Greg Combet says struggling manufacturers should just get used to a high Aussie dollar and change their game plans to suit.
With the 2013 StartupSmart Awards coming up, we’re taking a look back at last year’s winners. In our first profile, StartupSmart speaks to augmented reality pioneers Explore Engage. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.
Can “synergies” and “solutions” really generate sales or win funding for your business? The Taskmaster certainly doesn’t think so.
Economy-wide spending fell almost 2% in December, according to the latest Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, despite small businesses’ hopes for a buoyant Christmas shopping season.
Fashion retailer The Iconic is going from strength to strength, attracting another big investment to fuel its rapid growth plans.
A recent tribunal ruling points to a need for directors to be careful about the timing of superannuation contributions.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
New retail sales figures show sales slid by 0.1% in November, but the December figures could see a significant turnaround.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Insolvency experts predict many businesses might hang on through Christmas but could struggle in the new year.
Business confidence has fallen to its lowest level since April 2009 according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey.