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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…

Micro Businesses and Single Touch Payroll

By now most people have heard of Single Touch Payroll (STP). If not, it’s a relatively new process that requires businesses to report employee earnings and superannuation to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) each pay period via an online report. This has been rolled out progressively since 1 July 2018 for large businesses, and 1…

Business from biodiversity brainstorm – 19 November

Cessnock City Council is calling on local businesses to take part in a brainstorming workshop to discuss how Cessnock’s biodiversity can be used to market our area and broaden activities available to visitors. The workshop will take place at the Pokolbin Community Hall from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 19 November and all interested businesses…

Hunter Wine. A History – 31 October

Join wine historian, Dr Julie McIntyre, as she delves into the history of wine in the Hunter Valley on Thursday 31 October from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at Cessnock Library. Co-author of Hunter Wine: A History, Dr McIntyre will share insights covering our history all the way back 1828. Dr McIntyre will talk through six generations…

Feedback wanted from viticulture stakeholders on Diploma at Kurri TAFE

Over the past 18 months The Industry Skills Council and Skills Impact have conducted a review into the Viticulture Diploma Training Package, which was recently endorsed by the Federal Government. A summary is found below with a request for feedback on the make up of the new course. At the start of this project industry…

Cessnock businesses optimistic about the future in the shadow of an economic downturn

Lately when you watch the news, or read your news feed, you are bombarded with the prediction of the impending economic downturn, but it seems Cessnock business owners are optimistic about the future.   The recent business survey in the Cessnock LGA shows that our local businesses are largely optimistic about the future of their…

WANTED – feedback from visitor economy businesses – closes 18 October

If you are an accommodation provider, restaurant owner, retailer or tourism operator, the NSW Government wants to hear from you. They are conducting an online survey which they hope will give them insights into the sector. The survey is part of the NSW Government’s Visitor Economy Index (VEX) – an initiative of the Visitor Economy…

Business opportunity – How to become an NDIS provider

One in five people in Australia are identified as having a disability, and many are covered by the NDIS. As a result, there has been an increase in business opportunities to supply goods and services from outside of the service areas traditionally associated with the disability sector.     Types of businesses include: Financial assistance…