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The War on Waste continues: Small businesses explain how sustainability is the new customer expectation

In this year’s “war” against businesses and consumers using unnecessary packaging, visuals have been a key piece of arsenal. It was the image of a tram stuffed with disposable coffee cups on the ABC’s War on Waste program that sparked a frenzy of interest in reusable cups and storage products in June. War on Waste returned to TV screens this … Read more

Startup Muster’s 2017 report highlights growth in an ecosystem that is focused on global talent

The fourth annual snapshot of Australia’s startup ecosystem has been released, painting a picture of a thriving scene which relies heavily on global talent, with some in the ecosystem saying the volume of international workers in the space shows how concerning changes to 457 visas could be. Startup Muster’s 2017 report surveyed 2,214 respondents in the … Read more

MARK BOURIS HEADING UP FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TASKFORCE TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES DIGITISE

High-profile entrepreneur Mark Bouris will head up a taskforce established by the Federal Government to encourage small businesses to adopt digital technologies that will streamline their operations. Bouris will be joined on the Small Business Digital Taskforce by Spiro Pappas (Executive General Manager of Global Institutional Banking at NAB), Pip Marlow (former MD, Microsoft Australia), … Read more

ACCC HAS IMPROVED ‘TENS OF THOUSANDS’ OF CONTRACTS FOR SMES SINCE NOVEMBER 2016

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) says its only at the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in terms of its efforts to ensure small businesses are not subject to unfair contract terms. Since 12 November last year, when unfair contract terms laws were extended to small business contracts, the ACCC has taken successful court action against a … Read more

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for small business

When you’re in retail it’s never too early to prepare for Christmas. “I probably started thinking about Christmas in July at the start of the financial year,” says Pippa Oostergetel, the founder of Melbourne boutique Squeak. “I start to really knuckle down then in October, November and December.” Oostergetel is hoping for a good Christmas … Read more

OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND IN CHINA FOR AUSSIE SMES BUT ON-THE-GROUND RELATIONSHIPS ARE ESSENTIAL

China’s booming economy and rapidly growing middle-class present a wealth of opportunities for Australian businesses, particularly those companies able to tap into the rising demand for high quality goods and services. But many local SMEs with international expansion goals have discovered it’s not as simple as heading overseas and establishing operations. In a culture such … Read more