• 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

  • What net zero best practice means for business: report

    First 5000     |      October 18, 2021

    There is huge momentum in companies adopting climate commitments including net zero targets in Australia. But there is so much variety in the kinds of climate commitments being announced, according to a report released today from ClimateWorks Australia.

  • What does a ‘Covid-normal’ workplace look like?

    Rachel Packham     |      October 15, 2021

    Workplaces are changing, offering more flexibility than ever, says a UNSW Canberra report. But not everyone has fallen in love with hybrid ways of working.

  • Delivering successful projects with a remote workforce

    Kyle Muir     |      October 14, 2021

    Remote working wasn’t always a consideration in the past for organisations that collaborate closely with clients and deliver business-critical services, such as partners but COVID changed all that. Kyle Muir, practice manager, modern work and digital at Intergen shares five keys to managing remote teams for success as a partner.

  • Your talent is on the fly! Here is everything you need to do to keep them

    Zivit Inbar     |      October 13, 2021

    The great resignation wave is here, according to people, culture, leadership expert and CEO of DifferenThinking, Zivit Inbar. 

  • Backing our own know-how: a choice we should make

    Ed Husic MP     |      October 12, 2021

    Ed Husic MP delivered the following keynote address at the Global Access Partners 12th Annual Summit on Friday 8 October. This year’s focus was the ‘New Normal’.

  • Why risk is a pathway to opportunity

    Lisa Sisson     |      October 7, 2021

    Risk is not something you need to fear; you just need to understand it, even though it can be uncomfortable to do so. Risk management expert Lisa Sisson explains.

  • Global accounting profession unites to target net zero emissions

    First 5000     |      October 6, 2021

    Australia’s major professional accounting bodies CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) have joined 10 global and national accounting bodies to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Australia – A complacent nation

    John Blackburn     |      October 5, 2021

    Lead author of the final report from the GAP/IIER-A National Resilience Initiative John Blackburn AO introduces the recommendations of an 18-month long project which brought together over 250 Australian experts to examine the nation’s resilience in the face of a changing world.

  • How Important are Authority Links for Successful Content Marketing?

    Carolin Petterson     |      October 2, 2021

    Traditional, outbound marketing methods are slowly moving away to leave room for the more subtle solutions, such as Content Marketing. The advantage of this method is that it is less invasive, as the customers essentially discover the product or service on their own by consuming the content they are interested in. That is why businesses […]

  • Australia’s digital competitiveness slide accelerates

    First 5000     |      October 1, 2021

    Australia’s digital competitiveness is in decline with the nation dropping five places in a ranking of the digital competitiveness of 64 countries released earlier this week.

  • Make yourself happy by creating healthy food habits

    Amelia Atkins     |      October 1, 2021

    It is hard to make it through the day, let alone to be productive if your energy levels are low and you can not bring yourself to do anything. The easiest way to maintain your energy, motivation, hormone levels, and your health, in general, is a good selection of quality food.  It sounds quite easy, […]

  • New lending options boost SMEs and the economy

    First 5000     |      September 30, 2021

    Changes to lending markets over the last decade means there are now a wide range of finance options available for small businesses that don’t require property as security, according to a new report by the Productivity Commission.

  • ANZ business travellers are ready to restart travelling despite the global pandemic

    First 5000     |      September 29, 2021

    A recent study from SAP Concur found that 98 per cent of surveyed business travellers from Australia and New Zealand were ready to travel for business in the next 12 months, with 68 per cent noting they were ‘very willing’ to do this.

  • What makes a good leader? Thoughts from an award winning auctioneer

    Andy Reid     |      September 28, 2021

    Possibly one of the more persistent debates in business, sports, and life generally is this whole topic of what constitutes a good leader. Auctioneer Andy Reid explains. 

  • More dirt track than roadmap until businesses receive answers

    First 5000     |      September 27, 2021

    Professional accounting body CPA Australia has published ten questions it says governments must answer to give businesses the certainty they need to re-open or continue trading under state and territory roadmaps.