Growth | Import | Export
  • June 1 2016 Different Ways You Can Expand Your Business

    Business is good: that thought is music to the ears of many business owners. When things are going right, it’s hard to ignore the money rolling in hand over fist. Yet, just because a business has tasted a modicum of success, this does not mean that it is time to relax. When a business is Read More…

  • May 25 2016 How to overcome the barriers to accessing export finance

    Australia’s small business exporters are concerned about accessing finance for their export journey. This isn’t a new concern, but it is one that can be addressed. This article outlines some of the perceptions of, and challenges in, accessing export finance, as well as the ways that Australian small businesses are overcoming this challenge. Access to finance Read More…

  • May 24 2016 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 appealing aspects of renting out equipment is the potential for financial gain. But like most things, along with the positives comes some less desirable factors to consider before deciding to rent Read More…

  • May 16 2016 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 conducted a survey of 143 female entrepreneurs as part of its Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ (EWW) Asia-Pacific program, which assists female-led businesses to become global market leaders. An overwhelming majority (90%) Read More…

  • May 11 2016 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. At the same time, in an increasingly digitised and convenience-focused world, businesses need to maintain a personal touch to set themselves apart. For many small fashion retailers, the key Read More…

  • April 26 2016 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 to the international market through exporting, these traits are even more important to success. As small and medium enterprises (SME) move into the global marketplace, they have the opportunity to learn Read More…

  • April 21 2016 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 investment climate has benefited from 11 wide-ranging reform packages introduced by the government since September 2015. “This renewed reformist zeal has boosted market sentiment and will aid new efforts Read More…

  • April 11 2016 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 new staff?” Do you wait until you land that big new contract and then hire the staff you need? Or, do you take the risk and hire the staff first, so Read More…

  • April 6 2016 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 opening the door to a new [and often much larger] pool of customers and revenue. But if only it were that simple. Sure – the sky is the limit where those Read More…

  • March 31 2016 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 product or tool only to find it already exists? Was it because you didn’t seek out, or have access to guidance and advice? Reinventing the wheel in this way is Read More…

  • March 29 2016 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 impression, but it’s also complicated. You’ll need to take into consideration proximity to transportation, what your budget will accommodate for rent, and what size space you’ll require. However, if you remain Read More…

  • March 24 2016 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 mining, and a host of new free trade agreements opening up entry into foreign markets, there are many great opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) thinking about expanding overseas. Read More…

  • March 4 2016 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 for SME exporters. Trade is still growing, albeit at a slower pace than before the global financial crisis (GFC). After relatively modest growth of 2.6 per cent last year, Efic expects Read More…

  • February 25 2016 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: Our understanding of social cues, customs, behaviour, and communication have suddenly become defunct. These are our social navigation tools – tools we take for granted – until they’re no longer there Read More…

  • February 16 2016 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 are also claiming the Livestock industry is not meeting animal welfare interests. In February, the livestock industry has responded saying that it is not only legal and legitimate; they are also Read More…