How small businesses can win big during major sales events

Klarna SmartCompany, December 17, 2021 Two e-commerce founders share their advice for making the most of the festive shopping season. Left: Josh Howard, Single Use Ain’t Sexy; Right: Rebecca Veksler, SoL Cups. Source: Supplied. Whether you have an established online presence or are just dipping your toe into the world of e-commerce, SmartCompany spoke to two successful entrepreneurs to help …

Staff could walk out on the job unless they get RATs free of charge

Emma Elsworthy SmartCompany, January 18, 2022 ACTU secretary Sally McManus. Source: Joel Carrett/AAP. Unions are threatening to walk off the job unless employers give out elusive rapid antigen tests (RATs) free of charge — but with shortages predicted ’til February, a stalemate could see Australia’s already-choked supply chains placed under greater strain. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary …

Labor’s rushed Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 defies accountability and consultation

Vince Catania Countryman/The West Australian, 5 January 2022 Protestors against the WA Government’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill gather on the steps of WA Parliament in August. Credit: Gabrielle Timmins/Kimberley Land/Gabrielle Timmins/Kimberley Land Something big happened in Parliament late last year that you need to be aware of. An extremely significant piece of legislation was rushed through Parliament in the last …

Westpac hit with lawsuit for sacking manager over ‘sexual innuendo’

David Marin-GuzmanWorkplace correspondent Financial Review, Jan 17, 2022 A Westpac manager who was fired for allegedly calling his female superior “little piggy”, and asking if she was “going tea-bagging”, said his sacking was retribution for complaining about his boss’ toxic attitude. The former insurance manager for Westpac’s BT Financial, Mark Curtis, is suing the bank for damages over what he …

Small business calls for HECS-style loans scheme

Ayesha de KretserSenior Reporter Financial Review, Jan 18, 2022 Small Business Australia is lobbying Canberra to ditch the small to medium enterprise loan recovery scheme and replace it with a system modelled on the higher education contribution scheme (HECS). Head of Small Business Australia Bill Laing said Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s current SME loan scheme had been a failure because …

Calls for Western Australia to drop Union Jack from State flag

Charlotte EltonThe West Australian, 18 January 2022 The proposed design for a new WA state flag Credit: Supplied Should Western Australia become the first State to ditch the Union Jack on its flag? A new campaign — spearheaded by non-profit organisation Ausflag and celebrated WA businesswoman Janet Holmes a Court — is urging State politicians to do just that. They’ve …

Google misled publishers and advertisers, US lawsuit alleges

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, in Silicon Valley near San Francisco. A spokesman said ‘our advertising technologies help websites and apps fund their content, and enable small businesses to reach customers around the world’. Picture: Alamy By Tripp Mickle And Keach Hagey The Wall Street Journal The Australian, January 15, 2022 Google misled publishers and advertisers for years about the …

Omicron surge: Wesfarmers’ navigates the new Covid reality

Mike Schneider, Bunnings Group managing director, on the shop floor of his store at Fairfield in Melbourne. Picture: Andrew Henshaw Eric Johnston Associate Editor The Australian, January 18, 2022 Australian retailers face another two weeks of navigating the new Covid reality and that means staff shortages, fewer shoppers and supply squeezes. An earnings update from Wesfarmers boss Rob Scott shows …

Small business looking through Omicron challenges, lending soars, Prospa says

Prospa CEO and co-founder Greg Moshal, left, with co-founder Beau Bertoli. Mr Moshal is optimistic that small business will navigate the Omicron disruption well. Picture: John Feder Joyce Moullakis Senior Banking Reporter The Australian, January 17, 2022 The spike in Omicron Covid-19 infections and issues hitting the small business sector will prove a “temporary challenge”, with many companies looking through …