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JobKeeper payment to help small-to-medium businesses stay afloat

As part of the economic response to the coronavirus, the Australian government has announced a 130$ billion Jobkeeper payment plan. Like its name suggests, the Jobkeeper payment scheme was created to keep businesses in operation and employees paid during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The Treasury Department estimates that roughly 6 million workers will be able

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What are the costs of unhealthy employees to business?

Why are two of Australia’s most iconic brands, Swisse and Medibank, investing substantial money into the health and wellness of their employees? For former CEO of Swisse, Radek Sali, happy and successful employees equated to a happy and successful business. “People are not just one of the reasons we succeed, rather, they are the reason

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Blockchain to ease financial risk in creative industries

A new blockchain infrastructure designed for Australia’s creative industries could help overcome problems from missed royalty payments to art fraud and administrative overheads, says a new report. The report argues that a blockchain-based infrastructure could bring much needed transparency to the creative marketplace, while relieving the administrative burden faced by many creative practitioners. Prepared for the

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1 in 4 SMEs discount their products too much

New research from Australian marketing services provider Salmat has found that when it comes to discounting products, over a quarter (28 per cent) of SMEs think they discount too much, with 56 per cent of SMEs discounting weekly or monthly. Whilst discounting can be one tactic to stay ahead of competitors, it isn’t a long-term strategy

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3 Payment innovation trends that will evolve e-commerce

Close up hands holding credit card and using mobile smart phone with icon Online shopping, E-Commerce. E-commerce is growing rapidly, with worldwide sales anticipated to be $4 trillion in 2020. The evolution in e-commerce can be partially credited to the developments within financial technology (fintech), such as e-wallets, new payment options, in-app purchasing, and peer-to-peer lending

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ROI is a metric, not a strategy

Let’s imagine you’ve bought into the church of content marketing. You’ve invested in copywriters, graphic designers, SEO pros, social media hotshots, and a swarm of marketing managers. But you’ve somehow missed the sermon on how conversion shouldn’t be your only goal. You learned the acronym for return on investment, and ROI became the only word

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Small businesses reminded to move to Single Touch Payroll

Small employers (those with 19 or less employees) need to get ready for Single Touch Payroll (STP) ahead of the 30 September start date. STP became mandatory for small employers from 1 July this year, however, the ATO granted an extension to businesses that needed more time to get ready until 30 September. Some employers

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A chat with matt paine, key account director

I recently sat down with Matt Paine, News Xtend’s Key Account Director, to find out what he loves about Digital Marketing, why he’s passionate about helping businesses succeed, and what he does when he’s not in the office. Ready to meet him too? Let me introduce you! You should first know that Matt is passionate

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Austrade Approved Business Events
AVAILABLE NOW APPLY BEFORE 30th MARCH 2021 (Condition apply)

  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.