Australian Food and Grocery Council
Energy costs for businesses have risen on average by 14.5% following the introduction of the carbon tax, according to new research by the Australian Industry Group.
Supermarket giant Woolworths says it will deliver some relief for small and medium grocery businesses with the announcement of a new plan to start sourcing products from SMEs to emphasise local produce.
Small business lobbyists have used an inaugural business forum to call for regulatory reform, including measuring the impact of regulation on small business.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council is urging the Federal Government to appoint a Supermarket Ombudsman to control the amount of shelf space taken up by home brand products.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has won the support of major industry bodies after launching a national TV advertising campaign to prevent budget cuts.
There has been a mixed response to the Federal Government’s controversial carbon tax plan, which could see small businesses paying a fixed carbon price for five years from mid 2012.