Subsidised Business Support Services

Business Support Panel

The support you need to grow your business. 

Running a business can be challenging at times. As you experience growth, new challenges arise and often it’s having access to specialist support when you most need it that can make all the difference.

The Business Support Panel is an initiative of Noosa Council’s Economic Development team in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our aim is to support local businesses as they start, grow, and adapt.  

The Business Support Panel is designed to support the success of our local businesses at various stages of their business. The program provides Noosa businesses with free access to specialist advisors across key business focus areas. 

The aim of the program is to support the success of local business at their various stages of business development through the assistance of specialist advisors.  

The program was initially introduced to assist business during the difficult early stages of the Covid -19 pandemic.  It now focusses on growing stronger and more resilience businesses that ultimately provide secure employment opportunities. 

How the Business Support Panel works

Noosa business owners and operators can access free personalised support from the Business Support Panel. Noosa Council will subsidise up to 2 hours of support from an approved Panelist.

Business owners can arrange a one on one (face to face or virtual) appointment for up to 2 hours at no cost to them. The Business Panelist will provide specialist advice specific to your business challenge so you can take action in your business.

Business owners may access support from no more than 3 Panelists, with each from a different focus area or category.


The Business Support Panel consists of specialists in the following areas: 

1.    Business Management & Strategy
2.    E-Commerce
3.    Digital Marketing Audit 
4.    Human Resources and Employment 
5.    Communications and Marketing 
6.    Innovation and Business Models

Eligibility to access the Business Support Panel: 

  • You are a local business wanting professional advice to start, grow, or adapt your business in one of the specialist advice areas listed.
  • Your business has an ABN with a registered business address in the Noosa Shire. 

How to access the Business Support Panel

To engage one of the Business Support Panel specialists, contact the provider directly on the contact details listed on this page.
 

List of Providers 

  • Sandra Leigh Coaching 

    Offering 

    Personalised small business coaching experience that supports you to confidently maximise your potential.  Current global challenges means individuals and businesses rqeuire greater flexibility and creative options in their approach to marketplace changes. 

    Sandra Leigh Coaching offers personalised coaching to work with you around ownership and achievement of your goals with a model that: 

    • Helps you to implement your goals 
    • Makes you accountable for doing what you say you will do 

     

    Coaching works because it brings our your best with a strong focus on health and sustainability. 

    Cost 

    FREE 

    Contact details 

    Sandra Leigh 
    Telephone: 0409 625 131
    Email: sandra@pilatessuccess.com.au
    Web: www.sandraleightraining.com

     

    Coombe Consulting

    I am a 20 year veteran of the big corporate world who grew a conscience and went into SME consulting 8 years ago.  My experience ranges across many industries and functions.  I have also started several businesses of my own, including the Coldstream Brewery down in Victoria, so I am speaking from experience, not just textbooks. I specialize in cashflow management, leadership enablement, and business plans/strategic planning.

    Offering

    Offering advice on:

    • Cashflow planning
    • Business plan development
    • Stratigic reviews / business expansions
    • People management skills development
    • Advisor management (Making sure you get the best out of your accountants and lawyers)
    • Business coaching (Over the years I have seen it all!)

    Cost

    Free

    Contact

    Peter Coombe
    Telephone: 0425 715 160
    Email: Peter@coombeconsulting.com.au
    Website: Coombe Consulting 
    Linkedin: Peter Coombe 

  • Coombe Consulting

    I am a 20 year veteran of the big corporate world who grew a conscience and went into SME consulting 8 years ago.  My experience ranges across many industries and functions.  I have also started several businesses of my own, including the Coldstream Brewery down in Victoria, so I am speaking from experience, not just textbooks. I specialize in cashflow management, leadership enablement, and business plans/strategic planning.

    Offering

    Offering advice on:

    • Cashflow planning
    • Business plan development
    • Stratigic reviews / business expansions
    • People management skills development
    • Advisor management (Making sure you get the best out of your accountants and lawyers)
    • Business coaching (Over the years I have seen it all!)

    Cost

    Free

    Contact

    Peter Coombe
    Telephone: 0425 715 160
    Email: Peter@coombeconsulting.com.au
    Website: Coombe Consulting 
    Linkedin: Peter Coombe 

     

  • Bwitched 

    An independent digital marketing and advertising consultant with over 17 years experience focusing on conscious marketing.

    Offering 

    Our consultation will take 60-90 minutes, either via Zoom or in person (depending on location) and is for small to medium size business and organizations.

    You will receive an online questionnaire beforehand and I will follow up with a summary and next steps after our meeting.

    Our E-Commerce consultation can include:

    • Quick website audit based on e-commerce best practice (usability etc) 
    • Quick marketing and platform audit 
    • Define gaps
    • Recommendations on what to focus on next 

     

    We also offer a  Digital Marketing Audit  and Communications and Marketing Support.  (please refer to those topics on this page for more information) 

    Cost 

    FREE (up to 2 hours) 

    Contact details 

    Yvonne Pflieger
    BWitched 
    Telephone: 0438 693 158 
    Email: Yvonne@bwitched.com.au
    Web: www.BWitched.com.au
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yvonnepflieger

    Cammell Consulting 

    Eve Cammell, founder of award winning e-commerce brand, Love and Lee.

    Offering 


    Offering advice in the following areas:
    -    Branding
    -    PR & media
    -    Strategy
    -    Product design and manufacturing
    -    Award applications and how to leverage them
    -    Benefits of trademarking
    -    Wholesale strategies
    -    Ecommerce
    -    Innovative and eco design
    -    Exit strategies
    -    Bringing your ideas to life and making them a reality

    Eve started her own business, Love and Lee, from scratch, built up great brand recognition and reputation and gained multiple international awards, including having her organic and ecofriendly products stocked in 48 stores across Australia and NZ.  Eve has recently sold Love & Lee and is now available to help others on their business journeys.
     
    Consultation can be conducted online or in person, and will involve 2 x 1 hour sessions.  The first consultation will involve a series of questions to determine what your needs are, we will spend the second session will be a follow up with recommendations and a summary of an action plan.  
     
    Cost:
    Free 
     
    Contact 
    Mobile: 0408 061 980
    Linked in: Eve Cammell 
    Web:     www.loveandlee.com.au (Founder)
    Email: eve.cammell@gmail.com

  • Bwitched 

    An independent digital marketing and advertising consultant with over 17 years experience focusing on conscious marketing.

    Offering 

    Our consultation will take 60-90 minutes, either via Zoom or in person (depending on location) and is for small to medium size business and organizations.

    You will receive an online questionnaire beforehand and I will follow up with a summary and next steps after our meeting.

    The Digital Marketing Audit can include:

    • Assess current digital marketing activity (including advertising)
    • Discuss recent developments in the digital world
    • Understand what works and what doesn’t
    • Define gaps
    • Recommendations on what can be improved

     

    BWitched also offer E-commerce and Communications and Marketing Support.  (Please refer to those topics on this page for more information) 

    Cost 

    FREE 

    Contact details 

    Yvonne Pflieger
    BWitched 
    Telephone: 0438 693 158 
    Email: Yvonne@bwitched.com.au
    Web: www.BWitched.com.au
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yvonnepflieger

  • 1. Grange HR Consulting 

    Offering 

    Grange HR provides a range of support and solutions to help you manage your team, productivity, growth and all HR related matters. We are flexible to meet in person over a coffee, via phone call or Zoom. Book a FREE consultation to find out where your HR processes, documents and compliance may need some enhancement.

     

    HR Services & Advice

    • HR compliance, policies, employment contracts and planning for flexible working arrangements
    • Recruitment, including comprehensive position descriptions and Award pay classification
    • Supporting employee’s psychological wellbeing

     

    Organisational Development

    • HR-related workforce growth plans and structure design
    • Managing productivity and performance for business growth
    • Culture shaping and strategies to enhance the employee experience and engagement

     

    Leadership & Coaching

    • Leadership and team development workshops including one-to-one coaching
    • Leadership skills for business owners and managers to build resilience and adaptiveness
    • Individual HR Masterclass session to help manage your HR functions, processes and matters more confidently

     

    Cost
    FREE consultation and/or HR services 

    Contact details
    Tammy Teplyj
    Telephone: 0425 734 680
    Email: tammy@grangehrconsulting.com.au
    Linked in: Tammy Teplyj
    Web: Grange HR Consulting 

    2. HR for Life 

    Offering 

    HR for Life is an innovative HR consultancy for start-ups and SME's.  We can assist you with various HR topics, including: 

    Grow your business successfully 

    • Developing & implementing of HR systems and processes 
    • Developing an HR Strategy 
    • Attracting & hiring diverse talent 
    • Developing & implementing internship programs 

     

    High performing remote & hybrid teams 

    • Leading remote teams successfully 
    • Building a remote workpace culture 
    • Communications strategies & tools for remote teams 

     

    Motivated, productive employees - who love what they do

    • How to foster a culture of trust & belonging 
    • Building inclusive & diverse workforces 
    • Learning & Development programs 

     

    Cost 
    FREE, included a HR Health Check and HR Consulting sessions (up to 2 hours) 

    Contact details 
    Jen Klingmann 
    Telephone: 0491 085 510
    Email: jen@hrforlife.net 
    Linked in: Jennifer Klingmann
    Web: HR For Life

     

  • BWitched

    An independent digital marketing and advertising consultant with over 17 years experience focusing on conscious marketing.

    Offering 

    Our consultation will take 60-90 minutes, either via Zoom or in person (depending on location) and is for small to medium size business and organizations.

    You will receive an online questionnaire beforehand and I will follow up with a summary and next steps after our meeting.

    The consultation can include:

    • Social Media best practice 
    • Paid digital advertising (Facebook/Instagram advertising, Google ads, Microsoft Ads, Native Advertising)
    • Marketing challenges 
    • Define marketing objectives 
    • How to reasearch your competitive landscape 
    • Your ideal customer 
    • Marketing Strategy 

     

    We also offer a  Digital Marketing Audit  and E-Commerce Support.   (please refer to those topics on this page for more information) 

    Cost 

    FREE 

    Contact details 

    Yvonne Pflieger
    BWitched 
    Telephone: 0438 693 158 
    Email: Yvonne@bwitched.com.au
    Web: www.BWitched.com.au
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yvonnepflieger

     

  • Causeway Innovation 

    ‘Crises present us with unique conditions that allow innovators to think and move more freely to create rapid, impactful change.’ Larry Clark, Innovation in a Time of Crisis, 26 Mar 2020, Harvard Business Publishing.

    This service is aimed at owner managers of small and mid-sized businesses in the Noosa Shire. The focus is on thinking of new ways to do business and growing stronger as we - hopefully - move beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
     

    Offering
    Online consultation – typically 60 to 90 mins - to help business owner managers to identify opportunities to add value and grow the business through innovation. Consultation process is supported by briefing material sent before and after call. 
    An opportunity to:
    •    Consider your personal and business objectives for the next 3 years and beyond.
    •    Identify the gap between current position and where you want to be.
    •    Generate new ideas and new ways of doing business.
    •    Review your business model to identify different ways of doing business and generating profit.

    Cost 
    FREE

    Contact
    Colin Graham 
    Telephone: 0418 594 545
    Email: cgraham@causewayinnovation.com
    Web: Causeway Innovation
    Linked in: Colin Graham 

     

    Leigh Kelson 

    Offering

    Delivered by Zoom, 1 hour session to;

    1. Understand current business positioning, strategy/risk.
    2. Provide an Innovation Strategy/Risk  framework for reducing operating expenses, and extending runway. 
    3. Explore Re-engineering of business model, distribution, new products etc. 
    4. Seek and position for future opportunities, identify emerging trends, capital flows 
    5. An Action Plan will developed up around this framework. 

    Cost
     FREE

    Contact
    Leigh Kelson
    Number: 0407 581 993 
    Email: leigh@beachcity.com.au
    Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leighkelson/

*Businesses can access up to a total of three suppliers, with no more than one from each different category. 

Disclaimer: Please note that the advice offered will only be recommendations made by these panellists and does not constitute formal advice.   Noosa Council accepts no liability for the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of the advice provided to any business by any Panellist  to which you have consulted.  Council will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the use of, or reliance on the advice provided to you by these panellists. Council has relied on information provided by the  service providers in assessing their suitablity for involvement in the Panel and does not guarantee the suitability or quality of each provider. Eligible businesses should satisfy themselves that the professional they have engaged is suitable for their needs.