Published on Sep 2, 2019

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Local takes out National NEIS award for Best New Business

A small business from the Hunter took out the top Award at the National NEIS awards annual presentation evening on Monday evening 26th August in Sydney!

Gina Wilks commenced Achieving Solutions through the NEIS program in April 2018, after completing her business training. Her dream was to have a nursing and disability service to support babies, children, teenagers and young adults in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Central Coast, providing assistance with personal care, community access, and all registered nursing services including continence needs, wound care, training, education and support.


Gina credits her success to not only her drive but also the initial training and then the ongoing mentoring from her experienced business advisor who knew when to step back as she gained confidence, but still to be there to guide her through rapid growth phases. She has also gained lifelong friends through the NEIS community, as they share experiences, refer clients and collaborate with each other.

Gina is dedicated to providing consistent, reliable care based on best practice and each person’s individual needs. Achieving Solutions now has a reputation in the disability community as a boutique provider run by a registered nurse, who supports individuals with high care needs including tracheostomy, catheters, PEG tubes and degenerative conditions.

Other milestones for Gina included employing staff to increase her client base, services and skills; finding affordable office space which she did by becoming one of The Hunter Region Business Hub’s tenants; and winning the 2018 NEIS Business in the Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards which created even more interest in her business.

Gina recommends anyone eligible NEIS apply for the program so they can start their business on strong foundations. The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS); the Australian Government funded small business program that is now over 30 years old, has supported over 150,000 unemployed job seekers to start their own small business. NEIS provides practical, accredited small business training to develop YOUR business idea into a working business plan complete with financial forecasts and a marketing plan. On commencement of your business you will receive personalised business mentoring from experienced business people for the first year your business runs. If eligible, NEIS will also provide income support for up to 39 weeks and rental assistance for up to 26 weeks.

Do you have a great business idea? Why not consider NEIS? You’ll have experienced business advisors to assist you throughout the training and for your mentoring to make your business fire. Phone the Hunter Region Business Hub on 1300 304 794 for further information.


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Finalist in the Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards 2019

The winners of the 2019 Business Excellence Awards will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on Friday, September 20th, at Cessnock Leagues Club.

Tickets are available from or phone 4936 2557.
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List of Finalists

Achieving Solutions Pty Ltd
Amy Beckett
Amy Small
Ann-Maria Martin
Aussie Maitland
Banana Bathrooms Pty Ltd
Beyond Ballooning
blu cosmos
Body & Mind 2000
Brett Lester
Brugel Creative
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
Chelmsford Hotel Kurri Kurri Pty Ltd
CrossFit Indulge
DYN IT Solutions
Ellen Starrett
Explore and Soar Pty Ltd
Family Circle Medical Practice
Fresh Salon
Grill’d Kotara
Gymnastics 21
Hannah Spink
Hunter Legal & Conveyancing
Hunter Pet Motel Pty Ltd
Ian Jones
Jessica Rodgers
JR Complete Painting Pty Ltd
Julie Muir
Laura Johnson
Layer 3 Technology Group
McAllister Legal Services
Merchant Business Brokers
MV Solar Pty Ltd
Network ICT
Newcastle Ghost Tours
Newcastle MBA Group Training
Newcastle Security Pty Ltd
Palfreyman Chartered Accountants
Peter Kirkwood
Sarah-Jane Dunford
Shaw & Bunner Legal Pty Ltd
SJH Communications
Streamline Automotive and Performance
Survivor’s R Us
The Barracks, Tocal
The Business Blender
The Garis Group
The Remington Muswellbrook
Vines Restaurant at Hollydene Estate Wines
Wild Learning

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