The Committee for Mornington Peninsula is proud to support #buyfromsmallbusiness in response to the growing reality of the serious economic impact for our region of COVID-19.
The Committee for Mornington Peninsula has approached Mornington Peninsula Shire about a support package for the local business community like that being offered by other councils and is providing the latest advice and webinars for members on ‘better practice’ workplace, business continuity and customer interaction and care for these exceptional times. We recognise that small businesses don’t have the reserves to weather storms such as this and there will be a lot of local small businesses who will struggle to survive.
We are seeing early signs of a significant impact on the local visitor, hospitality and building sectors – key employers on the Mornington Peninsula – pointing to a significant risk to local employment if businesses are forced to scale back activity in response to declining customers.
For the casual and part-time employees who are crucial to the local economy and many household livelihoods, sustaining local business activity and customer patronage will be key to keeping shifts and income that gets recirculated in the local economy.
While at all times practising social distancing, hand hygiene and, for the unwell, early action and self-isolation, we can all do our part to support small-business owners, the employees that depend on customer support, drive the economy and help the community response to COVID-19.
Smaller businesses are well-placed to meet customer needs, implement social distancing practices and keep activity in the local economy and incomes flowing into local households. As part of our community effort, we can help by supporting local small businesses.
We acknowledge and commend the efforts of larger businesses that work to support their small business suppliers, customers and communities they serve at this time.
The Committee for Mornington Peninsula will work with our stakeholders to ensure they understand that programs for supporting business survival and recovery are needed now. Over the coming weeks we will be surveying members and working with other organisations to quantify the impacts this disruption is having on our way of life.