Published on Mar 4, 2019

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Cessnock City Council’s economic development team have been presented with the inaugural Netstripes Digital Innovation Advocate Award on Tuesday 19 February at the ‘Bizruption’ event held in Sydney.


Cessnock City wins digital innovation award

The Bizruption business event is supported by the NSW Business Connect program and endorsed by the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.


The award recognises the work the council have done with engaging with small businesses online, and supporting business owners to renew their digital strategies. It also demonstrates Council’s ongoing commitment to promoting small business innovation and empowering business owners with the knowledge and tools for growth.


Mayor Bob Pynsent says the Advance Cessnock City platform has been a huge success.


“Advance Cessnock City is the online platform and business engagement tool that is our region’s one-stop-shop for local business and prospective businesses.”


“It has enabled our economic development team at Cessnock City Council to be more responsive, better engaged with businesses and provide opportunities for small and micro businesses to access official training programs such as the popular Digital Bootcamps”.


Council’s Acting Economic Development Manager Rhiannon Stevens says digital literacy is becoming more and more important for businesses.


“We are really pleased to be able to better facilitate businesses to work on their digital strategies, providing opportunities to up-skill through workshops and training promoted through our Advance Cessnock City fortnightly business emails.”


“Research conducted by Deloitte confirms that businesses who are digitally engaged grow faster, employ on average two more people & earn more revenue per employee.”


“We’ve been really pleased to be able to bring these opportunities to our business community to accelerate their growth and make a positive impact to their bottom line.”


All of the winners of the inaugural Digital Innovation Advocates Awards were:

  • Local council – Cessnock City Council,
  • Business Chamber – Gosford Erina & Coastal Chamber,
  • Industry Body – Retail Drinks Australia, and
  • Federal Agency – Regional Development Australia, Orana.


Cessnock City Council have also announced a fresh digital marketing workshop tailored for tourism and service businesses on 21 March, 2019.


For more information or to book, visit