Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 2009/02/18

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 businesses don’t trust remote workers: Only eight per cent of the UK’s small businesses trust employees to work away from the office, despite 42 per cent of workers saying they would work harder from home, according to research.
  • Tax relief for small business: Small businesses will get tax relief through a 20% reduction in their tax obligations.
  • Small business to benefit from stimulus package:Greens: The Australian Greens are claiming Tasmanian small businesses that supply energy efficient home products will benefit from their role in passing the federal government’s economic stimulus package.
  • Small business conditions weakest since mid-1990s says ACCI: SMALL business continues to feel the weight of the economic downturn with trading conditions slumping to their weakest since at least the mid-1990s.
  • Small business may miss bonus: Some small businesses may miss out on the increased investment allowance tax bonus announced by the Rudd government, due to the wording of the legislation.
  • Keeping business all in the family: Your grandfather started a small business as an immigrant to New Zealand. The enterprise prospered and was handed down to your father.
  • Reading the tea leaves: How should small business protect their positions? What now for exporters? Property or shares? And why even bother with super? A special MySmallBusiness expert panel.

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

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