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Dear customer, I love you but I have to let you go

Breaking up is hard to do. It’s even harder when a business makes the risky decision to sever relationships with hard-earned customers. But that’s just what an increasing number of businesses are choosing to do after taking stock of whether existing commercial relationships are worth the investment.  So what does a business do when it…

250,000 training places up for grabs on the innovation and competitiveness agenda

Value-adding food and agribusiness and advanced manufacturing are two industries in line for a share of more than 250,000 training places thanks to the Federal Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. Funded through the Agenda’s Industry Skills Fund, eligible businesses can take advantage of a range of support services including: Training grant co-contributions Business growth…

Cash rate steady at 2 per cent

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Board has kept the cash rate at 2 per cent, but flagged a potential rise by the end of the year. The Board’s decision marks the third consecutive month the rate has remained unchanged. Cessnock Chamber of Commerce President Geoff Walker said it was likely the RBA’s decision to…

From a black spot to a bright spot: Mobile coverage boost in Cessnock LGA

Mobile coverage in the Cessnock LGA is set to get a boost as the Australian Government launches the first round of its programme to address mobile black spots across the nation. The Mobile Black Spot Programme is a $385 million project to deliver 499 new or upgraded mobile base stations over the next three years.…

Budget watch 2015: $20,000 instant deduction and small business tax cuts

In the 2015 Federal Budget, the government handed down what it called “the biggest small business package in our nation’s history” by passing legislation aimed at boosting businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million. Two key measures of the package included the instant deduction on assets costing less than $20,000 and the 1.5%…

Get wise, not wasted

Cessnock City Council wants local food service businesses to get wise on waste. The Wise on Waste (WoW) project is an opportunity for small to medium enterprises in the food service industry to learn how to save time and money by reducing food waste. WoW kicks off with an information night on Monday 17 August…

$39 million natural disaster bill for Cessnock LGA

A potential $39 million damage bill is just one of the key findings of Cessnock City Council’s natural disaster report released today. More than one thousand businesses were surveyed in the wake of April’s natural disaster representing a significant sample of 38% of all businesses across the Cessnock LGA.  A whopping 76% of respondents reported…

Misleading conduct and false representations top list

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) logged more than 5,000 complaints between January and June 2015 according to a recently released report. The Commission’s Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper launched the tenth edition of Small Business in Focus – a report chronicling small business and franchising complaints – at the Council for Small Business…

A toothy grin puts the bite into sales success

Securing a sale can sometimes feel like pulling teeth – but sales expert Vanessa Van Wyk says her top tip for achieving sales success is to just show a toothy grin! Leading industry expert Vanessa delivered an engaging and insightful presentation in June as part of Council’s Business Leadership Workshop Series, saying: “The key to…

Council’s new tool to Advance Cessnock City

Council’s newest business support initiative, Advance Cessnock City, is a one stop online shop for everything businesses need to know about carrying out commercial activities in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). Advance Cessnock City is a strategic partnership between Cessnock City Council and all local Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations across the region.…

Budget watch 2015: Employment grants and incentives

A number of employment subsidies and incentives were announced or extended in the recent 2015 State and Federal Government budgets. Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer. NSW State Government subsidies In an effort to boost employment in the state, the NSW Government announced the Small Business Employment Incentive as well as an extension of…

Butt out: new outdoor smoking bans take effect

The New South Wales Government’s new outdoor smoking bans mean businesses now run the risk of a $5,500 fine for patrons caught lighting up at the dinner table. On Monday 6 July 2015 the Smoke-free Laws were extended to include a ban on smoking within four metres of a commercial outdoor dining area, in-line with…