Funding to help businesses 'pivot' their operating model

Michael Tran, who operates cafe Out of Office Espresso in Liverpool, said the $5000 grant he will receive from Liverpool Council as part of its Business Resilience Grant program would help to rebrand, reorientate his business offering and establish an online order system through a new website.

In total, council will distribute $172,000 to 50 small businesses in the Liverpool area to support businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 with $106,000 going to 28 businesses in the Liverpool city centre.

"Funding from council will go a long way to help refresh our business identity and offering, delivering delicious Mexican cuisine to customers in Liverpool and surrounding suburbs through a new online order system," Mr Tran said.

ACE Nurse School in Liverpool will receive $4000 to help it transition its curriculum online.

"The team at ACE Nurse School is incredibly grateful for Council's support, which will do wonders in helping us to continue providing accredited aged care training through e-learning to support the ageing population," ACE Nurse School CEO Annissa Bhutia said.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said council's Business Resilience Grant program is one of many measures Council has put in place to support businesses in this "new operating environment."

"Grant funding will help businesses pivot their operating model or improve their online strategy," she said.

"Council has also amended hardship provisions for rate payments, given rent abatements to many council tenants, established a 'Support Local' campaign and helped businesses strengthen their online presence."

Mayor Waller emphasised the need to shop local.

"I've seen many fantastic examples of our community's compassion and courage as we've rallied together to support local business and each other during these challenging times," she said.

"I want to reiterate that council is here to provide guidance and support any way we can, but we can't do it alone.

"Please shop and eat locally, practise good hygiene and social distancing when out and about."