Consumer goods retailers set for tough year ahead: Report

9:58PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumer goods retailers can expect revenue to decline by 0.6% in 2012-13, according to a new IBISWorld report.

Veterinary start-up Nexvet seals $2.5 million seed round

9:00AM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An Australian veterinary medicine developer will use fresh funds to accelerate the clinical and business development of its drug portfolio, after completing a $2.5 million seed funding round.

Three ways to encourage the banks to lend to start-ups

9:50PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Since the global financial downturn, the big banks have been reluctant to lend to entrepreneurs. Here are three practical ways to get lending flowing to deserving start-ups again. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Aussie innovation: Four cultural changes to support ideas

9:22PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Aussie innovation is not just being held back by the system. There are also deep cultural factors holding Aussie ideas back from the world stage. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Start-ups tipped to benefit as R&D tax credits switch to quarterly basis

9:48PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The introduction of a quarterly credits system for the R&D Tax Incentive will “vastly enhance” start-ups’ ability to fund their research and development activities, according to a specialist advisory service.

Seven ways to keep your late-paying customers in check

9:18PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Greg Hayes

They are the bane of every entrepreneur’s existence: The customers who don’t pay their bills, or are months overdue. Thankfully, there are effective ways to deal with them. BY GREG HAYES.

Commercialisation Australia chief confirms new grants on hold

9:29PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The Federal Government has put new grants on hold, surprising many in the R&D and grants community.

Start-ups urged to prioritise debt reduction with tax return cash

9:03PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A tax expert has offered some advice on how start-ups can utilise their tax refunds, after a survey revealed more than a third of Australians intend to put their refunds into savings.

Five ways the GST threshold report recommends changing the postal sector

9:51PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The postal sector could be revamped if recommendations for a new report are acted upon by the government.

Single, 40-something men most likely to go bankrupt: Report

9:50PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Single men in their 40s are most likely to go bankrupt, new research shows, but a small business expert says this is due to men’s aversion to ask for help as much as their risk-taking nature.

Interest rates left on hold for third straight month

9:42PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Interest rates have remained on hold for the third consecutive month, with the Reserve Bank board attributing the decision to “quite firm” consumption growth and low unemployment.

Veteran fashion retailer Ojay collapses

9:33PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Cara Waters

Another fashion retailer bites the dust, this time it's women's apparel chain Ojay.

Bittersweet: Darrell Lea sold but retail stores to close, 418 to lose their jobs

9:35PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Cara Waters

Darrell Lea will continue as a confectionery brand but without its retail outlets.

Retailers counting on Christmas to boost sales: Report

9:49PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers are counting on Christmas to boost their sales, with the latest Dun & Bradstreet report showing sales expectations for the December quarter are 26 points above the 10-year average.

Small group buying sites told to “hold on and sit tight”

9:46PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small players in the Australian group buying market need to “hold on and sit tight”, an expert says, after a report revealed consumer spending has fallen for the third consecutive quarter.

Eastern states' start-up numbers leap as WA lags: Report

9:00AM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 6% of all Australian businesses launched during the past 12 months, with the eastern states outshining boom state Western Australia in terms of new enterprises, according to data intelligence company Veda.

Consumers aged 30-50 dominating online spending: Report

8:18PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumers in their 30s and 40s continue to be the strongest age group for online sales, according to NAB’s latest Online Retail Sales Index, which also shows a surge in regional spending.

Troubled Ghermez Cupcakes will battle on, founder insists

8:20PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of four-year-old cupcake chain Ghermez Cupcakes insists the business has not collapsed and will continue to trade, following the appointment of liquidators and the closure of one of its stores.

Start-ups warned over staff equity tax drawback

8:16PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An expert has issued some advice to start-ups who plan to offer stock options to employees, after players in the technology industry highlighted the drawbacks of Employee Share Option Plans.

Part-time businesses hit record high as uncertainty takes its toll

8:00AM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Joanne Koh

Economic uncertainty has seen a sharp spike in businesses started on the side, with part-time enterprise numbers hitting a decade-long high and full-time ventures taking a dip, according to a new report.