UPDATE: Restaurant franchise Billy Baxter’s faces an uncertain future after it was revealed it has been placed into provisional liquidation, as it struggles to pay a $1.2 million damages claim.
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A former franchisee has spoken out about his legal battle with South Australian restaurant franchise Billy Baxter’s, which is facing a winding-up application over a $1.2 million damages claim.
Faced with what he saw as an “archaic” US visa system for overseas entrepreneurs, Blueseed co-founder Max Marty is doing the obvious thing – situating a large, live-in cruise ship filled with start-ups, 12 nautical miles off the coast of California.
The Australian Taxation Office has released its 2012/13 compliance program, with information for individuals and micro enterprises, prompting another warning about sham contracting.
Nationals Senator John Williams wants a small business and farming ombudsman in a bid to combat price pressure being placed on suppliers by the major supermarkets.
Coffee and chocolate chain Oliver Brown has collapsed because of a dispute between a director and shareholder.
The Queensland Government’s decision to scrap its business commissioner role is a “backward step”, according to small business lobbyist Peter Strong.
The GST threshold and parcel processing flaws are among the issues the Australian Retailers Association will discuss at the first meeting of the Retail Council of Australia later this week.
Hairdressing salons are being urged to review their workplace obligations after the Fair Work Ombudsman fined a Perth salon for discriminating against a disabled, pregnant employee.
The Australian Bankers’ Association has issued a stark warning to merchants and consumers over payment fraud, with new data showing credit card fraud is surging as online retail booms.
The Federal Court has found failed utility broker Energy Watch and its former chief executive Ben Polis made false and misleading representations in advertising campaigns and ordered payment by Energy Watch of $1.95 million.
The operators of a NSW transport business face substantial fines after the Fair Work Ombudsman launched a prosecution against them, alleging they were involved in sham contracting activity.
The competition watchdog says it has received 630 complaints and enquiries about the carbon tax, but insists the number of complaints about small businesses has “generally been low”.
The competition watchdog is urging prospective franchisees to check and substantiate claims made about potential income, following complaints in the cleaning and home services industry.
A debt recovery specialist has highlighted the perils of operating as a subcontractor, particularly in the construction industry, in light of the recent collapses of various construction companies.
Franchisees have been warned that they are personally liable for their actions, in the wake of the Brumby’s carbon tax pricing furore.
Retailers are calling for penalty rates to be halved, as part of a Fair Work Australia review, with a leading industry group insisting retailers simply can’t afford to pay staff more.
Start-ups can now apply for registration of research and development activities for the R&D Tax Incentive, which replaces the R&D Tax Concession for all income years commencing on or after July 1, 2011.
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