Industry groups have criticised a plan by the Reserve Bank to cap surcharge fees on credit card transactions, claiming the move would unfairly target smaller companies.
Group-buying sites Spreets and Cudo have released a framework for an industry-specific code of conduct, detailing ethical and best-practice commitments to merchants and members of the sector.
Small businesses are warned to pay attention to their catalogue advertising after six Harvey Norman franchisees were fined for advertising items they could not supply.
RedBubble has finally removed the Hipster Hitler t-shirts that caused uproar among some of its readers, following talks with the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission.
The Federal Coalition has pledged to remove the “unpaid tax collector” status of small firms if it achieves government, in a move that has been welcomed by small business groups but dismissed by Labor.
Fair Work Australia has awarded the country’s lowest paid workers a minimum wage increase of $19.40 per week, but industry groups say the move will hurt small businesses.
The nine remaining Borders bookstores throughout Australia are set to close, but the administrators of its collapsed parent say no decision has been made on the future of Angus & Robertson.
New moves designed to protect consumers from suspect telco companies have the potential to transform the industry, according to the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.
Almost 85% of SMEs think they are fully insured but around half fail after an insurable loss to their business, according to insurance experts.
Employers are being warned to act with caution when dismissing staff after an employee was awarded almost $10,000 in compensation after being sacked via text message.
Australian retailers are calling for the GST threshold to be slashed from $1,000 to $100, as well as demanding the right to dictate their own opening hours.
Leading law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler has refused to work again with former client RedBubble over the listing of “Hipster Hitler” merchandise on the art retail website.
A new report reveals 60% of small business owners have suffered a security breach in the last 12 months, with physical theft far more common than vandalism or IP theft.
Apple is close to finalising agreements with major record labels in a move that would allow consumers to access songs via the internet using any of its gadgets.
Franchising experts have questioned the motives of WA Liberal MP Peter Abetz, who has warned prospective franchisees that “rogue elements” may “prey” upon them.
Australian inventors can now access patent records online thanks to changes made by IP Australia to its patent search system AusPat.
The Federal opposition has accused the Government of stealing its idea after Small Business Minister Nick Sherry unveiled proposals for a national small business “advocate” to help resolve disputes.
The Fair Imports Alliance has labeled Customs a “toothless tiger” after viewing the final report on its three-month campaign into the enforcement of the $1,000 import GST threshold.
Industry groups have welcomed Fair Work Australia’s “careful and methodical approach” in delivering equal remuneration for social and community service workers.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry claims a union push for a $28-a-week pay rise for employees will add $3.6 billion to the wage bills of struggling small businesses.