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What boardrooms can learn from Family Firms

Family businesses can experience challenges when implementing good corporate governance. At Grant Thornton we help families put in place...

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The Big Four & the law: are the top tier law firms burying their heads in the sand at the threat?

Whilst the last five years or so have finally seen some big changes in the legal industry across the globe with many top tier US and UK...

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Tell us how you really feel about your real estate agent

A unique service offering to Australia, OpenAgent allows people to rate and comment on real estate agents. This could prove useful when...

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Will mid-sized businesses embrace procurement & end the era of the personal brand in professional services?

Most mid-sized businesses have yet to move towards structured procurement for the provision of professional services but the latest...

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Trends in M&A

We are still seeing strong M&A activity levels in Australia, although transaction timeframes seem to have pushed out a little. This...

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The Minds in Mid-Sized Business Shine...

Australia relies on mid-sized business for its unrivalled ability to pursue and commercialise innovation. From customer service, to the...

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WA's worst nightmare...

The talk of iron ore at $US30 a ton sends chill down the spine of mid-sized business in WA. Even the nimblest mid-sized iron miners...

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Chinese tourists are driving the luxury market in Australia

China outbound tourism is still in the early stages of growth, however Chinese tourists now account globally for the largest number in...

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Family asset transfers should be tax-free

As Grant Thornton argued in its recent Tax White Paper submission , there should be no Capital Gains Tax consequences of asset sales...

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Don't waste the talent on our doorstep!

Businesses in other major economies make far better use of their PhD talent pool than Australian business. Fostering real innovation...

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If it ain't broke, kill it!

"Growth isn't a strategy; it's a result." This article contains lessons for mid-size business seeking to capitalise on their market...

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The best time of day to do everything...well it depends...

Is there a time of day that is best to do everything? This article suggests it depends on the task - and when it comes to making tough...

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Let's walk and talk! Making walking meetings work

Walking meetings won't suit all situations but they can be productive and meaningful to break down personal barriers. Here's an...

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Property Auctions get ugly

I get that Property Auctions can be highly emotive, but it's disturbing to hear that racism has raised its ugly head where Foreign...

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Building contractors still a fertile ground for ATO audits

The avoidance of tax obligations has again reared its ugly head in the building & construction industry. The industry has long had a...

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This is not union-bashing! Why shouldn't large super funds be forced to have independent boards?

$2 trillion is a lot of money - that is the total of our retirement nest eggs that is held by large super funds. Despite how important...

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Stopping Multinational Tax Evasion - Will the US Play Ball

The US remains the critical player in ensuring the global success of BEPS and stopping multinational tax evasion. However, with most of...

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Finding finance for mid-sized business...

Senior debt providers and other established financiers aren't delivering for mid-sized business. Relying on their creativity and...

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Will Napster founder shake up philanthropy?

It would have been a safe bet that Sean Parker would take a novel approach to philanthropy. Forget about following "establishment"...

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50% of Australian businesses plan to automate processes by 2016

Automation will affect us all - half of all businesses in Australia are planning to automate business processes in the next 12 months

“Automation in the first industrial revolution made us stronger, automation in the second made us faster, and in the third we will have...…

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R&D cuts are at the worst possible time

Sure any responsible government needs to manage their spending programs, but how is it sensible to cut programs designed to create...

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Innovation in exploration cruical for junior miners

It was an absolute pleasure to listen to Dr Erica Smyth deliver a key note presentation yesterday at the AMEC Convention in Perth on...

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Stamp Duty drives NSW Budget Surplus

It's no surprise that the NSW government has benefitted from the much talked about flurry of property transactions in Sydney. Today we...

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Integration "playbooks" drive long-term M&A success

It's well known that most mergers & acquisitions fail to deliver the expected outcomes for a whole range of reasons such as incompatible...

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Are the apps on your phone mining your personal data?

I'm not one to get overly concerned about the privacy of my personal data.

So Woolworths knows what I buy via my EveryDay Rewards card?...

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Is Rupert Murdoch finally ready to step down?

Is the world's best known Family Business leader, Rupert Murdoch, finally preparing to hand over the reins? This article from the New...

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Outsourced family offices becoming more popular

This article from Forbes highlights the cost efficiencies and other benefits to be gained in outsourcing family office functions, as...

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24 creative marketing ideas for small to midsized business

Some great ideas for refreshing a stale marketing campaign and pursuing some avenues not already considered in generating brand awareness.

4. Try article marketing. Publishing articles online creates good backlinks to your website, shows expertise, builds credibility, and...…

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Should NFP board members be paid?

There's been a lot of discussion in Australia lately about the increasing trend in the charity sector of board members needing to be able...

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Online shopping made even easier

Putting aside any real or perceived price advantages (and this depends on what you're buying), it is so easy and convenient to shop on...

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Are robots set to replace the workforce?

There's been plenty of talk about digital disruption over the last few years and how the pace of change in technology is faster than...

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The Bad Taxes that hide behind Stamp Duty

I've had a lot to say on Stamp Duty recently - as are many, given we are in the midst of a tax reform process that with the right...

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Turn retail challenges into growth opportunities

The key challenges outlined by 3 of the major retail associations won't come as a surprise to most retailers. The key issue is how to...

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How to turn content marketing into real value for your firm

A great article on how best to use content marketing such as blogs, thought leadership and newsletters to result in actual work for...

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Why State Governments are addicted to Stamp Duty

This analysis of how stamp duty on the average home has increased in the last 20 years is a bit of a jaw dropper when you see the...

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Local retail brands resurge online...

Aussies shopping online overseas is a hot topic in the media, however the reality is the majority of online retail sales are to domestic...

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Tax Evasion: Whistle-blower incentives

The uniting Church has suggested that a system similar to the US be adopted where whistle-blowers on tax evasion matters be rewarded...

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Mid-sized business isn't easy...

Sometimes in mid-sized business you have to be all things to all people. At the same time, you might forget you are running a...

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Value in mining services - time for M&A?

Listed mining services companies are trading at very low levels historically and this article suggests that there could be value out...

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Get rid of stamp duty!! But with what...?

Do we need a tax on land for a sustainable future? This article promotes the broad-based land tax proposed in the Henry Review (while...

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How to recruit a dedicated, creative and loyal workforce

Employee mobility is something that negatively affects most Australian businesses, both financially and intrinsically. How do you...

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Fintech - the dot com bubble revisited?

While the burgeoning number of Fintech player and the exciting new technologies may be reminiscent of the Dot Com Bomb of the late 90's...

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Australia has slowest rental increases on record

Australian Capital cities have recorded the slowest (net) rise in dwelling rents on record. While Sydney & Hobart had strong increases,...

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Why we need to talk more about mid-sized business...

A great article on the overlooked middle child of the Australian economy and what more is needed to recognise this important...

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Mid-sized is better...

While I think there are many thing mid-sized business does better...here are three from Forbes...

Maybe because their size enables them to a few things a bit better. Their relatively larger size compared with small companies provides...…

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The importance of thinking Global

Over the past year, numerous international firms have acquired or merged with a number of big Australian design and construction...

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Mid-sized business needs more money to grow...

Australia will benefit from expanding the funding options available to mid-sized business. Traditional bank debt wont get us there. ...

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Should entrepreneurs be CEO's...??

We all know the mantra about having the right people doing the right things...or do we? Read about how the most talented entrepreneurs...

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Leave the Real Estate Price Cycle to run its course

A well balanced refelection on the bubble argument that continues to brew for the Sydney market. We all know markets work in cycles,...

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Affordability is not just a first home buyer issue

The Senate report released on Housing Affordability serves as a timely reminder that this issue doesn't only impact young couples...

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What is the key to create a culture of innovation?

What lessons can mid-size businesses learn from companies that make innovation look easy? Here are 5 stories that highlight that process...

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Can New Power be harnessed to drive achievement of goals?

This is an interesting examination of the societal shift from Old Power to New Power and how New Power can be harnessed to shape...

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The wagons are circling on negative gearing

First the revelations about Treasurer Joe Hockey's "impressive" property portfolio; then RBA Governor Glenn Stevens comments about...

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Where is the vision splendid for mid-sized business...?

Mid-sized business is starving for infrastructure spending and a firm view of where are leaders are going to take us. Glenn Stevens is...

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Competition intensifies for premium retail sites

Forever 21 (the world's 4th largest fast fashion retailer) joins H&M and Zara in taking up prime spots in Pitt Street. This will...

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Smorgon family break-up a warning to family businesses

David Smorgon relates the story of the break up of Smorgon Industries and how it serves as a warning to family businesses that they need...

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IPO Of The Year Shelved

Weak ASX performance and soft sentiment means we may not see Greenstone debut as a public company for some time. Concerns about...

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The end is nigh...of financial year of course! 15 Super Strategies for Business Owners

Tax planning can be rewarding - even when focused on your super fund

SME owners with their own self-managed super fund are typically well-placed to maximise their end-of-financial-year and new-year super...…

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Building & Construction businesses on ATO compliance watch

The ATO have advised they are sending letters out to those in the Building & Construction Industry, advising of 'progress' made to date...

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New foreign investment watchdog getting results

The appointment of the ATO as the new watchdog for Foreign Investors over residential real estate transactions has already unearthed...

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So many ways technology can benefit mid-sized business...

Technology isn't only about cutting costs and automating processes, it is also about a deeper and richer connection and experience for...

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ASX Welcomes US technology companies

Perhaps the ASX has found a niche offering to the tech sector.

ASX general manager of listings and issuer services, Max Cunningham, said the ASX had also had an increase in inquiries from companies in...…

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Development Report Card a shake up for the States

Great report produced by MacroPlan Dimasi for Property Council of Australia provides a comprehensive State by State assessment of...

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What is good performance & how do you reward it?

The way you pay is the way you perform... Rewarding performance based on KPIs is outcome-based - it has a place, but is it sustainable? ...

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Robots are available for mid-sized business...

Robotic were formerly the exclusive domain of the mega-manufacturers. Now they are accessible ti mid-sized business. This is going to...

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Mid-sized business will be re-booted by technology...

Mid-sized manufacturing in Australia can be revitalized by using technology that re-engineers supply chain management. Add the...

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Australian Department store David Jones venturing across the ditch

This announcement supports the new owners strategy of cutting back regional stores to flagship CBD locations, whether that be in...

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Online shopping sales are driving growth

While unemployment may be elevated and the AUD lower, it seems Australians, for the moment, are continuing to spend up big on the...…

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Now that's the kind of bubble talk I like!

Interesting to hear our Treasurer Joe Hockey taking a swipe back at his own department to alleviate concerns about a housing bubble in...

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When 'flat' is good news...

There is continued pessimism about the future price of iron ore...many would consider 'flat' a great result, fearing 'down' is more...

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Will party politics scupper genuine tax reform?

The government's proposed multinational tax avoidance reform is designed to focus on about 30 companies and pick up their tax avoidance...

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Disinfecting Big Pharma of their tax stench

Numbers quoted in articles like this are galling for domestic businesses. The solution promoted is tax & accounting transparency. I'm...

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Crucial strategies for the mining and METS sector

The importance of innovation in the mining sector has again been emphasised, this time by BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie. There are...

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The case against super reform not so super

The former CBA chief David Murray has also weighed in on the great super debate. With mounting public pressure will super reform be...

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Australian Real Estate vunerable to money laundering

A wake up call for many in the industry who provide assistance with the purchase of real estate. Often its a case of not wanting to...

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All eyes on the 'bubble'

Hot in the media at the moment is the Sydney property market after Treasury secretary John Fraser declared on Monday that Sydney was in...

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Minions have taken over shipping boxes

For the first time, Amazon has partnered with Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment to allow their famous branded shipping...

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How far will the tide go out...?

WA business continues its painful adjustment to the "new normal", but we all ask whether there is more bad news to come...

Australian mining exploration expenditure hit a near-decade low of $381 million in the three months to March, with the spend on iron ore...…

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When do product ads become entertainment?

MikMak may still be in Beta phase, but I'll be watching how popular it becomes - it is interesting that watching products adverts could...

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Dense enough?

Despite some loose achievement we still have more to do to unlock our urban sprawl problem - Hobart has more density than Perth!!!

Developers are meeting the state government’s goals for high-density residential projects around major transport routes and...…

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Be careful what you wish for in workplace flexibility

Oh the irony! Writing this post after hours... The 24/7 access that accompanies the notion of workplace flexibility needs management...

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Anti-money laundering law to boost affordability?

Creative take on how AML law will boost affordability - the maths make interesting reading!

The principle aim of Chinese investors is to diversify their wealth beyond China, in a stable economic and political environment. It is...…

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Tax white paper submissions roll in...

Nice to see our submission get some air - looking forward to an interesting year ahead!

Cutting super tax breaks on the rich won't bring in more revenue if the wealthy are still allowed to use perks on property and shares,...…

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Adidas vs Puma: a Century of Family Conflict

Most people recognise Adidas and Puma as two of the leading sports footwear companies in the world. But not many are aware that these...

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Meriton's $155 million move into child care

As a reflection of rising construction costs and commercial vacancy rates in Australia, billionaire owner of Meriton residential...

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