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Blue Mountains Business Survey - Challenges of 2020

What is this survey?
The Blue Mountains Business Survey – Challenges of 2020 is a Blue Mountains City Council initiative to understand the economic impact of the rapid changes experienced by Blue Mountain's businesses during 2020, as a result of COVID-19 and the bushfire disaster. It will also be able to measure our local impact to other areas nationally, as it is derived from REMPLAN’s National ABEIS survey. 

Given the constantly changing business environment including changes in Government policies (such as social distancing), businesses may revisit the survey and responses as the challenges change over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you would like a staff member to assist you with completing the survey via phone, please contact Blue Mountains City Council Economic Development Team on to organise a time that suits you. 

Why are we doing this survey?
The survey is specifically targeting insights around change in employment and economic impact at an industry scale. It enables Council to demonstrate the impact on our local businesses, employers and employees, and provides a tool to advocate for our local community with other levels of government, who are well placed to assist with grants and regional funding. 

While many people are dealing with the day-to-day pressures caused by the pandemic, it is also important to build resilience, to remember that the crisis will pass and that we need to plan for the future. To support a rapid recovery and demonstrate the impact for your businesses and your region, a strong quantifiable evidence base is critical. 

Who is coordinating this survey? 
Blue Mountains City Council have commissioned REMPLAN to manage the survey. Since 1999 the team at REMPLAN have supported clients across Australia with rigorous research in the area of regional and urban economics, demographic analysis, strategic planning and forecasting. REMPLAN's work primarily supports the three tiers of Australian government through access to software tools and reporting that enable decision making at a local level for the allocation of public investment and resources. 

What next? 
REMPLAN will manage the survey and present relevant insights throughout the lifecycle of the pandemic directly to Council.  The analysis will be updated and reported at regular intervals to understand the changing economic impacts.  As the stages of the COVID-19 pandemic progress over time, so will the analysis and insights around the impacts for businesses, both positive and negative.  

Insights from the survey and subsequent REMPLAN analysis will be provided to Council to enable a targeted response that addresses the impact to local businesses, local employment and in turn broader supply chains.

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