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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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Assisting SMEs with financial services complaints

Small business owners have to deal with a wide range of issues while running a business.  When problems with financial products, services or advice arise they can be time consuming and expensive. The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) can help. AFCA is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation. They assist small businesses resolve financial services complaints….

superannuation under the spotlight

Superannuation under the spotlight

The end of the financial year is fast approaching and it’s time to make sure you have all your ducks in a row when it comes to employee superannuation.   In recent months there has been an increase in reports in the media of employers not fulfilling their financial obligations to their staff. This is…

Cessnock City Council

Doing business with Cessnock City Council

Cessnock City Council is pleased to advise that they have implemented VendorPanel Marketplace to simplify their procurement process.   VendorPanel is a secure web based procurement service used by hundreds of organisations including Government departments.   It’s an easy to navigate system that’s entirely FREE for suppliers, with no costs for signing up, receiving notifications…

Single Touch Payroll

Say goodbye to group certificates

Since July 1, 2018 businesses with more than 19 employees have been required to report their employees’ wages/salaries, tax and super to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) through Single Touch Payroll (STP). From July 1, 2019 this will now be extended to include businesses with 19 or fewer employees. Once the changeover has been made…

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From the Chambers – Cessnock and Kurri Chamber of Commerce surveys

Cessnock Chamber of Commerce Survey The Cessnock Chamber of Commerce Committee is currently writing the business plan for the 2019-2020 year. This is the document that our committee works with to judge how we have performed with our programs and events. This year we want to hear what our local business community want to see…

When should I register for GST?

The goods and services tax (GST) is a broad based tax of 10% on most goods and services. A small business or sole trader must register for GST once they have an annual turnover of $75,000 ($150,000 for not-for-profits). However, this isn’t the whole story. GST registration – the nitty gritty If you aren’t registration…

Changes to Music Festival Licences

Changes to music festival licences

Changes to NSW music festival licences came into effect on March 1, 2019. They are designed to provide harm minimisation at music festivals. This applies mainly to events that are deemed to be of high risk by the NSW Department of Industry Liquor and Gaming.   What about Cessnock? The Hunter Valley is well known…

It’s official! Cessnock has the best burgers

Burgerfiend in Cooper St Cessnock has received the Australian Good Food Guide’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Award for the best burger in Newcastle and the Hunter. The accolade is quite a mouthful, but then so are Burgerfiend’s delicious burgers!   Apparently the secret ingredients are the use of great local ingredients, closely followed by care and…