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scam

Small businesses lose millions to scams

Falling victim to scams cost small businesses nearly $2.3 million in the last six months according to the latest Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Small Business in Focus Report. It’s a small but significant drop in the $85 million ocean of Australian dollars lost to scams and con artists in 2015. Many businesses are…

Cheque, please? No thanks!

Bill payment by cheque continues its steep decline as Australian businesses adopt more reliable and efficient payment methods according to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). In his Payments Innovation 2016 Conference presentation, RBA Head of Payments Policy Division Tony Richards presented trend analysis which showed cheque usage had declined by 88 per cent between…

Caveman CAPTCHA

CAPTCHA: I am not a robot

Have you ever found yourself unable to complete a transaction or sign up to a mailing list online because you couldn’t decipher a string of incomprehensible text? For years, we’ve been asked to make like the Da Vinci Code and bust out our cryptography skills to make sense of the insensible: Completely Automated Public Turing…

Hydro Kurri Kurri

Rezoning Hydro Kurri Kurri to unlock growth

A planning proposal for the Hydro Kurri Kurri site could create thousands of jobs. Cessnock City Council submitted the planning proposal to the Department in November 2015 to seek approval to proceed with a rezoning application. If ultimately approved, the planning proposal would see the former aluminium smelter site transformed with land rezoned, amongst other…

economic update

NSW State Economic Update 2016: the good, the bad and the ugly

A robust housing market underpinned a strengthened New South Wales economy last year and new forecasts predict 2016 will bring stability and modest growth to the state. The NSW Parliamentary Research Service has released its Economic Update for Summer 2016, highlighting the State’s economic strengths and weaknesses. Although last year saw the Sydney median house…

Fair pay

Play fair and pay fair

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recovered more than $22.3 million in unpaid wages and entitlements last year according to its 2014-2015 annual report. Nearly a quarter of disputes arose in the accommodation and food services and retail sectors. This is particularly relevant to Cessnock businesses as these are the top two employing sectors in the…

e-change for a sea change

Embrace e-change to see change

Australians value work/life balance and e-change will let them have it according to new research by Bernard Salt. Super Connected Lifestyle Locations demonstrates how e-change, specifically high speed internet, can revitalise regional and rural areas.  E-change allows big business to decentralise operations from major cities and relocate to more affordable, lifestyle enriching surrounds. Cessnock, Heddon…

The billionaires’ success secret you probably don’t know

Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have more than multi-billion dollar bank accounts in common. They also credit having a mentor as one of the keys to their success. Mark Zuckerberg turned to Steve Jobs for tech tips, and Bill Gates has credited business magnate Warren Buffett with helping him through tough situations. While…

Disruptive buisness behaviour

If you were smart you’d be disruptive

There was a time when the disruptive among us were either at the back of the classroom or in detention. These days disruptors are at the forefront of innovation. Disruption might be the latest buzz word, but the concept has been around for 20 years. The creator of the theory, Harvard Business School professor Clayton…

Business speed dating

Business speed dating at hit at Wedding Display launch

Our wedding industry got a little intimate with some Business Speed Dating at the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre Love is in the Air Wedding Display’s official launch last Thursday. Cessnock City Mayor Cr Bob Pynsent opened the event, highlighting the contribution the industry makes to our region by supporting economic growth and employment opportunities. He…

local products supply chain

Cool products, where did you get them?

Ask a business in our local government area (LGA) where they source their products and you are very likely to hear “Not in Cessnock.” This is according to the Business Capability Study for Cessnock local government area 2014/15 wherein half of the 2,287 businesses surveyed said they sourced a quarter or less of their products…

Minimum pay rates

Reduction to minimum pay: have your say

New research by the Centre for Independent Studies will reveal businesses’ response to proposed changes to minimum pay rates recently recommended by the Productivity Commission. Businesses in the Cessnock local government area can contribute to the national debate on wages and penalty rates by completing this brief survey.   Responses will be used by the…