A new research paper by David Storey and Julian Frankish in Small Enterprise Research provides insights on the risks associated with government funding of start-ups and small businesses. A longitudinal study of 6,570 SMEs over a 10 year period found high exit rates, low growth rates and only a tiny minority achieving fast growth.
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Small businesses comprise the majority of all firms across most of the world's economies. They are also seen as major contributors of job creation and economic growth. This special issue of Small Enterprise Research focuses on small business policy throughout the world. Leading academic researchers and policy advisors have contributed articles to this issue, which provides a unique collection of perspectives on this important issue.
The demise of the start-up accelerator Pollenizer raises questions about the ability of Australia to sustainable generate high-growth, high-tech firms that can scale globally.
Despite the importance of the SME sector to the national workforce, relatively little research has been undertaken in how workplace laws and regulations influence HRM practise within small firms. Academic studies have tended to type cast the small business workplace as representing either a “small is beautiful” or “Bleak House” scenario.
The Australian workplace is now as highly diverse as the Australian population. However, the management of diversity remains an under researched and largely ignored field of study. It is time for a revival of Diversity Management as a strategic HRM tool.
The SEAANZ Enterprise Academy launched in Suva, Fiji with a five-day program from 11-15 October 2016 in conjunction with the Graduate School of Business, University of the South Pacific.
The Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) awarded scholarships to three William Angliss Institute students in recognition of their entrepreneurial skills. First prize of $2000 was awarded to Argentinian Maria Emilia Guidale who is studying and working in Australia as part of a strong personal and professional desire to advance her career in the food industry as an entrepreneur. Having previously completed a Diploma of Marketing in Argentina, Maria is currently studying a Bachelor of Culinary Management.
The social network is an inescapable part of online life for working professionals. But much of the advice on how to leverage it is targeted at big names. Over and over, I see small businesses making mistakes on LinkedIn because they are patterning their strategies after approaches that work for larger companies with huge budgets, lots of brand awareness and extensive social-media systems.
Bruce Billson was arguably one of the most passionate and focused Small Business Ministers Australia has seen. During his relatively short time in the role he achieved a lot and yet he left unfinished business in the form of the “Effects Test”. His successor will have her tenure as Small Business Minister put to the test over this critical decision.