A first outside the US: American Express launches unsecured business loans for Aussie SMEs

SmartCompany, February 9, 2021 American Express will leverage its global brand to offer small businesses unsecured loans, in a first for the company outside of the United States. The launch of American Express’ business loans will offer unsecured capital of between $5,000 and $250,000 to SMEs in Australia on annual interest rates starting at 10.95%. Martin Seward, American Express Australia’s …

SafeWA: Shopping centres, supermarkets to be legally required to keep customer register for COVID-19 tracing

The West Australian, 29 January 2021 Premier Mark McGowan has announced expanded requirements for businesses using the SafeWA check-in app for COVID-19 tracing. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The Sunday Times Shopping centres, supermarkets and takeaway food outlets across WA will be legally required to keep a register of customers under a major expansion of the coronavirus outbreak safety measure. Businesses already using …

Call from business to bar workers who avoid coronavirus vaccine

Council of Small Business Organisations Australia chief executive Peter Strong says employers should ‘absolutely’ have the legal ability to stand down workers without pay if they refuse to take the coronavirus vaccine.The Australian, December 25, 2020 Employers want the power to require workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine and stand them down from work without pay if they refuse, warning …

Are Australians workaholics? What to do if your employees won’t take holidays

SmartCompany, January 31, 2019 It’s a business conundrum: what does one do with dedicated, hard-working employees who generate fantastic results, but just won’t take a holiday? Amy McWaters, chief operating officer at Sol Group, the parent of Gifts Australia and The Hamper Emporium, explains: “We have a couple of team members in particular who’ve been with us a number of …

How to protect your retail staff in the face of Christmas abuse

SmartCompany, December 18, 2017 It’s that dreaded moment on the shop floor every summer retail worker can relate to. One moment you’re humming along to Michael Buble’s Christmas album, the next you’re confronted with a foul-mouthed tirade from an irate customer. Now the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association is fighting back, with a new national advertising campaign urging customers to …

COVID-19 coronavirus: Contact registers for businesses and venues

Information on which businesses and venues need to keep a contact register and how to do so. Last updated: 25 November 2020 at 1.30pm Who needs to maintain a contact register To keep all Western Australians safe, particular businesses and venues must maintain a contact register of patrons, staff, visitors and contractors for COVID-19 contact tracing, if required. Particular businesses are: …

How small businesses can identify open and winnable government contracts

SmartCompany, October 28, 2020 THINQ Learning founder Thomas Pollock. Source: supplied. In my almost 20 years of searching for, bidding for, winning and losing government business, I’ve never witnessed a period as ideal as this for Australian small businesses to target and win government contracts. Smart small businesses are now seeing government revenue opportunities far more frequently, and importantly, as …

Health is wealth: Why SME owners need to prioritise mental wellbeing

SmartCompany, October 14, 2020 People are a business’s greatest asset. But with small business owners working overtime to come out the other side of the pandemic, anxiety, depression and burnout is a real concern. With the lines between work and personal life now blurred, prioritising mental wellbeing and work/life balance becomes more important than ever. Taking care of yourself and your …

Christmas delivery dates revealed for shoppers and small businesses

SmartCompany, October 13, 2020 Australian consumers are being urged to get their Christmas shopping done early this year if they plan to send gifts via the post, with Australia Post this week setting out key Christmas delivery dates. The post carrier is preparing its network to face sustained high demand from unprecedented e-commerce sales at the busiest time on the …