Date Posted: October 6, 2015

Strategy – according to the business dictionary - is ‘a method or plan chosen to bring about a desired future, such as achievement of a goal or solution to a problem’. Simple really - and something that makes us all feel safer and happier once it has been agreed.  Yet sometimes, the word itself invokes a feeling of overwhelm, of ‘too hard – let’s leave that till later’. That’s why... Read more

Date Posted: September 17, 2015

Established to deliver an Asia-capable workforce, Asialink Business can help your business engage successfully with Asia's diverse markets and business cultures. Asia Link Business present their upcoming training program: Asia Market Entry Strategy.If you are considering establishing or expanding your business in a new Asian market, your first step is to research and plan your market entry strategy.What markets present the best opportunities for your business?How can you tailor a... Read more

Date Posted: September 7, 2015

The FBA WA Chapter has had a number of exciting events over the past month. The Performance Management session hosted by the Illuminate Group where both Navinda Singh from Illuminate and Danielle McNamee from ProcessWorx addressed an enthusiastic group and ran through some of the mechanisms that can be adopted regarding paying and performance managing staff. A group of our Next Generation members were guests of the Royal Flying Doctor... Read more

Date Posted: September 7, 2015

Dougal HislopShelving & Racking Australia IndustryLogistics/ warehouse and storage equipment What generation is your family business?It is a second generation family business started by my father.  He worked in and took over his father’s haulage business before that, so we are really three generations in family business. What is your role in the family business?General Manager What/ who is a major influence for you in the family business?The team here who are really passionate... Read more

Date Posted: September 7, 2015

It was a privilege to recently spend some time with the great men and women involved with the defence force reserves at a training day near Murray Bridge. These skilled and committed people do so much for the Australian community, helping with the many natural disasters we have, not to mention our own internal security and supporting our international partners.   With incentives available for employers and with many family businesses... Read more

Date Posted: September 7, 2015

 ‘Expect the unexpected’. We have heard the phrase many times and probably think we have things generally under control. We have a pretty good idea of how things will play out. But how do we react when things go wrong? Do we have the right mechanisms in place to minimize the fall out? Are we really protected and prepared? ‘Managing Risk in your Family Business’ is the theme for the upcoming... Read more

Date Posted: September 4, 2015

Andrew BarterTough ProblemBusiness servicesStrategy, business planning and executionHow long have you been working with family businesses? After 20 plus years in the corporate world managing specialised teams, 6 years ago several of my work colleagues and I decided to set up a consultancy partnership called Toughproblem Consulting.  It was then that I really became exposed to working with family businesses and the complexities of the intersecting worlds of Family and... Read more

Date Posted: September 4, 2015

Here in the Sunshine State, FBA has had a whirlwind few months. We have welcomed our new State Manager Martine, Presented to the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce with rave reviews and inducted another amazing Family Business into the Hall of Fame. Packer Leather accepted their award with the utmost grace and humility at a packed out Lunch at the famous Gambaro’s restaurant and we were honoured to have Teresa Gambaro... Read more

Date Posted: September 4, 2015

It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet some of our new members at the National Conference. What stood out to me was the passionate and welcoming nature of so many of the delegates and the willingness to impart their business experiences and tricks of their trade to other family businesses. Highlights for me included the site visit to O’Reilly’s vineyard (Jane is on the QLD committee... Read more

Date Posted: September 4, 2015

The National Conference provided an opportunity for Family Business Australia to continue building strong relationships with government bodies. The Australian Small Business Commissioner Mark Brennan was available to open the Conference and to attend entire program; many members commented positively on his commitment. With the legislation just passed, the role will evolve into the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and as we highlighted at the conference, this is... Read more