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$5,000 Grants to set up outdoor dining spaces

Hospitality businesses will be able to apply for grants of $5,000 to set up outdoor dining spaces and planning rules will be further eased to make it easier for businesses to get permission. The NSW Government is also offering local councils funding to promote outdoor events and revive street spaces. The trial easing of planning …

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Selling to the NSW govt: a guide for small business

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 launch online training as well as a written guide to help small businesses understand and navigate the tendering …

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Experts acknowledge cybersecurity as a growing threat to small business

Richard Clarke, National Coordinator, Counter-terrorism, USA Govt. “If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What’s more, you deserve to be hacked” Stephane Nappo, Global Head Information Security for Société Générale International Banking “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it.”  …

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Business confidence bouncing back

Business confidence rebounded strongly in September to be well above its long-run average, after falling well into negative territory in prior months. The improvement was driven by large shifts in confidence in NSW and Victoria following the announcement of reopening roadmaps in these states as well as rising vaccination rates across the country. Recreation & …

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Rebound in Sep. retail sales; “lockdown-affected areas are turning a corner”, says NAB

NAB’s data mapping points to a rebound in retail sales in September. We see the official ABS measure gaining 2.2% on a month-on-month basis. Retail sales fell 1.7% in August – we forecast a 2.7% drop at the time, since revised to -1.7%. September results were clearly affected by lockdowns in much of New South …

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COSBOA welcomes re-opening support but calls it ‘only one piece of the puzzle’

COSBOA welcomes the new business support measures announced by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet yesterday. Eligible small businesses in NSW will be able to claim a rebate of $2,000 for certain government fees, including tolls. The Premier also announced a stock guarantee, whereby small businesses will be able to claim up to $20,000 for loss of …

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NSW promises SMEs $20k re-stocking grants if another lockdown occurs

Financial support for small business in the event of future lockdowns: Grants of up to $20,000 to compensate for loss. The NSW Government has announced financial assistance for small businesses to compensate impacted businesses for loss of perishable stock if a future local lockdown occurs. Eligible businesses will be able to apply for a grant …

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99% JobKeeper payments were to small-to-medium businesses

Commonwealth Treasury has today released a report, titled ‘Insights from the first six months of JobKeeper.’ It confirms the JobKeeper program was well-targeted and highly effective in maintaining employment and supporting the economy during the biggest economic shock since the Great Depression. At the time JobKeeper was designed and implemented, there was unprecedented uncertainty around …

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  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
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  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
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