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Investment
  • September 22 2017 ASIC launches crowd-sourced funding regime

    Small to medium-sized businesses will have an opportunity to access crowd-sourced funding to help them begin or grow their business when the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) releases its new crowd-sourced funding (CSF) regime on September 29, 2017. ASIC Commissioner John Price said: “Crowd-sourced funding provides an opportunity for small to medium-sized businesses to Read More…

  • June 22 2017 Mature age workers: the talent pool that will help boost your business’s bottom line 

    Just as Australia’s population is ageing, so too is the nation’s workforce, with an increasing number of workers seeking to remain in employment longer. According to Susan Ryan, who was Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner up until 2016, this is a huge opportunity for employers. ‘Good business sense’ Tapping into this growing talent pool, Ryan explained Read More…

  • May 15 2017 Three reasons this year’s federal budget is advantageous for small business owners

    After the Federal Budget was announced on Tuesday, 9 May, small business owners will be trying to work out what matters most to them. Here are three main things we have been reviewing that may impact how small business do business – and it is mostly for the better. 1. Less red tape It is Read More…

  • May 12 2017 Your product won’t charm consumers forever: what are the skills needed to move it forward?

    We all have products that keep us coming back for more. For you, it might be a simple fitness app like Strava, Instagram’s endless feed of engaging photos, or your flashy Beats by Dr Dre headphones. What these products have in common is their addictive nature – and that they’re not addictive by chance. Businesses Read More…

  • April 27 2017 Foster a multi-generational workforce and be an employer for the ages

    If you are seeking to foster a high-performing workforce in your organisation, it would be counter-productive (not to mention narrow-minded) to subscribe to the saying “out with the old, in with the new”. Long-held myths about mature age workers (e.g. they are change-averse, they are not tech-savvy, they have a ‘use by date’, etc.) have Read More…

  • November 30 2016 Australian small businesses must innovate to win

    Innovation: it’s a buzzword commonly heard in the realm of business, and for good reason. Entrepreneurs are encouraged by their mentors to innovate; the word appears in slogans and taglines across the web. So just what is innovation, and why is it so critical to the success of your small business? What is innovation? Most Read More…

  • November 14 2016 How the magnificent seven can increase profitability

      When reviewing the financial performance of a business, the primary measure I look at is Return on Capital Employed (ROCE). ROCE not only measures the profitability of a business but also the efficiency with which its capital is employed. In Laymen’s terms, ROCE works out how much bang for your buck you’re getting out Read More…

  • November 8 2016 Choosing office furniture: key considerations

    A desk chair is just a chair, right? Wrong! When choosing furniture for your workplace it can be easy to let cost overrule quality, especially if you are undertaking a refurbishment, moving office, or if cash is tight. To cut costs, often the investment in new furniture is the first thing to get sacrificed. A lot Read More…

  • August 31 2016 Aussie SMEs slow to expand overseas: survey

    Despite globalisation removing barriers to overseas expansion, it appears that SME owners are not yet convinced of the benefits. Recent data from Bentleys, a mid-tier accounting and business advisory firm, found that only 19% of Australian and New Zealand businesses operated in overseas markets. The latest The Voice of Australian Business survey, a bi-annual national survey of SMEs, revealed that a majority Read More…

  • August 18 2016 Get innovative to grow and allow for failure

    I don’t like to fail, but I know it’s all part of the process. In order to succeed, you must first learn to fail. This mantra has enabled my company to experience rapid growth.  Makinex wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for a culture of innovation. We invest up to 10% of our turnover in research and development Read More…

  • July 4 2016 Don’t buy new technology for technology’s sake, acquire it to achieve business goals

    We live in exciting time. It seems like every day a new device or application is launched that has the potential to change our lives and the way we do business. Unfortunately, most small businesses do not have the means to buy every single new innovation so they need to be pragmatic on where and Read More…

  • April 7 2016 Resolving the issue of under-utilised Employee Share Schemes

    Employee Share Schemes (ESS) have long been a utilised as a valuable tool to drive and motivate key personnel to invest themselves in the future of the company.  ESS are also particularly appealing to boot strapped start ups who may not have the capital or cash flow to attract and retain employees. From an employee Read More…

  • April 4 2016 A step closer to tax breaks for investors; what can Australia learn from the UK experience?

    Entrepreneurs, along with their start-ups and innovative ideas have certainly been discovered as the new ‘best friend’ of the Australian economy – or at least, they have only recently been recognised as such at a governmental level. Welcome to the ideas boom. In December 2015, the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) announced a suite Read More…

  • February 11 2016 5 tips for perfecting your investment pitch

    It doesn’t matter how great your idea is if your pitch can’t back it up. As a small business, you’re relying on the continued support of your investors to help you grow. Presenting them with an organised list of information and pleading for help probably isn’t enough to get the job done. By creating a Read More…

  • December 11 2015 5 things to consider when preparing your business for investment

    One of the most important aspects of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s newly announced innovation initiative is the focus it brings on the opportunity to invest in the small business sector. The tax incentives will undoubtedly attract more investment, and the loosening of capital insolvency regulations will compliment this by providing less downside to entrepreneurs from Read More…