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Business Partner Program helping local business grow online

18 June, 2020

Twenty two local businesses will be given a helping hand to build their online presence in the latest round of Gunnedah Shire Council’s Business Partner Program.

Last night Councillors approved more than $32,000 in funding under the special COVID-19 round of the program, focussed on helping develop digital capacity and online trading platforms.

Successful applicants represented a range of industries, including some of those hit hardest by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Applicants from local hospitality, fitness, beauty and retail sectors have been allocated funding to develop new websites, online stores and digital marketing campaigns.

Gunnedah Business Partner Program advisory group chair Cr Ann Luke said while the COVID-19 pandemic forced many local businesses to close their doors and move online, they have continued to adapt and offer valuable services to the community.

“This funding will assist these local businesses become strong players in the digital sphere and build resilience,” Cr Luke said.

“A digital presence means businesses and products can be seen 24 hours a day and is a helpful marketing platform.

“A strong online business community in Gunnedah will not only benefit local consumers by offering greater flexibility and convenience, but will also create opportunities to reach new customers outside our Shire.

“A further underlying outcome is maintenance of employment in the Shire.”

Applications that did not meet the criteria for the COVID-19 round of the Business Partner Program have been encouraged to reapply under the general round, which is designed for new business initiatives that support local employment and growth.

Since its inception the Business Partner Program has assisted more than 65 local businesses with over $240,000 in funding.

Applications for round one of the ordinary program are currently open and businesses have until June 30 to apply. For further information visit


Media contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.