May 2013

THE NEWS WRAP: Abbott to leave savings options open in budget reply speech

5:16AM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Andrew Sadauskas Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will reportedly leave his options open in his official budget reply speech tonight, with shadow treasurer Joe Hockey to detail the Coalition’s positions on saving measures in a speech to the National Press Club next week.

Eight tips for a successful business blog

5:41PM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | By Lauren Ridgway Building a business blog is a fantastic way to create brand awareness. Here are the eight key things you need to do to build an effective blog.

WA is all the GO! for Brumby’s hybrid model

5:22PM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond Retail Food Group has highlighted the success of hybrid business model Brumby’s GO!, which is looking for franchisees to accelerate the brand’s growth, particularly in regional WA.

Silicon Lakes to fly the flag for Gold Coast start-ups on US trip

5:59PM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond The directors of Gold Coast-based incubator Silicon Lakes will venture to Silicon Valley next month to meet the organisers of Startup Weekend and visit the offices of Google and Microsoft.

Tourism joy over lower dollar, but industry laments no new money in budget

5:51PM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | By Yolanda Redrup The Australian tourism industry is rebounding as more international visitors are making the voyage overseas and those figures are set to improve with the dollar now heading below parity.

Federal budget 2013: The start-up winners and losers

5:24AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | By Oliver Milman In a budget where there was very little to excite businesses of any size, let alone start-ups, it’s hard to see how any entrepreneur will be in tears of either joy or despair this morning.

Federal budget 2013: Small business relieved to escape the Treasurer’s axe

5:53AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | By Cara Waters Small and medium-sized businesses are relieved to have escaped the worst of the cuts in last night’s budget.

Government denies NICTA is facing the axe

5:48AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | By Oliver Milman The federal government has denied that National ICT Australia, the nation’s flagship IT research and innovation program, is to be killed off despite referring to the “phasing out” of the scheme in last night’s budget.

Start-ups issued warning over Australian Business Number crackdown

5:44AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond Start-ups could face fines in excess of $10,000 if they make false or misleading statements when applying for an Australian Business Number, after the tax office received special funding in the 2013 federal budget for a crackdown.

Federal budget 2013: A sector-by-sector guide

5:36AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | By Patrick Stafford How did your sector do in the 2013 federal budget? It’s time to take a look.