Featured Member - Mannings Sports
James Manning, Kevin Manning and Allan Sullivan
We would like to send birthday wishes to Gosford’s longest operating retail business, Mannings Sports, as they celebrate 85 years of continuous service!
Originally starting out in 1930 as a ladies and gents hairdresser, and selling tobacco supplies, owners James and Alice Manning expanded their business to selling rifles, sporting goods and toys by 1954. James was well liked in town and known for his generosity and fairness. In the early days, all of the merchandise arrived by rail to Gosford Station, and hand to be wheeled down by trolley to the back of the store. During the depression, James’ son, Kevin would drive to Sydney in his FJ Holden ute, as goods became more scarce.
Kevin started full time in the business at age 15, as an apprentice barber, but soon decided that wasn’t for him. It was then that the business began to branch out! Kevin worked in the business for 57 years, retiring at 72 years of age. His daughter, Suzanne, took over management in 1997, and works alongside some of her family. Rex Tracey, a well known local, is the store’s firearm specialist, and Sarah Hole is another valued member, who is happy to chat NRL with you!
From its beginnings in 1930as a tobacconist and barber, Mannings is now a modern, independent sporting goods business, specialising in hunting, fishing, football, lawn bowls, darts and fitness equipment, and so much more!
85 years is quite an achievement, so make sure you pop in and support a truly local business!
Small Business Grants Available
Are you thinking about expanding your business or make some changes, but finding it hard to find the money to do this? There are some Small Business Grants available out there, that you might be able to apply for!
St George Kick Start
This grant is for businesses that have been in operation for 36 months or less. This gives you the opportunity to pitch your business or idea to a panel of judges at Ted X, with 4 talented pitchers to receive $25 000.00 each!
For more information, or to apply, go to http://info.stgeorge.com.au/kickstart/
NSW Office of State Revenue Small Business Grants
This grant is to encourage small businesses that do not pay payroll tax to hire new employees and expand their business. This grant applies to newly created positions only, and the new position maintained for a 12 month period.
For more information, go to http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/grants/sbg
Federal Government Grants and Assistance
The Australian Federal Government has a webpage dedicated to providing information about grants and other funding available for business. There are all sorts of funding programs listed on this page, so tis worth a look to see if there is anything there that might apply to you! Go to http://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-assistance/Pages/default.aspx# for all of the information.
Engaging your customers using Instagram
According to Sprout Social (2016), Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media platform in the world. So for your business and your brand, it is vital to use Instagram to engage, monitor and track users who interact with your business on the platform.
Instagram has over 400 million monthly active users and 80 million photos added to the platform every day! So, if you are using social media for your business, it makes sense to add Instagram to your strategy!
“ Visual data is easier to digest. When users interact with visual content about your product or service, they are more likely to process and make a purchasing decision. The way Instagram gets users to interact with other visual content is like no other. But for marketers, it has to be a place you’re familiar with or you’ll risk ignoring a major social audience.” (Social Sprout, 2016)
Instagram also makes it very easy for you to create your own unique content to really give your brand its individuality, and highlight the unique business proposition offered by your brand.
To discover more about why you should consider Instagram in your promotional mix, please go to http://sproutsocial.com/insights/multiple-instagram-accounts/
GBID holds many free community events across the year. These range from children's events, such as Midday Mosnter Mash and the Mad Hatters Tea party, to family events like the Gosford City Christmas Parade to our newest event, Live From 5.
We would like to offer local businesses the opprotunity to be a part of these great events, by sponsoring them! We have several packages available, depending on the event. The Sponsorship Proposal is available here. For more information, you can also contact Kim or Eddie on 4322 7726
Our next GBID Community podcast is with GBID Chairperson and the General Manager for The Imperial Shopping Centre is Deborah Warwick. Please do not hesitate to contact us through phone 02 43 227 726 or email
This GBID Community podcast is with GBID Vice Chairperson Julius Huszarek, Dealer Principal of Central Coast Eurocars and Gosford Suzuki.
Brisbane Water Police Superintendent & Senior Community Leader Daniel Sullivan joins us this week as we celebrate the positive change occurring in Gosford. Danny having grown up here understands the area and has used both his expertise and passion to affect change here. A safe community means more investment, growth and activity with nearly all facets of our community benefiting. For more detailed statistics on Gosford please visit www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au
This week we chat to President-Elect Joshua Stewart of the Gosford City Rotary Club about the projects and changes he has noticed in Gosford and the improving business development in the area.
Here is GBID's latest podcast. Introducing Paul Anderson, GM for Gosford City Council.
Notes to Editor
Gosford Business Improvement District inc. (GBID) is a not-for-profit association. The main source of funding is via a Special Rate Levy paid by all commercial property owners in Gosford CBD. GBID´s role is to continually improve Gosford City to make the CBD more commercially viable, safer, cleaner and more attractive.