According to the latest Suncorp–Resilium-Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland Pulse Survey, electricity and utility costs are now the number one challenge facing the state’s business community. Read more.
Taking care of your staff is an invaluable asset to your business, not only for your staff but also for the reputation and growth of the business. In this article, we explore the benefits and actions you can take to improve a caring work environment. Read more.
When considering business growth, you must consider what business growth means for you outside of the traditional, profits and revenue in order to have a successful business, and a happy life. Read more.
For many years, bookkeeping was the bane of my business existence. I’m embarrassed to say it now, but when I bought my first business over 30 years ago, my idea of bookkeeping was to put everything in the clichéd shoe box and take it to my poor accountant once a year and leave him to sort it out. Read more.
A former Brisbane 7-Eleven operator has been hit with $168,000 in penalties for short-changing workers and falsifying records to conceal the underpayments. Read more.
A survey conducted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has found that 1 out of 3 Queensland businesses spend more than 6 hours a week on red tape. Read more.
The evidence is in, healthy workplaces create healthier, efficient and more productive employees. It therefore makes business sense to introduce healthy living initiatives in the workplace. Read more.
Traditional bank funding for many SMEs has become increasingly problematic. Read more.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is making it easier for migrant workers to report workplace concerns to the agency by launching its popular Anonymous Report function in 16 languages other than English. Read more.
In this second part of the series on obtaining finance for your business, we look at obtaining finance from banks and non-bank lenders. Understanding working capital finance is often the most challenging form of finance to obtain. This is a complex area as there are numerous variables to consider, but let’s look at the basics. Read more.
For more than 5 years, CCIQ has lobbied all governments for improved access to procurement opportunities for Queensland’s small businesses. Read more.
Being a small business owner I’ve always tried my hardest to take good care of my staff, but what I’ve realised over the years is that this means different things to different people. Regardless of what it actually means, there are many benefits to any business that truly has the emotional, physical and financial well-being being of their staff as major priorities. Read more.
“Well, I guess we had better make a start….” Rod Sims, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)said, with his prophetic opening remarks at the first of many public forums in Brisbane Tuesday night in relation to the ACCC Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry. Read more.
When in the thick of productivity, small business owners tend to get caught up in day-to-day core business and urgent affairs - it can take some grit to get the ball rolling on those other stickier, more time-consuming tasks. The tasks we put on the back burner and bank for another day. Confidence can get in the way too, hoping that unlikely events don’t occur and hedging bets that luck is always on side. Read more.
The newly released program update for Queensland’s State Infrastructure Plan shows there are now 685 projects in Queensland’s infrastructure pipeline at varying stages of execution. Read more.
Growing a business brings a myriad of challenges, not the least of which is obtaining sufficient funds to invest in the growth of the business and provide adequate working capital for the specific lifecycle the business is in. Read more.
As small business owners, we’re always thinking about productivity, immersed in day-to-day and in the grip of deadlines and targets. It can make getting to grips with other tasks like first aid training, often regarded as incidental to the core business, a little sticky. You’re not alone if you put them on the back burner. But you’re not wise, either. Hedging your bets and hoping that nothing untoward happens is neither good judgement nor good practice. Read more.