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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…

superannuation under the spotlight

Superannuation under the spotlight

The end of the financial year is fast approaching and it’s time to make sure you have all your ducks in a row when it comes to employee superannuation.   In recent months there has been an increase in reports in the media of employers not fulfilling their financial obligations to their staff. This is…

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…

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Hunter Valley Sommeliers – Youth Scholarship Opportunity

Youth Scholarship Opportunity Hunter Valley Sommeliers is all about progressing wine education for those involved in the local wine and hospitality industries. Their monthly wine dinners and masterclasses with industry leaders are designed to educate the palate, hone the senses and improve wine evaluation and appreciation skills. They are excited to announce that for the…

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…

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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…

Inviting businesses to support companion cards

The Companion Card program is a not for profit program funded by the NSW Government. It is designed to ensure people with significant and permanent disabilities that need a carer with them at all times are able to participate in community based activities and venues. The card itself is the size of a credit card,…

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.…

Pay rates for public holidays

Pay rates for public holidays

As you’re probably aware the Easter long weekend starts this Friday. And due to the seemingly random way the Easter calendar works, this year it falls near Anzac Day. So what should you pay your staff if they work on public holidays? Which days are public holidays? Public holidays differ from state to state. In…

calculating surcharges

Surcharges on menus and credit cards

It is quite common to see that a surcharge will be charged for Sundays and public holidays on menus in cafes and restaurants. But as a business are you legally allowed to apply a surcharge and if so, how much?   Yes, restaurants and cafes are allowed to charge a surcharge on Sundays and public…