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My Business Health helping small business to recover

- June 29, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate  Carnell, says small businesses looking for assistance on the road to recovery post-COVID-19 should head to the My Business Health portal. As businesses emerge from hibernation Carnell says business owners will find valuable information on how to re-open or ramp up their business to make the… Read more »

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New mental health resource for sole traders impacted by covid-19

- May 7, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a free online mental health resource for sole traders, amid alarming predictions of a dramatic rise in Australian suicide rates due to the economic and social impacts of coronavirus. Beyond Blue ambassador and sole trader Garry Mills hosts the short webinar, Chicken Soup… Read more »

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Ombudsman call for support for Business Growth Fund bill

- February 26, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has urged senators to back the Australian Business Growth Fund Bill, saying it will significantly encourage business growth and promote economic expansion. “We strongly support the investment by the Commonwealth in the Australian Business Growth Fund to provide much-needed patient capital to SMEs seeking to… Read more »

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Small businesses called to have their say on payment times

- February 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell is encouraging small businesses to have their say on a draft law requiring big businesses to be more transparent about their payment times. Today the federal government opened consultation on the draft Payment Times Reporting Framework legislation that will require businesses with a turnover of… Read more »

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Corporates put on notice for putting the squeeze on small business

- January 30, 2020 2 MIN READ

“Recent reports of big businesses using supply chain finance platforms that use artificial intelligence to calculate the discount a supplier may be willing to accept, are disturbing,” says Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise ombudsman Kate Carnell. Carnell suggests these reverse factoring practices are unfair to small business owners and allows big companies to manipulate… Read more »

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Collective bargaining agreement could cut independent grocers a break

- December 5, 2019 1 MIN READ

A planned collective bargaining agreement for the nations small grocers could prove a gamechanger according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell. The ombudsman has come out in support of a proposal by the Co-Operative of Supermarkets in Australia who have called for the option to participate in collective bargaining to… Read more »

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Ombudsman welcomes government’s deregulation agenda

- November 21, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the federal government’s plans to reform the red tape currently inhibiting small business growth. “The next wave of deregulation reform, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is a step in the right direction to make it easier for small businesses to employ staff… Read more »

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The news you need to know: October 11 2019

- October 10, 2019 2 MIN READ

Have you missed today’s headlines? Never fear. Catch up on the news that matters to small business owners with our daily news briefs. Here’s what you need to know on Friday, October 11, 2019. Small business ombudsman launches insolvency inquiry The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has announced an inquiry into… Read more »

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Buying a franchise? Do your homework first says ombudsman

- September 5, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has urged Australians considering purchasing a franchise to do their homework first. Carnell’s callout follows on from findings by the ACCC which suggested some franchisors were failing to provide enough information to prospective buyers. The watchdog found one-in-three franchisors in the food services industry had failed… Read more »

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ASBFEO and Scottish Pacific launch small business funding guide

- July 29, 2019 3 MIN READ

Small business owners and their accountants and advisors will have a much better idea of the finance options available to them, thanks to a new resource developed by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) and Scottish Pacific. Launched today, the Business Funding Guide is an industry first. The guide delivers a five-step… Read more »

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Ombudsman welcomes government changes to tax rules for tender bids

- June 14, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

The government’s proposed Procurement Connected Policy will come into effect on July 1 2019. The regulations will require businesses tendering for Commonwealth contracts over $4 million to provide a satisfactory statement of tax record (STR) from the Australian Taxation Office. The new regulations are aimed at promoting better compliance and will hopefully assist in safeguarding… Read more »