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Dubbed the Myer Liar by the media, Andrew Flanagan was back in the news recently as his fake resume escapade came to a head in the Victorian County Court. Last week Mr Flanagan pleaded guilty to four deception charges and was put on a three-year community corrections order requiring he complete 400 hours of unpaid…

Car expense deduction changes: have you implemented the new flat rate?

The Government’s car expense tax deduction has been simplified to one flat rate of 66c per kilometre for up to 5,000kms. The change means different rates no longer apply to different engine capacities, and the yearly deduction rate is essentially capped at $3,300.  Payments exceeding that amount can still be made but are subject to…

Competition brings savings for customers

A draft report on the competitiveness of the NSW retail electricity market has revealed small businesses stand to save up to $610 per year by switching providers. The Review of the Performance and Competitiveness of the Retail Electricity Market in NSW, released by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), also found around 25 percent…

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…