Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 2009/04/22

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:

  • If the hat fits: A swell week for some who call themselves entrepreneurs, not so good for others.
  • Business costs fall: Business costs fell for the first time since mid-2003as the economic slowdown tempers inflation pressures.
  • Retailers sack staff, but still optimistic: Nearly a quarter of retailers have been forced to lay off staff over the past three months, figures show.
  • NZ ICT industry not slowing down: What global financial crisis? New Zealand’s information and communications technology industry continued to grow at the same pace in the 2008 financial year as the year before, according to the country’s official statistics organ.
  • Phones run hot over work rights: CONFUSED employers are flooding Workplace Ombudsmen with complaints about sackings, wages and redundancy.
  • How to keep your job: When times are tough, what do bosses expect from their staff? Four entrepreneurs tell.
  • Brains and Beauty: CRACKING the market at launch is just a pipedream for many retail startups, but not for Shelley Barrett’s ModelCo.

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

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