Date Posted: April 30, 2015

What a stormy reception! My first few weeks working with FBA have been filled with warmth and friendliness, mountains of information and some of the worst weather ever seen in NSW! How did you fare? I am sure that many members have been affected to varying degrees by the cyclonic storms and - as I write- our northern coastal areas are preparing for more of the same punishment. We would... Read more

Date Posted: April 30, 2015

Vision & Values – the cornerstones of a family business Businesses are really busy. But they are too busy working in their business. And now, more than ever, with disruptive technologies, rapid changes in the marketplace and uncertainty at all levels of government, it is vital that family businesses step back and take the opportunity to work on their business to develop a long-term strategic focus. This year’s state conference is shifting... Read more

Date Posted: April 29, 2015

A time to reflect with the 100 years of Anzac remembering those who have paid the ultimate price in service to our nation. We have been branching out to the greater ACT region – with a trip to Eden NSW to spread the good word of FBA.  Our dear members Irene Cassimatis of NDH Property Sevices and Wayne Bolin, Accredited Adviser joined me on a journey to the Eden business chamber... Read more

Date Posted: April 29, 2015

This will be my last web post to you all, as I am stepping down as the FBA SA/NT State Manager. I’ve been offered an exciting new role in the retirement industry starting in May. I do feel a little sad as I’ve met some wonderful people over the last couple of years and I’ve certainly learnt so much about the challenges that family businesses face no matter what size... Read more

Date Posted: April 29, 2015

There is a common myth that family businesses tend not to innovate, are risk averse and poorly managed.  However as I have been building the annual WA State Conference program, researching case studies and recruiting guest speakers I have uncovered that even in the current economic landscape we have some innovative, entrepreneurial and inspiring family business success stories.  The result is that we have a day packed full of family business... Read more

Date Posted: April 29, 2015

The Federal Government is proposing to introduce laws relating to unfair contract terms for small businesses.Under the proposed legislation, a court will be able to strike out a term in a small business contract that is considered unfair. For example, a term that allows a big business to unilaterally change the price or key terms during the course of the contract could be considered unfair.The protections will apply to businesses... Read more

Date Posted: April 29, 2015

Are you looking for a challenge that will change lives?  Family Business Australia has partnered with Hands Across The Water to offer its members the opportunity to take part in the southern Thailand ride from Bangkok to Khao Lak from 19-26 September 2015. Registrations are open until 15 May 2015. Your fundraising commitment to the ride To participate in the FBA Ride, you must raise $5,000. Every cent goes towards improving the... Read more

Date Posted: April 29, 2015

What is social media?The meteoric rise of social media, particularly in the last five years, has brought with it new commercial and marketing opportunities for business regardless of their size or ownership structure. Many businesses are coming to terms with seeing social media as a ‘must have’ rather than a ‘should have’ and seeing the real and measurable benefits of using social media to elevate their audience and customer base. In... Read more

Date Posted: April 29, 2015

There is a common myth that family businesses tend not to innovate, are risk averse and poorly managed. Andrew Mostyn director of the Craig Mostyn Group and WA Chairman of FBA explains in a recent article to the contrary how family businesses can not only survive but also thrive in challenging times as they have a competitive advantage over their non-family rivals in pursuing innovation. He reflects that “the nature... Read more

Date Posted: April 24, 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of another financial year. With this on the horizon, so too is the release of the Federal Budget; exciting I know,  but nonetheless an important consideration for those in business. Submissions such as those from the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) have focused on boosting productivity across the small business/SME sectors. It is essential we recognise that if Australia is to overcome... Read more