Business planning


Mobile commerce surges ahead of Christmas rush

12:59PM | Tuesday, 6 December 2011 |  Online retailers have been urged to match their mobile commerce strategies with their customers, with new research identifying Australian online shoppers as increasingly sophisticated mobile users.

One in three SMEs expecting Christmas sales dip: Report

12:00AM | Tuesday, 6 December 2011 |  Nearly a third of small businesses are expecting a worse Christmas trading period than last year, with conditions “historically weak” for retailers, according to a new report.

Bubble Gum Interactive shares in $10 million CA funding round

12:45PM | Monday, 5 December 2011 |  Sydney-based games studio Bubble Gum Interactive is one of 23 innovative companies to share in $10 million through Commercialisation Australia, along with a host of health-related projects.

Tourism sector braces for quiet summer

12:07PM | Friday, 2 December 2011 |  Retailers aren’t the only ones facing a quiet Christmas, with tourism operators also hurting, after a new report revealed more than 50% of consumers will skip the traditional summer holiday this year.

Oroton highlights sales strategies for start-ups

12:01PM | Thursday, 1 December 2011 |  Australian luxury label Oroton was among the top local retailers in 2011, increasing revenue by 12% despite the retail downturn, suggesting start-ups can learn from the 73-year-old company.

Employers urged to let workers switch off this Christmas

12:11PM | Thursday, 1 December 2011 |  More than 50% of Australians check work emails while on holiday, a new report reveals, heightening the danger of creating stressful workplaces.

Labor flags fresh spending cuts in a bid to return the budget to surplus

11:02PM | Tuesday, 29 November 2011 |  Treasurer Wayne Swan has announced fresh spending cuts as part of the Federal Budget, including changes to university funding, in a bid to return the national ledger to surplus.

Yahoo!7 search trends highlight opportunities for SMEs

11:55PM | Tuesday, 29 November 2011 |  Businesses that create content based on popular search terms must ensure they have a relevant tie-in, an expert advises, after Yahoo!7 released its search trend data for 2011.

Businesses set to be stung by OHS “grace period”

11:30PM | Monday, 28 November 2011 |  Businesses in Victoria and WA that do not implement new national OHS laws on January 1 may still be liable despite a 12-month grace period, according to OHS legal expert Graham Dent.

How I got my ideal start-up lifestyle – second time around

11:02PM | Friday, 25 November 2011 |  Mini Movers founder Mike O’Hagan started the business with nothing more than $200 and a ute. Today, it employs more than 400 staff and is on track to record around $25 million in revenue in 2011-12.