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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,…

4 tips to boost your sales this Christmas

It’s just a few sleeps until Santa embarks on his annual break and enter, drinks all your milk and raids the biscuit tin. That also means there are just four days for businesses to get the most out of this festive season as shoppers make the final push to find that perfect stocking filler. Here’s…

Local innovation gains global recognition

While the federal government has placed science and technology innovation front and centre of its ideas boom, closer to home the Wollombi Rural Fire Brigade has demonstrated how ideas can boom anywhere research-driven strategy is executed by dedicated people looking to effect positive change.   Deputy Captain Glenn O’Rourke represented the NSW Rural Fire Service…

Make a list and check it twice: are you prepared for the Christmas break?

The countdown to Christmas is on! In the lead up to the break, Santa isn’t the only one who should be checking his list twice. From keeping customers informed through to averting potential IT disasters, every business should have a Christmas checklist in place. THE BASICS Informed customers are happy customers. Make sure you use…

YOU have the power to help create 57 local jobs this Christmas

Australians will spend an average of $1,079 this Christmas on gifts, food and celebrations.   But, did you know making the decision to spend just $100 within the Cessnock LGA has the potential to add 57 jobs to our local economy?  That’s the finding of economic modelling done by Council’s Economic Development Unit. With more…

Major cash coup to revitalise Cessnock CBD

A $950,000 cash coup is set to revitalise Cessnock’s civic precinct, much to the delight of local stakeholders. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development last week approved Cessnock City Council’s Civic Precinct Revitalisation Project funding application for the four year project. Key elements of the project include: •    Improved access and connectivity for pedestrians,…

Friends with Fringe Benefits

Christmas is the season for giving, but most of us probably don’t want to extend our generous spirit to the Australian Tax Office. As businesses look to wrap up 2015 some might be thinking about having a staff Christmas party or handing out gifts to employees – both activities that have the potential to attract…

On the pulse: Kurri Kurri prepares for Christmas

As the silly season rolls around again there has been mixed news for retail in the media. Last week Australia Post released research suggesting 87 per cent of people will buy one or more presents online this year – up 35 points from last year’s 52 per cent. Industry body Australian Retailers Association reported it…

If your business is not mobile friendly, you're missing out

Australians love the internet, and they are using it with increasing frequency according to the new Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) Communications Report 2014-2015. In the June 2015 quarter Australians downloaded 1,460,269 terabytes of data*, with 79 per cent accessing the internet via their mobile phones.  Just over a quarter of Australians report accessing…

Feeding productivity: snacking in the workplace

Do you offer your staff members a biscuit with morning tea? Can they help themselves to a cool drink or a good coffee – on the house? Is there a complimentary Cup-A-Soup or piece of fruit to get your team through the day? The key to boosting productivity in the workplace could be in providing…