STRICTLY LIMITED NUMBERS. Register   Up to 78% of NSW businesses are not participating in the digital economy. Digital disruption and innovation increasingly affects every business. Thanks to NSW Business Connect, a new program of workshops has been scheduled in February 2017 to help our local businesses tackle these issues head on. The NSW […]

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 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 […]

The Mine Shaft Restaurant   The Mine Shaft Restaurant provides award winning service, a whole-food menu and delicious deserts, coupled with local organic wines (wine list soon to be expanded) and the option to bring your own wine.   Opening just over two years ago, The Mine Shaft Restaurant also offers off-site catering for local […]

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 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?   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 […]

Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum   The Coalfields Heritage Group is the regional history society, who have twice in the past decade taken out the Cessnock City’s Annual Heritage Award, including 2017, for its management of Kurri’s Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum, now celebrating its 46th year. The museum building is the 116 year old […]

  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 […]