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Business optimism a catalyst for more growth: report

  Three in four Cessnock businesses intend to expand or grow in the next two years, according to a new report by Cessnock City Council. Results of the newly released Business Capability Study, show 74% of businesses plan to employ extra staff, expand their product or service range or upgrade their assets. “This shows we…

Gender pay gap still ‘disappointing’ in Australia

  This year’s Gender Equality Scorecard by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has found across all industries that men are still taking home, on average, $25,000 more a year than women. Women are still hitting the glass ceiling at the highest levels. The number of female CEOs has stalled and Australia’s boardroom tables remain dominated…

Four-day work week boosts worker productivity by 40%

Microsoft Japan tested a four-day work week and has found the experiment a huge boon to employee productivity.     The tech giant recorded an almost 40% jump in productivity levels after cutting its work hours as part of a wider project to promote healthier work-life balance. The experiment called Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019, gave…

WANTED – feedback from visitor economy businesses – closes 18 October

If you are an accommodation provider, restaurant owner, retailer or tourism operator, the NSW Government wants to hear from you. They are conducting an online survey which they hope will give them insights into the sector. The survey is part of the NSW Government’s Visitor Economy Index (VEX) – an initiative of the Visitor Economy…

Two thirds of Australian workers experience bullying

Bullying is often in the media, although it’s usually linked to the behaviour of school age children. But according to findings from a recent study by the University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia ranked sixth worst for workplace bullying when compared to 31 European countries. Cultures that lead to bullying Lead researcher, Associate Professor Michelle…

Advancing Cessnock City through business engagement

Council’s economic development team is determined to make the region a better place to do business! Under the Advance Cessnock City partnership, the team are rolling out a survey to better understand the capacity of local businesses. Mayor of Cessnock, Councillor Bob Pynsent, urges local businesses to participate by completing a short 8-10 minute survey….

It’s official! Cessnock has the best burgers

Burgerfiend in Cooper St Cessnock has received the Australian Good Food Guide’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Award for the best burger in Newcastle and the Hunter. The accolade is quite a mouthful, but then so are Burgerfiend’s delicious burgers!   Apparently the secret ingredients are the use of great local ingredients, closely followed by care and…

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…