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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…

Major investment coming to Cessnock

Attracting investment and new businesses to the Cessnock LGA is a crucial element of building a sustainable local economy. Council’s Economic Development Unit has embarked on a strategic business investment attraction campaign to do just that. Building on the foundational research in the 2014/2015 Business Capability Study, Economic Development Manager Jane Holdsworth said in the…

Australian wine exports surge to $1.2 billion

Australian wine exports surged in 2015 to $2.1 billion, a 14 per cent increase on the previous year and the highest value seen since 2007. It’s the first time in more than 20 years that the value of Australian wine exports have grown in all top 15 markets, a feat Assistant Minister for Agriculture and…

How to keep the tax man satisfied

Keeping your books in good order and doing your tax is not the most exciting thing about running a small business. However, staying on to of your tax obligations by lodging your Business Activity Statement (BAS) on time can save you hard earned dollars and a lot of stress in the long run. It’s important…

Made in australia mostly

Country of origin labelling changes to cost business up to $50M each year

With proposed country of origin labelling changes estimated to cost each food producing business $14,000, and with potential ongoing costs to industry in the order of $50 million per annum, businesses are urged to have their say. Simplified country of origin labelling is well supported by consumers.  In a recent study it was found more…

Innovation like a lightbulb moment

Relaxed bankruptcy laws to boost innovation

The Australian Government is set to take a more lenient stance on bankruptcy and insolvency in an effort to boost innovation. Last month Prime Minister Turnbull made his innovation statement which tipped some changes to insolvency laws.  Most notable was a reduction in the wait time to start a new business from three years to…

Losing customers is never a good thing

Why customers leave: it's not them, it's you

What is your insurance policy to make sure your customers don’t stray in 2016? There is one simple thing you can do to keep your customers.  It is free, makes your staff feel good and delights your customers – helping them spend more dollars with you where it counts. Need a hint?   It starts with…