NAB have paired up with Help a Small Biz since March to contribute the time and skills of their workforce to help the bushfire-impacted small businesses of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

One of their employees, Andrea Ashley-Brown used part of her 2 allotted volunteer days per year to help Uplift Fair Trade, a fair trade retail store in the Blue Mountains.

Uplift Fair Trade were lucky that nothing was physically damaged in the bushfires over summer, however they were hit pretty hard financially due to the lack of tourists during what would usually be their busiest time of year.

They rely on the busy foot traffic through Katoomba over the summer months to support them through the quiet times of the winter months.

Lydia is the manager and she signed up to Help a Small Biz to get some support in writing content for their online platforms to increase the visibility of her business.

Andrea registered to help them with some copywriting for their website. She worked with Lydia to write and re-write content and felt that the business and products were ‘right up my alley’.

She was very happy with the match saying ‘I had a clear understanding of what I can do and what the business needs,’ and she reflected that it was ‘nice to be writing about something different’ than her usual work.

Lydia also had some lovely feedback following her collaboration with Andrea, saying that she ‘was a great help for writing up some blogs for us! She was super lovely to work with and super fast!’.

It’s great to have NAB on board to match the skills of their workforce with the needs of Australian small businesses.

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Suitable businesses will then be paired with business “buddies’’ who will help address their needs so they can recommence trading and go on to thrive.