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Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell calls for prompt payment of government subbies

Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell calls for prompt payment of government subbies

Stating that small business subcontractors are vulnerable to delayed payments, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has announced she is examining payment terms and conditions for “subbies” working on government projects. “Most government departments pay their invoices within 30 days, but when a prime contractor is appointed to manage a project […]

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Businesses urged to monitor customers as court actions increase

Businesses urged to monitor customers as court actions increase

New research shows that nearly 1 in 2 Australian businesses are leaving themselves vulnerable to bad debt by not performing credit checks on their existing customers. CreditorWatch conducted a survey asking questions relating to credit management responsibilities to business owners, accountants and credit professionals from small to enterprise sized businesses. Whilst 72% of all respondents […]

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NSW Budget: measures will save money for up to 600,000 small businesses, treasurer says

NSW Budget: measures will save money for up to 600,000 small businesses, treasurer says

More than half a million small businesses stand to benefit from tax cuts included in the 2017-18 NSW Budget, according to Treasurer Dominic Perrottet. In a statement, released yesterday, the Treasurer announced: “From 1 January 2018, the NSW Government will abolish insurance duty for small businesses on commercial vehicle insurance (including aircraft), professional indemnity insurance, […]

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Ten Network enters voluntary administration despite steps taken to improve future earnings

Ten Network enters voluntary administration despite steps taken to improve future earnings

Ten Network Holdings Limited (ASX: TEN) (“TEN” or “the Company”) announces that Mr Mark Korda, Ms Jennifer Nettleton and Mr Jarrod Villani of Korda Mentha have been appointed as voluntary administrators of the Company and each of its subsidiaries (together the “Ten Group”) by the Ten Group Directors. This decision follows correspondence received from Illyria […]

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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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Rise in cancelled unincorporated entities a concern for all businesses

Rise in cancelled unincorporated entities a concern for all businesses

The number of failed unincorporated entities has significantly increased from the September quarter of 2015. The findings were revealed in CreditorWatch’s latest Small Business Risk Review, which also shows a continuous high in national payment defaults (+67%) during Q4 2016. Unincorporated entities (typically sole traders and partnerships) are commonly small privately owned businesses. The operators […]

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Transparency of unsettled tax debts to affect business credit ratings

Transparency of unsettled tax debts to affect business credit ratings

A new arrangement will come into effect from 1 July 2017 that will allow the Australian Tax Office to contribute information to credit reporting bureaus (including CreditorWatch) about Australian businesses with unsettled tax debts over $10,000 that are 90 days overdue. Businesses that have not paid their tax debts to the ATO will likely hurt […]

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