Day: 1 September 2021

2 Reasons why economic activity will bounce back once restrictions ease

In this we argue why we think activity should again rebound sharply once lockdown restrictions are eased.  The key to how sharply activity can rebound is: (1) will people feel confident to resume activity; and (2) have household and business balance sheets been sufficiently insulated from recent outbreaks? There is good reason to answer ‘yes’ …

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Treasurer finally giving small business a fair go on debit card fees

COSBOA welcomes today’s news that the Treasurer has written to the RBA’s Payment System Board to strongly encourage it to mandate both least cost routing as the default, and multi-network debit cards. Debit card payments are processed through one of multiple networks. The domestic network, eftpos, charges lower merchant fees to small businesses, but contactless …

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$1,200 Rebates for small businesses to improve digital presence and toolkit

Thousands of small businesses around Victoria will have the chance to improve their online presence and arm themselves with more digital skills, with the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program reopening for applications. “Gaining a tech edge and learning new digital skills can be a game-changer for small businesses, and that’s exactly what this program provides,” said Minister …

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Receiving enough govt. support? 65% of small businesses disagree

 Only 6 per cent of Australian small businesses have seen growth due to pivoting in COVID times, with 60 per cent experiencing a decline in the last financial year and an additional 20 per cent staying static because of COVID restrictions, findings from the Titian Consulting State of Small Business in COVID Times survey released this week. Key …

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Over half of SMBs given up hope on “business as normal” ever returning

More than half (53 per cent) of small business believes we will never return to “business as normal” with over a quarter (27 per cent) believing we will be back to normal in 12 months, 14 per cent say within six months and an optimistic 6 per cent see that happening in three months, according …

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