RBA maintain status quo on interest rates 02 February, 2010
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has left the cash rate unchanged at 3.75 per cent after its first board meeting of the year.
Fee cuts welcomed by SMEs 02 February, 2010
Small businesses have been thrown a lifeline, with a reduction in some bank fees set to help business cash flow in the months ahead. The National Australia Bank has abolished business fees for dishonoured cheques, dishonoured electronic payments, deferred periodic payments due to insufficient funds and cash-handling fees for over the counter withdrawals or deposits.  
Small businesses rate their banks a 4.44 out of ten 1 February, 2010
Small businesses rate their banks a 4.44 out of ten, according to the latest monthly Busines Banking Customer Satisfaction Monitor.
Paid parental leave scheme to be introduced in 2011 29 January, 2010
The Federal Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme (PPL) will come into play from January 2011, allowing parents for births and adoptions to receive paid leave for 18 weeks. While the legislation for the PPL scheme is yet to be introduced into parliament, it is evident the scheme will have implications for SMEs.
Cash flow to come under pressure as business payments rise 20 January, 2010
Australian firms face the prospect of renewed cash flow pressures in the months ahead, according to the latest business-to-business trade payments figures released today by credit reporting agency Dun & Bradstreet.
Internet boost for small business 19 January, 2010
Thousands of small businesses are set to benefit from Government funding which is designed to help them go online or upgrade their business website. The funding is being provided from the Government's Small Business Online program.
Global upturn bumpy as Governments withdraw stimulus 14 January, 2010
The risk of sluggish and weak growth this year is becoming increasingly apparent despite the healthy pace of expansion that is occurring in the global economy entering 2010.
Relationship matters: small business and banks 13 January, 2010
Business bank customers, in particular small business people, are less impressed with their bank at the end of 2009, than at the end of 2008. This is according to research released by banking advisory firm, East & Partners.
Business Expectations Survey - January 11 January, 2010
Expectations for growth in inventories are at the highest level in more than four years up one point to an index of five. Selling price expectations have fallen to the lowest level ever recorded in the survey reaching an index of nine.
Henry tax review recommends overhaul of CGT concessions for small business 11 January, 2010
It has been recommended that the Federal Government considers overhauling capital gains tax (CGT) concessions for small businesses to simplify the tax system and encourage long-term investment decisions. The Henry report, which follows a review of Australia's tax system, is being considered by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

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