Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Recovery

We're here to help your business adapt and build resilience through these challenging times. It is our priority to support the recovery of our community and local economy, by providing a range of relief measures for businesses, and support initiatives that stimulate local industry.


Financial Essentials Workshops

The Business and Community Support package was endorsed by Council in May 2020 

$60,000 was assigned to the Mentoring and Commercial Advice program to provide commercial advice to local businesses via a series of coordinated workshop and one-on-one meetings;

The Business Finance Essentials workshops are being delivered at a time where businesses have started to reopen and start operating again. Financial supports such as JobKeeper will be wound back in March which could create further strain on some businesses.

Businesses that attend workshops will be eligible to have a one-on-one session with Hayes Girling Financial to discuss their individual situation 

 

Knox Council Mentoring and Commercial advice

Businesses are facing complex challenges in this pandemic, this includes legal, tax, financial and payroll. If these issues aren't addressed quickly it can increase the financial and legal impact on your business. This initiative offers free expert advice from industry professionals to help you work through these complicated issues and information quicker, in order to manage the impacts of COVID-19. The advisors can also facilitate one-on-one mentoring sessions to help businesses prepare a tailored plan to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

 

Knox Council Business Support Grants

Applicants have been notified of their Grant outcomes.

A list of successful grant projects will be listed here once the grants have been finalised.


Grant recipient - Catten Industries

Local sheet metal fabrication business, Catten Industries, received a $15,000 grant to upgrade equipment and machinery to support the manufacturing of COVIDSafe products such as hand sanitiser stands and signage. Business recovery grants were designed to help businesses find new opportunities, and to adapt or respond to COVID-19 restrictions and impacts.

Find out how the financial support recieved helped grow the business and widen their product range.


Business Recovery - Covid-19

In Council's 2020-21 Budget, we committed $465,000 in business grants and support programs, as part of the Community and Business Support Package which provided a total of $2 million funding. Council’s business grants and support programs (listed below) will be rolled out from August 2020.

On this web page, you’ll find the latest information about business support programs and grants from Knox Council, State and Federal Government.

We recommend that you subscribe to our KnoxBiz eBulletin to stay updated.

For community groups and not-for-profit associations, please see Council Grants, or speak to our Community Partnerships team on 9298 8000.

Victoria has moved into the last step of easing of business and community restrictions and the roadmap for reopening.

Every business that is open in Victoria must have a COVIDSafe Plan and follow the six COVIDSafe principles to help prevent future outbreaks and there are specific industry restrictions levels to be aware of.

For specific queries relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) you can call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

Coronavirus translated information is available online for employees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Businesses can also call 13 22 15 and request a free translator.

If you have any queries, we welcome you to contact us at business@knox.vic.gov.au 

 

Free Thermometers to Eligible Businesses

The Victorian Government has provided Council with a limited supply of thermometers for local businesses.

While thermometers are not mandatory for businesses, temperature checking is a further preventative measure you can take when operating on-site to protect your employees and customers.

Thermometers will be made available free of charge to businesses who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Business has a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Business has a registered Victorian premise and be located within Knox
  • Business is operating with staff physically onsite or a business is operating within an enclosed environment

There is a strict limit of one thermometer per business site/premise, per 20 employees. An additional thermometer is permitted for each additional 20 employees i.e. If your business employs more than 20 people, you are eligible to receive an additional thermometer to a maximum of 5 (five) per site.

If you wish to apply for a thermometer, click on the button below and complete an order form. A Council officer will be in contact with you to advise whether your application has been successful.

 

For further information on Federal and State government support and available resources, please visit our consolidated page for direct links.

 

Businesses can get current information on dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Corona Virus website or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.