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FTA Digital Seminar: The UK FTA: Opportunities for Australia

Australia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) launched negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) on 17 June 2020. Australia is seeking an ambitious and comprehensive FTA with the UK that drives increased trade, two-way investment, economic growth and job creation.

The agreement will deepen our trade and investment relationships for the benefit of Australian businesses and consumers and play an important role in our post-COVID economic recovery.

Join the Australian High Commissioner to the UK, Australia’s Chief Negotiator and Austrade UK as they discuss the progress of the agreement and the potential opportunities this Wednesday 19th August. Hear also from two Australian exporters on the benefits of Australia’s FTAs and the opportunities for Australian goods and services in the UK. REGISTER HERE

Visit The Free Trade Agreements Seminars Page to learn more about the series and listen to past recordings.


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We are taking care of our CLIENTS.

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Covid-19 Recovery Grants now open

Georges River Council has launched 4 new grants to support businesses, artists and not-for-profits affected by Covid-19. 

The Covid-19 Recovery Grants program is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to achieve the following;

  • Provide a structured and strategic program through which funding can be allocated to meet identified community needs caused by the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Support local businesses to revitalize and diversify;
  • Support and facilitate the development of a more liveable community and enrich community social capital through targeted and timely support to community organisations;

Council has committed $200,000 across four grant categories. For more information please visit the Covid-19 Recovery Grants page on the Georges River Website.

Applications close: Sunday 30 August at 11:59pm



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Small Business Owners – R U OK? – Support is available via Beyond Blue and Heads Up

The teams at  Beyond Blue and Heads Up   have created a great range of resources to offer you the support you need to ensure that you can maintain your mental health during tough times.

Moreover they are providing generic information on the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service website which is updated regularly.
The following articles may be relevant for you and your team

There are also the following free services available 24 hours / 7 days a week for all Australians

  • Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service  Phone 1800 512 348
    If COVID-19 has you feeling concerned about your wellbeing, our dedicated coronavirus mental wellbeing support service is available any time of the day or night

Based on your specific needs, our trained counsellors will provide advice and information, and will direct you where to turn for further support. You have access to the following:

Also available from the team at  Heads Up are resources for Small Business



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Outdoor Dining Opportunities for Local Cafes & Restaurants

As part of Georges River Council’s Economic and Social Recovery Plan, the temporary revision of trading regulations has been endorsed to help fast track the economic recovery of businesses in area. This initiative is not only aimed at increasing the dining capacity of local restaurants and cafes but also about reinvigorating local centres in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions.
Business use of the public area is a valuable use of public space it can improve the look of our streets and adds life and creates vibrancy to our centres. Outdoor dining, shopfront display and A Frame applications are available to all businesses in the Georges River Local Government Area. Each application received will be reviewed individually for suitability in the proposed public domain area.The applicant should read and understand the Use of Public Land Policy and Guidelines as part of the application process.

Please visit the relevant links below if you are interested in the following:
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Stay COVID safe

Make your business COVID Safe in 3 easy Steps

Georges River council, with the help of the state government is looking to minimise the predicted second wave of COVID-19. In order to do this, Council and the state government needs the help of businesses within our community to become COVID safe.

To do this, NSW businesses are required to:

  • Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Register as a COVID Safe business (with the NSW Government)
  • Show that they are COVID Safe (download/display COVID Safe posters, consider methods for contact tracing, share with staff etc)

Please complete he COVID-19 Safety Plan and register as a COVID safe business by clinking on the link  COVID SAFE BUSINESS  or alternatively please visit .  Note that COVID-19 Safety Plans have been designed by industry type that can also be accessed by the COVID Safe business website

Should you require any more information please call our customer service centre 9330 6400.

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Apply for a small business COVID-19 recovery grant

Service NSW has grants available  to small businesses who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

If your small business or not-for-profit organisation has experienced a decline in turnover as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a small business recovery grant of between $500 and $3000.

This grant helps small businesses meet the costs of safely reopening or up-scaling operations.

For more information please visit the Service NSW website

Applications Close: 11:59pm Sunday 16 August 2020.



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Support for start ups and expanding businesses now available

Did you know that Service NSW has a concierge service to help you access a range of support options and understand the government requirements to start or grow a business in NSW.

Get a free dedicated Business Concierge who will help you start, manage and grow your business


Book a call or call Service NSW on 13 77 88

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Free Webinars

Business Connect is offering free Webinar services that support small business. With interactive webinars on topics ranging from Writing a website Brief to understanding how to have an effective Email Marketing Campaign, Business Connect has a course for you.

Check out what’s happening in July and August by clicking on the Business Connect link below.


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