Australia/ New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 07/05/2008

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:

  • Nanotech talks to help very small business in SA: Materials Australia and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research will be hosting a series of seminars next week encouraging small businesses across South Australia to get involved with nanotechnology.
  • New taxes for small businesses proposed:TWO of the country’s top tax advisers, Deloitte and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, have joined forces to develop a new and less burdensome way of taxing small businesses.
  • Brian Fallow: Report slams emissions scheme: It is neither fair nor efficient that households, small businesses and road users will bear 90 per cent of the cost of the Government’s planned emissions trading scheme over the next five years, a report for the Sustainability Council…
  • High power prices crippling businesses: Hawke’s Bay pulp manufacturer Pan Pac estimates it is losing $100,000 a day in sales as it cuts power consumption in the face of soaring spot prices. Its comments follow an announcement by New Zealand Aluminium Smelters last week…
  • SME conditions worsen, survey finds:SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) say business conditions worsened at the start of the year and they expect lower profits in 2008, according to a survey.
  • Smaller retailers get bigger: THE retail sector in Australia is about to change and it can only be good for shoppers, small retailers and suppliers, said retail expert Phil Bonanno, from insights consultancy The Leading Edge.

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

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