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Energy costs looming over small businesses

Energy costs looming over small businesses     The energy debate rages on in Australia while small businesses across the state deal with increasing prices and a lack of decision-making about future energy investments.   Effects on Business The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reported in their recently published Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry that retail […]

Compensation just got easier

 Compensation just got easier   From January 2018, icare (formerly WorkCover) is changing how insurance claims are dealt with. The new claim service model is set to improve the claims process for injured employers and workers.   Injuries will be able to be reported using an online form, along with the existing reporting methods of […]

Identity theft for business; protect your brand

  Identity theft for business… Protect your brand.   Identity theft can be easier than you think.   Did you know that registering your business name with Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) or purchasing a domain name does not give you the exclusive rights to use that name?   Is your business name worth […]

Amazon has landed in Australia, and it’s not all bad news

Amazon has landed in Australia, and it’s not all bad news   Amazon opened its digital doors in Australia just weeks before Christmas.   Worth over half a trillion US dollars, the company has consistently altered purchasing habits wherever they set up shop. The recently trialed ‘Amazon Go’ is a checkout-free supermarket where you simply […]

Cessnock City Council paves the way for Australia’s youth

  Cessnock City Council paves the way for Australia’s youth   Cessnock City Council officially launched the Youth First Program Toolkit today giving councils across Australia the tools to support young people to be job ready.   The Cessnock City Youth First initiative was born following the Hunter Valley Youth Unemployment Symposium facilitated by Cessnock […]

‘Smoko’ breaks or extra holidays?

‘Smoko’ breaks or extra holidays?   Non- Smoker? How about some extra paid holidays on the house?   Would your boss provide you extra paid leave entitlements because you were a non-smoker?   A Japanese marketing firm has provided non-smoking employees 6 extra days of paid holidays.   The move came after non-smoking staff complained […]

Santa is bringing 80 jobs to Cessnock this Christmas

  Santa is bringing jobs to Cessnock this Christmas       Choosing to shop local is always a great investment into your community. Buying local this Christmas has a direct impact on the viability of our region’s economy as well as jobs.   If local residents could consciously invest their Christmas spend towards local […]

Christmas tips for your peace of mind

Christmas tips for your peace of mind     With the Christmas season around the corner there is plenty for business owners to remember. These Christmas tips will help you enjoy the season without worry.   It’s bonus time: Giving something back to employees in a cash bonus or gift is a great way to show […]

NSW sitting pretty on State of the States

NSW sitting pretty on State of the States     CommSec’s quarterly “State of the States” report ranks all of  Australia’s states and territories according to economic indicators including retail spending, population growth, construction work and home finance lending. According to the eight indicators, NSW is the best performing economy in Australia. Victoria, which has […]

Hemp: A high point for Australian Agri-business and foodies

Hemp: A high point for Australian Agri-business and foodies   From 12 November 2017, low-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Hemp Seed foods will be allowed for sale in Australia and New Zealand. This change opens up a new realm of opportunity for agri-business and niche gourmet markets seeking the next ‘superfood’.   The industry is worth $US570 million […]