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  • January 31 2018 Proposed tax debt disclosure laws ‘unlikely to help SMEs’, says debt collection agency’s CEO

    Much has been said about the benefits SMEs will see from new draft legislation recently proposed by the Federal Minister for Revenue and Financial Services authorising the Australian Taxation Office to disclose business tax debts to credit reporting bureaus. While the stated aim is to “help the SME sector”, in reality SMEs will be largely Read More…

  • January 11 2018 Accountants urge government to legislate against the late payment of small businesses

    The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has called for the Federal Government to improve the financial outlook of SMEs by introducing a loan guarantee scheme and legislating maximum payment times for business-to-business transactions. In its 2018 pre-Budget submission, the IPA – a professional accounting body representing 35,000 accountants, business advisers, academics and students – made Read More…

  • December 21 2017 Aussie businesses welcome easier access to money

    The current interest rate in Australia is 1.5%. It has been that way for 16 months +, as the Australian central bank pursues an accommodative monetary policy to facilitate growth and recovery. Unfortunately, the tough times post global crisis meant that Australian banks and financial institutions were a lot more stringent about who they approved Read More…

  • December 11 2017 “We’re helping SMEs navigate the lending market for the best loan outcome,” says ebroker CEO

    Due to the ‘gigantic profits’ banks derive from processing the ‘lion’s share’ of home loans in Australia, traditional lenders haven’t had a compelling case for servicing small businesses – rejecting around 50% of their loan requests, according to Simon Isaacs, founder and CEO of fintech startup ebroker. “Banks can lend $62.50 for every dollar* of their Read More…

  • December 7 2017 Turnbull Government paying 60% of its small business invoices within 20 days, report shows

    Federal Government agencies are paying 96% of their small business contractors within thirty days of receiving an invoice, according to a new report. Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack said the latest Pay On-Time report also found agencies were paying 60% of invoices up to $1 million within 20 days, and that the overall results Read More…

  • November 24 2017 How to survive the Christmas blackout period

    The Christmas Blackout period can bring Australian small businesses to a halt as wage bills take priority and payments begin to dry up. With everybody looking to preserve the cash they have available, business to business transactions begin to slow down from November through to February, leaving some business owners scrambling or tying themselves up Read More…

  • November 22 2017 The Federal Government commits to paying small businesses ten days sooner by July 2019

    The Federal Government will begin paying small business suppliers ten calendar days sooner to improve their cashflow, it has been announced. Under the Government’s revised ‘pay on time’ policy, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack said federal agencies and entities will be required to pay invoices for contracts worth up to $1 million within 20 calendar Read More…

  • November 2 2017 How to master risk management in an SME

    Every business owner understands that the rewards of running their own company are immeasurable, but the tradeoff is that you also bear the brunt of the consequences if things go wrong. This is why it’s important to have a risk management plan in place. Having a strategy for the common pain points that your business 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…

  • October 16 2017 Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell calls for prompt payment of government subbies

    Stating that small business subcontractors are vulnerable to delayed payments, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has announced she is examining payment terms and conditions for “subbies” working on government projects. “Most government departments pay their invoices within 30 days, but when a prime contractor is appointed to manage a project Read More…

  • October 13 2017 Rising energy costs curtailing SME growth; Ombudsman blames price gouging, politics

    Research showing that SMEs are reducing capital expenditure due to rising energy prices has prompted criticism of the state governments by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. The Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, pointed to the latest East & Partners SME survey* of 1280 businesses, which showed that 39.5% of SMES plan to scale back Read More…

  • October 9 2017 NAB “first off the mark” with shorter, plain English loan contracts for small businesses

    National Australia Bank’s decision to introduce shorter, plain English loan contracts for small business borrowers has been welcomed by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. According to the bank, more than 130,000 business owners will benefit from the complete overhaul of its existing business standard loan form contract, which involved simplifying contractual clauses, Read More…

  • October 9 2017 7 tips to improve your cash flow

    Running a business of any kind — whether it’s a large or small, retail or service — follows the same steps to success. One of these steps involves managing your money by tracking and improving your free cash flow — that free flow of post-financial commitment cash and a key indicator of business success. But if business Read More…

  • September 27 2017 Toys “R” Us bankruptcy: lessons for retailers

    Hard to believe but Toys “R” Us has sought bankruptcy protection. It’s interesting to hear the Australian operations remain unaffected, it’s hard to believe as we’ve heard and seen for so many years the success of Toys “R” Us. As the old adage goes…learn from failure. Here are five things every retailer needs to learn Read More…

  • September 27 2017 Let’s Talk… Late Payments

    SMEs are vulnerable to late payers in Australia, with Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell stating, in April, that larger organisations are using them as a “cheap form of finance”, restricting their growth and causing solvency issues. From calls for legislation to the introduction of a voluntary code to deter late payments, late payments have never Read More…