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Alice Springs, NT spurs local economic growth with myAlice Discount Voucher Program

Local residents receive $40 AUD in myAlice digital vouchers each day until funding is unavailable. Participating inns, restaurants, and shops accept vouchers as discounts for their goods and services. The town council reimburses each business for the discounted amount. Alice Springs plans three rounds of myAlice funding totaling $400,000 AUD with assistance from the territorial government.

Business Engagement+3
AS

Alice Springs, NT

Australia

Derry City & Strabane District Council, GB "Here to Help" COVID campaign supported food businesses

Derry City & Strabane District Council's Environmental Health Food team collaborated with the Food Standards Agency to promote the "Here to Help" campaign. The campaign offered support and assistance to local food businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council shared its Here to Help guidebook with small food businesses to help clarify the hygiene processes and requirements for operating during the pandemic.

Business Engagement+2
DC

Derry City & Strabane District Council, GB

United Kingdom

Wagga Wagga, NSW develops procurement education initiative after adding VendorPanel portal

The council created a survey for local businesses curious about VendorPanel and public procurement policies. This survey asks for preferred training media, times, and topics along with respondent concerns about procurement. Wagga Wagga will use survey responses to craft training options ranging from self-paced videos to virtual group courses. The education initiative will reduce barriers to doing business with the council and increase participation in VendorPanel.

Business Engagement+2
WW

Wagga Wagga, NSW

Australia

Derby City Council, GB invites businesses to try electric vehicles with the Electric Van Experience

The council offers 50 plug-in vans for short-term lease by companies and nonprofits. Each lease lasts up to three months with insurance covered by the council. Participants can request the free installation of an EV charger for the duration of the pilot. Derby City Council will survey participants on how the vehicles perform on local roads and motorways. This program readies businesses for a national ban on carbon-emitting vehicle sales by 2030.

Business Engagement+3
DC

Derby City Council, GB

United Kingdom

Leeds City Council, GB launched "Employment and Skills Leeds" website to create job opportunities

Leeds City Council launched the new "Employment and Skills Leeds" website to help residents access work, training, and education opportunities. Visitors can find a job using the Leeds Employment Hub, an internship via Leeds Apprenticeship Hub, or locate adult learning courses through the Leeds Learning Hub. The website also provides employers with advice and guidance for recruiting new workers or upskilling an existing workforce.

Business Engagement+4
LC

Leeds City Council, GB

United Kingdom

Welland, ON launched the "Made in Welland" website for prospective entrepreneurs and investors

The City of Welland's Economic Development Department launched the "Made in Welland" website for prospective entrepreneurs. Users can access economic resources, community assets, and various tools for starting or growing a local business. The website was designed to attract potential investors and market Welland as a manufacturing leader in Ontario. The website focuses on key sectors such as Advanced Manufacturing, Food Processing, Business Services, and Sport Tourism.

Business Engagement+2
WO

Welland, ON

Canada

London Borough of Camden, GB streamlines resident apprenticeship searches with new portal

The portal offers an easy-to-use registration form for eligible applicants and businesses with openings. The Support page includes tips from council staffers on filling out applications, finding job openings, and interviewing. A list of currently available apprenticeships is populated by participating businesses. Borough officials also created a complementary portal for the King's Cross Construction Skills Centre related to building trade apprenticeships.

Business Engagement+2
LB

London Borough of Camden, GB

United Kingdom

London Borough of Lambeth, GB partnered with Integrate to launch Community Lambeth online directory

London Borough of Lambeth partnered with the Integrate Agency to launch a new Community Lambeth online directory. The online directory functions as a guidebook for the 843 voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector organisations which have worked with Integrate. Users can easily search the directory by organisation type, activities, turnover, and postcode.

Business Engagement+3
LB

London Borough of Lambeth, GB

United Kingdom

Mount Gambier, SA takes to social media for Big, Small - Support Us All local commerce campaign

The council, the local chamber of commerce, and project partners created social media accounts for the initiative. Local businesses of all sizes that supported the campaign were promoted on these accounts. Residents who liked, shared, and tagged friends on posts about Big, Small - Support Us All were entered into a drawing for 10 shopping vouchers worth $100 AUD each. Mount Gambier designed the campaign to recognize the diversity of local companies in the area.

Business Engagement+3
MG

Mount Gambier, SA

Australia

Enfield Council, GB launched the Small Business Hardship Fund COVID-19 crowdfunding campaign

Enfield Council launched the Small Business Hardship Fund crowdfunding campaign to help local small businesses. The campaign encouraged larger businesses to make donations to small businesses that are financially struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council developed the crowdfunding campaign specifically to provide funds to small businesses that did not receive any benefit form the existing Government support measures.

Business Engagement+2
EC

Enfield Council, GB

United Kingdom

York, WA connects Shop Local Campaign incentives with residential property tax payments

Shire leaders recruited local businesses to accept York Dollars issued to residents. Each household paying its property tax in full receives $50 York Dollars plus a 1.5% tax discount. Quarterly tax payments yield $20 York Dollars for participating residents. The $340,000 Shop Local Campaign fund pumps money into the local economy with additional programs for business grants and revenue replacements for community events.

Business Engagement+3
YW

York, WA

Australia

Chelmsford City Council, GB improves local business accessibility with Digital Discovery campaign

Local shops and charities fill out an online pledge to support improved online accessibility. Chelmsford supplies guidance and resources for participants to better serve the entire community including residents with disabilities. Individuals can also sign the pledge and learn how commonplace online exchanges present challenges to fellow residents. Digital Discovery builds on previous accessibility efforts made during the annual Discovery Festival cancelled due to COVID-19.

Business Engagement+3
CC

Chelmsford City Council, GB

United Kingdom

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