What are ‘Resilient Businesses’?
Resilient businesses are businesses that are able to adapt to change and have the skills to build healthy coping strategies and respond in a productive manner to any challenge. Business resilience is important because it helps business owners and whole communities to keep moving forward, despite setbacks.
From June 2021, we are assisting communities impacted by recent NSW bushfires to build resilience through implementing programs funded by three grants:
- a NSW Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) grant for Northern NSW;
- a NSW Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) grant for Southern NSW; and
- a NSW Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) grant working in collaboration with Business BM – the regional Blue Mountains business chamber.
Through our work, we will empower local businesses and business chambers to better prepare for future disasters, connect with their community and work together to transform into resilient business communities.
Creating business resilience toolkits in Northern NSW
Businesses in Northern NSW have been greatly impacted by recent disasters – flood, drought and bushfires – with more to come.
Over 15,000 businesses across the region need support to build their knowledge and understanding of the risks they face, and guidance on how to mitigate current and future disruptions.
‘Building Resilient Business Communities’ is an 18-month project aiming to build an everyday business culture of disaster risk reduction, preparedness, recovery and resilience through conversations and interactions.
The project will enable every business to create an individual resilience toolkit (on or offline) based on fortnightly topics, which is relatable and relevant to their situation and region.
The outcome will deliver more resilient businesses, strengthen community connections through business chambers and provide data to enable local and State governments to identify gaps in preparedness, recovery and resilience in business communities across the region.
If you are a business or business chamber located in the Local Government Area of Armidale, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley or Tenterfield please register your interest to be part of the program.
Businesses need a new approach in Southern NSW
Businesses in the Southern NSW LGA Remit have also been greatly impacted by disasters in the past 18 months – with more direct and indirect impacts to come.
Across the region, there are over 13,000 businesses that will benefit from expertise and guidance to understand the risks they face and how to mitigate them.
In addition to the traditional business continuity plan, businesses need a new approach that facilitates small steps towards collective resilience while also strengthening local business and community connections.
We are working with a multi-stakeholder working group in an 18-month strategic engagement project to co-design a strategic content roadmap aligning with local and global policy blueprints, to then launch a toolkit that will provide fortnightly content to participants and assist with the delivery of local-led events.
If you are a business or business chamber located in the Local Government Area of Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shoalhaven or Snowy Monaro please register your interest to be part of the program.
Community collaboration in the Blue Mountains
For the next two years, we are collaborating with BusinessBM, the new regional Blue Mountains business chamber, to create a central online and offline space for Blue Mountains’ business leaders, owners and operators to connect and collaborate with each other.
We will also be helping the Blue Mountains business community promote itself as a single voice when participating in local and regional conversations.
If you are a business or business chamber located in the Blue Mountains Local Government Area please register your interest to be part of the program.
We do disasters differently
Our work in helping businesses across Australia to build resilience, connections and wellbeing means that they are better able to prepare and respond to the future disasters to come.
Our expertise means that we can help communities, businesses and governments from thinking and doing disasters differently.