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Action Plan aims to help agribusinesses grow

Cessnock businesses are invited to get involved with a project that is designed to build capability and identify opportunities for growth within the agriculture sector. Cessnock City Council has engaged specialist agricultural and food advisory firm Rounding Up to deliver the Hunter Valley Agribusiness Cluster Action Plan. After successfully securing a grant for the economic…

What do you have to say about your local economy?

Cessnock City Council wants to hear from local businesses, residents and visitors to assist them in preparing the next draft Economic Development Strategy. It’s a critical Strategy aimed at ensuring the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) has a sustainable and prosperous economy into the future. The Strategy will help to promote growth and investment, increase…

COVID-19 impact survey for local businesses

  Recently, Workskil Cessnock formed a working committee to discuss the impacts caused by COVID-19 and the effects the JobKeeper subsidy has had on businesses in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). Our region has been hit hard over the past six months from prolonged drought, the devastating bushfire season, smoke taint and now the…

Supporting Local Businesses to Comply with COVID-19 Restrictions

In partnership with the Hunter New England Local Health District, Cessnock City Council is asking local businesses to take action now by developing and implementing your COVID-19 Safety Plan. Information on COVID-19 can be found on the NSW Government’s website. Most businesses will need to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan under the Public Health Orders, whilst…

Support for Fire affected businesses

Edition 1: 17 December 2019. Advance Cessnock City has sought out the following information to assist businesses that may be affected by the bush fires. Practical support is available to all businesses affected by the NSW bushfires, from damaged or destroyed property to disrupted business and reduced income. There is also a business survey being…

Reinventing in Troubled Times

Small businesses have been forced into discovering digital marketing in order to transform their business to ensure development and growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many small business owners have struggled to cope with the fall out of COVID-19, the importance of implementing these types of strategies during the current unprecedented times is critical to…

Strategy for Small Business Success

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper on the up and coming NSW Small Business Strategy 2020. They are seeking feedback on issues that affect business in NSW. Cessnock City Council’s Business Capability Study (2019) identified that 86% of our businesses are micro and small (employing fewer than 20 employees). Therefore, it is critical…

Business from biodiversity brainstorm – 19 November

Cessnock City Council is calling on local businesses to take part in a brainstorming workshop to discuss how Cessnock’s biodiversity can be used to market our area and broaden activities available to visitors. The workshop will take place at the Pokolbin Community Hall from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 19 November and all interested businesses…

WANTED – feedback from visitor economy businesses – closes 18 October

If you are an accommodation provider, restaurant owner, retailer or tourism operator, the NSW Government wants to hear from you. They are conducting an online survey which they hope will give them insights into the sector. The survey is part of the NSW Government’s Visitor Economy Index (VEX) – an initiative of the Visitor Economy…

Cessnock businesses optimistic about the future in the shadow of an economic downturn

Lately when you watch the news, or read your news feed, you are bombarded with the prediction of the impending economic downturn, but it seems Cessnock business owners are optimistic about the future.   The recent business survey in the Cessnock LGA shows that our local businesses are largely optimistic about the future of their…

First it was “Champagne,” now other foodstuffs to be renamed

Calling food and beverages produced in Australia by European names could be a thing of the past if the European Union (EU) has anything to say about it.   It started with champagne, now members of the EU want to review a long list of product names in the lead up to the Free Trade…

Government to help women establish start-ups

The Department of Industry Innovation and Science is calling for people interested in helping in the development of a funding framework to support start-ups for women. They are currently conducting both a face-to-face and survey based consultation process to help with the design of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative. The consultation process closes 4 October…