Global Financial Crisis


Small business lending to improve: RBA

2:27PM | Wednesday, 9 February 2011 |  Small businesses can expect better lending conditions as the economy strengthens and competition in the banking sector increases, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Start-ups call for small business ombudsman

2:00AM | Monday, 7 February 2011 |  A new survey reveals SMEs are increasingly dissatisfied with politicians’ performances and would like to see the appointment of a small business ombudsman to better represent their interests.

Services sector struggles in wake of floods

2:40PM | Thursday, 3 February 2011 |  Floods, rising interest rates and the high Australian dollar saw the services sector slow down even further in January, falling 0.9 points to 45.5 points as households continue to save.

Floods see confidence fall into negative territory

2:59PM | Wednesday, 2 February 2011 |  Interest rates could remain on hold for longer than expected, with business confidence falling into negative territory in December amidst corporate concern about the impact of the Queensland floods.

Two-speed economy extends to wages

1:19PM | Friday, 28 January 2011 |  New data reveals most Australian workers are missing out on significant wage rises despite an increasingly tight labour market.

THE NEWS WRAP: Regulators, government and banks to blame for GFC - US report

1:09AM | Friday, 28 January 2011 |  Business leaders have balked at Julia Gillard’s proposed flood levy, claiming that it will hit retail spending and risk destabilising the economy.

Services sector subdued in December

1:02PM | Thursday, 6 January 2011 |  Ongoing interest rates rises and strong exchange rates saw the services sector continue to underperform in December.

Positive franchise forecast for 2011

11:00AM | Monday, 29 November 2010 |  New research reveals seven in 10 franchisors intend to recruit more franchisees in 2011 as their optimism returns to pre-GFC levels.

Finding Australia’s best start-up state

11:25PM | Monday, 1 November 2010 |  When it comes to start-up survival rates, Australia's hotspot state may come as a bit of a surprise.

Start-ups poised to exploit job market shake-up

10:00AM | Thursday, 28 October 2010 |  The head of a leading recruitment group says start-ups should take advantage of the post-GFC climate as employees start to shop around for new jobs.