Australia/New Zealeand Small Business News Round-up – 16/04/2008

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from Australia and New Zealand:

  • Simon Hendery: Targeting SMEs sensible play by Telecom: It’s show and tell day for Telecom. The company’s top brass are in Sydney briefing analysts on their strategies for continued growth and profitability. In the newly regulated telco environment, and with the traditional voice call…
  • Not all finance firms are struggling: The “flight to quality” by spooked finance company debenture investors after several high-profile collapses has driven some companies to the wall but had a surprisingly small effect onoverall funding for the sector, Reserve Bank data…
  • Retailers fail to click to new trends: AUSTRALIAN retailers are lagging behind the rest of the world because they refuse to embrace the internet and sell their products online, an expert says.
  • A business perspective: Michael Barnett Chief executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce “Like it or not, New Zealand relies on foreign investment and I fear this decision could tarnish our reputation and cost us investment opportunities over and above…
  • Tax cuts but not at any price: Tax cuts are overwhelmingly popular with Kiwis – but they don’t have to be big, and they shouldn’t lead to rises in interest rates or cuts to social spending. New research by the Business Council for Sustainable Development shows…
  • Services sector index barely moving: A measure of activity in the services sector shows it to be only just continuing to expand. The monthly Bank of New Zealand – Business NZ Performance of Services Index was down to 50.8 in March, 4.8 points lower than in February…
  • NICTA weak at the knees over $25m funding: NICTA revealed today that it has received an AU$25 million funding boost courtesy of the NSW government, as part of an initiative to put the state back in the ICT spotlight.

As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.

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