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Support local this January to WIN one of five $100 gift cards

Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Team have five $100 gift cards to giveaway this January as part of their ongoing ‘Support Local’ campaign. For the month of January, residents are encouraged to post to Facebook or Instagram to describe in 25 words or less how they’d spend their $100 gift card in the Greater Cessnock…

Share your ideas to grow Hunter Valley Tourism

Whether it’s more food and wine experiences, family attractions, business events or better infrastructure, residents and business operators in the Singleton and Cessnock local government areas (LGAs) are being encouraged to share their ideas for the future of tourism in the Hunter Valley over the next 10 years to increase the more than 1.5 million…

Support your local Hunter Valley Wine Industry for its 2022 Vintage

After surviving record long droughts, bushfires, smoke taint, and ongoing effects of COVID-19, Hunter Valley Wine Country faces yet another challenging vintage. While staff shortages are impacting all industries, the lack of available workers for vintage 2022 is concerning for the Hunter Valley wine industry, due to the time sensitive constraints in harvesting the grapes….

Shape the regions’ energy future

Ausgrid needs your help to shape the region’s future priorities in order to make the best decisions for upcoming generations. To ensure services offered by Ausgrid meet the region’s needs, Ausgrid are calling on customers, businesses, local councils and industry stakeholders to understand their current experience of the energy network and what you want for…

See it for your-selfie, Hunter Valley Selfie Trail

With school holidays upon us, why not explore your own back yard, along the Hunter Valley Selfie Trail. Navigating the Hunter Valley region has become even easier, with the introduction of a new self-guided tour. The Hunter Valley Selfie Trail is a Cessnock City Council initiative which has been funded by the Australian Government as…

Investing in the people of Cessnock is investing in the future of Cessnock

Cessnock City Council’s Mayoral Scholarship Program provides financial support for residents of the local government area (LGA) to help achieve their educational goals at TAFE or university. It targets students undertaking studies in industries offering gainful employment in the Cessnock LGA, such as hospitality, tourism, education, engineering, medical, mining, communications and manufacturing. The program has…

Driving road safety in the workplace

With more people returning the to work after being in lock down for months, there has been a focus on road safety in the workplace. Road safety in the workplace is not just the responsibility of the employer nor the employee, everyone is to take responsibility. Did you know, that almost 30% of workplace fatalities…

Taskforce to slash red tape for small business

  The Federal Government hopes to cut back on the barriers to small business growth by slashing regulatory red tape across a number of areas. It has announced a new deregulation taskforce which will reduce regulatory burdens to allow small and micro businesses to get up and running sooner. The Australian Small Business and Family…

New website to combat anxiety for small business owners

A new website has been launched in response to a survey that shows running a small business causes anxiety and depression for more than half of small business owners. My Business Health is a web portal that supports entrepreneurs experiencing mental health issues as a result of their concerns about their business. A MYOB report…

Think like Google or Think with Google’s new interactive tool

Did you know that patio heaters are the top trending retail Google search for this month in NSW and nationwide? Would you love to understand the fast-rising retail categories and how you can use this to your business’ advantage? While we all know COVID-19 is presenting new challenges to businesses, having access to insightful data…

Small and medium-sized enterprises welcome 30-day Payment Bill

The Federal Government has introduced legislation requiring big businesses to be transparent about their payment times to the small business suppliers. The Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman (ASBFEO) announced a review into the impact of supply chain financing on the small business and family sector in October 2019. The review looked at specific industry…

2020-21 Budget, small business wins

The Federal Government’s 2020-21 Budget is one for the history books, following the Treasury’s announcement on Tuesday 6 October 2020. The Budget details a record spend that will help lift small businesses out of the COVID crisis and provide a much-needed boost to economic confidence. Given the number of measures that target the small business…