Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

The Scurr family and their company Piñata Farms have invested substantial sums to develop some of Australia’s most advanced strawberry operations, including high-tech hydroponic substrate farming, new varieties and even metal detectors in the packhouse. But the latter was done to avoid stray rocks or jewellery, not needles like what has been seen with the … Read more

Capilano slams reports of the fake honey caper

Capilano Honey (ASX:CZZ) isn’t buying into the intrigue of international gangs flooding the Australian market with fake honey. The Brisbane-based producer has slammed media reports that it may be unwittingly selling fake honey after nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) testing revealed that Allowrie’s Mixed Blossom Honey was ‘adulterated’ in a majority of samples. This blend of … Read more

Need templated forms, business plan samples or industry reports? Check out ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database!

Members of the Business Studio now have access to the full version of the ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database! This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly – including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings – to a full toolkit … Read more


Efic’s Small Business Export Loan helped Victorian-based beauty product business, Babe Australia (Babe), deliver on three purchase orders in the US and Mexico and continue to build brand presence overseas.  For Kim Peirce, Founder and Director of Babe Australia, the move from being a management consultant in the oil, gas and mining industry to starting up … Read more

Trump’s ‘astonishing reversal’ on a Chinese tech giant could signal a big shift in the trade battle

President Donald Trump suggested the US would reverse sanctions against the Chinese tech giant ZTE. The sanctions were slapped on ZTE because of its business with Iran and North Korea. ZTE effectively shut down after the sanctions were implemented. The ZTE reversal could be a big clue that Trump may soften his stance on trade … Read more

Business deals will be ‘consummated in the sand’ at Commonwealth Games

More than 1,500 trade and industry delegates from around the world will be “doing deals with sand between their toes” on the Gold Coast next week as the Commonwealth Games gets underway. The trade and industry representatives, including some from the world’s fastest growing economies, will do deals with each other and investors as part … Read more

‘Fitbit for cows’ set to revolutionise beef industry from paddock to plate

An electronic tracking ear tag being developed for cattle could forever change the way graziers manage both livestock and farmland. Researchers from James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville are collaborating with the Queensland Department of Science, the CSIRO and commercial partner Ceres Tag to adapt GPS technology for small, affordable livestock ear tags. Computational chemistry … Read more

Gold Coast hosts high level international trade talks

Gold Coast is hosting international free trade talks between Australia and four Latin American nations which have been identified as being an “underexposed” market for local exporters. Australia will host the second round of Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement negotiations from today until Friday with representatives Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru. The talks are an … Read more

Why Australia doesn’t face sovereign risk in the gas markets

Shortages of gas in the Australian market have led to calls for the government to impose restrictions on gas exports. Energy industry executives have responded by saying that market interventions would create a “sovereign risk”, deterring foreign investors and buyers of Australian gas. But this doesn’t apply to Australia for a number of geographic and geopolitical reasons. We’re on the doorstep of … Read more