Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 24/09/2008

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:

  • Small business gloomy about next 12 months: BUSINESS confidence in Western Australia has hit a seven-year low, with small businesses showing they have little faith that the resources boom will stop economic conditions from deteriorating in the next 12 months.
  • Federal Government’s one-strike workplace policy is welcome relief: JUST when small business has been calling for the federal Government to show that it understands their challenges, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard surprised the sector by dropping the need to give poorly performing staff three warnings.
  • Big business led up Birdsville track: BIG business is starting to pay for its long-standing opposition to sensible trade-practice reform. Its negativism has created a vacuum now being filled by many potentially painful measures, from predatory pricing and mergers to consumer policy and cartel conduct.
  • One warning and you’re out, under new laws : ALL business operators will be able to sack workers after giving them just one verbal warning and complying with a short check-list, under new business-friendly employment rules to be introduced by the Government.
  • Customer service vital in tough times: WITH tough times looming, customer service will become more important than ever for small businesses that want to survive, experts have warned.
  • Baby boomers good customers: Australia’s ageing population will create enormous opportunities for small businesses involved in these areas, finds the inaugural Business & Population Monitor from business advisory firm PKF, with Access Economics.

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

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