New retail chief targeting penalty rates

The Australian, July 12, 2016 Lower Sunday penalty rates and less restrictive retail trading hours will be two of the main priorities of the National Retail Association’s new chief executive, Dominique Lamb. Ms Lamb, who joined the NRA last year from the association’s law firm NRA Legal, will be confirmed today as its new chief executive after previous boss Trevor …

Election uncertainty leads to drop in retail sales

SmartCompany, July 5 2016 The Coalition had attempted to reinforce stability and confidence throughout its election campaign but the Australian people appear to have not taken that to heart when visiting the shops. Data sourced from the Australian Retail Index by Retail Express, shows the last week of the federal election caused a significant drop in retail spending rates. A …

Tackling family business investment decisions in a low-return environment

SmartCompany, July 12 2016 Family businesses should look to their inherent strengths to maximise asset productivity or finance growth. Family businesses face unique investment challenges in the current low-return environment. Fortunately, families can rely on their natural advantages to maximise asset productivity and preserve future capital. For the typical Australian, investment decisions centre around their retirement portfolio – superannuation, employer …

The four critical people you need in your network

Women’s Agenda, July 5 2016 The adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has significantly more weight in this 21st century world of busy-ness, where jobs are taken before they are advertised, previously unthought-of collaborations appear and steal market share, and everyone seems to know everyone else on social media. A Harvard Business Review article Managing Yourself, …

Why your business should care about childcare reform this election

SmartCompany, Friday, July 1 2016 Both major parties are carrying major $3 billion dollar childcare policies into the election, and businesses could be the benefactors as more women may be able to get into work. Bringing more women into the workforce could leave Australian Gross Domestic Product $25 billion dollars better off if the female workforce participation rate matched that …

Message from our CEO

Last week and again this week The West Australian newspaper reported on the fiasco surrounding the non-payment of subcontractors on government and non-government projects. The subcontractors involved are small and medium businesses that are unable to withstand not being paid for their work, which in turn has a profound effect on their employees. The West Australian reported: “The State Government …

Election 2016: The current state of play COSBOA & ACCI

SmartCompany (extract) Monday, July 4 2016 Small business reacts Peter Strong, chief executive of the Council of Small Business Australia, told SmartCompany the election aftermath is “like groundhog day but with different hogs”. Strong says COSBOA members are “trying not to be negative”, but says many are “terrified” of a Labor Government. “The reason we’re concerned is that this is …

Cafe owner accused of staff rip-off

The West Australian on July 7, 2016 Han’s Cafes run by one of the original founders has been accused of underpaying 100 workers by tens of thousands of dollars over several weeks. The Fair Work Ombudsman has alleged in the Federal Court that its investigation of four of the chain’s 17 cafes found the workers were not paid appropriate penalties …

No joy for subcontractors left without payment

The West Australian on June 29, 2016 The State Government has cited an aversion to red tape as the reason it has failed to introduce a measure it promised three years ago to guarantee payments to subcontractors when a building firm goes bust. As Premier Colin Barnett declared it was difficult for government to regulate the treatment of subcontractors on …

Dudded subbies: Building group met ‘all financial criteria’

The West Australian, June 28, 2016 Subcontractors across WA are being driven into debt and increasingly face payment disputes for work done on private and public projects such as schools and police stations. An investigation by The West Australian has revealed the State Government risks a repeat of the 2012 debacle when tradespeople lost millions of dollars after seven companies …