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Looking beyond our shores as a small business

Looking beyond our shores as a small business

Australia’s continued economic relationship with China is showing little sign of slowing down[1], with the country – our biggest trading partner – investing in Australia at a level not seen since before the global financial crisis. There are, undoubtedly, valuable export opportunities for Australia’s small business sector not only in China but also in the […]

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Why cash is king for small businesses

Why cash is king for small businesses

The strange thing is you can have a full order book and see that your business is really taking off, but if you don’t have a firm grip on the cash flow situation you could struggle to stay afloat and achieve long-term success. It is important to understand why cash flow matters so much to […]

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Small businesses being used as ‘cheap form of finance’ by larger ones: late payment inquiry

Small businesses being used as ‘cheap form of finance’ by larger ones: late payment inquiry

By extending payment times to small businesses in the supply chain, large Australian and multinational organisations are effectively using them as ‘a cheap form of finance’, according to a new report by the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). The report, which responds to the Ombudsman’s inquiry into payment times and practices, highlighted the […]

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Insolvencies set to increase in Australia in 2017

Insolvencies set to increase in Australia in 2017

Australian businesses are set to experience an increase in insolvencies this year as a result of another difficult economic year, according to the recently-published Atradius Economic Outlook. The likely 2% increase in insolvencies puts Australia in step with the UK and Canada.  The improving trend in the business environment across Australia and other advanced economies is […]

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SME Cashflow Problems Are Bigger than You Think

SME Cashflow Problems Are Bigger than You Think

Recently the general lack of cashflow within SMEs in Australia was investigated by Kate Carnell, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, ASBFEO. She found that, contrary to what many might believe, the actual reason why small businesses are experiencing cashflow problems is due to slow payers, and those payers just happen to be […]

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Call for government to consider UK regs to help ensure big businesses pay SMEs on time

Call for government to consider UK regs to help ensure big businesses pay SMEs on time

The Coalition has been urged to follow the example set by the UK Government and introduce legislation to deter big business from making late payments to SME suppliers. From April 2017, large companies and limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) in Britain will be required by law to publicly report twice a year on their payment practices […]

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