SMALL BUSINESS UPDATE: COVID-19 RESPONSE

Online applications are now open for the NSW COVID-19 Small Business Support Grant.

By, ahanslow 01/05/20

Tags: Business

A small business owner who is a florist is pictured on the phone and using her laptop. Behind her is her floral shop wall with a variety of floral arrangements.

Online applications are now open for the NSW COVID-19 Small Business Support Grant.

The $10,000 grant supports the ongoing operations of eligible small businesses across NSW highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic following the NSW Public Health Order of 31 March 2020.

To check for information on NSW Government financial relief incentives, click here.

NSW Government offers $440 million land tax break to support tenants and landlords

NSW commercial tenants significantly impacted by COVID-19 will have greater protection from evictions with the State Government set to enact the National Cabinet Code of Conduct as part of a $440 million land tax relief package.

The measures will apply to commercial leases where the tenant is in financial distress due to COVID-19, including but not limited to shops, cafes, gyms, hairdressers, restaurants, offices, warehouses and industrial sites. The land tax relief is expected to be divided approximately 50/50 with around $220 million going to the commercial sector and a further $220 million expected to benefit the residential sector. Commercial landlords will be offered the land tax concession if they pass the savings on to tenants through a rent reduction.

City of Parramatta Business Grants

Council will provide grants of up to $2000, with a total value of up to $100,000, to support local businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. For more information or to apply, please visit the City of Parramatta website. To make sure you have the latest news on this and business support news from City of Parramatta, subscribe to the Business eNewsletter.

All food businesses in the City of Parramatta LGA are encouraged to submit their listing.

NOTE: Applications are now closed.

Licence fees waived for small business

The NSW Government is waiving $50 million worth of licence fees for tradies and construction workers to provide some financial relief over the next 12 months.

Licence application and renewal fees will be automatically scrapped for up to 200,000 home building contractors, trade or specialist contractors, and motor vehicle repairers.

For more information, visit Fair Trading - Fee Waivers web page.

Local Food Business Directory

Council has set up a local food and beverage business directory highlighting businesses that are open for takeaway or delivery, as well as a social media campaign encouraging residents to support their local restaurants and cafes - you can also sign your business up on this page.

Increased short-term parking spots

To accommodate recent changes to business operations in line with government restrictions, Council has increased the number of short-term (five and 15 minute) parking spots on local streets to facilitate takeaway, pickup and click-and-collect services. By ensuring regular turnover of these parking spots, more people are able to stop and support our local businesses.

Longer grace periods

In addition, Council has eased parking restrictions on all 1P, 2P and 4P timed parking zones by extending the grace period from 10 minutes to one hour. Drivers who fail to move their car after this extended grace period will receive a caution. A fine may be issued on the third and subsequent occasions.

Find a park and see what’s open

Residents interested in finding out which local businesses are still operating as well as information about parking (including location, time restrictions and cost) are encouraged to visit the Parramatta Local Business & Parking Finder.