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Resources for Regions projects submitted for Kurri Kurri and Branxton- Greta

Cessnock City Council has put in expressions of interest for two projects to be funded under the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program, totalling $6.77 million! The two projects submitted under expressions of interest under the program included: Kurri Kurri Commercial Centre Upgrade – Stage 1 – To enable the upgrade of the Kurri Kurri Commercial…

Business confidence reaches highest levels since 2009

Australian small and medium businesses (SMB) are more confident in 2018, with NSW regional businesses in particular feeling increasingly secure about their economic futures. The latest Sensis Business Index (SBI) survey data reveals that business confidence has increased across Australia (the only exception was a 1 point decrease in Victoria). The June quarter saw an…

Instagram for business – the changes

Many small businesses are benefiting from having Instagram in their social media marketing mix. Instagram is a great platform for sharing images, and bides well for food businesses, the fitness industry, as well as other types of business including design, photography, and tourism; among many others. Instagram has been changing and testing a few changes of…

Pay rise for modern award employees & new minimum wage

Did you notice a small pay rise starting in July 2018? This might be thanks to a rise in the minimum wage in modern awards set by the Fair Work Commission. In Australia 2.3 million employees have their pays set by an award and in June 2018, the Fair Work Commission completed its annual wage…

Energy cost shock for small business

Australian small businesses are fed up with their energy retailers. This is the finding of the Retail Energy Competition Review which has revealed smaller businesses are increasingly frustrated when purchasing electricity and gas from energy retailers. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released its annual Retail Energy Competition Review which looks into customer satisfaction, levels of consumer…

Aussie jobs boost

An annual jobs report produced by the Department of Jobs and Small Business shows that labour market conditions have improved considerably. Australian Jobs 2018 was released in May 2018, and offers a comprehensive review of the Australian labour market and job situation. Employment between January 2017 and January 2018 had increased by 3.3 per cent which…

Selling Food Products? Check your labels comply.

Do you grow, produce, manufacture, distribute, import or sell food products? Make sure you comply with the Country of Origin food labelling requirements. The two-year transition period commenced in 2016 for new labelling requirements which are now mandatory as of 1 July 2018.  Under the law, Food products sold in Australian retail outlets must display a label…

Free discount and entertainment guide for residents launched

From Monday 16 July, residents of Cessnock City will be invited to collect their Resident’s Buy Local Guide. This special magazine is part of a new ‘Buy Local’ campaign developed by Cessnock City Council under the Advance Cessnock City partnership, in order to encourage residents to support more local businesses. The Guide is a useful…

Another funding boost to help local business

Cessnock City Council has been allocated $15,000 towards a $30,000 Business Capability Study under the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Community Investment Stream. This funding boost was the result of a successful application to the BBRF and Council will now be able to expand the program to ensure more businesses are engaged. The…

Small business wins from personal income tax cuts

Small businesses may benefit from the new income tax laws passed in the Senate in June.  The new legislation means as of 1 July 2018, anyone earning between $19,000 and $90,000 will receive a personal income tax cut. The owners of 1.3 million unincorporated small sized businesses in Australia who earn up to $90,000 will…

No plastic bags in supermarkets. What about small business?

Plastic bags were banned by supermarkets as of 1 July 2018, under a new system of self-imposed bans in NSW. However, where does this leave the huge proportion of small businesses selling retail goods? Woolworths and its liquor brand BWS stopped offering single use plastic bags on 20 June 2018. Coles, IGA and Big W…

Council launch ‘Easy to do Business’ initiative

Council launch ‘Easy to do Business’ initiative Cessnock City Council has launched Service NSW ‘Easy to do Business’ initiative that will make it easier for those looking to open a small business or grow their existing business. L-R: Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC, Marlene Fulham owner of Burgerfiend Restaurant in Cessnock, and…