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Value over time: Has hourly billing had its day?

Value over time: Has hourly billing had its day?

29 June 2023

Could the end be nigh for the hourly billing model favoured by many professional services firms? As technology turns the dial towards value-based pricing, we examine the advantages in measuring outcomes rather than hours.

Value over time: Has hourly billing had its day?

Article

Fired up for success

Fired up for success

31 May 2023

Hospitality business founders Bill Drakopoulos and Dave Henderson shared their experiences over a meal for NAB’s Business Founders Talk series. Hear what they had to say about the passion and drive required to build up their respective businesses.

Fired up for success

Insight

The rewards of thinking differently

The rewards of thinking differently

28 September 2022

The brains behind Airtasker and v2food share a meal – and their thoughts on how changing your perspective can lead to success.

The rewards of thinking differently

Article

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: June 2022

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: June 2022

28 June 2022

Since last month’s wrap, we have seen further gains in most agricultural commodity prices, tentative signs of a stabilisation in fertiliser prices, combined with a lower AUD and a weakening global growth outlook.

NAB Rural Commodities Wrap: June 2022

Report

Technology Fast 50 2020

Technology Fast 50 2020

1 September 2020

Calling today’s tech leaders and future disruptors. Nominations are now open for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50.

Technology Fast 50 2020
Check your fit before stepping into a board role

Check your fit before stepping into a board role

5 July 2019

Many senior executives thrive in a boardroom setting. Others can find it limiting and dull. We chat to two senior executives to find out why the boardroom might not be right for everyone – and what alternatives might be a better fit.

Check your fit before stepping into a board role
Accounting for the future – a new model for success?

Accounting for the future – a new model for success?

5 April 2019

Technology is changing the way accounting professionals work and the relationship they have with their clients. Cloud accounting business specialist Lielette Calleja shares the secrets of her own success and suggests ways to make the most of continuing transformation.

Accounting for the future – a new model for success?
Changing the funding game

Changing the funding game

27 February 2019

Growth capital is more important than ever. But while we’re seeing new and innovative forms of funding stepping up to meet this need, it’s clear small and medium-sized businesses must step up too.

Changing the funding game
Advice that changed my life

Advice that changed my life

5 December 2018

Good advice that you just have to take... six entrepreneurs share the words of wisdom that helped them turn their ideas into thriving businesses.

Advice that changed my life
NAB Quarterly Business Survey: Quarter 3 2018

NAB Quarterly Business Survey: Quarter 3 2018

18 October 2018

The business conditions index decreased 2pts to +13 in 2018 Q3, but remains well above its long-run average. Business confidence also fell, declining 4pts to +3 index points, a little below its historical average.

NAB Quarterly Business Survey: Quarter 3 2018
Why I do what I do

Why I do what I do

24 August 2018

Passion, history, ambition. There can be many reasons business owners follow their dream. We asked five company heads to explain their ‘why’.

Why I do what I do
Get the community on side – sponsor a local team

Get the community on side – sponsor a local team

5 July 2018

Helping out a local sports team with sponsorship can build strong relationships with potential customers – pharmacist Silvana Gittani bet her marketing budget on it. Her success proves how many business, regardless of size, can use strategic marketing to engage with their community and forge lasting business ties.

Get the community on side – sponsor a local team
Keeping my ‘why’ front and centre

Keeping my ‘why’ front and centre

29 May 2018

My ‘whys’ haven’t changed over 25 years at NAB. I’m still driven by the impact economics has on our lives and the importance of delivering independent analysis that helps people and institutions make better decisions.

Keeping my ‘why’ front and centre
24 Hours with Elissa Renouf

24 Hours with Elissa Renouf

20 May 2018

Rising to the challenge of parenting four children with Type 1 diabetes prompted Elissa Renouf to found Diabete-ezy, a rapidly expanding business whose products help other sufferers manage the condition. We spend a day with her in export and expansion mode.

24 Hours with Elissa Renouf
Face it: the future is here

Face it: the future is here

10 May 2018

Biometric authentication is being rolled out across various industries – and the possibilities feel endless.

Face it: the future is here
My inspirational mum: CEO keeping family at heart of her business

My inspirational mum: CEO keeping family at heart of her business

4 May 2018

Roza’s Gourmet head Jasmin Robertson grew up immersed in her mum Roza’s sauces business. Though she passed away almost 17 years ago, her mum’s passionate food philosophies – and recipes – remain at the heart of the booming business. We spoke to Jasmin about her mother’s enduring business legacy.

My inspirational mum: CEO keeping family at heart of her business
Pathways to Building Australia’s Entrepreneurs

Pathways to Building Australia’s Entrepreneurs

20 April 2018

Our small and medium businesses are critical to Australia’s prosperity, so it is important that we put in place the right settings that enable our entrepreneurs to have the greatest chance of success.

Pathways to Building Australia’s Entrepreneurs
Dress to impress: How she did it

Dress to impress: How she did it

13 April 2018

She set up her business aged just 21 and now runs the largest privately owned uniform company on the east coast of Australia. We meet Pamela Jabbour of Total Image Group.

Dress to impress: How she did it
NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q4 2017

NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q4 2017

7 February 2018

NAB’s Consumer Anxiety Index* was basically unchanged in Q4 2017 at near survey lows with job security causing Australians the least stress, consistent with a strongly improving labour market.

NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q4 2017
Japan: a trustworthy and valuable trading partner

Japan: a trustworthy and valuable trading partner

16 January 2018

Japan is arguably Australia’s most important Asian ally, and its large market of wealthy consumers is a natural target for Australian businesses selling high-quality goods and services. Here are some tips to help you establish successful business relationships.

Japan: a trustworthy and valuable trading partner
League brings extraordinary women together to build businesses

League brings extraordinary women together to build businesses

16 January 2018

In 2009, Sheryl Thai had just started a business and was like any other fledgling entrepreneur: hard-working, idealistic, passionate. Yet she felt alone. What she did next became the basis of a movement that’s helped thousands of women across Australia find their business voice: the League of Extraordinary Women.

League brings extraordinary women together to build businesses
Australia’s rising tide of craft beer

Australia’s rising tide of craft beer

11 December 2017

The craft beer industry has exploded in Australia. Four brewers explain what’s driving demand, where the sector is headed and what others entering the industry might consider.

Australia’s rising tide of craft beer
Expanding understanding through wider and deeper data capture

Expanding understanding through wider and deeper data capture

5 December 2017

Australia’s GDP continues to grow in spite of subdued wages growth and consumer spending. Gaining a greater understanding of how these contradictory trends break down across regional and metropolitan areas, as well as consumer spending categories, is behind NAB’s expansion of its Consumer Spending and Cashless Retail analyses.

Expanding understanding through wider and deeper data capture
Don’t let your business data be held to ransom

Don’t let your business data be held to ransom

23 October 2017

Threats like the recent global WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks are a good reminder of why it’s important to ensure your business data is safe, by confirming your computer’s security updates and patches are up to date, and backing-up your business data regularly.

Don’t let your business data be held to ransom
Tree change? The pros and cons of running a rural pharmacy

Tree change? The pros and cons of running a rural pharmacy

20 October 2017

What does it take to run a successful rural pharmacy? Two business owners – including the winner of this year’s Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Pharmacy of the Year Award – discuss the challenges and rewards of working in a small town.

Tree change? The pros and cons of running a rural pharmacy
Six pack: Barossa winemakers find strength in numbers

Six pack: Barossa winemakers find strength in numbers

10 October 2017

Artisans of Barossa, a collaboration of six winemaker mates, was born following a business growth decision to band together under the one umbrella brand. The result has been a host of benefits for both the individual business owners and their beloved wine region.

Six pack: Barossa winemakers find strength in numbers
NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q2 2017

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q2 2017

27 September 2017

Insights into the mindset of Australian consumers – their anxieties around future spending and savings plans, what drives these concerns and how they are impacting actual spending behaviours and financial hardship.

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey: Q2 2017
Industry leader on how professional services firms must change

Industry leader on how professional services firms must change

22 September 2017

Traditional law and accounting firms need to take a hard look at their business models and ways of pricing, or they risk getting left behind. The man who brought the term NewLaw to the world and has researched and written extensively on the subject gives five pieces of advice.

Industry leader on how professional services firms must change
Pets are big business

Pets are big business

15 September 2017

At last count, the Australian pet industry was estimated at $8 billion. Business View looks at the changing nature of pet ownership and talks to three businesses tapping into the trend.

Pets are big business
Spotlight on China: Our biggest buyer

Spotlight on China: Our biggest buyer

18 August 2017

As Australia’s most important trading partner, China is one country your business probably shouldn’t ignore. We share tips to help you get started.

Spotlight on China: Our biggest buyer
Cracking the global market: How Yumbah Aquaculture did it

Cracking the global market: How Yumbah Aquaculture did it

13 July 2017

Fifteen years ago, two separate groups of enthusiastic investors and abalone farmers set out to secure a footing on the global stage. It wasn’t until they joined forces in 2008 that everything changed and the farms, within the space of nine years, went from individual 70-tonne entities to being the biggest producer of abalone in the southern hemisphere.

Cracking the global market: How Yumbah Aquaculture did it
From MasterChef to meal-kit king: How HelloFresh is shaking up food delivery

From MasterChef to meal-kit king: How HelloFresh is shaking up food delivery

5 July 2017

HelloFresh doesn’t just deliver food, its very ethos is about bringing people together to cook and eat. So when the global franchise was looking to set up in Australia, management needed a particular set of skills to run the ship. Tom Rutledge, business graduate and former MasterChef contestant, was just the man for the job.

From MasterChef to meal-kit king: How HelloFresh is shaking up food delivery
The moment that changed a business. Business leaders tell – Part 1

The moment that changed a business. Business leaders tell – Part 1

17 June 2017

For Oporto founder Antonio Cerqueira, it was finding the right partner. For entrepreneur Anthony Janssen, it was working on his business, not in it. For Girl Geek Academy co-founder and CEO Sarah Moran, it was backing herself. What was the moment that changed them? Three business owners tell.

The moment that changed a business. Business leaders tell – Part 1
At your service

At your service

14 June 2017

As Australia embraces digital, the business services sector is booming. Nimble and tech-savvy service providers are helping businesses reach their customers by bridging the gaps.

At your service
Take the pressure down

Take the pressure down

18 April 2017

Leanne Faulkner was riding a wave of success building a fast-growing start-up until the business slowed and the stress took its toll on her health. Now she’s helping others learn how to cope with the pressure.

Take the pressure down
At your service: a snapshot of Australia’s booming service economy

At your service: a snapshot of Australia’s booming service economy

1 February 2017

Australia’s service sector already accounts for 70% of our GDP and shows no sign of slowing its growth. That means it’s never been more important to understand the where, what and how of Australia’s most important economic driver. NAB crunches the numbers for you.

At your service: a snapshot of Australia’s booming service economy
SAS reaps rewards of staff focus

SAS reaps rewards of staff focus

12 January 2017

Does focusing on staff satisfaction and building a reputation as a great place to work translate into bottom line benefits for companies? Analytics company SAS believes the answer is yes.

SAS reaps rewards of staff focus
Business leaders help each other excel

Business leaders help each other excel

8 December 2016

Business leaders can feel isolated with nowhere to turn for advice or support – which is what inspired Jason Tunbridge to co-found the Leadership Think Tank. He and three members discuss the benefits of speaking out.

Business leaders help each other excel
Shipping Australian sea treasures to Asia

Shipping Australian sea treasures to Asia

16 November 2016

For the seafood division of the Craig Mostyn Group, one of Australia’s leading food and agribusiness firms, the fastest growing pillar is the export of live southern rock lobster and abalone into the Chinese luxury wedding market.

Shipping Australian sea treasures to Asia
Service economy blooming

Service economy blooming

14 November 2016

While the 24-hour news cycle may talk down Australia’s transition from a commodity to service economy, the figures tell a different, and very positive, story.

Service economy blooming
NAB Quarterly Business Survey: September 2016

NAB Quarterly Business Survey: September 2016

20 October 2016

The quarterly iteration of the NAB Business Survey provides additional valuable insight into Australian business than the regular NAB Monthly Business Survey. This publication offers a more in-depth probe into the conditions facing Australian business.

NAB Quarterly Business Survey: September 2016
How to be a leader

How to be a leader

15 September 2016

Patricia Ilhan, founder of the Australian Food Allergy Foundation and Kathy Alexander, Chair of Administrators, City of Greater Geelong - discover the key to their success.

How to be a leader
Why the Movember moustache remains in fashion

Why the Movember moustache remains in fashion

14 September 2016

Treating the Movember fundraising initiative like a start-up has helped its founders to grow it from a challenge among friends into a global event that has so far raised more than $650 million to help fight prostate cancer.

Why the Movember moustache remains in fashion
Dressed for business success

Dressed for business success

8 September 2016

Listening to their customers’ needs and responding has helped husband and wife team Anoop and Fiona Anchal build a successful business specialising in custom-made corporate uniforms.

Dressed for business success
Love thy neighbour

Love thy neighbour

31 August 2016

The trading partnership between Australia and New Zealand is a strong one. With the earliest trade agreement between the two countries dating back to 1922,

Love thy neighbour
Making a difference

Making a difference

12 August 2016

Boundaries are blurring between profit-making enterprises and philanthropic organisations. We profile two businesses that have prioritised giving back to the community – Kookai’s Katalyst Foundation and Thankyou.

Making a difference
NAB Quarterly Australian Commercial Property Survey Q2 2016

NAB Quarterly Australian Commercial Property Survey Q2 2016

11 August 2016

Sentiment in the retail commercial property market has risen to its highest level in over six years. However, strong retail market confidence was not enough to offset the lower sentiment recorded across the office, industrial and CBD hotels sectors. Overall, the NAB Commercial Property Index fell 7 points to +5 in the second quarter of this year.

NAB Quarterly Australian Commercial Property Survey Q2 2016
NAB Monthly Business Survey:  July 2016

NAB Monthly Business Survey: July 2016

9 August 2016

Business sentiment has shown great resilience to external shocks in the July NAB Monthly Business Survey, with firms choosing to remain focussed on the positive trends within their own business.

NAB Monthly Business Survey:  July 2016
How to leverage video content

How to leverage video content

8 August 2016

Nick Whitehead, Head of Marketing at Viocorp, and Tracey Atkins, Managing Director of Golden Eye Media, explain how SMEs can best leverage video content.

How to leverage video content
Family values: fertile ground for a 0m success story

Family values: fertile ground for a $100m success story

4 August 2016

With the call to entry for the 2016 Ethnic Business Awards now open, it’s the perfect time to celebrate some of last year’s finalists, including Sebastian Galipo, founder and Managing Director of Galipo Foods in South Australia.

Family values: fertile ground for a 0m success story
NAB Online Retail Sales Index: Indepth report – June 2016

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: Indepth report – June 2016

3 August 2016

National Australia Bank’s latest Online Retail Sales Index (NORSI) shows online spending grew by 13.5% in the 12 months to June 2016. While still strong, growth has flattened from the year-on-year growth seen back in 2011 when the index was first established.

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: Indepth report – June 2016
NAB SME Business Survey: June 2016

NAB SME Business Survey: June 2016

28 July 2016

The NAB SME Survey revealed very strong results across a wide range of indicators in Q2, suggesting that the non-mining recovery is broadening to include smaller businesses.

NAB SME Business Survey: June 2016
Doing business on the side

Doing business on the side

25 July 2016

Attitudes to work are changing, with increasing demands for more flexibility in the way we work and what we do fuelling a rise in personal entrepreneurialism

Doing business on the side
NAB Quarterly Business Survey:  June 2016

NAB Quarterly Business Survey: June 2016

21 July 2016

The NAB Quarterly Business Survey provides valuable insight into Australian business, and offers a more in-depth probe into the conditions facing Australian business than the monthly survey, and also provides extra information about how firms perceive the outlook for their respective industries.

NAB Quarterly Business Survey:  June 2016
State Economic Handbook:  July 2016

State Economic Handbook: July 2016

21 July 2016

Solid growth across the large south-eastern states has become increasingly entrenched over the past year, while difficult conditions in the mining sector are having a more pervasive impact across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and parts of Queensland.

State Economic Handbook:  July 2016
Kookai’s 0M-plus clothing empire

Kookai’s $100M-plus clothing empire

14 July 2016

Rob Cromb has presided over the evolution of Kookai in Australia, from its early years as a Parisian label imported on consignment to its current incarnation as a local designer, manufacturer and retailer.

Kookai’s 0M-plus clothing empire
Amaysim takes on Australia

Amaysim takes on Australia

8 July 2016

Amaysim’s low-overheads model was initially tested in several European markets, teaching it valuable lessons that enabled it to successfully set up shop in Australia’s highly competitive telco market.

Amaysim takes on Australia
School for thought: how social media can build an education brand

School for thought: how social media can build an education brand

4 July 2016

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are probably not the first things that come to mind when you imagine setting up a new school. Principal Ian Hewitt describes how social media is fundamental to building the identity of a new school, and helping to foster a new community.

School for thought: how social media can build an education brand
Ring my bell

Ring my bell

1 July 2016

Established as a sideline venture 14 years ago, upmarket Melbourne bicycle accessories range Knog has hit a sweet spot with style-conscious cyclists around the world.

Ring my bell
The changing face of insurance

The changing face of insurance

30 June 2016

Setting up a new business is inherently risky. Insurance can help a lot – as long as you remember to revisit it as your business grows and changes.

The changing face of insurance
The sharing economy

The sharing economy

23 June 2016

Alan Oster discusses the influence of the sharing economy and explores how fast it is growing and its impact on the business community.

The sharing economy
24 hours with Jeremy Meltzer

24 hours with Jeremy Meltzer

17 June 2016

Jeremy Meltzer is the founder of i=Change, which gives participating online retailers an easy way to donate money from every sale. He came up with the idea of giving $1 from every sale to a development project while in New York promoting Yellingbo Gold.

24 hours with Jeremy Meltzer
The beauty of rosehip oil

The beauty of rosehip oil

10 June 2016

Kosmea’s Managing Director Marie Kapetanakis recalls how she sold the family car to start her organic skincare business, and recounts her journey to heading up the global success story it is today.

The beauty of rosehip oil
A new truck every two weeks the secret to Tasty Trucks’ success

A new truck every two weeks the secret to Tasty Trucks’ success

3 June 2016

Colin Lear buys an $80,000 van for his food truck company every two weeks to ensure strong sales and lower maintenance costs. “If you’ve got a nice, new, shiny van that looks right, you’ll actually have better sales from it,” says the Tasty Trucks boss.

A new truck every two weeks the secret to Tasty Trucks’ success
Using social media to build a cult clothing label

Using social media to build a cult clothing label

2 June 2016

Six years ago, James Lillis founded the clothing label Black Milk, using the power of social media to grow a cult following. Now Queensland’s largest clothing manufacturer, with sales of more than 1000 garments a day, it’s now working on cracking the American market.

Using social media to build a cult clothing label
How to thrive in  a changing world

How to thrive in a changing world

20 May 2016

Business View magazine asks three of the speakers at the Sydney World Business Forum 2016 for their views on the biggest challenges facing the business world today.

How to thrive in  a changing world
Case study: Suzanne & Rob Acteson

Case study: Suzanne & Rob Acteson

16 May 2016

Suzanne left her high-profile position as head of the Buchanan Group Australia/New Zealand in February 2014 to take the online Habitots business she’d started in 2013 to the next level – launching a bricks and mortar version of the brand.

Case study: Suzanne & Rob Acteson
From sink or swim, to riding a wave of success

From sink or swim, to riding a wave of success

11 May 2016

With the call to entry for the 2016 Ethnic Business Awards now open, it’s the perfect time to celebrate some of 2015’s finalists and winners, including Elena Gosse, CEO of Australian Innovative Systems.

From sink or swim, to riding a wave of success
Markets Today: Smash & Grab

Markets Today: Smash & Grab

4 May 2016

No, the title is not a summation of Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first Budget handed down last night. Rather it looks to be the most apt description of market price action – in FX at least – apropos the smart overnight session reversal in the fortunes of the Japanese Yen and the Euro.

Markets Today: Smash & Grab
NAB Online Retail Sales Index: in depth report – March 2016

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: in depth report – March 2016

28 April 2016

Australian consumers spent an estimated $19.3 billion online in the past year, primarily on homewares, groceries, media and fashion. According to National Australia Bank’s (NAB) latest Online Retail Sales Index in-depth report, online spending increased 12.4% over the last year.

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: in depth report – March 2016
NAB Quarterly Australian Commercial Property Survey Q1 2016

NAB Quarterly Australian Commercial Property Survey Q1 2016

27 April 2016

Sentiment in Australian commercial property markets softened a little, but remains well above long-term average levels. Despite some pull back, CBD hotels and office markets continue leading the way, with NSW still at the forefront by state and WA floundering.

NAB Quarterly Australian Commercial Property Survey Q1 2016
NAB Quarterly Business Survey – March 2016

NAB Quarterly Business Survey – March 2016

21 April 2016

The March quarter NAB Business Survey shows both a resilient non-mining recovery and an outlook that has continued to improve. Both business conditions and confidence remained at levels similar to that seen in the previous quarter.

NAB Quarterly Business Survey – March 2016
Three strategies to get paid faster

Three strategies to get paid faster

20 April 2016

Australian small businesses are owed an average of $13,200 in late invoices. NAB’s Rebecca Warren and Intuit Asia Pacific Vice President & Managing Director Brad Paterson discuss strategies for improving cash flow.

Three strategies to get paid faster
High-tech platform uses customers to fight off competition

High-tech platform uses customers to fight off competition

19 April 2016

In today’s economy with ever-increasing operational costs and competition, it’s never been more important for businesses to provide the best customer experiences possible. Ryan Townsend’s You Review is a new patented platform giving businesses the tools to do just that by turning instant customer feedback into business intelligence.

High-tech platform uses customers to fight off competition
How one woman wrangles an international agribusiness

How one woman wrangles an international agribusiness

14 April 2016

Cattle breeder Margo Hayes is the powerhouse behind Vitulus Lowline Stud, an award-winning semen and embryo export business with customers in a string of countries, including the US, the UK, Thailand and Italy. We share a day in her life.

How one woman wrangles an international agribusiness
How Australian business views the sharing economy

How Australian business views the sharing economy

13 April 2016

The sharing economy is growing at a rapid rate, as new business models based on ‘access to’ rather than ‘ownership of’ physical and human assets like skills, time and space, continue to emerge.

How Australian business views the sharing economy
How Johnson Partners grew by practising what it preaches

How Johnson Partners grew by practising what it preaches

12 April 2016

Hard work, patience, sound recruitment practices and good advice are behind the growth of Johnson Partners, according to Theo Rigopoulos. These attributes have helped the accountancy firm grow tenfold. Now employing 40 staff, it’s in demand with SMEs and high-net-worth individuals.

How Johnson Partners grew by practising what it preaches
Road from practitioner to designer

Road from practitioner to designer

8 April 2016

Queensland podiatrist and physiotherapist Caroline McCulloch launched FRANKiE4 after spotting a gap in the women’s shoe market for styles that are both comfortable and fashionable.

Road from practitioner to designer
Tale of two icons

Tale of two icons

4 April 2016

Gilmore speaks to Private Word about setting up the restaurant, his goals for its future and some of the secrets of his success.

Tale of two icons
NY Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis tells how to get ahead: be nice

NY Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis tells how to get ahead: be nice

31 March 2016

Fern Mallis is the founder of New York Fashion Week and has variously been described as an industry titan, doyenne, and The Godmother of Fashion. So her words of advice to those who want to work in fashion, with its reputation for attracting egotistical designers and haughty models could be considered surprising: “Be nice.”

NY Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis tells how to get ahead: be nice
The future of fashion – 3D print your shoes at home

The future of fashion – 3D print your shoes at home

30 March 2016

Jodie Fox is revolutionising the footwear industry, but she has a bigger vision for the fashion sector. Custom manufacturing is the way to keep up with evolving customer demands – and one day consumers will be able to 3D print their shoes at home.

The future of fashion – 3D print your shoes at home
Australian housing market update – March 2016

Australian housing market update – March 2016

18 March 2016

The first two months of the year have seen the housing market regain some of the losses recorded over the final quarter of 2015, with capital city dwelling values rising by half a percent in February following a 0.9% rise in January to take our hedonic index 1.4% higher over the year to date.

Australian housing market update – March 2016
Working on sunshine

Working on sunshine

16 March 2016

Coomera Anglican College in Queensland expects energy savings of 30 per cent or over $70,000 a year from the Energy in Education Program for Schools.

Working on sunshine
Peter Alexander – from hand model to pyjama king

Peter Alexander – from hand model to pyjama king

9 March 2016

When Peter Alexander started his business, he always had a Plan B. Alexander says planning for the worst allowed him to focus on the future of his business, which now turns over $150 million a year, has close to 100 retail outlets and is planning to expand overseas.

Peter Alexander – from hand model to pyjama king
How Cathryn Wills won the top job at bag and shoe maker MIMCO

How Cathryn Wills won the top job at bag and shoe maker MIMCO

8 March 2016

Cathryn Wills had never really considered herself as a candidate for the top job at handbag, jewellery and shoe label MIMCO. She told at one of a series of ‘Business Events Program supported by NAB’as part of the 2016 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.

How Cathryn Wills won the top job at bag and shoe maker MIMCO
A hair-raising tale

A hair-raising tale

8 March 2016

Sue Ismiel is Chief Executive Officer of Sue Ismiel & Daughters Enterprises, a family-owned company run by Sue and her three daughters, Nadine, Natalie and Naomi. Specialising in natural hair-removal products, its brands include Nad’s Hair Removal, Nad’s Laser Clinics, NitWits and PuraSkin.

A hair-raising tale
Encouraging entrepreneurship in migrant women

Encouraging entrepreneurship in migrant women

8 March 2016

Political refugee Luz Restrepo’s struggles settling in Australia led to her setting up the social enterprise SisterWorks that’s helping vulnerable women with an asylum seeker, refugee and migrant background.

Encouraging entrepreneurship in migrant women
Working the law

Working the law

7 March 2016

“Success always starts with passion and an unrelenting drive to make it work,” according to leading workplace lawyer Fay Calderone, who is a Partner at DibbsBarker Sydney.

Working the law
Beattie Wines on business innovation

Beattie Wines on business innovation

3 March 2016

VIDEO: Georgia Beattie, founder of Beatttie Wines, discusses how she plans to remain innovative over the next five years and who she is partnering with to do so.

Beattie Wines on business innovation
The business of kids’ health.

The business of kids’ health.

3 March 2016

VIDEO: Monica Meldrum shares the increasing demand for ‘clean’ food and how her fast-growing business Whole Kids is committed to improving children’s health.

The business of kids’ health.
The dining boom

The dining boom

3 March 2016

With the mining boom at an end, the dining boom has certainly fuelled the Australian agricultural sector. This sector is 5 percent of the Small Ordinaries and has been a source of great returns over the past few years.

The dining boom
The Whisky Isle

The Whisky Isle

2 March 2016

It may traditionally have been known as the Apple Isle, but Australia’s smallest state is earning an ever-growing reputation for its production of fine single malt whisky that’s being hailed as some of the best on the planet.

The Whisky Isle
Five tips for managing growth

Five tips for managing growth

1 March 2016

Guy Biran, Managing Partner of JMp Accountants, a mid-sized accountancy firm that handles complex tax matters for some of Australia’s most dynamic businesses and wealthiest individuals, shares his top five tips for managing growth.

Five tips for managing growth
Number crunch: Business innovation

Number crunch: Business innovation

23 February 2016

Innovation is a key driver of business success. It’s typically defined by a firm’s knowledge of the market and customers, constant process reviews, learning from failures and passion and drive.

Number crunch: Business innovation
From tiny things big things grow

From tiny things big things grow

22 February 2016

When sisters Nikki Jurcutz and Rachael Waia co-founded the Tiny Hearts Paediatric First Aid course, they became the youngest women to own a registered training organisation in Australia.

From tiny things big things grow
The USA trade bonanza

The USA trade bonanza

16 February 2016

The United States of America (US) is the economic powerhouse of the world, with its largest and richest consumer market. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), which came into force in January 2005.

The USA trade bonanza
Five tips for protecting your IP

Five tips for protecting your IP

15 February 2016

Intellectual property covers everything from your brand to customer lists. It could be your most valuable asset, so how can you best protect it? Bill Ladas, Special Counsel at King & Wood Mallesons, and Tara Tissott, Legal Counsel at NAB, discuss the options.

Five tips for protecting your IP
Five generations of Tahbilk wine

Five generations of Tahbilk wine

12 February 2016

The Purbrick family has been managing the Tahbilk winery in Victoria for five generations. It’s now managed by Alister Purbrick and his daughter Hayley, who believe they have a responsibility to leave both a sustainable environmental legacy and a successful business for future generations.

Five generations of Tahbilk wine
Oil Market Update – February 2016

Oil Market Update – February 2016

4 February 2016

Since early November, oil prices have resumed a clear downward trend, punctuated by episodes of sharp declines during early to mid- December and the first half of January.

Oil Market Update – February 2016
Putting it all on the line

Putting it all on the line

2 February 2016

Taking charge of the family business after the death of his father, Peter Freedman persevered through tough times to grow Freedman Electronics from a single shop in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield to become RØDE Microphones – one of Australia’s great export success stories.

Putting it all on the line
CEO Seat: waking the sleeping giant.

CEO Seat: waking the sleeping giant.

27 January 2016

In 2012, after a decade as Chief Executive Officer of the National Rugby League, David Gallop was appointed CEO of Football Federation Australia. He shares his mission to have the most fans and participants of any Australian sport.

CEO Seat: waking the sleeping giant.
Single origin wheat is proving an export hit

Single origin wheat is proving an export hit

20 January 2016

Run by four families, Flinders Ranges Premium Grain in South Australia has an expanding grain and flour export business that sells itself on the location and soil it’s grown in, in the same way wine does.

Single origin wheat is proving an export hit
Impact of Lower Oil Prices on Australia

Impact of Lower Oil Prices on Australia

18 January 2016

The falls in global oil prices over the last year or so are fundamentally a reaction to oversupply in global markets – as US new oil supply comes on board, OPEC puts the squeeze on profitability of new sources of supply by refusing to cut production.

Impact of Lower Oil Prices on Australia
24 Hours with Chelsea and James Ross

24 Hours with Chelsea and James Ross

18 January 2016

Husband and wife Chelsea and James Ross are the dynamic duo behind Venivici, a company that operates three – soon to be four – women’s boutique retreats in Bali and Japan under the Goddess Retreats brand.

24 Hours with Chelsea and James Ross
The value of hard work and a helping hand

The value of hard work and a helping hand

8 January 2016

“Hard work pays off” is a philosophy that Rick Hall, the Alice Springs business owner of Alice Motor Sales, off-road motorbike champion and father of five, has always subscribed to.

The value of hard work and a helping hand