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A changing landscape

A changing landscape

14 March 2024

Download the latest NAB Regional and Agribusiness Horizons Report for data-led insights on the state of play in regional and rural Australia.

A changing landscape

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Ana Marinkovic – Making the most of holiday trading

Ana Marinkovic – Making the most of holiday trading

29 November 2023

The holiday season shopping flurry can offer some small businesses the opportunity to prosper… and others a time to take stock for the new year. Both call for careful preparation – particularly in the current environment. NAB Executive Small Business Ana Marinkovic shares her top tips.

Ana Marinkovic – Making the most of holiday trading

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Ana Marinkovic: Why it pays to go green

Ana Marinkovic: Why it pays to go green

24 October 2023

Understandably, the last thing small businesses need is another overhead. But what if it saved you money in the long term – a lot of money? NAB Executive Small Business Ana Marinkovic explains the financial upside of reduced carbon emissions.

Ana Marinkovic: Why it pays to go green

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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

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Ana Marinkovic: Make your cash flow

Ana Marinkovic: Make your cash flow

20 May 2023

Cash flow management is a perennial issue for small businesses. But right now the stakes are even higher. NAB Executive Small Business Ana Marinkovic shares her key insights into ways to manage your cash flow.

Ana Marinkovic: Make your cash flow

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MT: UK and Europe move from bad to worse, RBA today

MT: UK and Europe move from bad to worse, RBA today

6 September 2022

Eurozone bonds yields and stocks falling on the latest jump in energy prices – both oil and gas – following confirmation the NordSteeam1 gas pipeline will remain shut while Russian sanctions are in place.

MT: UK and Europe move from bad to worse, RBA today
Markets Today: Putin ends Goldilocks moment

Markets Today: Putin ends Goldilocks moment

5 September 2022

A goldilocks payrolls report failed to support risk assets on Friday, with equities and the USD quickly reversing on news that Russia was not restarting gas flows through the Nord Stream pipeline

Markets Today: Putin ends Goldilocks moment
Property Insights Webinar

Property Insights Webinar

15 February 2022

Peter Loukas, Property Executive NAB presents his insights on the residential property survey.

Property Insights Webinar

Webinar

Australian housing market update: November 2021

Australian housing market update: November 2021

4 November 2021

Australian housing values rose 1.5% last month, a similar result to August and September. However, the trend shows the market is continuing to slowly lose momentum since moving through a peak monthly rate of growth in March 2021, when values were up 2.8%.

Australian housing market update: November 2021

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NAB Cyber Security Insights Webinar

NAB Cyber Security Insights Webinar

27 October 2021

Cybercriminals are targeting Australian businesses at unprecedented rates, and a strong cyber security program has never been more important.

NAB Cyber Security Insights Webinar

Webinar

Australian housing market update: October 2021

Australian housing market update: October 2021

11 October 2021

Australian housing values rose 17.6% higher over the first nine months of the year and 20.3% higher over the past 12 months. The annual growth rate is now tracking at the fastest pace since the year ending June 1989.

Australian housing market update: October 2021

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Digital marketing strategy: how to get it right

Digital marketing strategy: how to get it right

18 June 2021

It’s do or die when it comes to connecting digitally with today’s consumers. With a recent report revealing many in professional services lack a clear digital marketing strategy, we look at what it takes to succeed.

Digital marketing strategy: how to get it right

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Why small changes could be the start of something big

Why small changes could be the start of something big

11 February 2021

A strategy known as business process improvement – or BPI – could help deliver rapid benefits to your operations. Bill Lang, of Small Business Australia, discusses ways to put it into practice. 

Why small changes could be the start of something big

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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
Australian housing market update: August 2020

Australian housing market update: August 2020

10 August 2020

Record low interest rates, government support and loan repayment holidays for distressed borrowers have helped to insulate the housing market from a more significant downturn.

Australian housing market update: August 2020

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Born for success? Find out what sets entrepreneurs apart

Born for success? Find out what sets entrepreneurs apart

25 November 2019

Have you got the entrepreneurial gene? We examine the psychology of business success with Geoff Rohrsheim, who’s built and sold a series of companies, and Andreas Rauch, Professor of Entrepreneurship at The University of Sydney Business School.

Born for success? Find out what sets entrepreneurs apart
State Economic Handbook: April 2019

State Economic Handbook: April 2019

18 April 2019

Deterioration in conditions in most states, with current momentum negative. Household sector weakness evident, investment still ok (outside mining), while agri. facing easing prices and needs rain. Housing sector downturn, population growth centred on the eastern states, agricultural prices easing.

State Economic Handbook: April 2019
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 SME Business Survey: Quarter 3 2018

NAB SME Business Survey: Quarter 3 2018

25 October 2018

Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) business conditions edged lower in Q3 2018 to +11, while SME business confidence fell to +2pts. While conditions have eased over the past two quarters, they remain well above average, though confidence has declined to below average levels.

NAB SME Business Survey: Quarter 3 2018
NAB Monthly Business Survey: August 2018

NAB Monthly Business Survey: August 2018

11 September 2018

The business conditions index rose by 2pts to +15 index points in August, recovering some of the ground lost in recent months. Business confidence fell 3pts to +4 index points and is now below average.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: August 2018
NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q2 2018

NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q2 2018

30 August 2018

Total NAB customer spending grew 5.6% y/y in Q2 2018, down from 6.8% in the previous quarter and 3.9% in the same quarter a year ago. It grew faster in metropolitan (6.5%) than regional (5.1%) areas.

NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q2 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
NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey Q2 2018

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey Q2 2018

23 August 2018

Consumer anxiety up steeply in Q2. Overall spending tightens as concerns about the economy and our household financial positions grow. Spending on utilities a key expense, and growing.

NAB Consumer Behaviour Survey Q2 2018
NAB Monthly Business Survey: July 2018

NAB Monthly Business Survey: July 2018

14 August 2018

The business conditions index fell by 2pts to +12 index points in July, continuing its run of declines since April. Business confidence ticked up 1pt to +7 index points, an around average level.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: July 2018
NAB Monthly Business Survey: June 2018

NAB Monthly Business Survey: June 2018

10 July 2018

The business conditions index ticked up by 1pt to +15 index points in June, after easing in the previous month. The business confidence edged down 1pts to +6 index points, to be around its long-run average level.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: June 2018
Reimagining work in rural Australia

Reimagining work in rural Australia

5 July 2018

Thanks to social media, more people are pursuing the job they want, where they want it. Those who prefer country living no longer have to wonder why they’re going to work in the city each day simply to pursue a dream career – as this rural film-maker recently discovered.

Reimagining work in rural Australia
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
NAB Online Retail Sales Index: May 2018

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: May 2018

3 July 2018

NAB Online Retail Sales Index (NORSI) slowed slightly in May (+1.2% mom s.a.) from stronger growth in April (1.6%). 12 months to growth was also slower in May, with sales up 17.2% compared to April’s 12 month to growth of 18.4%. While slowing, trend online retail sales is still much stronger compared to the same period a year ago.

NAB Online Retail Sales Index: May 2018
NAB Monthly Business Survey: May 2018

NAB Monthly Business Survey: May 2018

12 June 2018

The business conditions index decreased by 6pts to +15 index points, easing back from the historical highs seen in April. The business confidence index fell by 5pts to +6 index points, to be around its long-run average level.

NAB Monthly Business Survey: May 2018
Are we an entrepreneurial nation?

Are we an entrepreneurial nation?

30 May 2018

Australia is a high performer in academic research – yet when it comes to commercialising that research, we rank last in the industrialised world. It’s time for change, says the Chairman of NAB.

Are we an entrepreneurial nation?
Using trade finance to grow

Using trade finance to grow

24 May 2018

Do you own a small business that’s selling overseas or importing products and equipment into Australia? Trade finance can help you make the most of opportunities without tying up your valuable working capital.

Using trade finance to grow
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
Australian Housing Market Update: May 2018

Australian Housing Market Update: May 2018

16 May 2018

Nationally dwelling values continued their downwards trend last month; the seventh consecutive month on month decline since the national index series peaked in September last year.

Australian Housing Market Update: May 2018
Spikes in demand: preparing

Spikes in demand: preparing

10 May 2018

A big order could completely transform your business but there’s a limit to how much anyone (or any small business) can handle. BDO partner Dr Mark Pizzacalla and Total Image Group CEO Pamela Jabbour discuss preparation, parameters and being strong enough to say ‘no’.

Spikes in demand: preparing
Alipay has landed

Alipay has landed

7 May 2018

With 1.2 million visitors injecting $10 billion into the Australian economy each year, and almost one third of our international students now coming from China, Chinese custom is big business. Alibaba Australia’s MD explains Alipay.

Alipay has landed
NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q4 2017

NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q4 2017

4 May 2018

Total NAB customer spending accelerated to 5.0% y/y in Q4 2017, from 3.0% y/y in the previous quarter with spending growth up across all metropolitan and regional areas.

NAB Customer Spending Behaviours: Q4 2017
Five ways to grow locally

Five ways to grow locally

3 May 2018

Heading overseas isn’t the only way to grow your business. Here are five ways to consider pumping up your revenue on home ground.

Five ways to grow locally
Essential tips for hiring staff

Essential tips for hiring staff

3 May 2018

Do you own an expanding small business? Here are some tips to get more talent on board without sending your direct costs soaring.

Essential tips for hiring staff
NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey Q1 2018

NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey Q1 2018

26 April 2018

Insights into the mindset of Australian consumers – anxieties around future spending and savings plans, household finances, the economy, financial concerns & how these are impacting spending behaviours and levels of financial hardship.

NAB Quarterly Consumer Behaviour Survey Q1 2018
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
The secrets of successful goal-setting

The secrets of successful goal-setting

20 April 2018

Setting goals can drive business success – but it doesn’t come naturally to many small business owners. Consultant and author Stephen Barnes shares tips on how to get started, how to set effective goals and how to motivate your staff to reach their targets.

The secrets of successful goal-setting