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  • November 20 2019 Family business The Jolly Group starts funding for ambitious expansion

    The Jolly Group is becoming the first café group to raise funds on online investment platform ​Birchal​. The Victoria-based, family-owned business comprises of The Jolly Miller Café & Patisserie, with 12 company-owned non-franchised outlets in Victoria (and a further 6 opening in 2020) and its wholesale kitchen Fig Food Co, which services hundreds of cafés Read More…

  • November 20 2019 Let’s talk: Social media

    Today in business, social media cannot be ignored. Most of your customers are likely to be active social media users on at least one platform… so if you’re not reachable online in a social way, you could be missing out. When used strategically, social media can be highly effective in building brand loyalty and driving Read More…

  • November 19 2019 Andrew Laurie, serial entrepreneur, reveals non-negotiable traits of business owners

    Today our podcast guest is Andrew Laurie, whose business expertise comes from a career as a salesperson, as a CEO, as an entrepreneur and as a business coach. After a serious accident, Andrew set his life and business ambitions – literally from the hospital bed – and he has systematically ticked them off since then. Read More…

  • November 18 2019 How to safeguard your future job security in an ‘old school’ workplace

    With digital skills, automation and transformation dominating economic and workplace debate, Australian employees are feeling increased pressure to keep up. Skillsoft’s recent Mind the Gap study of employees across Australia and New Zealand shows a staggering 70 percent of employees believe their jobs are undergoing change due to digital transformation. The study also shows that Read More…

  • November 15 2019 Rufus & Coco CEO and founder on going from startup to global enterprise

    Anneke van den Broek has built a globally successful business in the pet care industry. Rufus & Coco is Australia’s most awarded pet care brand, having received seven business awards for innovation, and winning the 2016 title of the NSW Telstra Business award. Anneke’s mission has always been to support pet owners and give back to animal Read More…

  • November 14 2019 The 3 P’s of the workplace – it’s no longer just pay and perks, employees want purpose

    Over the course of our adult lives, we will spend up to 4,821 days working on projects that may not inspire or motivate us. Let that sink in for a moment! The reason these projects aren’t motivating us is that they do not align with our personal values… Increasingly employees are looking for more than just Read More…

  • November 13 2019 Use director loans with caution, urges insolvency specialist

    Jirsch Sutherland, national insolvency and business recovery firm, has warned company owners and directors to understand the risk of using debit loan accounts. This comes after noticing an increase in bankruptcies as a direct result of director loans.  “Used wisely, director loans can be useful,” said Stewart Free, Jirsch Sutherland Partner. “However, there are some circumstances where Read More…

  • November 13 2019 Let’s talk: Diversity

    Not long ago we were discussing workplace culture on our Let’s Talk feature, and it brought to the surface how important it is to have a culture ‘add’ rather than just a culture ‘fit’, meaning that it’s important to seek alternative value from new employees – different in some way from the talent you already Read More…

  • November 11 2019 Flinders University’s New Venture Institute (NVI) has reinforced its reputation as Australia’s #1 University Business accelerator.

    In naming its top business incubators world wide, the renowned UBI World Benchmark Study included NVI as the only Australian incubator and one of three that top the Asia Pacific region for 2019/20. Winning this coveted honour doubles down on NVI’s success as top ranked university business incubator in the Asia Pacific for 2017/18. The Stockholm-based UBI Read More…

  • November 8 2019 Top10 Dynamic Entrepreneur 2019: Nicole Lamond on international sales and raising capital quick

    Nicole Lamond is the first entrepreneur that we are interviewing of our Top10 Dynamic Entrepreneur winners.  Nicole co-founded Eloments Tea with her business partner Julie Hirsch only in September last year, and after 4 months of sales, they impressively secured a place for their product on Woolworth’s shelves. After 6 months, they were in 1000 Read More…

  • November 7 2019 The 3 defining C’s in the future of customer engagement

    The way customers discover, browse and purchase has changed irrevocably over the past decade. Yet a few fundamentals hold true – at the heart of the customer journey is human, one-to-one interaction which businesses need to provide at scale. The way businesses do this will vary, but ultimately comes down to instilling confidence, building connection Read More…

  • November 6 2019 Let’s talk: Retaining talent

    It’s one task attracting talent in the first place, but once you have the right people in the door, how do you ensure the talent stays put? With very competitive talent pools for certain skills, it’s important to know what you can do as a small business owner or manager to cultivate a workplace and Read More…

  • November 4 2019 Charles Heunemann, co-founder and MD (AU) of Natterbox, on how to grow internationally

    We know that for many Australian small businesses, expanding globally can be difficult – to say the least – as it presents many challenging barriers. Charles Heunemann, co-founder, Vice President and Managing Director (AU) of Natterbox, helps us out with this, giving his advice from his own experience of growing Natterbox internationally. Natterbox is a Read More…

  • November 1 2019 Want to boost business revenue? Then you best invest in tech, says new report

    Small businesses could potentially see an average 4.7 per cent increase in revenue each year if they upped their technology spend, a report has found. This is supported by recent insights from Xero that have also highlighted that small businesses benefit hugely from investing in tech; small businesses that increase their spend on information and communications technology (ICT) Read More…

  • November 1 2019 “If you’re not a tech company, you are about to be disrupted by one”; Wine-tech serial entrepreneur, Dean Taylor, shares his story

    Dean Taylor is an entrepreneur well-known in the wine world; he is named one of the 50 Stars of Wine and Top 50 People in Ecommerce and has seven – yes, seven – successful online wine ventures. Dean moved away from a career in architecture to launch his first business Wine Ark – an off-site climate-controlled storage Read More…