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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…