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How can I work out how much office space I’ll need in the future?

8:07PM | Friday, 26 August 2011 |  There are some alternatives to the traditional three- to five-year office lease that you should consider.

Report blames retail rents for high product prices

12:33PM | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |  Exorbitant retail rents are to blame for high retail prices, according to a new report, adding weight to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on planning and zoning.

Co-working space The Cluster looks for point of difference in a crowded market

11:10PM | Monday, 14 November 2011 |  The founders of The Cluster, a new co-working space for start-ups, insist their facility will offer a point of difference despite an increasingly cluttered market for entrepreneurs to choose from.

British fashion retailer Paul Smith sets up shop in Australia

11:35PM | Tuesday, 8 November 2011 |  British fashion retailer Paul Smith is to establish its first Australian store in Melbourne, as international chains continue to make their mark on the local market.

Disrupting the status quo

10:08PM | Friday, 28 October 2011 |  Launching a new concept in an unfamiliar industry often requires a thick skin, particularly if you plan on franchising your business from the get-go. As entrepreneur Nathan Cuneen found out while launching Blow Dry Bar.

Top 10 coolest offices in the world

10:34PM | Thursday, 20 October 2011 |  How can you make your office a place that your staff will relish, rather than dread, turning up to? These 10 businesses have got it down to a fine art.

City of Melbourne defends retail assistance efforts

10:33PM | Wednesday, 12 October 2011 |  The City of Melbourne council has defended its record of supporting retailers, despite ongoing fears of CBD small businesses being overlooked by consumers in favour of large suburban shopping centres.

Retail disputes rise as stores fret over rising rents

9:36PM | Tuesday, 20 September 2011 |  Disputes between landlords and tenants dominated enquiries to the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, its annual report shows, but the body representing shopping centre owners and managers says the pain cuts both ways.

SMEs urged to get robust over health and safety

9:50PM | Wednesday, 14 September 2011 |  Start-ups have been urged to review their health and safety policies, particularly in relation to home-based workers, ahead of a looming national OH&S regimen next year.

New Melbourne collaborative working space set to launch

9:00AM | Wednesday, 7 September 2011 |  A new communal incubator for start-ups is set to launch in Melbourne this month, the latest in a wave of collaborative working spaces to spring up for promising early-stage companies.
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