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Widen your horizons with grants galore

For many, finding suitable grants can be a difficult task, however knowing where to look and who to talk to makes it that much easier! Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Unit are here to support you and your business to provide information on opportunities available to help your business grow and succeed. Grants are designed…

Cessnock Customer Service Awards return with a virtual twist!

Cessnock businesses have shown incredible dedication to their customers in 2020, adapting and changing their practices to fit the challenges of COVID restrictions while still offering top customer service to the community. In recognition of these qualities, the Cessnock Customer Service Awards are returning in 2020 for their 11th year since revival in 2010. In…

Hospitality industry ready to wine and dine more as restrictions ease

Hunter Valley restaurateurs are eager to welcome back and wine and dine more people under a relaxation of COVID-19 rules. Gatherings in outdoor public spaces and group bookings at restaurants will be increased to 30 people following the announcement of restrictions easing from Friday 23 October. The changes will provide a big boost to the…

Volunteer firefighters to receive $6000 in financial support

  The Federal Government announced to provide financial support of up to $6,000 for volunteer firefighters on the fire front this bushfire season. The payments of up to $300 per day will be available to Rural Fire Service NSW volunteers who are self-employed or work for small to medium businesses and have volunteered as part…

Wineries sell more wine direct to consumer

Winemakers producing up to 5,000 cases of wine a year are selling more than half their wine direct to the consumer. The figures, from a new report published by Wine Australia, reflect long-term changes in the way Australians are buying their wine. The smaller the wine producer, the greater the direct-to-consumer sales as a proportion of…

Cessnock car dealership expands, creating over ten new jobs

During the last few months whilst most companies have been forced to slow down due to COVID-19, Cessnock City Motor Group has been able to not only keep afloat but expand their horizons. Len and Jenny Lanzafame, the local and long-time owners of Cessnock’s Mitsubishi, Ford, Jeep, Kia and Toyota dealerships are now also the…

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…

Bushfire recovery continues with Phase 2 applications now open

Support for bushfire recovery continues with Phase 2 of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF). Phase 2 will provide more than $25 million to promote community well-being, social and future disaster resilience. Applications for Stream 2 are now open and allow for more immediate funding to flow to local councils, community groups and…

Local campuses offering short courses to bridge skills gap

Are you looking to retrain into a new career? Are you a displaced worker? Are you looking for a new work challenge or opportunity to give back to your industry? TAFE NSW Kurri Kurri and Cessnock campus are offering a range of short courses for eligible NSW residents. The opportunity inspires one to study and…

Free jobs portal connecting employers with job seekers

Cessnock City Council is urging businesses to utilise the local jobs portal and list their position vacancies for free. The website, cessnockjobs.com.au, is being piloted to make hiring easier for Hunter Valley employers and job seekers. Council launched the site to businesses through its economic development arm, Advance Cessnock City at the end of last year….

Council and HVWTA united in collaborative approach

In a monumental move that will see enormous potential unlocked for local tourism operators in Australia’s most visited wine region, last Wednesday evening Cessnock City Council (CCC) approved the formation of a Joint Tourism Services Agreement between the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre (VIC) and the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association (HVWTA). It is anticipated…

Going Global Program

dfghjkdgjsfghfskg The NSW Government has launched the new Going Global Program, which has been designed specifically to help exporters to expand internationally. If you are a small to medium sized business, are export capable or ready and looking to start exporting or diversifying into new export markets you may be eligible to apply for this…