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  • Building a more productive Australia

    Patrick Callioni     |      March 6, 2012

    Patrick Callioni continues to explore issues related to productivity and the future of Australian business.

    Shortly after I wrote my last blog on productivity, the Commonwealth, Victorian and New South Wales governments announced cuts in some government agencies, allegedly needed to meet efficiency or budget targets.

  • Sustainability on show

    Jennifer Levasseur     |      February 29, 2012



    See the best of both worlds: the very latest in workplace products plus sustainable solutions. All of which you’ll find showcased at our 2012 Product Expo.

    Here you’ll find a wide selection of environmentally preferable products and an equally diverse range of answers to your sustainability questions. Plus, you’ll be able to speak to our experts who can help you make the best possible choices for your business.

  • So what is “The Cloud”?

    First 5000     |      February 29, 2012


     
    Paul Armstrong founder and managing partner of web development company Sitback Solutions explains the ins and outs of Cloud Computing in layman’s terms.

    Remember when you used to buy a newspaper as opposed to reading it on your iPad? Or when you used to buy DVDs from the store instead of downloading your films from iTunes? I can’t… Well the cloud is a bit like that – it’s the same as what you used to have, just delivered slightly differently and with a few different pros and cons.

  • Planning is the key

    Spyros Kotsopoulos     |      February 28, 2012

    For those involved in family businesses or companies, the taxation consequences – especially regarding capital gains tax (CGT) – of poor or inadequate documentation of family arrangements can be annoying at best, and at worst, ultimately distressing.

    Deloitte Partner Spyros Kotsopoulos shares his advice on how best to approach family ‘matters’ with a view to avoiding unintended and unfortunate outcomes.

  • Have your say: Corporate Fault Reform Bill

    Helen Hull     |      February 21, 2012

     

    You are invited to have your say on the Personal Liability for Corporate Fault Reform Bill 2012, which forms part of the National Partnership Agreement to deliver a Seamless National Economy.

    Submissions close: 30 March 2012.

  • Why we need to do something about productivity – right now

    Patrick Callioni     |      February 21, 2012

    Australia has a history of being productive through hard work, rather than through being smart, says Patrick Callioni. He believes it is time to turn the tables today rather than years in the future when it could be too late.

    In Australia small and medium size businesses (SMEs) are the mainstay of the economy, despite what the big end of town thinks. SMEs generally drive employment numbers – up or down – and are especially important in regional centres.

  • Five business goals for 2012

    NAB - Business View     |      February 21, 2012



    Are you ready to take on the tough business challenges of 2012? Recovery from the global debt crisis isn’t expected to occur in the short term.

    In the meantime, to ride out the current confidence dip, businesses need to plan and out-think the competition or risk being left behind as others steal market share. Setting goals can help you trim the financial fat and strengthen your organisation.

  • Have your say: carbon units

    Helen Hull     |      February 14, 2012



    First 5000 members are invited to have your say about the position paper on the legislative instrument for auctioning carbon units in Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism.

    Submissions close: 24 February 2012.

  • Get Schmart with your marketing

    Helen Hull     |      February 14, 2012



    Discover how to build powerful customer relationships by bridging the gap between social and traditional media at PMP’s 2012 Schmart Marketing Conference. 

    Popular keynote speaker from the 2011 Schmart Marketing Conference, Jeffrey Hayzlett, former Eastman Kodak chief marketing officer and vice president, returns to Australia to lead the discussion which will take place in Melbourne and Sydney, on 21 and 23 February respectively.

  • Business giving back to the community

    David Bell - Kwik Kopy     |      February 14, 2012

    Aligning your business to a charity is a great way to give back to the community. David Bell, managing director of Kwik Kopy discusses how the First 5000 partner chose to work with its charity Hands across the Water to create the 2012 Kwik Kopy Hands Classic.

    You want your business to find a way to give back to the community, but choosing which charity to support can be a challenge.

  • How to prevent a terrible nightmare at work

    Sarina Russo     |      February 14, 2012

    Work can be a stressful place at the best of times, but difficult colleagues and staff can make it impossible. Sarina Russo looks at how to avoid hiring an office psychopath.

    Not only can office psychopaths make your life a living hell, they can be charming and know how to avoid detection.

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    A blueprint for reducing your advertising production costs

    Darren Woolley     |      February 7, 2012

    After media, advertising production is usually the single biggest expense marketers and advertisers manage. Yet we hear horror stories of budgets being blown out with production over-runs and changes.  Darren Woolley managing director, of marketing consultancy, TrinityP3 outlines how to build an ad campaign without blowing the budget. 

     We generally find that these production blowouts are more likely due to poor supplier management rather than the naked greed of the suppliers. Of course, this does not mean there are no longer sharks in the advertising waters, it just means armed with knowledge on costs and processes, you are less likely to get attacked, or worse still, eaten alive.

  • Have your say: Fair Work Act

    Helen Hull     |      February 7, 2012



    You are invited to comment on the Fair Work Act Review. The Object of the Fair Work Act is to provide a balanced framework for cooperative and productive workplace relations that promotes national economic prosperity and social inclusion for all Australians.

    The Panel is particularly keen to hear from First 5000 members. Written submissions to the Review Panel are due by 17 February 2012.

  • What keeps people from LEADING successfully?

    Franziska Goyo     |      February 7, 2012



    How do you to motivate your teams to sell more, be more and stay with you, executive coach Franziska Goyo, shares her tips.  

    The CEO of a fast growing recruitment company asked me to train their teams to become more effective in selling, coordinating and motivating their clients. The first analysis clearly showed that the teams were stressed. A lot of complaining behind other people’s backs was going on amongst them and trust levels were low. A number of the staff had left not long after they had started.


  • Say Yes to being a successful business

    Helen Hull     |      January 31, 2012



    Relationships, creating an international brand and outsourcing are the keys to the success of natural skincare brand Yes to Carrots. Co-founder Lance Kalish gave us the inside scoop on how this strategy has worked for his company and how it could help yours.

    “Relationships are the most important thing,” a confident Kalish says about creating operations overseas.  “Relationships are everything. You cannot build a meaningful relationship with a retail buyer, or a distributor, or anyone in your industry from behind your computer in Australia.