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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…

There have been changes to hospitality awards for staff termination pay

Changes to Restaurant and Wine Industry Awards

The Fair Work Commission has announced changes to both the Restaurant and Wine Industry Awards. The changes relate specifically to the timing of final wages and entitlements after termination, which came into effect on 6 September 2019. Restaurant Industry Award changes Casual employees must be paid all money owed at the end of their final…

Retrenching an employee: where can you get help?

Everybody knows someone who has been retrenched. While it can be devastating for the person being retrenched, it can also be an anxious and upsetting time for the manager who has to deliver the news. An Employment Facilitator (EF) for the Hunter region, Warrick Jordan, has been hired by the Australian Government to assist in…

Sponsorship opportunity! Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards

Expression of Interest by 25 September 2019 Promotional Opportunity for Local Business at November Event About the event: Since 1981, the Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Program has been rewarding and recognising projects around litter reduction, waste management, recycling, heritage, community spirit and other environmental areas in towns both large and small across the breadth…

Can’t retain good staff? You may be making these mistakes

Recruiting and keeping great staff can be a big challenge and expense for small businesses. Are you making any of these common mistakes when you’re hiring? Mistake 1: Making it all about the money Paying good money is important in attracting great employees, but it doesn’t necessarily keep them. Offer other benefits, such as flexible…

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…

Cessnock retailers fight back against shoplifters

In the current economic environment, achieving a healthy revenue stream has been tough enough without shoplifters eating into your bottom line.   While new figures show Australia has seen a spike in shoplifting, incidents have remained stable in Cessnock but Cessnock Police say any crime is too much. Cessnock Chief Inspector Michael Gorman said there…

Winners at the recent awards

STEM program takes out top prizes

A program that has positioned Cessnock as a national leader in STEM education is continuing to take out accolades.     The NSW Department of Education’s STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) program was announced a winner in the NSW Minister’s and Secretary’s Award for Excellence on August 27. SISP, of which Cessnock City Council is…

supporting Cessnock youth to be job ready

Call for Cessnock businesses to support youth job-ready program

New South Wales’ Police Commissioner has been championing a strategy called RISEUP, which was started last year to connect at risk young people with local jobs. Now the PCYC is seeking letters of support from local businesses to secure grants to establish the program in Cessnock.   At its launch in August last year, Commissioner…

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From the Chambers – NEIS Award Winner and Finalists Business Excellence Awards

Local takes out National NEIS award for Best New Business A small business from the Hunter took out the top Award at the National NEIS awards annual presentation evening on Monday evening 26th August in Sydney! Gina Wilks commenced Achieving Solutions through the NEIS program in April 2018, after completing her business training. Her dream…

Council tests new partnership with STEM education for longer term employment outcomes

Council’s teaming up with STEM Industry School Partnerships Program The Cessnock Local Government Area is the home of STEM education in Australia, and Cessnock City Council is breaking new ground forging a fresh partnership.   Council and the STEM Industry School Partnerships Program (SISP) will partner to champion how local government can play a leadership…

5 tech tips for small business

One in five Australian small businesses lose up to five working weeks to technology woes, new research has found. Melbourne-based digital agency WebOracle surveyed more than 200 Australian small business operators and owners aged between 25 and 54 on the most common IT woes and the impact on their business. More than half of those…