NAB cements ‘boots on the ground’ commitment to Central Coast industry

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Media Release by National Australia Bank

Central Coast Industry Connect’s major sponsor, National Australia Bank (NAB), has confirmed that they will be an exhibitor at the Central Coast Industry Festival Expo from September 1–3 at Mingara Recreation Club, firmly cementing their ‘boots on the ground’ commitment to local industry. Erina-based NAB senior business banking representatives are familiar faces within the business community and with Central Coast Industry Connect (CCIC) members. They are looking forward to showcasing how businesses can tap into the extensive NAB ecosystem to help them grow and thrive.

The Central Coast Industry Festival has been jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments under their disaster recovery funding arrangements on the back of bushfires, floods and COVID-19. Event instigators and organisers, CCIC, secured funding to host the festival and expo to help future-proof businesses through resilience and collaboration. With fifty exhibitors confirmed, the expo will raise awareness about the extraordinary innovation capabilities within the region’s advanced manufacturing and food and beverage production sectors. It is also expected to generate interest from Sydney-based business owners who may be looking to relocate to the Central Coast.

CCIC Executive Director Frank Sammut said, “NAB Senior Business Banking representative Kevin Ure said, “Here at NAB Erina, we see ourselves as part of the value chain that Central Coast Industry Connect delivers, which is largely about making connections, sharing insights into what local businesses are experiencing, and working together to try and overcome the challenges they face.” Kevin and his business banking colleagues from Erina will manage their stand over the three days together with product specialists, including experts in trade, foreign exchange and equipment finance.

Run over two weeks in August and September, the Central Coast Industry Festival is a major event for the region and the first of its kind. It will deliver a comprehensive program of free events for attendees, including industry and community education sessions and a series of capability-building workshops for industry representatives. The three-day expo, which rounds out the event, is open to industry on day one, students, parents/carers and education and vocational training providers on day two, and the general public on day three.

Managing Partner for NAB Hornsby and the Central Coast Tiffany Morgan said, “One of the aspects of the Expo that I am most excited about is that it will show high school students the many wonderful careers they can pursue in manufacturing and food and beverage production while staying in the local area.”

The Central Coast Industry Festival and Expo will be held at Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi from August 22 to September 3. The Expo will run from Thursday, September 1 to Saturday, September 3.