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Fair Work Ombudsman website has templates for businesses to use

Hiring staff – getting the paperwork right

Being in business can be a daunting proposition. The owner of a small business has to be a Jack (or Jill) of all trades, or at least be across what is supposed to be happening in all aspects of their business. It’s easy to hire a new employee and plan to get back to complete…

Beware of EOFY scams purporting to be from the ATO

ATO scams

The end of financial year (EOFY) is looming and that means…a new round of scams. As account departments and small business owners’ ramp up to finalise their EOFY accounts and compute their group certificates, cybercrime also increases.     According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Australian business reported more than 5800 scams…

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?…

Learn how to do business with Cessnock Council

How to do business with Cessnock Council

Did you know that Cessnock City Council is a big customer when it comes to business and we love to buy locally! To make doing business with us easier we are launching an everything you need to know guide, to get us working better together.   In an effort to take the confusion out of…

Cooper and Charlton Streets “Under Construction”

The Cessnock CBD will be a hive of activity as upgrade works commence on Cooper and Charlton Street at the end of the month. Residents are asked to be patient as detours will be in place throughout construction.   The Stage 1.1 works are part of delivering the Cessnock CBD Master Plan and associated Cessnock…

Business Excellence Awards 2019 now open

Nominations for Business Excellence Awards now open!

It’s that time of the year again, time to nominate your business for the Hunter Regions Business Excellence Awards 2019.   Entering your business into these prestigious awards is an incredible opportunity to gain public recognition for the energy you and your team have put into building a solid business.   Unlike other Awards, the…

Business Connect Bus coming to Pokolbin

Business Connect Bus coming back to Cessnock

The Business Connect Bus will be rolling back into Cessnock on Thursday May 30, 2019. It will be in the car park of the Cessnock Leagues Club from 9am to 3pm. So come along if you need assistance with business strategies including, marketing, financial planning and legal advice.   The team from the Business Bus…

Cessnock CBD ‘under construction’

Cessnock’s CBD will shortly be ‘under construction’ as works ramp up to deliver the Cessnock CBD Master Plan and associated Cessnock Commercial Precinct Project.   The vision for the CBD includes thriving retail opportunities, easy access to car parking and well connected, visually appealing public spaces. The new CBD will feature wayfinding signage, cycling opportunities…

Cessnock City businesses are the winners

Cessnock named in top ten cities thanks to our businesses

The secret is out, Cessnock has been named on TripAdvisor’s top 10 cities, as part of its Travellers’ Choice awards. It won’t come as a surprise to locals that Cessnock is one of the best locations to visit in Australia. Our businesses offer a high level of friendly customer service in Cessnock City which 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…

Employment facilitator sought ahead of Liddell closure

An Employment Facilitator is being sought for the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales from 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2022. The Facilitator will provide on-the-ground assistance to help the region prepare to successfully transition ahead of the closure of the Liddell power station in 2022. The facilitator will engage directly with local…

Restricted trading on Public Holidays

Restricted trading on Public Holidays: are you allowed to open?

What are restricted trading days? Under the Retail Trading Act 2008, some days are considered ‘restricted’.  Larger businesses cannot open on these days unless they have obtained an exemption from NSW Fair Trading and are allowed to operate. The following days are restricted days: Good Friday Easter Sunday ANZAC Day (until 1pm) Christmas Day Boxing Day….