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Cessnock retailers fight back against shoplifters

In the current economic environment, achieving a healthy revenue stream has been tough enough without shoplifters eating into your bottom line.   While new figures show Australia has seen a spike in shoplifting, incidents have remained stable in Cessnock but Cessnock Police say any crime is too much. Cessnock Chief Inspector Michael Gorman said there…

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STEM program takes out top prizes

A program that has positioned Cessnock as a national leader in STEM education is continuing to take out accolades.     The NSW Department of Education’s STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) program was announced a winner in the NSW Minister’s and Secretary’s Award for Excellence on August 27. SISP, of which Cessnock City Council is…

supporting Cessnock youth to be job ready

Call for Cessnock businesses to support youth job-ready program

New South Wales’ Police Commissioner has been championing a strategy called RISEUP, which was started last year to connect at risk young people with local jobs. Now the PCYC is seeking letters of support from local businesses to secure grants to establish the program in Cessnock.   At its launch in August last year, Commissioner…

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From the Chambers – NEIS Award Winner and Finalists Business Excellence Awards

Local takes out National NEIS award for Best New Business A small business from the Hunter took out the top Award at the National NEIS awards annual presentation evening on Monday evening 26th August in Sydney! Gina Wilks commenced Achieving Solutions through the NEIS program in April 2018, after completing her business training. Her dream…

Council tests new partnership with STEM education for longer term employment outcomes

Council’s teaming up with STEM Industry School Partnerships Program The Cessnock Local Government Area is the home of STEM education in Australia, and Cessnock City Council is breaking new ground forging a fresh partnership.   Council and the STEM Industry School Partnerships Program (SISP) will partner to champion how local government can play a leadership…

5 tech tips for small business

One in five Australian small businesses lose up to five working weeks to technology woes, new research has found. Melbourne-based digital agency WebOracle surveyed more than 200 Australian small business operators and owners aged between 25 and 54 on the most common IT woes and the impact on their business. More than half of those…

City dwellers could halve their mortgage and commuting distance

Residents of outer suburbs in some of Australia’s biggest cities would be financially better off living in regional centres, new research shows. City dwellers could take a slight pay cut to drastically reduce their mortgage by moving to regional towns, according to a new Regional Australia Institute (RAI) report. The institute’s Co-Chief Executive Dr Kim…

Major Grant secured for Kurri Kurri

$3.65 million secured for Kurri Kurri commercial centre upgrade Cessnock City Council has secured $3.65 million under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Resources for Regions Fund to commence the Commercial Centre Masterplan for Kurri Kurri. The Masterplan was developed in consultation with the community to meet the evolving needs of Kurri Kurri residents. The upgrades…

Want to have your say on the future of the local vineyard district?

Cessnock City Council is encouraging residents, visitors and businesses to undertake a quick survey about the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) Vineyard District. Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent encouraged people to take the time to provide their views. “The results of the survey will help guide future policy development for the Vineyards District. Council…

A clean tax record is required to tender for major government contracts

Clean tax record required for government tender bids

New rules require companies to prove they have a clean tax record when tendering for major government contracts.   Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell welcomed the change, but said more needs to be done to protect small businesses subcontracted to these projects.     What do the new rules involve? From…

Cellar door and wine export grants available

Cellar Door and Wine Export Grants now open

Wine Tourism and Cellar Door grants Applications have opened for Wine Australia’s Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants program for 2019. To be eligible you must produce wine in Australia, sell wine domestically, and have a cellar door. Eligible wine producers will receive an annual grant of up to $100,000 to optimise visitors’ experiences at…

Instagram has changed how the LIKE system works

What do Instagram changes mean for business?

Instagram has become a popular place to do business, with many retailers relying on the platform as their largest online customer engagement tool. This has also led to Influencers building followings which they then monetise through brand partnerships.     It is therefore still unsure how businesses will be affected by Instagram’s trial update in…