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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...

Don’t Blame the Bike if You Want to Succeed with Continuous Improvement

April 9, 2015
by Joakim Ahlström  Have you ever watched a child learning to ride a bike? Who (or rather what) gets the blame when things don’t go the way the child wants? The bike! The child might even argue that it’s a stupid bike and it’s impossible to ride. But what has this to do with organizations wanting to succeed with continuous improvement? Grownups at work don’t behave like that, do they? No, there...

From the pen to the coffee press – Jonny finds his new art form

April 7, 2015
Jonny Liebenberg is no stranger to hard work and unusual hours, previously working in the fast paced world of PR, before making the transition to franchising. “I used to live in Johannesburg, working in public relations in both the public and private sectors. I enjoyed penning media releases, speeches, newsletters and much more. Life there was not safe, so I moved to Australia with my family...

Fringe Benefits Tax – tax tips for year end

March 25, 2015
With March 31 just around the corner, many businesses are focusing on ways to reduce their Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) liability. Fringe benefits are benefits that you provide to your staff that fall outside the categories of traditional wages and salaries. Examples of common fringe benefits include cars, low-interest or interest-free loans and school fees. Fringe benefits are taxed differently...

Start-ups versus established businesses: why established businesses can have an edge over newcomers

March 18, 2015
With a rapid influx of new businesses in the Australian market and increasing demand for government support for start-ups, established businesses are facing an onslaught of new competition.  According a survey by Dun & Bradstreet, 62,160 enterprises commenced operations during the second quarter of 2014, up from 50,539 in the three months previous and 57,504 in 2013*. Andrew Beck, national...

Are Your Managers Bottlenecks in Your Improvement Process?

March 10, 2015
by Joakim Ahlström For managers, time is a scarce commodity. Actually, it’s equally scarce for everyone, but I start off this way to show that I know how tough it is to be a manager. When I meet managers of various kinds - CEOs, division managers, middle managers, indeed all sorts of managers - I take their lack of time into account and let them know that there’s only one thing they need to do...

Five mistakes businesses make with attempting ‘viral’ videos

March 10, 2015
Written by Marcus Seeger Everyone in the video industry dreams of producing just one viral video! You know, the one that gets millions of views around the world complete with an avalanche of shares and comments. The most successful video in the history of the internet is PSY, Gangnam Style with, at the time of writing, over 2.3 billion views and over 9 million likes on YouTube alone. Just...

Time poor and quality rich

February 20, 2015
The dawn of the mobile franchise industry Ten years ago, coffee and food from a van was a mediocre experience at best. Mobile food was limited to hot chips and a questionable pie, or a soft serve ice cream for the kids. In the past few years a bevvy of mobile food outlets have exploded nation wide, from gourmet catering companies serving up food at weddings in brightly coloured vans, to your...

Jetts club owners' inspiring story

February 17, 2015
Profile: Jill Bingham and Warren White What were you doing before you became involved with Jetts (E.g – working in a different industry, travelling, semi – retired)? Chef – Jill. Boat mechanic – Warren. We met when we were doing our PT courses at the Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF) in Maroochydore. Why did you choose to open a Jetts club? We were both PTs at another gym. We put so...

Newsletter 21 January 2015

January 21, 2015
New powers for ACCC will strengthen franchising industry   Changes to the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct came into effect on 1 January 2015. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has new powers to: issue infringement notices of $8,500 for body corporates ($1,700 for individuals and other entities) and seek penalties of up to $51,000 in court for serious breaches of...

RSM Bird Cameron - The rise of the zombie company

January 21, 2015
In the past, many underperforming companies managed to slip under the radar and escape insolvency. With market conditions changing, these businesses need to change course if they want to avoid going under. Andrew Beck, national head of turnaround and insolvency at RSM Bird Cameron said, “In 2014, many indebted companies were able to repay the interest on their debts but not able to reduce the...

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