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Micro Businesses and Single Touch Payroll

By now most people have heard of Single Touch Payroll (STP). If not, it’s a relatively new process that requires businesses to report employee earnings and superannuation to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) each pay period via an online report. This has been rolled out progressively since 1 July 2018 for large businesses, and 1…

Business from biodiversity brainstorm – 19 November

Cessnock City Council is calling on local businesses to take part in a brainstorming workshop to discuss how Cessnock’s biodiversity can be used to market our area and broaden activities available to visitors. The workshop will take place at the Pokolbin Community Hall from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 19 November and all interested businesses…

Cessnock businesses optimistic about the future in the shadow of an economic downturn

Lately when you watch the news, or read your news feed, you are bombarded with the prediction of the impending economic downturn, but it seems Cessnock business owners are optimistic about the future.   The recent business survey in the Cessnock LGA shows that our local businesses are largely optimistic about the future of their…

WANTED – feedback from visitor economy businesses – closes 18 October

If you are an accommodation provider, restaurant owner, retailer or tourism operator, the NSW Government wants to hear from you. They are conducting an online survey which they hope will give them insights into the sector. The survey is part of the NSW Government’s Visitor Economy Index (VEX) – an initiative of the Visitor Economy…

First it was “Champagne,” now other foodstuffs to be renamed

Calling food and beverages produced in Australia by European names could be a thing of the past if the European Union (EU) has anything to say about it.   It started with champagne, now members of the EU want to review a long list of product names in the lead up to the Free Trade…

Government to help women establish start-ups

The Department of Industry Innovation and Science is calling for people interested in helping in the development of a funding framework to support start-ups for women. They are currently conducting both a face-to-face and survey based consultation process to help with the design of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative. The consultation process closes 4 October…

Water restrictions – what does it mean for businesses?

With local dam levels hovering at around 60%, and a bleak outlook for rain over the coming months, Hunter Water advises that Level 1 water restriction start today. So what does this mean for businesses?     Level 1 restrictions will not have major impacts for many businesses as this stage (see table below). Major…

Working from home or running a home based business – the tax implications

In Australia nearly 1 million people run a business from their home. But how does running a home based business differ from working from home? What does it mean for you in terms of tax deductions and potential capital gains tax?     Running a business from home means you have set up a small…

Tax apps saving time and money

Keeping track of your finances in a small business can be a full time job. Tools that make this less of a headache can save you time and your sanity at tax time. There are numerous receipt scanning apps out there that can do a range of different things.     Some apps just take…

Debt recovery apps are a low cost way to improve small business processes

Debt recovery app getting results

Cash flow is the life blood of any business, it needs to keep flowing or the business dies. It is estimated that Australian small businesses are currently owed $26 billion dollars. But what can you do to get your overdue accounts paid?       Well there’s an app for everything these days. The debt…

Advancing Cessnock City through business engagement

Council’s economic development team is determined to make the region a better place to do business! Under the Advance Cessnock City partnership, the team are rolling out a survey to better understand the capacity of local businesses. Mayor of Cessnock, Councillor Bob Pynsent, urges local businesses to participate by completing a short 8-10 minute survey….

the alternative to drink driving

New drink driving penalties. Will they affect your business?

New drink driving penalties came into effect on May 20, 2019. If you blow over .05 it now means an automatic suspension of your driver’s licence. What might the changes mean for businesses in the hospitality industry? And, at the same time, what can the industry do to ensure that it doesn’t affect their business?…

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