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  • July 3 2019 Six reasons to consider trade credit insurance in the new financial year

    With the global economy looking fragile and one of Australia’s largest trading partners, China, slowing down, it’s important for Australian business decision-makers to re-evaluate their position as the new financial year begins, according to Atradius. Mark Hoppe, managing director, Oceania, Atradius, said, “The start of the new financial year is traditionally an ideal opportunity for Read More…

  • April 29 2019 When businesses are born global

    Byline: Karen Reddington, President, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express Traditionally, small businesses began in one’s backyard – selling to friends and neighbours. As these small businesses grew and ventured abroad, they would have sought out markets close by or those which were culturally similar before going beyond. But the Internet and e-commerce has made the world smaller Read More…

  • April 10 2019 Going global with your business  

    Julia Christie, the innovator and designer of the multi-award-winning baby nail trimmer – the Nail Snail, has recently expanded her business outside of Australia and says that “Done right, it can be the best thing for your business.” After providing safer nail care to countless parents of toddlers, babies and newborns across Australia and selling Read More…

  • January 21 2019 Australia-UK agreements ensure continued trade for Aussie exporters

    A new bilateral Wine Agreement and Mutual Recognition Agreement will ensure continued trade flow between Australia and the United Kingdom post-Brexit. The new Wine Agreement replicates an already existing agreement between Australia and the European Union, which means the UK will accept Australian winemaking practices, and labelling and certification standards. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Read More…

  • June 29 2018 Top tips to export around the clock

    Top tips of how to manage exporting correctly.

  • June 6 2018 Let’s Talk: Overseas expansion

    What can derail a businesses’ plans to launch their offering into an overseas market?  Global expansion may be every enthusiastic business owner’s dream but is your business truly ready to expand? Cultural, political, social and logistical differences can impact on your product’s success, as well as simple mistakes, such as neglecting to check your trademark, Read More…

  • May 11 2018 Efic helping high-growth business take on export opportunities

    Seeing Machines has gone from strength to strength since 2000, when the business was founded as part of an association with Australian National University. Today it is at the forefront of driver monitoring technology and has more than 200 staff and operations across the world; including the US, the UK, South America, Europe and in Read More…

  • October 26 2017 Partnerships to support Australian SME growth

    For small and medium businesses (SMEs) that want to take on new export opportunities, understanding your business’ working capital position is critical. Working with the right financial partner can be the key to driving your export success. Accountants and financial advisors continue to be a key support channel for SMEs that are looking to build Read More…

  • July 19 2017 How to Sell to Chinese Consumers: three tips

    Last year, one of my colleagues built two semi-detached houses, wanting to sell one. His question to me was: How do I sell it to a Chinese buyer? There’s an implied understanding in that question that Chinese buyers will pay a premium to acquire a property. Besides possible higher premiums, the other reason to target Read More…

  • February 9 2017 ‘Leave your sarcasm at the door’ and other top business tips for breaking into the US market

    With all of the talk about Asia and the hysteria around Donald Trump‘s presidency, it is easy to forget that the United States is still the largest economy in the world with GDP of over US$18 trillion and by far the largest consumer market with retail sales of over US$5 trillion. While its size means the Read More…

  • October 11 2016 What a global shipping crisis means for export and import costs

    If your business relies on shipping goods into or out of the country, the recent upheaval in the container shipping market would have taken its toll. Trying to forecast company profits and losses while shipping costs are so uncertain can make it difficult for any business owner to keep a tight rein on expenditure. Behind Read More…

  • September 22 2016 A recipe for success: growing your business with a dash of streamlining and a pinch of automation

    Any inefficiencies within your business can eat away at your bottom line and makes things a lot harder than they should be, which why it makes sense to find some ways to streamline your operation. There are many aspects of your business to evaluate from using an international parcel service to keep control of your Read More…

  • August 19 2016 How to increase your warehouse quality and efficiency​

    Most business owners have their own ideas on the best methods to improve warehouse efficiency. As with any other department or company asset, regular reviews and upgrades can help optimise the performance of your warehouse. High standards of quality and output targets don’t just happen – success requires constant reviewing of each and every process. Read More…

  • July 28 2016 Which Car Suits Your Business Model Best?

    When you own and operate a small business, you’ll find yourself experiencing many milestones. Purchasing a company car is often one of the significant stepping stones towards future success. The kind of vehicle you require will hinge on the type of business you run – a Ford Focus hatchback would not be particularly useful to Read More…

  • July 14 2016 The high-risk countries for budding exporters

    Too many Australian businesses are jumping into exporting without fully understanding and researching the risks involved, resulting in business losses and unnecessary expenses. There are a lot of country-specific details that businesses should be aware of before they consider exporting. For example, Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, and India are currently viewed as high-risk areas because of Read More…