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Two mums, two stores, 25 staff and Clinic of the Year. How do they do it?

July 30, 2015
Victorian mums Nichola Kempenaar and Amalia Georgoulos, are not your average business owners. Having previously worked as a brand manager in the beauty industry for 16 years, Nichola met Amalia, a pharmacist by trade, for the first time when taking their children to school. Knowing the stay at home mum life was not for them, they decided it was time for a change. “Other school mums were...

The Man With the Vans

July 15, 2015
South Australia’s John Prasad has just purchased his third Cafe2U van, and says he will expand again!  Six years ago, an opportunity arose for South Australian John Prasad to start his own business. John conducted extensive research before making the big decision to become a small business owner. When weighing up the benefits between running an independent coffee van and opting to go with...

Five tips for SMBs as they step into the new financial year

July 10, 2015
The new financial year gives small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) the chance to review their performance and identify areas for improvement. Peter Nicol, director, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “There are some things SMBs should keep in mind to ensure their success in the new financial year, such as retaining reliable cash flow oversight and implementing sound financial processes.” RSM Bird...

REMAINING RELEVANT IN WINTER

July 9, 2015
How does Baskin-Robbins attract guests when winter strikes and consumers’ buying behaviour changes, craving warm and indulgent products? The aim is to make the ice cream category less of a seasonal business explains Baskin-Robbins General Manager David Jordan. Since our first Australian store opened in 1989, our aim remains the same – to keep guests enjoying our premium ice cream all year round...

Four tips for new financial year

July 6, 2015
Retaining customers, remaining financially solvent, and expanding and diversifying are key challenges for small businesses. The new financial year presents an opportunity to reconsider business practices and plan for success. Concur advises small businesses of four tips for a successful new financial year: 1. Put customers first to improve retention Businesses can readily access technology and...

What’s new this financial year?

June 19, 2015
With a number of new resources and tax laws introduced in the past year for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), finance expert Justine Davies has partnered with Officeworks to help SMEs take the stress out of tax time and identify opportunities to minimise your business tax bill. Federal Budget Small Business Initiatives The government is keen to boost small business investment and growth,...

Cafe2U Franchisee Michelle Lacey supports Rockhampton after destructive cyclone Marcia

June 18, 2015
In the aftermath of tropical cyclone Marcia, which caused devastating effects on the city of Rockhampton, locals had their hearts and hands warmed by hot beverages supplied by local Cafe2U franchisee Michelle Lacey. “A lot of the town was without power or running water for six days, the roads were so quiet during this time, I thought the least I could was be out there servicing hot drinks to...

Why struggling businesses should close on their own terms

June 10, 2015
The owners of struggling businesses should take control of the decision to close the business rather than wait until they are forced into it, according to RSM Bird Cameron.   Andrew Beck, national head of turnaround and insolvency, RSM Bird Cameron said, “While the mantra for many business owners is to never give up, sometimes it can be smarter to quit now rather than hold on. By making the...

ATO commences assault

June 3, 2015
In June 2013 the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) published its approach to taking firmer action in circumstances where taxpayers had not worked with it to meet their payment obligations. However, it seems the action has been trailing the policy until now. Over the last six weeks, the ATO has significantly ramped up applications for winding up, which is a strong indicator of the Government’s...

Son of Luxaflex® Dealer makes his mark on father's business before his thirtieth birthday

May 15, 2015
Patrick Cummings is one of the next generation of Luxaflex dealers, with both him and his brother joining an elite group of licensees in their twenties and early thirties. Patrick became involved in the window furnishings industry when he and his brother took up the reins of the family business, Shades in Hawthorn. After watching his father run the business for many years, Patrick began to get...

RSM Bird Cameron commentate on Federal Budget

May 13, 2015
Con Paoliello, Director - Tax Services, RSM Bird Cameron - Federal Budget and GST GST and Digital Service Providers A GST integrity measure announced in tonight’s Budget seeks to ensure that there is a level playing field for the suppliers of digital products and services in Australia in relation to the GST. The new Australian digital services GST was outlined in the May 12 budget with...

Cafe2U welcomes Paul back to the work force

May 1, 2015
Juggling working in a printing factory and running a mattress cleaning business, Paul Kelly never imagined he’d become a professional coffee connoisseur, providing hot beverages across the suburb of Balcatta in Perth. As a family man, ex-footballer and keen golfer, cycler and kayaker, it was a severe neck injury that meant Paul could no longer conduct the hard labour that working in the factory...

The beauty industry: Breaking down the barriers

April 27, 2015
Living in Doncaster East in Melbourne with his wife and two daughters, George Zhou decided 2014 was the year for change. Working previously as a data analyst and with a background in Information Technology, George and his wife decided to invest time into a business of their own.   “I had always been interested in owning my own franchise, however knew there were a lot of choices out there. I...

The Many Benefits of Group Franchise Insurance Cover

April 21, 2015
Each business has specific insurance cover requirements, and even though they are part of a ‘group’, franchised enterprises are no different. Becoming a franchisee is not the same as working as an employee; franchisees might use the systems and methods of their franchisors, but they are still responsible for running their own businesses and carrying their own franchise business insurance cover...

Why Fringe Benefits Tax calculation should matter to SMBs

April 13, 2015
Small- to medium-sized businesses can control company expenses and achieve real dollar savings if they can improve the way they manage and calculate meals and entertainment Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT). However, it can be incredibly challenging to find the best approach. Matt Goss, managing director - Australia & New Zealand, Concur, said, “While many organisations can confidently identify...

Five data-based retail trends to watch in 2015

April 9, 2015
Australia’s retail sector continues to face competition from online, overseas retailers, while consumers are increasingly digitally savvy. Retailers can use data analytics to deliver insights that will help them overcome these challenges, encouraging customer loyalty and increased spend. Teradata has identified five ways that data analytics will influence the retail sector in 2015: 1. The rise...

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