Advocacy, Access, Action

We are the independent voice for Greater Hobart Small to Medium Business. Our aim is to create and maintain the best environment for small/medium business to be able to both start and flourish within the Greater Hobart locale.

Objectives

To provide advocacy and lobbying on behalf of members To provide regular monthly low cost networking events To obtain information on local issues and ideas from members.

MEDIA RELEASE

Business Hardship- Border Closure Critical Support Grant

Liberal Member for Prosser Jane Howlett
Minister for Small Business

Dear Member,

I am writing to you in regards to the quite restrictive eligibility criteria on the above mentioned grant. The feedback from our members, along with my own personal audit of potentially suitable business owners pulled up less than one in a thousand might have a chance at the $2000.

In several instances if we could use the 2019 preCOVID numbers the $50,000 turnover would have been easy but most lockdown affected businesses have had colossal hits and are no longer trading at those rates at all. We ask that perhaps the lower limit of $50,000 turnover be reconsidered at $20,000 which would allow those truly impacted some respite.

Airbnb operators appear to be left off the map in many cases with the expectation of a registered ABN since or before 1 May 2021 despite the fact that their business model is one of the more profoundly affected – combine this with the $50,000 turnover requirement and it is highly unlikely any make eligibility at all.

Given most Airbnb operators are often self funded retirees, single parents and similar small financial circumstances providing them some form of non-centrelink based support would be best practice given a number have stated that their future bookings are decimated.

We do welcome the impact registration form so that small businesses can at least personally approach the State Government with their individual stories in the hope that a more targeted grant may be released and thank for that forward thinking consideration.

Sincerely,
Louise Bloomfield
Chairman

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