Tag Archives: SME

Female SME leaders cope better with stress

Female SME leaders are better at handling stress than their male counterparts, says research from merchant services provider Paymentsense. According to the findings, 45 per cent of the UK male respondents said stress affected their clear thinking at least five times a day. This figure compared with just 17 per …

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Inquiry launched into affordable capital for SME growth

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has launched a new inquiry, exploring a range of international initiatives to address the funding gap for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). “The inquiry will examine Australian initiatives where the government shares the lending risk, and state/territory initiatives to support small business …

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Westpac results positive for SMEs

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute SME Index results show business confidence rose by 3.2 per cent in the third quarter of the year. Westpac says the Index, which examines the economic health of Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) shifted above the 100-neutral mark for the first time in the year, …

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Australian SMEs have say in policy making

A Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) summit this week aimed to provide a framework for a fairer, level playing field for Australian SMEs, with those attending given the opportunity for input in the blueprint for policy-making for SMEs. The summit (May 30-31) at the Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast …

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Compliance for SMEs a must by EOFY

The federal Government is urging SMEs to ensure workplace compliance by the end of the financial year on June 30. In a statement, Employsure, an employment-regulations and work, health and safety service, recently reminded Australian SMEs to guarantee they are meeting their legal requirements, including all the changes to wage …

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Small business employers settling for ‘OK’

The latest study by global recruitment specialists Michael Page reveals 50 per cent of surveyed SMEs said they settled for hiring someone who was ‘OK’ versus someone who was ‘fantastic’. Attrition also emerged as a major concern for SMEs, with 35 per cent of those surveyed saying a new hire …

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