City of Hobart support and information
The City of Hobart is working hard to support businesses throughout the pandemic and into recovery.
Looking after your mental health
The impacts and challenges of the pandemic on our business community is ongoing so addressing stress is vitally important. Please visit Ahead for Business, a dedicated support service for business owners and those that support them.
Join our business e-newsletter list
Keep in the loop with what we are doing for businesses by joining the business email newsletter.
Visit our grants and funding page for the latest information on open and upcoming grant rounds, including Business Grants.
Community Support Package
The City of Hobart developed a $3.5 million Community Support Package to assist ratepayers and businesses experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.
Extending outdoor dining
To assist businesses in complying with physical distancing requirements and occupation limits, the City is allowing operators to amend their existing outdoor dining permits. This will allow businesses, where possible, to have a greater space to trade. Find more information on our permit to occupy a public space page.
Hello Hobart is a marketing campaign that promotes Hobart, its retail stores, cafes and restaurants, and everything in between that makes Hobart special.
We share the stores of the people behind the stores, their inspiration and celebrate the enthusiasm they bring to this wonderful city even in the face of adversity such as the pandemic.
Hobart businesses are encouraged to connect with Hello Hobart to get the most from the campaign.
2020 Business Support Survey
Between April and June 2020, the City of Hobart implemented a local business outreach initiative that involved contacting 656 businesses in Hobart to see how they were faring from the restrictions and downturn caused by COVID-19. We had in-depth conversations with 200 business owners/managers to understand short-term business needs, and determine how the City could best support them throughout the pandemic and into the future.
Results from the survey showed:
- Hobart’s business owners are extraordinarily resilient. Many were adapting their business models, using the crisis as an opportunity to reset and connect with their customers on a new level.
- Local business had been hit hard by the pandemic, with nearly one in three businesses temporarily unable to operate at the time we called. A similar number had let go of casual staff, and many were reliant on government support such as JobKeeper to continue to operate.
- Business Grants from the City can assist local businesses to adapt and get through this difficult period. Feedback from businesses on a range of grant ideas is being used to developed new grants that will be launching in 2020.
For further information on this initiative including the outcomes of the survey, download the Business Survey Engagement Summary Report.