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NORTHERN RIVERS REGIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

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NORTHERN RIVERS REGIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The NSW Business Chamber is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 Northern Rivers Regional Business Awards.
The Northern Rivers Business Awards recognises excellence in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation, business growth and employment practices across diverse areas of business including manufacturing, trades, health care, community, retail, tourism and business services.
“The state-wide awards program is a result of the strong relationships between Business NSW and Local Chambers of Commerce alliance partners. The awards program provides an exceptional opportunity to celebrate excellence across the local business community and showcase their success at a local, regional and state level,” said Business NSW Regional Manager, Jane Laverty.
“Encompassing in the 7 Local Government Areas of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and the Clarence Valley, the 2021 Northern Rivers Regional Business Awards celebrate business excellence across our region, with winners to be announced at an Awards Celebration event on Saturday 23 October.” said Jane Laverty.
Over the past few years, the Northern Rivers Region has seen our best and brightest acknowledged for their achievements regionally, and also on the State stage including Brookfarm, Stone & Wood and BeeInventive (Flowhive) who was crowned for Innovation Excellence and awarded the top gong of State Business of the Year winner at the State awards in 2018.
“Judging by the calibre of our 130 entries this year, I am confident that we will again have the opportunity to represent Team Northern Rivers at the State Awards where our winners compete against 12 other regions from across NSW and Sydney” said Mrs Laverty.
“Due to Covid restrictions we made the decision to host the Regional Business Awards as an online production event (if the ARIA’s can do it so can we) which enables all finalists and their staff to be part of the evening and celebrate in the comfort of their own loungeroom or appropriate local venue. It’s different, but that is something we are all getting used to and we felt it was too important an occasion to not pull out all the stops possible to celebrate our businesses of excellence”. Mrs Laverty said.
“With the support of our partners NRMA Insurance, Southern Cross University, TURSA, TAFE NSW, Clarence Property, Sourdough Business Pathways, Northern Rivers Review and Northern Rivers Provedore we are sending each of our Finalists a Finalists Cheer Box full of local goodies and surprises to help them celebrate the night in style”.
2021 Northern Rivers Regional Business Awards event
Date: Saturday 23 October 2021
Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Via Zoom (registration essential)
Enquiries: rebecca.watling@businessnsw.com

NORTHERN RIVERS FINALISTS – BY CATEGORY
Cape Byron Distillery Cellar Door
Casino Returned Servicemen’s Memorial Club
Cherry Street Sports
Fliteboard
Mavis’s Kitchen
Old Quarter Coffee Merchants
Potager
Sanctus Brewing Co
The Farmer’s Plate
The Pickled Herd

Retail & Personal Services
Fliteboard
Lazuli and Co
Luxe Elopements
Resonator Music & Tuition
The Farmer’s Plate
The Foundry Murwillumbah

Business & Professional Services
Barefruit Marketing
Connect Business Solutions
Planit Consulting Pty Ltd
Wild Honey Creative

Agriculture & Primary Industries

Five Sixty Farms
Hickey Food Services
Serendip Plantation

Trade, Construction & Manufacturing
AirPhysio
Early Up
Frontier Pets
Premium Solar & Electrical
Sanctus Brewing Co
SimplyClean
Tweed Coast Glass
Tyres & More Kyogle

Health, Care & Wellness Industries
AirPhysio
Crowley Care
Evans Head Holistic Health
Global Performance Therapy: Sports & Remedial Massage
GreenX7
Jessica Maguire
Kyogle Boxfit
Summit Sport and Fitness Centre

Outstanding Employee
Angela Bontea, CASPA Services
Brad Ambridge, Armsign
Jade Lamond, Connect Business Solutions
Jake Bentley, Planit Consulting
Kristy Robinson, Smile Street Dental and Implant Centre
Marcelo Reis, Santos Organics
Maree Lesri Skennar, Casino Returned Servicemen’s Memorial Club

Outstanding Young Business Leader
Donna Masing, Global Performance Therapy
Eddie Brook, Cape Byron Distillery
Jemma Coulter, RAWFAST Fitness & Sports Training Ballina
Lachlan Crawter, Tyres & More Kyogle
Levi Loughlin, Herne’s Security
Simone Skennar, Casino Returned Servicemen’s Memorial Club

Outstanding Business Leader
Diana Scott, Frontier Pets
Hayley Brown, Warrior Refrigeration
Jade Taylor, Sistability
Julia Foyster, Tweed Real Food
Karen Arnold, Effective Workplace Solutions
Louise Roy, Tiger Designz & Business Consulting
Naarah Rodwell, CASPA Services
Nicole O’Connor, Sanctus Brewing Co
Sally Lindenberg, Northern Rivers Music
Trent O’Connor, Sanctus Brewing Co

Excellence in Export
Norco Co-operative
OZGANICS Australia

Excellence in Sustainability
Casino Returned Servicemen’s Memorial Club
Four Drunk Parrots
Hemp Foods Australia
SAE Group
Santos Organics
Southern Cross Credit Union

Outstanding Start Up
Ascent Dance
Country & Coast Magazine
Foods That Love You Back
Hanging Rock Flowers
Mazzer Photographics
McAuliffe School of Dance
My Fashion Store Pty Ltd
New Directions Online Realty
Sanctus Brewing Co
The Myrtle Trading Co
Wondery Skin Food

Outstanding Local Chamber
Grafton Chamber of Commerce
Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Excellence in Micro Business
Certifiers2U
Lazuli and Co
Northern Rivers Music
Scarborough’s
Serendip Organics
Tweed Real Food
Wild Honey Creative

Excellence in Small Business
Aussie House Sitters
Effective Workplace Solutions
Mavis’ Kitchen
Potager
SimplyClean
Sistability Pty Ltd
The Farmer’s Plate
The Foundry Murwillumbah
Virtus Heritage

Excellence in Business
AirPhysio
Cape Byron Distillery
Connect Business Solutions
Fliteboard
Frontier Pets
Norco Co-operative
Planit Consulting
SAE Group
Southern Cross Credit Union
Summit Sport and Fitness Centre
Tropical Fruit World
Your Plan Manager

Excellence in Innovation
Fliteboard
Motor Scout
One Vision Productions

Outstanding Community Organisation
Byron Community Centre
Casino Returned Servicemen’s Memorial Club
Friends of the Koala
Jumbunna
Kyogle Junior Rugby League
North Coast Community Housing
Northern Rivers Animal Services Inc
Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond
Santos Organics
Wollumbin Family Support Inc

Employer of Choice
CASPA Services
Connect Business Solutions
Effective Workplace Solutions
Lazuli and Co
SAE Group
Smile Street Dental and Implant Centre
TONO Group

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NEW HARDSHIP PANEL TO PROVIDE MORE BUSINESSES WITH COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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NEW HARDSHIP PANEL TO PROVIDE MORE BUSINESSES WITH COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

A new Hardship Review Panel has been established to consider financial support for businesses experiencing financial hardship that do not qualify for COVID-19 business support measures.

The panel will assess on a case-by-case basis businesses which did not meet the eligibility requirements for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant, Micro-business Grant and JobSaver payments.

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the Review Panel would help those businesses experiencing genuine financial hardship that were previously ineligible for support payments and grants.
“COVID-19 has affected so many businesses in NSW and even though we have a number of support measures in place, there are still some businesses under severe financial strain that aren’t eligible for assistance for a number of reasons. We want to plug that gap as much as we can,” Mr Tudehope said.

The Review Panel will include representatives from Revenue NSW, NSW Treasury and Service NSW and will make recommendations on businesses’ eligibility for relevant support payments and grants.
It will consider a broad range of factors in determining whether a business has experienced financial hardship, with the Chief Commissioner of Revenue NSW to be ultimately responsible and make the final determination for applications.

“My message to small businesses is this – no matter what corner of the state you’re in, we will be there with you all the way as we navigate this global health pandemic,” Mr Tudehope said.

Factors that the hardship panel will consider include, for example, whether the business is an employer, in a highly impacted industry, in an LGA of concern or has unavoidable costs for which no other support is available.

Businesses will be back paid to the fortnight where they can demonstrate the required decline in turnover with the Panel. Hardship applications for JobSaver are now open with hardship COVID business grants and Micro-business grants to open later this month. See more here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses/covid-19-business-support-hardship-review.

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ROADMAP GIVES CERTAINTY TO BUSINESS

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ROADMAP GIVES CERTAINTY TO BUSINESS

The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW says confirmation of the three phases of reopening for NSW is a positive step that will provide much needed certainty to business.
The Government has announced rules which will determine what can and can’t happen as the population reaches 70 and 80% double vaccination rates, as well as when liberties apply to all residents, irrespective of vaccination status.
“It’s been an uncertain time for many businesses with lots of confusion about which businesses will be able to open and under what rules,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Jane Laverty.
“The release of the Public Health Orders in coming days will reconfirm that the onus will be on individuals to do the right thing and abide by the rules,” Mrs Laverty said.
“Business owners can’t be expected to also act as security guards, so long as they have a COVIDSafe plan and appropriate registration in place at their entry, they can get on with the business of being in business.
“The Premier has confirmed that 11 October is the day we will likely reopen at 70% double vaccination rate, which we are calling #backtobusiness day, because it will be a real celebration of being able to visit our favourite businesses again and to celebrate what we’ve missed over the past few months.
“A number of greater freedoms will come into place at the 80% double vaccination rate, which on current trends could be as soon as 25 October.
“Businesses will be able to operate under a one person per four square metre rule, with certain caps in place on numbers, depending on the type of industry and whether customers are gathering inside our outdoors.
“It won’t be until 1 December that vaccination status is not a factor – meaning businesses will be able to operate under a one person per 2 square metre rule, as opposed to one person per 4 square metres up until then.
“This is an important step for the business recovery in NSW, as the state looks to bounce back as quickly as possible from the ravages of the pandemic,” Mrs Laverty said.

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Training hub plan to crack youth unemployment

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Training hub plan to crack youth unemployment

Grafton has been chosen as part of an initiative aimed at bringing down youth unemployment by forging closer links between local industry and high school students.
The Federal Government is trialling training hubs across the country that aim to connect students with job opportunities while students were Page MP Kevin Hogan said establishing industry training hubs would provide a mechanism through which students and businesses could connect.
He said Business NSW has been awarded the contract in Grafton and it has employed Kerren Law to deliver training hub services to the region.

Business NSW regional manager Jane Laverty

Business NSW regional manager Jane Laverty

He said this position would create better linkages between schools and local industry, and help focus on developing skills for occupations most relevant to the region.
Mr Hogan said that improving opportunities for young people was important for the community.
“The new training hub will help tackle youth unemployment in the Clarence Valley and Mid North Coast region by working with, and encouraging Year 11 and 12 students, to build skills and choose occupations in demand in our region,” Mr Hogan said.
“We want senior secondary school students to be well placed to find employment when they leave school.
“Importantly, this new training hub will help promote the many opportunities in the vocational education and training sector as a first-choice career option.”
As an industry training hub career facilitator Ms Law said she is excited to get started unpacking the hub and establishing its programming.
“This is a brilliant opportunity for students to expand their vision of career possibilities beyond what they see and know,” she said.
“It’s important work, our young people are tomorrow’s future business, industry and community leaders. Ideally students look at vocational education and training with fresh eyes, and weave this into their career planning pathway.”
Business NSW regional manager Jane Laverty said they were excited about what an industry training hub can achieve for both young people and employers in the region who are looking to make the most of the vocational education and training opportunity.
“Business leaders are very focused on their workforce development so this it is great timing for the hub establishment,” Ms Laverty said.
She said the Grafton Training Hub was one of 10 being trialled across the country as part of the Australian Government’s $50.6 million investment to improve opportunities for year 11 and 12 students in regions with high youth unemployment.
More details can be found at: www.dese.gov.au/industry-training-hubs

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