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:
- Scrapping fuel subsidy will cost Queensland business $320 million: The Queensland Government’s decision to scrap the state’s fuel subsidy program will hurt small businesses to the tune of $320 million and force them to increase the cost of goods…
- Emerson finally moves on parliamentary report into franchising sector: Federal Small Business Minister Craig Emerson will launch a round of consultation with key franchising industry stakeholders, as he prepares to make a formal response to a controversial parliamentary…
- Fewer small businesses to hire staff: Only about one in three small businesses expect to hire more permanent staff in the next 12 months.
- Liberals lash franchise delay: Claims that small business minister Craig Emerson has “blood on his hands” for not implementing changes.
- 2N+1 Power = Ensuring sever uptime of 99.99% over the past 14 years.
- SMEs will lead this recovery – and they’re still very worried: Two key ingredients driving domestic economies are consumer and business confidence and the power of the banking sector to finance them.
- Staff turnover falls for SMEs, salaries up 4.6%: Good news for employers. Employees working in Australia’s small companies are increasingly choosing to stay with their employers.
- Potential e-waste levy could hit SMEs: Prices of computers and other hardware products may soon be hit with a new recycling levy in an attempt to curb the growing amount of electronic waste, prompting warnings from some…
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.