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Online retail start-up The Iconic raises another $25 million in funding

1:04PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Fashion retailer The Iconic is going from strength to strength, attracting another big investment to fuel its rapid growth plans.

Dymocks director’s super slip-up leads to $70,000 tax bill shock

1:57PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A recent tribunal ruling points to a need for directors to be careful about the timing of superannuation contributions.

Eastern seaboard states are neck and neck: CommSec report

1:11PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

There is little to separate Victoria, Queensland and NSW in the way of economic performance, according to the latest CommSec State of the States report, while Tasmania continues to lag.

ANZ lauds business services as “story of the year”

1:08PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Small business sales rose 2.8% over the year to the December quarter, according to ANZ’s latest Small Business Sales Trends report, with business services described as “the story of the year”.

Academic names worst CEOs of 2012 – five lessons for start-ups

1:01PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up founders looking to avoid being labelled a bad chief executive should heed the advice of US university professor Sydney Finkelstein, who has compiled a list of the worst CEOs of 2012.

Eyewear start-up unfazed by sombre industry forecast

1:00PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s optometry and optical dispensing industry is expected to grow just 0.4% in 2012-13, according to an IBISWorld report, but online eyewear retailer Sneaking Duck says it isn’t worried.

Seven top tips to boosting your business in 2013

1:46PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

MYOB has outlined seven steps start-ups should take to boost their business in 2013, after revealing more than half of small businesses hope to improve systems and processes this year.

Retailers rejoice over extended trading after November sales slide

1:01PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

New retail sales figures show sales slid by 0.1% in November, but the December figures could see a significant turnaround.

“I’ve suffered $1 million in losses”: Pie Face franchisee tells all

1:01PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A group of Pie Face franchisees are preparing to sue the company for millions of dollars, with one franchisee alleging that undisclosed costs were a key factor in the underperformance of his stores.

Businesses unfazed by surplus pledge backflip

12:31PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have downplayed the Federal Government’s concession the budget is unlikely to return to surplus in 2012-13, with one group describing the move as “neither here nor there”.

Failed start-ups should return funding, says local investor

12:44PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A failed Canadian start-up has turned heads after promising to return all remaining funding to its investors, with the move applauded by one local expert.

Carbon tax has damaged eight in 10 retailers, industry body claims

12:00AM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The carbon tax has been dragged into the spotlight once again, with a new survey by the peak retail body showing 80% of businesses say they have been negatively impacted by the tax.

Clothing retailers set for new year slowdown: Report

12:27PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There will be no relief for Australian clothing retailers in the new year, according to a new IBISWorld report, which shows industry revenue is expected to contract by 1.4% in 2012-13.

How to safely scale your start-up in 2013

12:00PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michael Fox

Are you thinking about growing your start-up next year? If so, there’s a secret to steadily securely growing your business. BY MICHAEL FOX.

Insolvencies rise in October, but Christmas could bring a reprieve

12:17PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Insolvency experts predict many businesses might hang on through Christmas but could struggle in the new year.

Little chance of Christmas cheer as business confidence hits record-low

12:01PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business confidence has fallen to its lowest level since April 2009 according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey.

Business belt tightening set to cut back staff Christmas parties

12:33PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can celebrate Christmas with their staff without breaking the bank, experts say, after it was revealed less than two thirds of employers will organise a staff Christmas party this year.

How divorce can cause a messy split in your business

12:06AM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Greg Hayes

Despite the best intentions, many marriages don’t last “until death do us part”. However, the end of your marriage need not mean the end of your business. BY GREG HAYES.

RBA cuts cash rate to 3% as consumer spending stalls

12:41PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3% on the back of flat retail sales for the month of October.

Retail Food Group and Collins Foods franchises look to buck retail gloom

12:17PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Food franchise giants Retail Food Group and Collins Foods have painted a positive outlook for their brands, bucking recent industry trends.

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