• Coronavirus

    Staff worries skyrocketing for SMEs before Omicron made things worse


    First 5000 |  January 19, 2022


    Business owners were already struggling with staff issues in the second half of 2021, well before the January 2022 Omicron spike exacerbated their staff shortage woes, according to national research by leading SME non-bank lender ScotPac.


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  • Mental Health

    Critical small business mental health program renewed


    First 5000 |  January 18, 2022


    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson has welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to renew funding for a critical mental health program tailored to small business owners.


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  • Resilience

    Is optimism on your risk register?


    Victor Perton |  January 17, 2022


    An optimistic mindset will help reframe the challenges of our time as opportunities rather than constraints and bring people together in the search for solutions. Victor Perton explains.


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  • Business

    Trends for the changing workplace in 2022


    Andy Hurt |  January 14, 2022


    The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed us; made us question our values and re-evaluate what’s important to us. Poly’s ANZ Managing Director Andy Hurt shared his predictions for how the pandemic will change the workplace in 2022 and beyond.


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  • Agriculture

    Farmers finished 2021 with positive outlook


    First 5000 |  January 13, 2022


    Australian farmers are predicting the “magic combination” of high commodity prices, low interest rates and good seasonal conditions will continue in the year ahead – sustaining a continued high level of confidence across the sector.


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  • Positive leadership

    Positive leadership helps clients, your business


    Victoria Coster |  January 12, 2022


    Looking at the world through rose coloured glasses can be difficult at times but Victoria Coster believes positivity flows from herself to her credit repair business team and ultimately onto their clients and relationships with referral partners.


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  • Productivity

    How to create more capacity: The 1 day refund


    First 5000 |  January 11, 2022


    Inspired by the recent lockdowns, productivity expert Donna McGeorge has published her latest book, The 1 Day Refund, which shares practical strategies to create 15 per cent more capacity in their lives, equivalent to 1 day per week.


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  • Positive leadership

    HAVE YOUR SAY: How does your business foster positive leadership?


    First 5000 |  December 1, 2021


    What makes a good leader? In the era of the ‘new normal’, it’s important to be optimistic and essential that those who run businesses lead from the top. As part of our have your say series we invite to answer ‘How does your business foster positive leadership? 


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Latest News

  • Businesses looking to save costs when re-opening

    First 5000     |      November 5, 2021

    Marty Pomeroy, Chief Executive Officer at Smartpay, encourages SME merchants to shop around for better deals, as a way of being more efficient with their business when reopening.

  • Super sting costs NSW mums $500 million

    First 5000     |      November 4, 2021

    NSW mothers have missed out on more than $522 million in superannuation contributions because the government refuses to pay super on its parental leave scheme. 

  • No “snap back” for lowest income earners between lockdowns

    First 5000     |      November 3, 2021

    While the period between COVID lockdowns was a time of hope for many, it was more a case of chronic COVID than “snap back” for others who fell deeper into financial despair, according to a new Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) report.

  • Report calls for permanent mental health committee

    First 5000     |      November 2, 2021

    A parliamentary inquiry found that the COVID-19 pandemic and successive natural disasters have amplified social disadvantage, service demands, and the number of mental illness presentations, as well as exposed the limitations of Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention and aftercare service systems.

  • How to Avoid Insurance Scams and Frauds

    Amelia Atkins     |      November 1, 2021

    Insurance fraud is a serious crime, one that affects thousands of citizens around the world, and costs consumers millions in higher premiums, unpaid claims, and increased prices for goods and services. As the majority of insurance scams often goes unreported, the exact cost and impact of this fraudulent activity can often be difficult to determine, […]

  • 2022 Product of the Year winners revealed

    First 5000     |      November 1, 2021

    Over 5,000 Australian shoppers have had their say and cast votes for their favourite supermarket and everyday products, in the annual Product of the Year Awards (POY) for 2022.

  • Sustainable Kid-Friendly Activities to do As a Family

    Amelia Atkins     |      November 1, 2021

    Teaching children about sustainability and the importance of protecting the planet is vital. So, try to practice eco-friendly activities with them from their earliest age. Whether you have them watch you plant a garden or allow them to help you repurpose the old clothing, having them involved in any way will set a good example […]

  • Back in business: 5 ways to optimise your marketing strategy after COVID-19

    Derek Lotts     |      October 28, 2021

    Businesses are opening back up in Victoria and New South Wales as COVID lockdowns ease, and firms can adopt some simple strategies to keep in touch with their customers and entice them back through the door.

  • The New Normal – the rise of business with purpose 

    Bronwyn Reid     |      October 27, 2021

    Times are changing, and attitudes are changing, according to author, business mentor and educator Bronwyn Reid. People now value businesses with purpose – those with a strong, believable “why” that has a positive impact upon society.

  • CoAct named ‘Employer of Choice’ for innovative approach to people

    First 5000     |      October 26, 2021

    Not-for-profit employment services provider, CoAct, has been recognised as an Employer of Choice (EOC) for the second time in The Australian Business Awards 2021.

  • Use sustainability to inspire business, brand and employer brand transformation

    Rachel Bevans     |      October 25, 2021

    We’re now living in the decade towards 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and with COP26 literally around the corner, we’re faced with increasing awareness and experience of the gaps in the plan – illness with Covid, the climate crisis and growing inequality. Rachel Bevans from The Healthy Brand Company explains.

  • Not-so-free trade in the Asia Pacific

    Shaun Cameron     |      October 22, 2021

    Free trade facilitated rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region, but new trade barriers, geopolitical rivalries, the COVID-19 pandemic, and regional inequality are threatening this expansion. Shaun Cameron explains.

  • How has COVID changed the way we should collaborate and innovate?

    Kate Bettes     |      October 21, 2021

    Many organisations will retain hybrid working to improve collaboration, communication, productivity and innovation as COVID restrictions ease. Kate Bettes explains.

  • How to recover from a ransomware attack

    Glenn Maiden     |      October 20, 2021

    Next week’s Australian Cyber Week 25-29 October 2021 is  designed to help Australians raise their awareness of and improve their online security. Awareness and resilience have never been more important as the cyberthreat landscape continues to evolve, according to Glenn Maiden from Fortinet.

  • ‘Buy Australian Now’ and support your local makers and growers!

    First 5000     |      October 19, 2021

    ‘Buy Australian Now’, the latest campaign from Australian Made is urging all Aussies to support local jobs and economic recovery by backing our local makers and growers as the country begins to open up and prepare for the festive season.