Global Financial Crisis


Think about who might take you over

5:44PM | Wednesday, 4 May 2011 |  There’s a little bit of takeover fever in the air right now. So it’s a great idea to have a think about who might one day take you over, should you need an exit or a way to scale up.

SMEs face cash squeeze as strict lending returns

4:20PM | Thursday, 21 April 2011 |  SMEs are experiencing a finance crisis due to the scarcity of lenders and a return to strict lending criteria, according to the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia.

Soaring insolvencies hit 10-year high

4:00AM | Tuesday, 12 April 2011 |  The number of insolvencies in February hit their highest level for the month in 10 years, prompting a warning to small businesses to tighten their payment processes.

Sky-high dollar may cause SMEs to crash

3:38PM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 |  Australian exporters are being encouraged to look at ways to ride out the record Australian dollar, with experts saying many small businesses are not equipped to deal with the soaring currency.

SMEs with revenue losses risk ATO audits

3:24PM | Thursday, 24 March 2011 |  The ATO is contacting small businesses identified as targets in its campaign to clamp down on tax losses.

Support mechanisms key for start-ups

3:50PM | Friday, 11 March 2011 |  According to a new study, business leaders who engage in peer-group mentoring in times of crisis can grow their business rather than being forced to downsize.

Rents on the rise in CBD but not suburbia

3:06PM | Thursday, 10 March 2011 |  A new report reveals commercial office rents are on the rise in most capital city markets as good employment growth and tight supply make affordable space scarce.

‘Shaky’ insolvency forecast for 2011

3:39PM | Monday, 7 March 2011 |  More than 450 companies nationwide were put into external administration in January, down 40% from December, but experts still predict a bumpy road ahead.

Export grants promoted to start-ups despite cuts

2:45PM | Thursday, 24 February 2011 |  Export-focused start-ups are being encouraged to utilise the Federal Government’s Export Market Development Grants despite recent funding cuts in order to return the Budget to surplus.

ATO crackdown sees rise in garnishee orders

2:51PM | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 |  The ATO is looking to recover tax debts by withdrawing funds directly from taxpayers' bank accounts.