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  • Human Capital Matters

    Les Pickett     |      October 14, 2010

    Imagine you came to work tomorrow morning to find that the buildings, plant and equipment are all in place. The computer is chugging away collecting and processing data but there are no people. They have all gone.


    How much would it cost to replace your entire workforce? These are people with expertise, knowledge and experience. People with an understanding of your industry and your company. People with professional competence.


    Add to this the cost of lost profits and lost customers… the impact on your suppliers, shareholders and other stakeholders.

  • Retail trade strengthens in August

    Virginia Harrison     |      October 14, 2010

    Caffe Latte Photo Courtesy of avlxyz's Flickr PhotostreamRetail trade rose for the sixth straight month in August but the pace of the gains has eased.  

    Sales were up 0.3 per cent for the month compared to a rise of 0.7 per cent in July according to the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services were the best performers, up 1.5 per cent.

  • OECD official on Australia’s standing in the global recovery

    Virginia Harrison     |      October 14, 2010

    Jonathan CoppelJUST over two years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers the recovery is slow, but international policy-shapers maintain economic rebuild and reform efforts are on track.

    “Globally we’re in a recovery phase, a very mild one. We’re seeing modest recovery in consumption with very high levels of unemployment and limited increases in wages.” Jonathan Coppel economic counselor to the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Development (OECD) said.

    “At the moment we are looking at frameworks for strong, sustainable and balanced growth. We are looking at what contributed to the GFC and what can create growth, including the impact of different structural policies.” He said.

  • UPDATE: A merry Christmas to drive growth

    Virginia Harrison     |      October 11, 2010

    Detail from Christmas retail scene Photo courtesy of Digital Cat's Flickr PhotostreamOctober 2010: Strong Christmas trading is expected to drive economic growth, as executive’s fears about interest rates ease slightly

    The latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations survey reveals improvement in all 6 key indicators of business strength.

    That includes a small lift in employment expectations which weighted on the index last month.

  • The good, the bad and the ugly: getting to know your business

    Virginia Harrison     |      October 1, 2010

    Phil DoyleGetting to know the ugly side of your business might just be the trick to move things up a gear.

    Virginia Harrison spoke to Phil Doyle from Curtin University. They’ve been running hands-on business development programs for small and mid-size businesses as part of the Curtin Growth Owner program for the past 15 years.

    The so-called “pocket MBA” delivers practical lessons from business people, rather than academics.

  • The Outlook for Australian Trade in the 21st Century

    Andrew Leigh     |      September 20, 2010

    Transcript of the address delivered by the Hon. Andrew Leigh MP to the Global Access Partners National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit on 17 September 2010.

    I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on whom we are meeting today. I would also like to thank Peter Fritz, Catherine Fritz-Kalish, and Lisa Middlebrook for involving me in this really stimulating discussion.

    As I understand my role, it is to provide a relatively high-level overview on trade to kick-start discussion with the other speakers, who will focus on more direct policy-relevant topics.

    My interest in trade comes about partly as an economist – it’s almost a stamp of entry into the profession that one must be a free trader. But also then having a policy interest through having worked for 18 months for the later Senator Peter Cook.

  • SPEECH: Building on our Strengths

    Wayne Swan     |      September 20, 2010

    Following is a transcript of the speech delivered by The Hon. Wayne Swan MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer to the opening dinner of the Global Access Partners National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit, Sydney, 16 September 2010.
     

    Thanks very much for having me here today and thanks Lisa [Middlebrook] for that introduction.

    Can I welcome Jonathan Coppel, Senior Economic Adviser to the Secretary General of the OECD – who’s sitting over there at my table. Jonathan I hope you enjoy your time in Australia.
     

    It’s great to be involved in marking the opening of Global Access Partners’ National Economic Review, which focuses on “how to boost Australia’s global competitive advantage and drive sustainable growth”. This is the essence of the Government’s mission and I’m looking forward to stepping through some of that for you tonight.

  • SPEECH: A Prescription for Australian Innovation

    Martin Duursma     |      September 20, 2010

    The following is based on the speech delivered at the Global Access Partners National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit, 17 September 2010, by Martin Duursma, CTO Office Chair, Vice President of Citrix Labs, Citrix Systems.

    Let me frame the discussion with a couple of statements:

    1. The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.
    2. Failure is good.

    Today all of us find ourselves in an Australia that is one of the leading economies in the OECD, in large part due to our good fortune with our resources boom. But, is this a long term condition? Indeed if you think about the word ‘boom’, isn’t it usually followed by the word ‘bust’?

    Do we want to tie the long term success of Australia, our people, our society to such dependence on one type of economic activity?

    I think Australia needs to broaden its economic base.

  • Managed Accidents

    Peter Fritz     |      September 8, 2010

    Along with my colleague Jeanne-Vida Douglas, I have just finished writing a new book titled “The Profit Principle”.

    The book is due for release in November but the whole hook of it, which I wanted to share here, is that the most common mistake people make in business is falling for the adage that you have to “spend money to make money”.

    That’s simply not true; you need to invoice to make money!

  • Call for affirmative action on government purchasing from Australian MEs

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 8, 2010

    Leo SilverThe government will stunt Australia’s economic growth by ignoring SMEs and failing to support innovation in this highly productive business segment, warns the boss of a growing mid-size tech-company. 

    Leo Silver is the CEO of Integrated Wireless which delivers emergency wireless communications solutions to large institutions like hospitals and prisons.

    He argues medium-sized companies like his are being sidelined by the government, which prefers to buy from larger, more established foreign rivals.

  • Time to turn off the Simpsons

    Lisa Middlebrook     |      September 8, 2010

    Why do Australians take the worst and leave the best of what the USA has to offer?

    Having a Mum from Sydney and a Dad from Texas, over the course of my life, I’ve lived, studied and worked in both Australia and the USA. It’s an interesting perspective from which to view the way the two cultures regard one another.

  • Is this really mine? Practical steps managing the IP in your business

    Mike Lloyd     |      September 7, 2010

    Unless you are very knowledgeable about IP law, never make the assumption that something cannot be protected.

    A quick question for any business owner – how much is your business worth on the market today?

    Think about the book value your accountant would give to the company, and you might be left feeling it’s worth a lot more.

    Why is that?

  • SMEs remain cautious about debt

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 7, 2010

    Small & medium sized enterprises are reluctant to take on debt, as the aftertaste of the financial crisis and access to credit continue to trouble businesses.

    The latest Veda Advantage Business Credit Demand Index showed demand for credit fell 5.6 per cent in the April to June quarter compared to the same period in 2009.

  • UPDATE: Retailers lead the way in Christmas confidence

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 7, 2010

    Baubles: photo courtesy of Gordon McClean's Flickr PhotostreamSeptember 2010: Australia’s executives are tipping strong growth in the lead up to Christmas, but remain cautious about bringing on new staff.

    The latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations survey reveals improvement in 5 out of 6 key indicators of business strength.

    Executives are confident of growth in sales, profits, inventories, capital investment and selling prices during the December quarter.

  • Digital tools for pricing compliance

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 7, 2010

    ILID label on display at Thriftylink GunnedahElectronic labels are helping one hardware store owner save time and money, and stay on the right side of the law.

    David Berry owns Thrifty Link in Gunnedah and last year installed nearly 6,000 ILID labels throughout his store.