Helping Moyne Businesses to Recover and Grow

Published on 22 April 2021

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As part of Moyne Shire Council’s COVID-19 recovery initiatives, businesses in the shire are invited to apply for the next round of the Business Adaptation Service (BAS) to assist with recovery and business development. 

Moyne Shire Council has provided mentoring and business support to more than fifty local business owners and is now extending the offer to another fifty businesses.

“The success of the BAS program has meant that many of our small businesses have been supported in finding new and creative ways to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic,” Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said.

“In response to these challenges, Council is providing constructive support to local businesses, to not only recover, but also add value to their business and come back better than ever.” 

The BAS program offers small business owners access to professional services up to the value of $1000, across a broad range of areas including financial advice, business planning, strategic advice, digital solutions, marketing, COVID safety, succession planning and information technology.

“It’s been great to hear about the significant benefits this service has provided to businesses who participated in the program, covering everything from legal advice and succession planning through to websites and digital marketing,” said Cr Meade.

Janis Vingrys from Yani’s Kitchen said that the family-run hospitality business is in a stronger position because of the BAS program.

“The support and professional expertise provided through the Moyne Business Adaptation program has been extremely valuable to our business,” Mr Vingrys said. 

“We've come out of this program with a set of actions and deliverables that will help us to continue to build a solid foundation for growing our new food box business.”

“Having someone to help us create a customer journey map and build out marketing automation has really helped to free up some time.

Hampered by the lockdown restrictions, owners of Suffoir Winery, Michelle and Pieter Badenhorst, used the BAS program to receive free financial and legal advice. 

“During a time when we felt the most vulnerable, we were able to work with the consultant and focus on long-term goals and plans for the future, putting us at ease with where the business is now heading,” said Ms Badenhorst.

“Through Council’s BAS program, we received valuable, personalised advice that has set us on track for a strong future.”

Council is urging businesses in the Moyne shire to apply for the BAS program and access the support and advice they need to help innovate and plan for the future.

“Council commends the fantastic efforts of our small businesses in working through these challenging times,” Cr Meade said. 

“We want to help more of our local businesses to grow, succeed, build new skills and create new jobs, that’s good for the business and good for our community.” 

Expressions of interest can be lodged at or by phoning 1300 656 564.

Submissions close 5pm Friday, 30 May 2021.

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