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New Hunter Valley Jobs website launches

Cessnock City Council is urging businesses to assist in the test phase of a new local jobs portal and list their position vacancies for free. The new website, cessnockjobs.com.au, is being piloted to make hiring easier for Hunter Valley employers and job seekers.   The website is a one-stop online shop where businesses can advertise…

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…

Wineries sell more wine direct to consumer

Winemakers producing up to 5,000 cases of wine a year are selling more than half their wine direct to the consumer. The figures, from a new report published by Wine Australia, reflect long-term changes in the way Australians are buying their wine. The smaller the wine producer, the greater the direct-to-consumer sales as a proportion of…

If you spend local, Santa will create 62 jobs…

  If each Cessnock resident spends $100 more within the Cessnock Local Government Area this Christmas, the combined impact of this spend would have the potential to add 62 jobs to our local economy. That’s the findings of economic impact modelling by Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team. If local residents could consciously invest their Christmas spend towards…

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…

Free listings for regional businesses in Christmas campaign

Businesses can list their details on the NSW Government’s Buy Regional hub in the lead up to the Christmas shopping rush.   The NSW Government this week launched a campaign to attract metro-shoppers to buy from the regions. The free online hub includes information to help local businesses create an online presence to sell direct…

Retail sales miss expectations in September

Australian retail spending slowed during September, landing below the level predicted by economists and experienced during the previous month.     Retail turnover rose 0.2 per cent in the month according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), compared to the 0.4 per cent growth seen in August, and the 0.4 per cent expected by…

Micro Businesses and Single Touch Payroll

By now most people have heard of Single Touch Payroll (STP). If not, it’s a relatively new process that requires businesses to report employee earnings and superannuation to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) each pay period via an online report. This has been rolled out progressively since 1 July 2018 for large businesses, and 1…

Hunter Wine. A History – 31 October

Join wine historian, Dr Julie McIntyre, as she delves into the history of wine in the Hunter Valley on Thursday 31 October from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at Cessnock Library. Co-author of Hunter Wine: A History, Dr McIntyre will share insights covering our history all the way back 1828. Dr McIntyre will talk through six generations…

Cessnock businesses optimistic about the future in the shadow of an economic downturn

Lately when you watch the news, or read your news feed, you are bombarded with the prediction of the impending economic downturn, but it seems Cessnock business owners are optimistic about the future.   The recent business survey in the Cessnock LGA shows that our local businesses are largely optimistic about the future of their…

Business opportunity – How to become an NDIS provider

One in five people in Australia are identified as having a disability, and many are covered by the NDIS. As a result, there has been an increase in business opportunities to supply goods and services from outside of the service areas traditionally associated with the disability sector.     Types of businesses include: Financial assistance…

Business Energy Advice Program (beap)

Rising energy costs are hurting small businesses across Australia. That’s why the Australian Government is funding two new initiatives, under the Business Energy Advice Program (beap), that aim to help small businesses find energy savings. Whatever business you’re in, their business experts can recommend tailored advice aimed at reducing your energy costs. Whether it’s understanding…

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