Global Financial Crisis


Service sector set to be the winner as business confidence rises

10:44PM | Tuesday, 26 October 2010 |  Business confidence is now back at pre-GFC levels. with the service sector set to boom for start-ups.

The stats don’t lie – Australian start-ups are in good shape: Gome

10:12AM | Tuesday, 26 October 2010 |  COMMENT: Amanda Gome finds encouragement rather than despair in the ABS's report on how start-ups fared during the GFC.

Are the banks backing start-ups?

10:57AM | Tuesday, 26 October 2010 |  Many entrepreneurs say the banks are not interested in lending. The banks however say they are very much in the game.

THE NEWS WRAP: Australian dollar reaches parity with the US dollar

10:18AM | Monday, 18 October 2010 |  As expected, the Australian dollar reached parity with the US dollar, hitting US$1.0002 on Friday before closing at US$98.90 cents.

Small business minister: banks need to ‘do better’ for start-ups

10:00AM | Friday, 15 October 2010 |  Senator Nick Sherry says Australian banks need to “do better” to understand the struggles of cash-starved start-ups.

Strong Australian dollar may impact start-up exporters

10:53PM | Monday, 11 October 2010 |  The strength of the Australian dollar could hamper the launch of some start-up exporters.

Sole traders slash working hours

9:31PM | Monday, 27 September 2010 |  New research suggests sole traders have cut their working hours back more than any other group in the last decade.

Budding franchisees looking for lifestyle rather than profit

9:04PM | Monday, 27 September 2010 |  New research finds wannabe franchisees now look for lifestyle, rather than financial, benefits when considering a franchise purchase.

Contractors remain upbeat despite GFC

9:52PM | Thursday, 23 September 2010 |  Research finds white-collar contractors have remained happy and optimistic about their situation despite the economic downturn.

Jobless rate hits 19-month low

9:05PM | Thursday, 9 September 2010 |  New figures reveal Australia’s unemployment rate declined to 5.1% last month, its lowest level for 19 months.