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Networking Event

Join us for a networking event and Christmas drinks 11 December 2018 5.30 – 7.30pm Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin Register HERE by 10 December 2018   Why should you come to a networking event? Take a look at this article on networking published on the ACC website on this…

Creative employment growing at twice Australian workforce

Advance Cessnock City recently supported an event at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery called Art After Hours – Arty Party. It was an information and networking event for members of the creative industries and ran as part of Small Business Month. The event was an opportunity to support an industry many might overlook as a…

Cessnock wins national economic development award

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team have been recognised at a national level at the National Economic Development Awards 2018 held in Rockhampton. Council’s Cessnock City Youth First Employment Project and National Toolkit took out the nation’s top prize for Economic Development Strategic Thinking. Council’s unique business platform Advance Cessnock City was also recognised as…

How to motivate your staff

You may be surprised to hear that 76% of Australian employees are unmotivated at work. According to a recent Gallup poll, 60% of Australian employees are ‘not engaged’, meaning they lack motivation and 16% are ‘actively disengaged’, indicating they are not only unhappy and unproductive at work, they are liable to spread negativity to co-workers.…

Afterpay – what you need to know

You may have noticed a new player on the retail scene. Afterpay was launched onto the Australian retail sector less than four years ago and has quickly become a billion dollar business. For those not yet familiar with the concept, as a business you register with Afterpay to process customer purchases through them. You are…

Instagram for business – the changes

Many small businesses are benefiting from having Instagram in their social media marketing mix. Instagram is a great platform for sharing images, and bides well for food businesses, the fitness industry, as well as other types of business including design, photography, and tourism; among many others. Instagram has been changing and testing a few changes of…

Pay rise for modern award employees & new minimum wage

Did you notice a small pay rise starting in July 2018? This might be thanks to a rise in the minimum wage in modern awards set by the Fair Work Commission. In Australia 2.3 million employees have their pays set by an award and in June 2018, the Fair Work Commission completed its annual wage…

Energy cost shock for small business

Australian small businesses are fed up with their energy retailers. This is the finding of the Retail Energy Competition Review which has revealed smaller businesses are increasingly frustrated when purchasing electricity and gas from energy retailers. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released its annual Retail Energy Competition Review which looks into customer satisfaction, levels of consumer…