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Good News: Incentive for Small Business and Lenders are still Lending

To Our Valued Clients We acknowledge that we are facing challenging economic conditions stemming from the current health crisis. When you open the paper or read news online, it often seems like a sea of negative and heartbreaking stories. For …

The Australian piece on electric cars – Dr Bjorn Lomborg

The following article ‘Extra emissions are the dirty little secret of electric cars’ was published in The Australian by Dr Bjorn Lomborg. This article discusses some misconceptions of electric cars and their role in environmental solutions.

The Seven Wonders of the luxury world

Most of us will never be billionaires – but we can dream right? If you have been lucky enough to receive jewellery, a fine watch or vintage wine as a gift — it’s a good idea to look after it …

Dealing with CRAP – the forgotten secret of success

It often seems every time we try to improve our lives, our relationships or our business we encounter more unwanted challenges in the process. This is why the majority of people that set themselves a goal never actually achieve it. …

Busker to billionaire

Cirque Du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment company that is the largest theatrical producer in the world. Founded by two former street performers it has grown from humble beginnings to shows in over 300 cities on every continent except Antarctica. …

Low interest car finance: is it really what it seems?

We see low or zero interest car finance advertised all the time. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But as the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true it usually is. So who is really paying for you to …

Look beyond the mainstream leaders

Securing finance for your company’s plant and equipment can be a daunting exercise, but doesn’t need to be. Whether you require a finance advisor, a specialist in plant and equipment finance, or you simply want to ask some questions about …

Questions to Adani from Four Corners

For anyone that didn’t see Four Corners this week, the show was what many would call a ‘stitch up’ on the Australian coal industry and in particular, Adani and the proposed Carmichael Project. The Adani responses, which weren’t aired on …

Coal in India

For those taking note of all the negative news on the coal industry and the impact on our regional economy, the following report may be of interest. Prepared by the office of the Chief Economist, Department of Industry and Science, …

Equipment fraud on the rise

Have you ever thought about how you manage your heavy equipment and tools of trade? Is it secure and protected? As anti-crime technology has made it harder for criminals to steal and dispose of cars, equipment fraud is on the …

Two industries moving in different directions

Cars and trains are the two primary modes of passenger transport in Australia, but by 2017, cars will be produced solely overseas. Both the motor vehicle manufacturing industry and the railway equipment manufacturing and repair industry have faced sustained strong …

The lowdown on cloud accounting

Unsurprisingly, small business owners have many common frustrations when it comes to maintaining the company books and tax compliance. With the right platform to run your business books, you now have the technology to minimise these frustrations leaving you to …

The stages of business growth

Just as economic cycles move their way around ‘The Economic Clock’ so too businesses move through a lifecycle of clearly identifiable stages of business growth.To understand your priorities at any one point is vital to know where you are and …

Coach your team to win

Do you see a synergy between business and an elite sports team? John Buchanan does. The former Head Coach of the Australian cricket team has built a successful career as a business coach applying his leadership and team building strategies …

Select once, select right and save

Every business owner will agree that finding the ‘right’ person for a job is often difficult. Gaining as much information about a candidate ‘up front’ is the key to not only finding the best person for the job, but one …

Negotiating the purchase of commercial property

Negotiating the purchase of a commercial property can be a tricky business. There are a number of key areas to consider prior to purchase. For potential buyers these may cause some anxiety but for an expert negotiator these areas can …

Medicinal Marijuana crops may open opportunities for QLD cane growers

The possibility of new laws allowing the legal cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis may create new opportunities for Queensland cane growers, with hopes that it may boost profitability and enhance soil health. Mackay cane grower, Joe Muscat, has trialled …

If you need it, do you have it?

Every business needs insurance but often during the process of starting out in business the importance of insurance can be overlooked. In this article we discuss both the essential and non-essential (but helpful to have) insurance options for business. Sometimes …

Don’t go wasting my time…Tips for more efficient meetings

A recent survey showed employees of a large software company considered half of the meetings they attended each month were a waste of time. They were actually losing 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings! So how do your meetings …

Motivate don’t alienate. Simple ways to motivate your staff

Keeping your employees motivated is the key to better performance and productivity. The natural flow-on effect is satisfied customers. In this article, we give you some simple, low-cost tips on how to keep your staff motivated to deliver their very …

Positive news for the coal industry

Less than a year after the coal industry was declared to be in decline, coal becomes one of the best-performing commodities of 2016. Cargo prices for Australian thermal coal from the Newcastle terminal have increased by over 35% since mid-June …

Car loans … where did it all start?

Have you ever wondered how car finance began? The history of car loans is actually quite interesting as it follows the history of cars, beginning with the first automobile that was invented by Sam McLaughlin of Ontario, Canada. Read more

Crowdfunding – what’s it all about?

Crowdfunding. You’ve no doubt heard about it but while it might be one of the cool new kids on the block there is no doubt it has limitations as a viable funding option for business. In Australia, the legislative framework …

Business owners forced to educate

Starting a small business is fraught with uncertainty, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances of success. One of the most important strategies is for business owners to become better educated and improve their management skills. …

Agricultural tariff trial

The trial will give farmers the chance to test off-peak and demand-based electricity tariffs under the Regional Business Support package to save money on their electricity bill .  Read more

Coal discovery confirmed in the Karin Basin tenement

Vitrinite Pty Ltd has identified 123 million tonnes of coking coal in the Karin Basin tenement of the Bowen Basin. Managing director Nick Williams said that people thought he was crazy when Vitrinite increased their exploration in underdeveloped tenements in …

123 Million tonnes of coking coal found in the Karin Basin

123 million tonnes of coking coal was found in the Karin Basin, near Clermont. The mining company that discovered it, Vitrinite Pty Ltd, had made the decision to continue drilling despite the downturn. Due to its scarcity and value in …

Indian beef ban another feather in Australia’s reliability status

Coming hot on the heels of the Brazilian corruption scandal which prompted temporary bans with key beef importers, the Indian development reinforces Australia’s position as the leader in red meat integrity and consistency of supply. Read more

Change, adapt or perish

Technology has transformed our lives over recent decades and will continue to do so well into the future. For any business – large or small – the ability to adapt to change and manage its impact can mean the difference …

Rules of investing through an SMSF

Self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) are one area of frequent scrutiny and much debate. While investment opportunities are significant, it is important to seek guidance through the myriad of regulations governing superannuation savings and taxation obligations. This article explores some …

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