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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…

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…

Free jobs portal connecting employers with job seekers

Cessnock City Council is urging businesses to utilise the local jobs portal and list their position vacancies for free. The website, cessnockjobs.com.au, is being piloted to make hiring easier for Hunter Valley employers and job seekers. Council launched the site to businesses through its economic development arm, Advance Cessnock City at the end of last year….

Action Plan aims to help agribusinesses grow

Cessnock businesses are invited to get involved with a project that is designed to build capability and identify opportunities for growth within the agriculture sector. Cessnock City Council has engaged specialist agricultural and food advisory firm Rounding Up to deliver the Hunter Valley Agribusiness Cluster Action Plan. After successfully securing a grant for the economic…

What do you have to say about your local economy?

Cessnock City Council wants to hear from local businesses, residents and visitors to assist them in preparing the next draft Economic Development Strategy. It’s a critical Strategy aimed at ensuring the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) has a sustainable and prosperous economy into the future. The Strategy will help to promote growth and investment, increase…

Strong online retail sales presence

According to retail trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian retail spending has unpredictably increased over the last few months during the pandemic. Retail turnover rose 2.4% in the month of June which resulted in a growth of 5.8% compared to June 2019. Rises in June were led by cafes, restaurants…

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…

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…

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….