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Bridgend County Borough Council, GB Outdoor Improvements COVID-19 Recovery Fund for businesses

Bridgend County Borough Council created the "Outdoor Improvements Covid-19 Recovery Fund" to support local businesses during the pandemic. The Council invited business owners with commercial property to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to make outdoor adaptations which enable social distancing. The grant provides up to 80% of the funding necessary for created external areas which allow customers to safely congregate, relax, eat, or drink.

Business Engagement+3
BC

Bridgend County Borough Council, GB

United Kingdom

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, GB provides ShopAppy online marketplace service during COVID

Kingston Council partnered with the ShopAppy online marketplace to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents can use ShopAppy to browse local goods and services, purchase from multiple businesses, and arrange kerbside pickups all with one transaction. The Council funded one-year memberships available to all borough-based businesses.

Business Engagement+3
RB

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, GB

United Kingdom

Hamilton, ON accelerated its Outdoor Dining District program to help businesses during COVID

The City of Hamilton accelerated its Outdoor Dining District program to provide relief to local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program allows zoning-compliant businesses to add or expand seasonal patios and outdoor seating areas on municipal or private property. The program will run until October 31, 2021 aligning with all guidelines and restrictions under the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework.

Business Engagement+4
HO

Hamilton, ON

Canada

Ipswich, QLD connects defense firms with small businesses through Operation Scale-Up 2021

The council will select 24 small and mid-sized business applicants for the three-month pilot. Participating entrepreneurs consult with mentors from defense industry firms like Airbus Australia and Raytheon Australia. These relationships yield action plans for local businesses to scale operations in support of Ipswich's defense industry. Council leaders are evaluating the economic impacts of the pilot for potential expansion into other industries.

Business Engagement+3
IQ

Ipswich, QLD

Australia

Chelmsford City Council, GB surmounts challenges of COVID-19 shopping with Click It Local platform

Chelmsford's Click It Local page is open to brick-and-mortar shops and local creators with online shops. Residents can shop by business or product types for goods ranging from music albums to flowers. A Click It Local purchase combines goods from multiple shops for same-day delivery. Each purchase requires a single payment and delivery fee, reducing the costs of online shopping. City officials adopted the platform to support local businesses during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Business Engagement+2
CC

Chelmsford City Council, GB

United Kingdom

Falun, SE abolished the fee for outdoor cafés to support local restaurants during the COVID pandemic

The Municipality of Falun's City Council abolished the fee for outdoor cafés to support local restaurant owners during by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council decided to make leasing land for outdoor cafés free so restaurants could comply with social distancing requirements without also experiencing an additional unnecessary financial burden.

Business Engagement+4
FS

Falun, SE

Sweden

Dordrecht, ZH partnered with the Regional Energy Desk to launch group solar panel purchase campaign

The City of Dordrecht partnered with the Regional Energy Desk to promote sustainable energy by selling solar panels to the community. The partnership organized a group purchasing campaign which aggregate demand and scale deployment to make buying, renting, and installing solar panels cheaper and easier for residents and businesses. The partnership also hosted virtual information meetings to educate the public on the subsidies and loans available for solar panels.

Business Engagement+4
DZ

Dordrecht, ZH

Netherlands

Guldborgsund, DK revamped its building permit application process for residents and businesses

The Municipality of Guldborgsund revamped its building permit process to make it easier for residents and businesses to apply. The construction department created a new position, construction case coordinator, to assist with the application process. The construction case coordinator reduced the amount of technical jargon in the application guidance material. Most notably they also eliminated the collection of fees to promote the municipality's business friendliness.

Business Engagement+3
GD

Guldborgsund, DK

Denmark

Parma, EMI launched €188,000 worth of incentives to encourage bicycle commuting

The City of Parma launched a series of incentives to encourage the use of bicycles for commuting to-and-from work. The incentives have cost the city €57,000 in funds along with a loan of €131,000 from the Emilia-Romagna Region. The "bike to work" campaign includes kilometer incentives for home-work trips which companies can track with an app to measure employee bike traveling, incentives to reduce the cost of bike-sharing, and incentives to reduce the cost of storing bicycles at velostations.

Business Engagement+3
PE

Parma, EMI

Italy

São Paulo, SP consults with microentrepreneurs on development of electronic invoicing website

The city surveyed 2,000 microentrepreneurs about the challenges of completing legally required invoices for commercial services. A smaller group tested early versions of an NFS-e website and offered suggestions on how to make it work in their daily lives. The resulting NFS-e website provides a checklist for every step in the invoicing process. This website includes instructional videos and templates for invoices used in determining Imposto Sobre Serviços or Tax on Services.

Business Engagement+3
SP

São Paulo, SP

Brazil

Wodonga, VIC connects hungry visitors to local eateries with QR code initiative

QR codes on outdoor tables and benches throughout Wodonga can be scanned to access a map of restaurants and cafes. Each scan uses the phone's location to show the closest locations for the user. Colorful signage near selected outdoor furniture instructs visitors on how to use the codes. This program is part of a local push toward outdoor dining that includes new dining pods, shaded tables, and a marketing campaign highlighting restaurant owners.

Business Engagement+2
WV

Wodonga, VIC

Australia

Derbyshire County Council, GB generates sustainability innovations with Green Entrepreneurs Scheme

Council leaders created three distinct paths for participants to help the county reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The Demonstrator Fund offers grants of at least £100,000 to businesses working on low-carbon community energy projects. Startups and small businesses can bring green energy innovations to the public with up to £20,000 in small grant funds. Derbyshire County Council also offers £100,000 in scholarships for residents learning alternative energy skills like solar installation.

Business Engagement+3
DC

Derbyshire County Council, GB

United Kingdom

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