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Christmas Display Competition

    It’s Competition Time! Help light up Cessnock this Christmas by simply decorating your shop front in this year’s festive season Christmas Display Competition an initiative of Cessnock Chamber of Commerce. 3 prizes valued at $200.00 are on offer for the following categories: Best light display in the evening Best window display in the…

New Hunter Valley Jobs website launches

Cessnock City Council is urging businesses to assist in the test phase of a new local jobs portal and list their position vacancies for free. The new website, cessnockjobs.com.au, is being piloted to make hiring easier for Hunter Valley employers and job seekers.   The website is a one-stop online shop where businesses can advertise…

Gender pay gap still ‘disappointing’ in Australia

  This year’s Gender Equality Scorecard by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has found across all industries that men are still taking home, on average, $25,000 more a year than women. Women are still hitting the glass ceiling at the highest levels. The number of female CEOs has stalled and Australia’s boardroom tables remain dominated…

Wineries sell more wine direct to consumer

Winemakers producing up to 5,000 cases of wine a year are selling more than half their wine direct to the consumer. The figures, from a new report published by Wine Australia, reflect long-term changes in the way Australians are buying their wine. The smaller the wine producer, the greater the direct-to-consumer sales as a proportion of…

Taskforce to slash red tape for small business

  The Federal Government hopes to cut back on the barriers to small business growth by slashing regulatory red tape across a number of areas. It has announced a new deregulation taskforce which will reduce regulatory burdens to allow small and micro businesses to get up and running sooner. The Australian Small Business and Family…

From the Chambers: December 2019 – Kurri Kurri Towns with Hearts

TOWNS WITH HEART NEWS Two new murals unveiled November saw the completion of two new murals for Kurri Kurri. The Women of World War I mural was created by local artists Peter Sesselmann and Stevi Cannon and is located on the Allworth Street wall of the Kurri Kurri Library. This mural recognises the role of…

Driver’s licences now available on phones

  Businesses such as bars, banks, hotels and tobacco retailers can opt-in to accept new digital licences, according to NSW Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello. The technology has been rolled out state-wide following a successful trial. It means drivers can now have the ID on their smartphones. Businesses that check licences will get real-time…

Popular furniture chains fined over misleading price

  Four well-known furniture chains have come under criticism for allegedly advertising sham ‘was/now’ sales prices. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has accused them of manipulating prices to create more attractive advertisements. The retailers, including Plush, Koala Living, Early Settler and OzDesign Furniture will each have to pay $12,500 following an investigation by…

If you spend local, Santa will create 62 jobs…

  If each Cessnock resident spends $100 more within the Cessnock Local Government Area this Christmas, the combined impact of this spend would have the potential to add 62 jobs to our local economy. That’s the findings of economic impact modelling by Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team. If local residents could consciously invest their Christmas spend towards…

Four-day work week boosts worker productivity by 40%

Microsoft Japan tested a four-day work week and has found the experiment a huge boon to employee productivity.     The tech giant recorded an almost 40% jump in productivity levels after cutting its work hours as part of a wider project to promote healthier work-life balance. The experiment called Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019, gave…

Free listings for regional businesses in Christmas campaign

Businesses can list their details on the NSW Government’s Buy Regional hub in the lead up to the Christmas shopping rush.   The NSW Government this week launched a campaign to attract metro-shoppers to buy from the regions. The free online hub includes information to help local businesses create an online presence to sell direct…

Retail sales miss expectations in September

Australian retail spending slowed during September, landing below the level predicted by economists and experienced during the previous month.     Retail turnover rose 0.2 per cent in the month according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), compared to the 0.4 per cent growth seen in August, and the 0.4 per cent expected by…

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