Quick Cut

Business in Profile: Quick Cut Concrete Cutting Specialists   Quick Cut are the Hunter Region’s concrete cutting specialists. They opened their doors in Cessnock 13 months ago and have a staff of three. Their staff all have extensive construction industry experience.   “Our staff are also put through an intensive training program” says Lana Hayes, […]

Business confidence reaches highest levels since 2009   Australian small and medium businesses (SMB) are more confident in 2018, with NSW regional businesses in particular feeling increasingly secure about their economic futures. The latest Sensis Business Index (SBI) survey data reveals that business confidence has increased across Australia (the only exception was a 1 point […]

Instagram for business – the changes Many small businesses are benefiting from having Instagram in their social media marketing mix. Instagram is a great platform for sharing images, and bides well for food businesses, the fitness industry, as well as other types of business including design, photography, and tourism; among many others.   Instagram has been […]

Pay rise for modern award employees & new minimum wage   Did you notice a small pay rise starting in July 2018? This might be thanks to a rise in the minimum wage in modern awards set by the Fair Work Commission.   In Australia 2.3 million employees have their pays set by an award […]

Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery

Business in Profile – Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery   Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery opened on July 2, 2018 in the Hunter Valley’s picturesque town of Pokolbin. Open seven days a week from 7am to 3pm,  Fawk has a focus on locally sourced products; foraged ingredients, local bacon, free range eggs and Fawk Foods’ […]

Energy cost shock for small business Australian small businesses are fed up with their energy retailers. This is the finding of the Retail Energy Competition Review which has revealed smaller businesses are increasingly frustrated when purchasing electricity and gas from energy retailers. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released its annual Retail Energy Competition Review […]

Aussie jobs boost

Aussie jobs boost An annual jobs report produced by the Department of Jobs and Small Business shows that labour market conditions have improved considerably. Australian Jobs 2018 was released in May 2018, and offers a comprehensive review of the Australian labour market and job situation. Employment between January 2017 and January 2018 had increased by […]

Selling Food Products? Check your labels comply.   Do you grow, produce, manufacture, distribute, import or sell food products? Make sure you comply with the Country of Origin food labelling requirements.   The two-year transition period commenced in 2016 for new labelling requirements which are now mandatory as of 1 July 2018.  Under the law, Food products […]

Free discount and entertainment guide for residents launched From Monday 16 July, residents of Cessnock City will be invited to collect their Resident’s Buy Local Guide. This special magazine is part of a new ‘Buy Local’ campaign developed by Cessnock City Council under the Advance Cessnock City partnership, in order to encourage residents to support […]

Greg’s Espresso Bar

Business in Profile: Greg’s Espresso Bar   Only newly opened for a few weeks, this fresh coffee bar is located in Cooper Street Cessnock.  They have a very small team, with business owners Greg and Oonagh Joyce at the helm with their chef Mary.   Greg’s Espresso Bar is all about great coffee and delicious […]