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The pros and cons of running a rental business

Thinking about starting up a rental business? Running a business that rents equipment rather than selling it has definite advantages. One of the more...

Female entrepreneurs facing barriers to their potential

Australia’s female entrepreneurs are facing key barriers when it comes to realising their ambitions for business growth, EY has found. The global professional services organisation...

How smaller retailers are leaving behind Fashion Weeks to compete using #fashion

  Technology is transforming the way we do business. Retailers are not immune to this trend and are increasingly looking to technology to connect with customers....

Innovation and export: How SMEs can get ahead overseas

Australia’s small business exporters have three things in common: they are optimistic, they are confident and most importantly, they are innovative. When this translates...

Indonesia’s investment climate heats up while Chinese profits cool growth

An increasingly favourable Indonesian investment climate offers growth opportunities for Australian exporters, according to new analysis from Efic.  Jokowi’s reform drive buoys Indonesia’s investment climate  Indonesia’s...

Is now the right time to recruit? 5 questions to ask yourself

When planning for growth, one thing that often keeps business owners up at night is the question, “When is the right time to hire...

International expansion may be vital for growth; but do you have what it takes?

For some businesses, expanding overseas is considered a vital component to their growth strategy. And it’s not hard to understand why. After all, they’re...

5 start-up branding mistakes to avoid

“The biggest mistakes that tech startups make is trying to reinvent the wheel.”  (Andrew Bosworth, Global Director of Engineering, Facebook) Ever spent time building a...

4 Things to Consider While Choosing an Office Space

Choosing an office space for your business is not only a huge decision, since the place where you conduct everyday affairs leaves a strong...

The traits of a successful SME exporter

It’s an exciting time to be a small business involved in exporting. With the weaker AUD boosting Australia’s international competiveness in many industries outside of...

What does the year ahead hold for Australian SME exporters?

After a year in which the world economy experienced heightened volatility and global growth slowed, there has been a positive shift in opportunities ahead...

It’s a Digital Jungle out there: Dr Matthew McDougall; helping businesses overcome ‘culture shock’ in China

Any traveller will appreciate what ‘culture shock’ feels like; that moment when we first set foot in an unfamiliar civilisation and realisation suddenly strikes:...

Is Australia going to ban livestock export?

Recently, animal rights activists in Australia have been campaigning against the Australian import of Livestock claiming that the industry is not legal and legitimate. They...

Five tips to get great truck finance for business

Some businesses rise and fall on the backs of trucks. Whether you’re shipping or receiving products of your own, on behalf of other businesses...

Calls for certainty on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said the Labor Party needs to declare its support for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)...

‘Month of Brazil’ celebrates strong trade and investment relationship

In celebration of 70 years of diplomatic ties since 1945 and to promote continued cooperation for trade and investment, September will be known as...

Finance key for helping Australian businesses succeed overseas

As the mining boom continues to lose pace, Australia’s trade and investment profile is changing. While the growth of our commodities sector may have...

Growth of Australian exporters inhibited by financing constraints

Access to finance continues to challenge the growth of Australia’s internationally-active businesses according a new survey commissioned by the Export Council of Australia and...

SMEs do not understand foreign direct investment

A surprising amount of Australia’s small-medium enterprises lack a working knowledge of foreign direct investment and how it relates to the economy and their business.

Support for Australian SMEs looking to grow internationally

While Australian SME exporters continue to win contracts against global competitors, many find it difficult to access the finance they need to secure these opportunities.