• Coronavirus Optimism Thought Leadership

    Making the shift from survive to thrive


    Rachel Bevans |  April 6, 2020


    When do we shift our attitudes and behaviours from survive to thrive? When are the plans suitably in place to make sure everyone is safe and well, so that we can redirect our resources to thinking about the future?


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  • Coronavirus Optimism Remote work

    Maintaining relationships first step to maintaining productivity


    David Westgate |  April 3, 2020


    My new premises look very much like my suburban home and my office looks very much like my spare bedroom. Strangely, my wife thinks it looks like her office too. As do my daughter and her bare-chested boyfriend. In short, my business is bedlam.


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  • Coronavirus Cyber security

    How CSOs can ensure security, productivity remain resilient during challenging times


    First 5000 |  April 3, 2020


    Businesses need to remain agile and adaptable in times of rapid transformation. Ensuring that security and productivity remain resilient, regardless of the circumstances, is paramount to business success.  


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  • Coronavirus Manufacturing

    The Impact of COVID-19 on manufacturing


    Geoff Crittenden |  April 2, 2020


    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is becoming ever more obvious that the complete lack of support from state and federal governments and industry at all levels has had a possibly terminal impact on Australian manufacturing, according to Geoff Crittenden CEO of Weld Australia.


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  • Coronavirus Marketing

    Marketing during Coronavirus: How to adapt your business for crisis or recession


    Darren Moffatt |  April 2, 2020


    The global pandemic that is COVID-19 has upended normal business practices and trends. Darren Moffatt of Webbuzz offers advice to business managers who want to get some control back.


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  • Thought Leadership

    Why we need to stop trying to turn culture into a “number” that you can measure


    Ross Judd |  April 1, 2020


    Have you thought about trying to measure your relationship with your significant other by giving it a score and then assigning improvement as a KPI? Do you think that would work?


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  • Tourism

    Funding boost to support Australian exporters and tourism businesses


    First 5000 |  April 1, 2020


    The Morrison Government will inject an extra $49.8 million into the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.


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  • Remote work

    How companies can stay secure while employees work from home


    First 5000 |  March 30, 2020


    As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak drives more workers to work from home, many companies are realising that their existing systems don’t support large numbers of employees working remotely.


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Latest News

  • 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.

  • Work safety more than hardhats and steel-capped boots

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 4, 2010

    Leo SilverAussie tech-company keeps workers in high-pressure environments safe from harm. Virginia Harrison spoke to Leo Silver.

    Workers in high-pressure environments like prisons or hospitals can find themselves in life-threatening situations, and that reality has created a business opportunity for an Australian tech-company.
     

    Integrated Wireless provide messaging and duress systems solutions to protect staff working in intensive environments.

  • Women to drive the global economic recovery

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 4, 2010

    Women's Photo courtesy of of Superburschi's Flickr PhotostreamWomen outpace men when it comes to growing businesses and hold the potential to lead the global economic recovery according to a new study.

    A report by Ernst & Young investigated the productive power of female entrepreneurs and states that women-owned enterprises grow faster than those owned by men.

    Females own or operate up to 33 per cent of private businesses worldwide.

  • Manager skill-set blocks mid-size growth

    Beth Walker     |      September 4, 2010

    Medium-sized businesses often stumble when it comes to scaling up because they lack strong managerial skills.

  • Cloud Computing: What does it mean for SMEs?

    Matthew Sorell     |      July 22, 2010

    Cloud computing is the notion that you can put or process your data “in the cloud somewhere”. Where it is and how it got there is not your problem. How reliably it’s stored, whether it can be hacked into, and a whole host of other issues shouldn’t be your problem either; in the ideal cloud environment.

    But back in the real world, reliability, access, security and recoverability are your problem, and that means that you do care where your data is and how it got there. How do you respond?