Australia/ New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 23/07/2008

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:

  • Think about leasing, SME’s told: LEASING, not buying, is being put forward as an option for small businesses as tough times settle in.
  • Thureon’s ‘server in a box’ wins global design award: New Zealand start-up technology company Thureon has won a prestigious international design award – placing its unique “server in a box” product alongside the creations of giants such as Apple, Dell and IBM.
  • Cashing in on communities: Find out how young entrepreneur, Clay Cook, changed his 80 hour working week to three hours a month leaving him free to develop new online businesses.
  • Gen-i out of $1.3bn CBA race: Telecom New Zealand subsidiary Gen-i has taken itself out of the running for the Commonwealth Bank’s tender process to provide the bank with Australia-wide telecommunications services.
  • Firms think twice before outsourcing: Chief information officers (CIOs) have been warned of an impending shake-up in IT outsourcing relationships triggered by today’s unsettled business climate
  • Free money for growth – part one: The credit crunch has certainly put a kink in the funding feeder channels for many businesses. But one source of growth capital could yet come to the rescue – government assistance. JAMES THOMSON and MIKE PRESTON point your business towards more than 90 ‘free-money’ opportunities

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

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