Let’s join forces to bolster small businesses in Plettenberg Bay

A large portion of your readers will be able to help our seaside town’s many small businesses to ride out the current economic disaster.
Every day we hear of another small business in Plett which has folded as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. All of them employ local people, who support local families, and are critical to Plett’s viability as a year-round residential town.
As a fishing rod is to a fisherman, so are small businesses to Plett’s local economy and the sustainability of its residents. What can you do?
• Contact us for a list of small businesses in need (who do not qualify or have been rejected for government economic aid) by emailing simon@remax-plett.co.za or calling 072 204 4486;
• Make direct contact with a small Plett business with whom you have a personal connection, and offer some financial or other support;
• Let us know if you know of a small business in Plett that needs financial aid and we will contact them directly to see if they wish for their details to be shared with potential donors;
• Share this message far and wide with friends and family who love Plett, using the hashtags #HelpMyPlettSmallBizniz, #Plett, #PlettItsAFeeling, and #PlettenbergBay.
• Visit the Remax Prime Properties Facebook page for updates and more details.
If you own a small business in Plett that is struggling to stay afloat during the lockdown, and has been denied or does not qualify for government aid, then please contact RE/MAX Prime Properties either by direct message, or give us a call and we will try and put a donor in contact with you.
Your details will be kept completely confidential and only shared with donors contacting us looking for businesses to assist.
RE/MAX Prime Properties will not receive any funds directly during this initiative, but merely act as a facilitator between respective parties. Unfortunately no assistance can be guaranteed to any small business, and donors will decide independently who they wish to assist.
During the first week, dozens of owners have already come forward asking for assistance, and a handful of generous local benefactors requested the list of businesses in need.
With the initiative ramping up this week, including a live interview and regular live reads on MCFM, as well as an email campaign to thousands within the RE/MAX Plett network, we hope to see further benefactors and businesses getting involved.
Together we can keep our beautiful town, people and businesses going through these difficult times.
Simon Revington, Plett
(Simon is a sales associate of Sally Searle at RE/MAX Prime Properties Plett. We applaud him and the team for this initiative, which we hope will give support to at least some of the many local businesses now in dire straits.
At CXPRESS, we are constantly striving to provide an interesting platform for our readers on the Garden Route and further afield, which include many international readers of our weekly online editions and those who connect with us on Facebook.
But the current absence of printed papers, necessitated by the dearth of advertising support since the start of lockdown, is weighing heavily on the CXPRESS team.
We thank those clients who continue to advertise - so keeping our small business boat afloat - during the past weeks, and welcome your commitment during the long months ahead, when it will be all but ‘business as usual’ for a majority of small and medium enterprises.
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