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Support local this January to WIN one of five $100 gift cards

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Team have five $100 gift cards to giveaway this January as part of their ongoing ‘Support Local’ campaign. For the month of January, residents are encouraged to post to Facebook or Instagram to describe in 25 words or less how they’d spend their $100 gift card in the Greater Cessnock…

2020-21 Budget, small business wins

The Federal Government’s 2020-21 Budget is one for the history books, following the Treasury’s announcement on Tuesday 6 October 2020. The Budget details a record spend that will help lift small businesses out of the COVID crisis and provide a much-needed boost to economic confidence. Given the number of measures that target the small business…

Untapped market, support companion cards

The Companion Card program is a not for profit program funded by the NSW Government. It is designed to ensure people with significant and permanent disabilities that need a carer with them at all times are able to participate in community based activities and venues. The card itself is the size of a credit card,…

New funding available for community-led bushfire recovery projects

  Applications for Round 2 of Cessnock City Council’s Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Grant (BCRRF) are now open. The funding is designed to support small scale, community-led projects that promote recovery, resilience, disaster preparedness and wellbeing support following the 2019/20 bushfires that impacted parts of the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). The BCRRF is…

Celebrating Cessnock’s Customer Service stars!

Business and customer service excellence has been in the spotlight lately, as Cessnock celebrates its industry and community achievers. A sell-out crowd of 230 attended “Cessnock’s biggest Christmas Party”, the 2021 Cessnock Customer Service Awards at the Cessnock Leagues Club on Friday evening. After another challenging year for local businesses, it was time to let…

Celebrating excellence in customer service

The Customer Service Awards are run each year to recognise, showcase and reward exceptional customer service within the Cessnock Local Government Area. It provides an opportunity for our community to celebrate local customer service excellence. This project also helps to develop networking opportunities with local businesses, the Chamber, and the community in general. Word on…

NSW Export Capability Building Workshop

NSW Export Capability Building workshop is aimed at businesses seeking to initiate export activities, or export-ready businesses looking to consolidate their knowledge and maximise long-term export gains. Given the challenges of COVID-19 and the changing international landscape it is more important than ever to be prepared for what lies ahead. This Introduction to exporting workshop…

Clean Up Australia Day

  In 2020 Clean Up Australia will be celebrating their 30th anniversary and all that has been achieved by their volunteers over the past three decades. The initiative inspired by the idea of ‘cleaning up your own backyard’ was founded in 1990 by Ian Keirnan and has evolved into the nation’s largest community-based environmental event….

Suite of grant programs to boost visitor economy

The NSW Government has announced a suite of grant programs offering more than $8 million to drive the visitor economy’s recovery. Destinations, tourism operators and events can kick off their recovery efforts with this much-welcomed boost post COVID. A range of projects and initiatives are eligible for funding through the following 4 programs to be…

Tender support for small businesses

New tools will assist businesses in meeting qualification requirements and understanding the tendering for NSW Government work. Small businesses across NSW can now access free online training and an informative guide to help them become “tender ready” and bid for NSW Government contracts. The NSW Small Business Commission has collaborated with TAFE NSW to deliver…

Win a $500 Hunter Valley staycation travel voucher

Council’s Economic Development Team have launched a new Support Local competition, this time focussing on our wonderful local accommodation providers. For the month of November, residents are encouraged tag their favourite accommodation business (or somewhere they would really love to stay) on Facebook, explain why in 25 words or less, and post a photo of…

New Economic Recovery Strategy labelled as a game changer

The NSW Government has announced the NSW Economic Recovery Strategy which includes a $500 million support package to revive the events and tourism industry across regional NSW. Labelled as a game changer, the support package is set to turbo charge a post COVID economic recovery. As part of the package, households of school-aged children in…