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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…

Cessnock Customer Service Awards 2020

The Cessnock Chamber of Commerce have announced the Cessnock Customer Service Awards will return this year with a twist! This year the awards will be held online with a virtual awards ceremony on Friday 4 December 2020. Now is the time to get your nominations in to recognise the people and businesses who go the…

Hunter Virtual Jobs Fair connecting employers with job seekers

The Australian Government is hosting a Virtual Jobs Fair to help businesses across the Hunter region find the staff they need. Jobs Fairs bring together job seekers, employers, employment service providers and labour hire firms in the region and provides people with the chance to explore current employment opportunities within the local community. As COVID-19…

For the love of riding: Biketober Business Challenge

NSW Get Healthy at Work has partnered with Love to Ride to launch the local Biketober Business Challenge 2020. Biketober is a NSW Government initiative that aims to create healthy workplaces and improve the health of working adults in NSW. During the month of October, Cessnock City Council staff along with many organisations across NSW…

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…

Can you buy consumers trust and loyalty?

Gaining the trust of buyers and consumers is becoming even tougher than it once was. With more businesses empowered with marketing and digital innovation techniques, people are being inundated with online advertising and marketing Communications. Thus, leaving consumers finding it difficult to know what product to put their trust in. Survey Monkey conducted a study…

Tourism to play a vital recovery role

It would be an understatement to say, that it has been an extremely tough time for the tourism industry in recent months. With cancellations, travel restrictions and lockdowns there has been a sudden inactivity and unexpected losses within the travel sector due to the current pandemic. However, local tourism operators have shown a spirited come…

Grant extensions to ease the burden for impacted bushfire communities

Primary producers and small businesses impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires will benefit from expanded eligibility and time frame changes for the $75,000 recovery grant. The decision to make changes and extend the application timeframes to December 2020, recognised that primary producers have experienced droughts, bushfires and COVID-19 which resulted in requiring more time to make…

$10,000 Grants available for eligible businesses

Coming off the back of the Nation’s most devastating bushfire season and now the COVID-19 shutdown, thousands of small businesses across NSW are struggling to cope in these unprecedented times. Did you know that your small business may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000? The NSW Government will put $750 million…

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…

Strong online retail sales presence

According to retail trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian retail spending has unpredictably increased over the last few months during the pandemic. Retail turnover rose 2.4% in the month of June which resulted in a growth of 5.8% compared to June 2019. Rises in June were led by cafes, restaurants…