support with personalised results and recommendations.

Council is also here to support you. Contact Council if you would like to speak to a team member about these support services.

 

Assistance with rental negotiations

The Blackheath Chamber of Commerce, Leura Village Association and Katoomba Chamber of Commerce have worked together to write a form letter which businesses may use for approaching their landlord. It is an easy-to-use template in a Word document and can be amended to suit your business and situation. You can contact the Council's Economic Development Team or one of the organisations listed above to get a copy.