Government to back small business with $2billion funding support

- November 14, 2018 3 MIN READ

The Morrison government  has thrown its support behind the nation’s small businesses with the announcement of a major new fund using Commonwealth bonds to back small business. The scheme, the Australian Business Securitisation Fund, was announced by treasurer Josh Frydenberg today and is set to be brought before Parliament. It will establish a fund to invest… Read more »


Calls to name and shame phoenix operators

- November 9, 2018 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the announcement by Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh of a proposal to name and shame directors of companies that phoenix. The proposal would enable the Commissioner of Taxation to publicly name directors who deliberately “burn” companies to avoid their obligations to small businesses,… Read more »


Get the lowdown on borrowing from Fintech lenders with this guide

- September 12, 2018 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) and the have released a guide to provide small business owners with all the info they need to better understand borrowing from alternative finance sources such as fintech organisations. The Ombudsman Kate Carnell suggested the guide will help SMBs to understand the jargon and receive a clearer… Read more »


Remove unfair contract terms or face ASIC says ombudsman

- September 10, 2018 < 1 MIN READ

In a survey carried out by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) earlier this year, only 50 per cent of the fintech companies surveyed considered their contracts compliant with existing Unfair Contract Term (UCT) legislation. The finding prompted Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell to call for all fintechs to… Read more »


Report finds accessing growth capital a barrier for many SMEs

- June 29, 2018 2 MIN READ

Accessing finance still remains a barrier for Australia’s small businesses according to the results of the Affordable Capital for SME Growth report. The report is a follow-up the Barriers to Investment study which took place in 2017 and identified a funding gap for many of the nation’s small businesses. According to the Australian Small Business and Family… Read more »


Small businesses continue to suffer from energy prices

- October 13, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

Small to medium businesses are reducing their investment in capital expenditure due to concerns over rising energy prices. A survey of 1280 businesses by East and Partners SME found 70 percent would reduce capital their expenditure with almost 40 percent suggesting they would scale back in the short term. A further 20.8 percent of businesses… Read more »


NAB introduces plain English loans for Small Business

- October 9, 2017 2 MIN READ

It’ll be an end to hidden surprises for NAB business customers, with the bank introducing shorter plain English loan contracts for its small business borrowers. It is expected that over 130,000 small business owners will benefit from the change which will see contract pages slashed and one-third of existing terms and conditions discarded. NAB Executive… Read more »