A COLLECTIVE of Hunter companies have united to provide a range of free guides to help local business navigate the Covid-19 crisis.
The initiative is the brainchild of Marty Adnum, managing director of Newcastle creative agency Out of the Square, under his concept of HelpHunter.
Supported by the Hunter Business Chamber and the Newcastle Business Club, the new website www.helphunter.com.au includes a resources and videos from each of the partner businesses, outlining tips that local businesses can access for free. It aims to deliver practical, accessible guides from vital services to Hunter businesses to help them now and into the future.
The free guides are provided by Skildare (human resources), Out of the Square (creative and marketing); Life Matters (mental health/ wellbeing), Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (legal services) and Purser Corporate Communication (public relations and communication), Monica Clare (recruitment), and Lambourne Partners (business and wealth advice.)
The initiative, supported by the Hunter Business Chamber and the Newcastle Business Club, comes after The Newcastle Business Centre launched a free webinar series to help local companies navigate the new pressures of trading amid the coronavirus.
Mr Adnum said the website information was designed to be "useful and relevant" in difficult times.
"We each recognise that this crisis will challenge everyone and those who are supported now might have a better chance of surviving and thriving once we move into recovery post the crisis," Mr Adnum said. "No one is getting paid for this work. In fact, each partner has contributed to purchase 'at cost advertising' and OOTS has invested a considerable sum well beyond this, in kind, to help assist the businesses in our region.
"These are incredibly tough times, no one really has all the answers. But that's ok. Let's deal with what we know and have a red hot go, in true Novocastrian spirit. If we fail, at least we tried, but I'm for a glass half full, I believe we will succeed by working together."
A City of Newcastle spokesman said it would promote HelpHunter via its channels: "Any initiative that enables a business to endure the COVID-19 hibernation, and then re-emerge on the other side, is positive for our city."
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