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Business Energy Advice Program (beap)

Rising energy costs are hurting small businesses across Australia. That’s why the Australian Government is funding two new initiatives, under the Business Energy Advice Program (beap), that aim to help small businesses find energy savings. Whatever business you’re in, their business experts can recommend tailored advice aimed at reducing your energy costs. Whether it’s understanding…

First it was “Champagne,” now other foodstuffs to be renamed

Calling food and beverages produced in Australia by European names could be a thing of the past if the European Union (EU) has anything to say about it.   It started with champagne, now members of the EU want to review a long list of product names in the lead up to the Free Trade…

Two thirds of Australian workers experience bullying

Bullying is often in the media, although it’s usually linked to the behaviour of school age children. But according to findings from a recent study by the University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia ranked sixth worst for workplace bullying when compared to 31 European countries. Cultures that lead to bullying Lead researcher, Associate Professor Michelle…

Government to help women establish start-ups

The Department of Industry Innovation and Science is calling for people interested in helping in the development of a funding framework to support start-ups for women. They are currently conducting both a face-to-face and survey based consultation process to help with the design of the Boosting Female Founders Initiative. The consultation process closes 4 October…

Winners showcase the valley’s business excellence – From the Chambers

For the second year an entrant from the Professional Services category was not only winner of their category, but also overall winner of the Business of the Year – Palfreyman Chartered Accountants located in Cessnock, who provide a wide range of accountancy and financial planning services. Simone Palfreyman was our 2018 Business Woman of the…

Using bcc on emails can avoid a data breach in your business

Many people don’t realise why emails have a bcc field. Most email platforms have a function called blind carbon copy (bcc), which means that you can send an email out to a large group of people without sharing their email addresses amongst the recipients. But why is this important? Sharing email addresses to a wide…

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…