Date Posted: April 24, 2015

FBA are proud to announce a partnership with the Australian Made Campaign which seeks to assist and support Australian growers and manufacturers by raising awareness about the importance of purchasing locally and supporting Australian produce. With up to 70% of Australian businesses being classified as family businesses both organisations share clear common goals of wanting the sector to achieve success. Australian Made Campaign CEO, Ian Harrison, said “the more we collaborate to help... Read more

Date Posted: March 30, 2015

I am pleased to announce plenty of exciting progressions for the WA State Conference to be held on 4 June! If you haven't already, block out the day in your calendars for what is set to be a full day exploring innovation, inspiration and insights for families in business. There is a common myth that family businesses tend not to innovate, are risk averse and poorly managed.  This year’s conference... Read more

Date Posted: March 30, 2015

The ACT enjoyed a warm summer, you could say the hot air balloon has gone sky fire over and the temperature (fortunately or unfortunately!) is about to plummet. FBA ACT joined forces with the Canberra Business Chamber last Thursday for the Business After Business: Kennards Hire event. There was a joyful vibe at the Fyshwick store which was converted to occupy many business owners from the Canberra region.  Andy and... Read more

Date Posted: March 27, 2015

 Gratitude is my word for this month. This is my last web post to you, as I am stepping down as FBA Queensland Manager to head up the Nursery & Garden Industry, Queensland. I am grateful for being part of FBA for over 4 years, thankful to the State Committee members for their enthusiasm and commitment to FBA, and appreciative for the many inspirational stories from family business leaders. I... Read more

Date Posted: March 27, 2015

I am bursting with excitement! It’s time to let everyone know that the State Conference has been locked into place and it’s going to be amazing. Put Friday 8th May in your calendars now – it will be a very full day (yes, we’re starting earlier and finishing later) of information, resources and professional development opportunities that will leave you with a tangible list of processes to be applied in... Read more

Date Posted: March 27, 2015

It’s finally quietened down in Adelaide it really was ‘Mad March’! I hope you all managed to find some time to see plenty of shows, Adelaide always seems very quiet after all the festivals finish. In April our first course for the year Developing your Family Business Strategy is being held, don’t miss the opportunity to build a strategy that can create a competitive advantage for you. On May 13... Read more

Date Posted: March 27, 2015

It’s an exciting time of the year for us with our State and National Conference programs beginning to take shape. The National Conference from 26- 28 August will have some great speakers and topics emerging from the iconic Darrell Lea story now managed by the Quinn family to Kirsten Grant Meikle, the great great granddaughter of the founder William Grant & Sons, UK Glenfiddich Distillery, sharing her entrepreneurial lineage, journey, passion... Read more

Date Posted: March 26, 2015

Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan used his address at a Tax Institute conference on 19 March 2015 as the platform to launch the Reinventing the ATO blueprint to the community. The Commissioner said that the blueprint describes the kind of experience that Australians expect to have when they deal with the ATO. If you’re a private group, individual or a tax adviser, you might be interested in exploring how the ATO... Read more

Date Posted: March 26, 2015

The Office of the Australian Small Business Commissioner (ASBC) is transforming into the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. The transformation is one step closer with the release of exposure draft legislation on 11th March. The functions of the Ombudsman will build on what the ASBC currently does. The key changes will include an added emphasis on family business and legislative powers to further assist small businesses. The Ombudsman will be a: Commonwealth-wide... Read more

Date Posted: March 18, 2015

Leadership is an overused word in many respects but that is only because it is so important in determining the future success of any business. Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes and with so much written about it by far more qualified people than I, it will be from a family business owner’s perspective that I will concentrate on. In the public company world CEO’s come and go, stamping their... Read more