December 1, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Those looking for a share in $6 million of event funding for business events in Greater Sydney, Wollongong or Newcastle need to get in quick, with applications open now for Business Events Sydney’s Accelerate program, and closing in less than three weeks at the latest.

Organisers of B2B events including conferences, seminars, training courses and trade exhibitions are eligible for the funding.

To qualify, events must be held over at least one full day, attract between 100 and 600 delegates and be held in a public venue in Greater Sydney, Wollongong or Newcastle between April 1 and December 31, 2022.

Up to $60,000 is available per event, on a basis of $50 per delegate for a single day event and $100 per delegate for events which are two days or longer.

Accelerate will impact across the economy, aiding a wide range of event venues and hotels, event suppliers, catering companies and venues to re-open, re-activate, and re-instate jobs lost during the pandemic,” said NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres.

“Business events are the premium end of the visitor economy, adding millions of dollars to the NSW economy each year. Beyond that, they are also a vital stimulus to business, helping participants generate new markets, customers and growth opportunities. Accelerate is an excellent opportunity to revitalise as we all focus on getting businesses and employees back into our CBDs.”

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said funding would be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

“With the NSW Government’s slew of announcements easing restrictions over the past month, particularly the removal of the two square metre density rule and planning for a NSW Event Saver Fund well in train, we are seeing business events starting to get their mojo back,” Lewis-Smith said.

“There is a buzz starting to come back, and calendars are starting to fill as business confidence returns. There are so many new venues and new experiences being announced as the city starts to reopen.

“Accelerate is designed to provide that final impetus for people to book with organisations answering the call from their teams, their clients and their suppliers to get back face-to-face in 2022, and it will go a long way to re-energise our great city,” she said.

Application details can be found on the Meet in Sydney website.