The Blue Mountains City Council has launched a new mentorship program for local businesses.
The program will offer one-on-one mentorship with industry experts, to help companies develop a clear future path and build resilience and sustainability.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said, “The program is a unique opportunity for local businesses to be paired with an industry expert and tailor their experience to their needs.”
The program is completely free and will last at least 12 months.
“If you operate in the Blue Mountains Local Government Area – whether new or established, small or large – this mentorship program is for you,” the mayor said.
There are 40 places available, including 20 specifically for tourism-focused businesses, secured through a partnership with Blue Mountains Tourism.
“A stronger local economy is essential for the Blue Mountains, providing local jobs and amenities. The impact of bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 2.5 years has been devastating to local businesses,” the mayor said.
“The impact on the tourism industry has been particularly severe, as shown in the 2021 Tourism Industry Profile, and includes a 40% drop in visitation, a loss of direct revenue of $118 million and around 600 jobs lost in the industry.
“In recognition of these challenges, the council has sought and secured funding for programs to help local businesses recover, build resilience and sustainability. We have also partnered with Blue Mountains Tourism to ensure support for local businesses. local businesses focused on tourism.”
Blue Mountains Tourism Chairman Jason Cronshaw said: “Tourism has been a major economic contributor to the Blue Mountains for over a century, and the impact of the absence of international visitors for over two years is still being felt. Blue Mountains Tourism looks forward to working with the council to help make a difference for 20 tourism related businesses which will have a ripple effect across the local industry.”
Expressions of interest for companies are now open and will end on July 17. Find out more and apply online: bmcc.nsw.gov.au/recovery-for-business.
The program is funded by two federal grant programs: the Fund to Build Better Regions 5; and Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, in partnership with Blue Mountains Tourism.