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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…

Brie mine, you had me at Merlot – the wedding industry in the Hunter Valley

According to the latest data released by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, the average wedding in Australia costs $36,200! A large proportion of the cost of a wedding goes toward food and alcohol, with photography and wedding entertainment also high on the ranks. Cessnock City Council’s Business Capability Study determined there were 121 businesses…

Beat the clock on new superannuation changes

Time is running out for businesses to get on board with new changes to the way superannuation must be paid. The next quarterly due date of 28 January is fast approaching, so it is recommended businesses start using SuperStream as soon as possible to avoid any unwanted issues come June 2016 when it becomes mandatory. If…

Events boost to local economy worth millions!

The boost to the local economy by events is worth millions of dollars. We can now determine just how much is generated for any event held in the Singleton or Cessnock LGAs. Both Singleton and Cessnock Councils have the ability to undertake economic modelling of events that provide many benefits including: Event holders can measure…

Cessnock to be part of super Hunter City Hinterland zone

The Draft Hunter Regional Plan reveals the State Government’s ambitious plans for development of the Hunter Region, including formal recognition of a super Hunter City and a single strategic planning framework for the 11 councils in the region. It is proposed the 20-year draft Plan, once finalised, will replace the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy (which…

Policy, demand and public health shape the future of coal

With an estimated 1.6 million Chinese people dying each year as a result of breathing heavily polluted air the Chinese government has announced its goal to reduce coal-fired power emissions by 50 per cent over the next five years. In mid-December 2015 the level of pollution in Beijing soared five times higher than the World…

Carpet cleaning franchisor zapped with $215,000 fine for fake internet reviews

The Federal Court has fined a carpet cleaning franchisor $215,000 after an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) investigation into fake online testimonials. The Court found Electrodry posted fabricated reviews on Google, True Local and Yelp for services never provided to customers which did not exist. It was also shown the franchisor asked its franchisees…

Are Sunday penalty rates good, bad or ugly?

The Productivity Commission’s Workplace Relations Framework has been released and includes a raft of recommendations ranging from a review of apprenticeship agreements to encouraging migrant workers to report exploitation. However, the issue that has gained most traction in the media is the recommendation for downward adjustment of Sunday penalty rates in line with Saturday rates…

A fair fight for small business following competition review

Small businesses will benefit from a major overhaul of Australia’s competition laws, the first in more than two decades. In its official response to the Harper Competition Policy Review, the Federal Government supported wholly or in part 44 of the 56 recommendations and indicated it was open to the remaining 12 recommendations. Federal Treasurer Scott…

Startups: business upstarts or the next big thing?

As Australia forges a path into the brave new world of the Ideas Boom, startups and the role they play in the age of innovation is in the spotlight. A key element of the Government’s innovation statement focused on making Australia more startup friendly by opening up crowd-sourced funding equity, developing an incubator support programme,…