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From the Chambers – Cessnock and Kurri Chamber of Commerce surveys

Cessnock Chamber of Commerce Survey The Cessnock Chamber of Commerce Committee is currently writing the business plan for the 2019-2020 year. This is the document that our committee works with to judge how we have performed with our programs and events. This year we want to hear what our local business community want to see…

When should I register for GST?

The goods and services tax (GST) is a broad based tax of 10% on most goods and services. A small business or sole trader must register for GST once they have an annual turnover of $75,000 ($150,000 for not-for-profits). However, this isn’t the whole story. GST registration – the nitty gritty If you aren’t registration…

Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation

Cessnock City Council is thrilled to announce we are taking the first steps in working towards our vision for a new and improved CBD.   Council has been working hard to advance the Cessnock experience for everyone. The Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation Program comprises a number of sub-projects which will deliver staged implementation of the…

Changes to Music Festival Licences

Changes to music festival licences

Changes to NSW music festival licences came into effect on March 1, 2019. They are designed to provide harm minimisation at music festivals. This applies mainly to events that are deemed to be of high risk by the NSW Department of Industry Liquor and Gaming.   What about Cessnock? The Hunter Valley is well known…

Map launch at the Visitor Information Centre

Official visitor map launched!

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent launched the first edition of the Hunter Valley Wine Country Official Visitor Map, alongside local business owners at the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre.   The map has been developed by Council in collaboration with local businesses who feature on the map. The end result is a comprehensive, user…

Hunter Valley Airshow April 6-7, 2019

Final Call for Advertisers, Sponsors and Stall holders for the Hunter Valley Airshow April 6-7, 2019. With over 10,000 people expected to attend, the Airshow offers some of the most unique advertising and marketing opportunities of the year for local businesses. There are great deals on static signage or advertisements in the programme, as well…

Cessnock City wins digital innovation award

Cessnock City Council rates high in small business digital innovation

Cessnock City Council’s economic development team have been presented with the inaugural Netstripes Digital Innovation Advocate Award on Tuesday 19 February at the ‘Bizruption’ event held in Sydney.   The Bizruption business event is supported by the NSW Business Connect program and endorsed by the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.…

Digital Marketing in Cessnock

Digital marketing for tourism and service industries

NetStripes are running a new digital marketing workshop in Cessnock for small businesses in March. It’s tailored specifically for the tourism and services Industries, although it does have wider appeal.   After they ran two successful Bootcamps in 2018, netStripes asked Cessnock businesses to tell them what they wanted to learn next. Many of you…

cyber crime grants

Grants for SME cyber health check

Cyber crime has become more prevalent. Even big players like Facebook and the Federal Government have been affected. But before you decide that your small business is too small to be of interest to hackers, or that you don’t do much on-line business think about the following.   Do you have a website or Facebook…

2019 STOMP festival April 28

From the Chambers – Cessnock STOMP Festival, Kurri networking

Cessnock STOMP Festival 2019 – Book your stall! The annual Cessnock STOMP Festival will soon be upon us. Organisers are urging local businesses to ensure they have booked their stall. Due to demand places are becoming limited.   The STOMP Festival is all set for the April 28. If previous years are anything to go by,…

It’s official! Cessnock has the best burgers

Burgerfiend in Cooper St Cessnock has received the Australian Good Food Guide’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Award for the best burger in Newcastle and the Hunter. The accolade is quite a mouthful, but then so are Burgerfiend’s delicious burgers!   Apparently the secret ingredients are the use of great local ingredients, closely followed by care and…

From the chambers – Digital Training

Hunter Region Business Hub will be running the first of its 2019 workshops for digital business skills next week, Tuesday 12 February, 10am-12pm. Entitled ‘make Google fall in love with your website’ it is designed to give you the skills to attract more customers to your website and ultimately to your business. The HUB will…