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18 July 2018

Free workshops for city centre businesses in need of support

Newcastle Now and the Business Centre have organised two free workshops for small business owners adversely affected by light rail construction.
The Business Disruption Workshops are part of Newcastle Now’s comprehensive business support program that includes 34 hours of free consultation with a business adviser and specialist legal and financial advice.

The first workshop, Building a Safe Harbour, will be held on July 12 from 8am to 10am at Harbourview Function Centre.
This workshop will provide tools and pathways to help foster resilience and navigate ongoing challenges. Speakers include mental health advocate and 1233 ABC Newcastle presenter Craig Hamilton, restaurateur Neil Slater of Scratchleys and Estabar cafe owner Bec Bowie.

The second workshop, Critical Support for Businesses in Crisis, will be held on July 19 from 8am to 10am at Noah's on the Beach. This workshop will include practical financial and legal information about topics such as when to get a lawyer involved in a crisis and how to manage finances when your business is under stress. Speakers include principal solicitor at Fletcher Pidcock Nick Pidcock and manager at DFK Crosbie and Business Centre CFO Barrett Campbell.
“We want to help businesses get through the disruption caused by the light rail construction and we think it’s important to address people’s wellbeing as well as providing essential information,” said Newcastle Now executive manage Richard Christian.

The workshops are free but registration is essential via these links

These workshops and Business Advisory services under the Business Connect program are funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Industry.

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