Hunter Region Business Hub has been announced one of three finalists in national awards recognising excellence in innovation and incubation centres.
Hunter Region Business Hub General Manager, Kerry Hallett was presented with the accolade at the business Innovation and Incubation Awards in Townsville last month.
Kerry said this was a great achievement for a small local not-for- profit organisation in its 25th year of existence.
“It is an uplifting honour to be recognised for our tenacity and positivity in continuing and improving operations during such an adverse period that has included the recent Hunter Valley economic downturn,” Kerry said.
Business Innovation and Incubation Awards Chair, Lyn Hay said the awards showcased the innovation and incubation achievements of members and encouraged the adoption of best practice.
“The awards reflect outstanding achievement or improved performance as judged by an independent panel,” Lyn said.
“The criteria emphasises high impact, innovative measures and the approach of the organisation to client service, overcoming obstacles and success in fulfilling goals over time.
“Hunter Region Business Hub is a notable example. As a finalist, this award recognises developed and implemented innovative programs and services that have enhanced productivity improvement, growth, jobs or export opportunities for start-up and small business clients.”
Lyn said key findings had shown that innovative business strategies conceived at the local level usually achieved far better results for government investors, entrepreneurs and businesses.
The hub is one of the largest incubators in Australia. It was one of the original government-funded incubators, which supplied workspace and allied support programs to attract and support entrepreneurs start-ups and early stage growth businesses.
IMAGE |Hunter Region Business Hub General Manager, Kerry Hallett with the finalist award at the business Innovation and Incubation Awards in Townsville last month, with other finalists Fiona Fitzgerald (WA) and David Williamson (Victoria).
The Hunter Region Business Hub, located in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales is one of over 30 community-based Business Enterprise Centres (BEC) operating Australia wide. The Hub supports new and existing micro, small and medium businesses with practical assistance including digital, business planning, marketing, budgeting and cash flow.
Created as a result of an initiative from local businesses in conjunction with Cessnock and Maitland City Council to drive economic development. The Hub services Maitland, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Local Government Areas.
All support is independent, confidential and affordable. The Hub can assist with the establishment of new small business enterprises, as well as existing small to medium enterprises who are experiencing issues, want to grow, or just want to be better. Businesses can also take advantage of our business workshops and information seminars.
The Hub houses 32 units in office, commercial and light industrial premises, offering economical, easy-leasing arrangements.