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Staff safety and Christmas parties

Christmas parties are a time to let your hair down and have a laugh with your employees and co-workers. But there are things to remember so that everyone has a good time without any negative fallout.   Before the event Remind staff that although this is a party acceptable workplace behaviours still apply. Reinforce your…

Networking Event

Join us for a networking event and Christmas drinks 11 December 2018 5.30 – 7.30pm Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin Register HERE by 10 December 2018   Why should you come to a networking event? Take a look at this article on networking published on the ACC website on this…

Christmas parties and the tax department

It’s that time of year, the silly season has officially started. So what things do you need to consider in regard to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) when you organise your work Christmas party? There are probably two main areas an employer needs to concern themselves with; Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) and tax deductibility.  …

Reduce your business electricity costs

Are you paying too much for electricity? OK, stupid question, but with summer heat poised to increase everyone’s power bill, it might be time to see if you can keep your costs down. The NSW Business Chamber is trying to help businesses, great and small, to reduce the amount they pay for electricity. Compare, switch…

Are you planning for success?

Thinking about starting your own business in the Cessnock area? In the world of start-ups, it can seem like you need to be able to blog about your multi-million-dollar turnover (which you made in your first year) before you can consider yourself a success. The capacity to innovate or to come up with something fresh…

Creative employment growing at twice Australian workforce

Advance Cessnock City recently supported an event at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery called Art After Hours – Arty Party. It was an information and networking event for members of the creative industries and ran as part of Small Business Month. The event was an opportunity to support an industry many might overlook as a…

Cessnock wins national economic development award

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team have been recognised at a national level at the National Economic Development Awards 2018 held in Rockhampton. Council’s Cessnock City Youth First Employment Project and National Toolkit took out the nation’s top prize for Economic Development Strategic Thinking. Council’s unique business platform Advance Cessnock City was also recognised as…

Small businesses celebrated in Cessnock!

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team was pleased with the success of their recent Advance Cessnock City Let’s Talk Business seminar. Held on 24 October as part of NSW Small Business Month, the business event featured small business expert Mark Carter and a panel of seven local business high achievers. The event attracted over 75…

How to motivate your staff

You may be surprised to hear that 76% of Australian employees are unmotivated at work. According to a recent Gallup poll, 60% of Australian employees are ‘not engaged’, meaning they lack motivation and 16% are ‘actively disengaged’, indicating they are not only unhappy and unproductive at work, they are liable to spread negativity to co-workers.…

Incubator Event Fund grants up to 20K – now open!

The NSW Government is calling for organisers of all new events planned to be held in rural and regional NSW from January to June next year, to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to help attract more visitors and boost local economies. The Incubator Event Fund supports the establishment of new events with a…

Free workshop for local landholders

Cessnock City Council is partnering with Hunter Local Land Services (HLLS) and Hunter Region Landcare Network (HRLN) to deliver a series of landholder workshops across the Cessnock local government area in early 2019.   The principal focus will be finding out how HLLS and HRLN can support agricultural enterprises in the area undertaking land care…

The Digital Bootcamp is back!

A comprehensive program to deliver awareness and deep insights of what’s required to succeed in the digital world. The program is comprises 1 full day of workshops which deliver business owners a significant shift in the knowledge they require to run their businesses using digital strategies. Date: 20 November 2018 Time:      9am – 6.30pm Venue:    Cessnock Leagues…