• Business lessons from averting an air disaster

    THE SAME techniques that a highly trained – and determined – Qantas team used to avert what could have become one of the world’s worst aviation disasters, can be used to save your business life.

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  • Gathering Events team finds Brisbane 'village' caters well

    FOR UNIQUE and interactive catering solutions business, Gathering Events, the challenges of running and growing a business are expected to get easier with Brisbane City Council aiming to create Australia’s most small-business-friendly city.

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  • Brexit to make Australia's day?

    ECONOMIST Dan Hadley writes that as Australians have been commemorating  the arrival in 1788 of the British First Fleet, the British themselves have been getting ready to sail out of Brussels and the European Union on a modern Brexit voyage into uncharted waters.

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February 17, 2020

GM kills Holden

By Mike Sullivan >>

GENERAL MOTORS (GM) has retired what it referred to as ‘the Holden brand’ from sales in Australia and New Zealand. GM will also turn the lights out on its Australian design and engineering operations by 2021.

The slim glimmer of hope for Australia maintaining its capabilities in auto design on a global stage – Holden designers and…

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  • 16 Feb, 2020

    Innova City and PlatON use blockchain to create smart city

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    By Leon Gettler >>

    IN CHINA, a blockchain venture seeks to create a smart city. The implications of the research will be global. It could create smart cities around the world.

    Ada Xiao is the chief strategy officer for PlatON, the pioneering global privacy-preserving computing network. Located in Hangzhou, it is working with…

  • 16 Feb, 2020

    Small business ombudsman looks at legislation to fix payment times


    THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has warned that if big businesses continue to flout reasonable payment terms, she will have no choice but to recommend federal legislation requiring all businesses to be paid in 30 days.

    “In the past week, Telstra and Rio Tinto have moved to…

  • 09 Feb, 2020

    Cooper joins Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre board

    People on the Move

    THE Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) recently appointed Richard Palmer to its board of directors.

    AMGC chairman Paul Cooper said Mr Palmer brought “a depth of expertise that is the perfect complement to the current team’s experience in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, and technology innovation”.

    “We are…

  • 09 Feb, 2020

    Real digital innovation is about ‘customer centricity’


    By James Brett and Angus Dorney >>

    THE CORPORATE WORLD is littered with buzzwords. From ‘agile omni-channel gamechangers’ to ‘disruptive synergies’. These words might have meant something once, but now they’re just empty syllables – the junk food of enterprise vocabulary.

    But there’s one phrase fast approaching buzzword status…

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February 16, 2019

Australia needs leadership now, not rulership

BUSINESS ACUMEN’s special report on leadership, in edition 93, could not be more timely. Or more poignant. Or better…


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November 27, 2019

DG Institute warns on dangers of new credit file databases

THE new credit reporting laws will considerably affect the one in six Australians currently deep in debt, or anyone who has ever borrowed money in…


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January 27, 2015

Less pain and effort now it’s Ezy-As

For many, the arduous task of donning compression stockings can be frustrating. This is especially true if the wearer is living independently,…

Business Incubator: ACS Labs

October 27, 2019

Technology association ACS to overhaul governance, form as a company

ACS, the association for Australia’s technology profession, is set to become a company limited by guarantee, in the wake of a special general meeting…

Queensland Leaders

January 25, 2020

SpareBizSpace engineers a new kind of ‘space-age’

SPAREBIZSPACE is an organisation solving dual problems faced in an ever-increasingly mobile and transient world: how to find the right business space at the right price, and how to make money out of…

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Creative Industries

December 02, 2019

Vloggi brings cheap (but good) video production to SMEs

By Leon Gettler >>

HOW CAN a non-profit group or business make a cheap video? The answer lies in team work and crowdsourcing.

Sydney tech start-up…

Sports Business

September 30, 2019

First Asia-focused sports tech investment house launched by…

VARCIS Capital recently launched what it labels the world’s first Asia-focused sports technology investment and advisory house.

Headquartered in…

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October 08, 2019

CrowdMedia influences the Influencers

By Leon Gettler >>

HOW DO the big brands market themselves to millennials when the younger generation no longer watches TV or listens to…

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January 09, 2020

IPA cheers targeted, simpler small business tax concessions

THE Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has commended the Board of Taxation for its holistic review of small business tax…


January 06, 2020

Dairy Code disputes: Farmers get help through the Small and Family Business Ombudsman

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell said her office was now offering assistance with disputes that…

Community Business

January 09, 2020

Australian shipping steps up to help bushfire-hit areas

AUSTRALIAN shipping is playing an important role in the relief effort following the devastating bushfires in NSW and Victoria.

Maritime Union of…

Better Business Technology

October 17, 2019

New 5G report helps Australian businesses ‘prepare to profit’

WHAT does the upcoming 5G telecommunications network really offer Australian business that is not available already? The answer is, a surprising…


February 14, 2020

Australian researchers call for help to save our insects

SCIENTISTS fear Australian insect populations are on the brink of collapse and are calling for the public’s help to paint a better picture of the problem so they can develop solutions to help tackle…

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February 27, 2019

SiGNificant signage by design

THERE IS SOMETHING magnificent about a finely crafted roadside sign … and Indian Hills Community Center in Colorado, USA, may well be the world pace…

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