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How to successfully work with your family

Starting a business with my wife and sister-in-law has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Contrary to popular belief, working...

How repeat customers improved my business

"Repeat business is both an honour that confirms you're doing something right, and a reminder to push yourself to keep serving the people who...

Last frontier: How the MD of Intact Group is making women feel welcome in construction

Marriage and fatherhood fuelled the desire of Intact Group MD, Scot Pittaway, to ensure his building maintenance services company isn’t the last frontier for...

Why business ‘culture’ needs a new narrative

What does ‘culture’ in a corporate context really mean anyway? We all throw the term around with the assumption there is a common understanding...

Why every CEO should show kindness at work

Although it's been one week since World Kindness Day (13 Nov), it's important for CEOs to realise that being kind should be an ongoing...

Avoid working with A**holes and Why Robots and Smart Machines Won’t Steal Your Future

The following is adapted from a graduation speech delivered earlier this spring to Macquarie University Business School Class of 2017. Where I come from (New...

When and how to engage in charitable giving

When I was growing up, helping others was part of what was expected as a decent human being. You were discreet and perhaps even...

The power of small, incremental Innovations

Innovation is an underappreciated word in the world of business. Small and medium enterprises are only considered innovators when they bring something new to...

Is your personal brand optimised for 2017?

Personal narratives are as old as time and they continue to command attention – just look at Hollywood's continued obsession with biopics and the abundance of best-selling biographies on bookstands....

Nine books to see SME owners through Xmas

With holiday season upon us, there's no better time than now to get stuck into a few books. To see you through Christmas, and leave you...

How to enhance innovation in your workplace

Does your business have a culture in which innovation thrives? Are people challenging the status quo and being encouraged by leaders to take risks...

‘Goofing off’ can spark business-defining ideas

Goofing off. That’s probably what it looks like I’m doing most of the time. But really I’m just endlessly curious to read about new things,...

Relationships: as valuable as the bottom line

As a business owner, I am a natural giver. I am a big believer in the art of paying it forward and giving to...

6 Things every start-up needs to know about running a business

Behind every start up is an aspiration to do something different. The attraction to do something different attracts fellow travellers all keen to be...

Finding your business niche

Many people dream of starting their own business, whether it’s a restaurant, a clothing store or selling homewares online. But no matter what kind...

Your company is the sum of your people

There are two kinds of startups – those who succeed and others who constantly try. In Britain, at least half the companies fail to...

A work space providing what businesses can’t achieve alone: true diversity

It’s true that most businesses today recognise the value of diversity. Through strategic recruitment policies and the development of an inclusive culture, business leaders...

An industry “slow to embrace technology” – until there’s a real need for a solution

"Universities will want to play a role, industries will want to play a role, start-ups will want to play a role.” These were the...

The key to innovation for SMEs

For many SMEs, the question around innovation isn’t if or when, but how. Andrew Pearce Partner at McLean Delmo Bentleys, provides tips for SMEs...

When a start-up feels burdensome

Once upon a time you were extremely passionate about your dreams, and you chose to be amongst those who left no stones unturned when...