10 local business innovations

The shelves of a toy store full of stock.

Businesses across Melbourne are finding creative ways to innovate and evolve in response to COVID-19.

To support the COVID-safe reopening of our city, we partnered with the Victorian Government to deliver up to $10 million in small business reactivation grants.

Here are just 10 of the 1100 businesses that have received funding.

1. Flemington and Kensington Bowling Club received a grant to remodel a shipping container to create a new outdoor service area.

2. Live music venue Colour Nightclub received a grant to expand its trading space into its private laneway.

3. New Guernica received a grant to partner with two other restaurants to introduce a shared outdoor dining area.

4. Urban Alley Brewery received a grant to implement a range of COVID-safe improvements, including remodeling its entryway.

5. Retail, apparel and giftware store Monsterthreads received a grant to offer new products and upgrade to COVID-safe equipment.

6. Section 8 Bar received a grant to expand into Stevenson Lane to increase its trading space and reactivate the area.

7. Production studio and creator of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre podcast Futureology Studios received a grant to invest in COVID-safe remodeling and equipment.

8. Tiny Bar Americano received a grant to introduce laneway dining.

9. Queens of the Damned Theatre Restaurant received a grant to deliver a themed show outdoors at the Old Melbourne Gaol.

10. Simply Spanish received a grant to commence outdoor dining and run pop-up events in its courtyard.

We encourage you to get out and support Melbourne’s diverse small businesses this summer.

To find out more, visit Business support.

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14 December 2020
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