Business planning


IT “super themes” for 2012 highlight start-up ideas

12:45PM | Wednesday, 21 December 2011 |  The IT “super themes” of 2012 highlight business opportunities for start-ups, experts say, including improved data security and third-party applications for new social enterprise platforms.

Entrepreneur inspired by Australia Post’s parcel struggles

12:37PM | Wednesday, 21 December 2011 |  A Sydney businessman has highlighted the business opportunities surrounding parcel delivery, as Australia Post struggles to deal with the rising volume of parcels as a result of online retail.

Business groups welcome Fair Work Act review

12:28PM | Wednesday, 21 December 2011 |  Business groups have welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to review the Fair Work Act, although concerns have been raised over the areas the government will focus on.

Health and home improvement sectors set for 2012 surge: Report

12:38PM | Tuesday, 20 December 2011 |  Gyms and hardware retailers are among the businesses tipped to cash in on consumers’ good intentions in 2012, according to IBISWorld, with a big focus on health and home improvement.

Swimart waives $45k joining fee in bid to expand network

12:10PM | Tuesday, 20 December 2011 |  Pool and spa franchise Swimart is waiving its $45,000 joining fee for independent operators prepared to rebrand as a Swimart store, as it seeks to grow its network from 65 to 100 stores.

$50k grants for fashion start-ups in 2012

12:03PM | Monday, 19 December 2011 |  Fashion-focused start-ups are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 under the latest round of the multimillion dollar Textile, Clothing and Footwear Small Business Program.

Perth and Melbourne overtake Sydney in GDP growth

12:57PM | Monday, 19 December 2011 |  Perth and Melbourne are leading the way among Australian cities in terms of gross domestic product while Sydney’s contribution has halved, a new report reveals.

Consumers set for last-minute Christmas spending surge

12:48PM | Monday, 19 December 2011 |  Retail veteran Russell Zimmerman has revealed his top tips for sparking last-minute Christmas sales, with a recent survey showing 50% of consumers will leave their shopping to the 11th hour.

Shoppers told to “know their rights” this Christmas

12:40PM | Monday, 19 December 2011 |  Shoppers told to “know their rights” this Christmas Retailers have been put on notice after the consumer watchdog said shoppers should “know their rights” this Christmas with regard to guarantees, warranties and refunds.

Cudo founder Billy Tucker to launch new start-up 57 Signals

12:50PM | Friday, 16 December 2011 |  Cudo’s outgoing chief executive Billy Tucker is in the “very early stages” of building his new start-up 57 signals, after announcing his decision to leave the daily deals site, which he founded.