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Small business ombudsman welcomes franchise reforms for auto sector


Bruce Billson, the newly-minted Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, has in his first week in office welcomed the government’s proposed reforms to the Franchising Code of Conduct. The

Bruce Billson appointed Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman


Former Franchise Council of Australia chair, the Hon. Bruce Billson, has been appointed Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. Billson, who left the FCA after a two and a

Help for struggling SMES: Financial Assistance Hub unveiled


The Australian Banking Association (ABA) has unveiled the new Financial Assistance Hub which will provide financial assistance to small businesses that are still struggling in the midst of the Covid-19

JobKeeper rules are a staffing nightmare for small business


The present JobKeeper rules are causing causing staffing issues for small businesses, according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell. The reduction of the JobKeeper

Deregulation agenda to cut small business obstacles


A renewed government focus on small business growth is set to see more Australians employed and more businesses expand. New measures outlined in the recently announced deregulation agenda put small

SMEs to cash in on $520m business growth fund boost


Small and medium sized businesses (SME) are set to get the boost they need, with the banking industry backing a new initiative. The big four buy-in sees the Australian business

Surge in Insolvency Practices Inquiry responses


The recently announced Insolvency Practices Inquiry is surging ahead, following an enormous response from the small business sector. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Kate Carnell revealed

Insolvency Inquiry to revamp small business practices


Australian small businesses in financial trouble may have a new course of action, should a new Insolvency Inquiry overhaul the current practices. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Ombudsman seeks feedback on Business Funding Guide


A tumultuous year for the banking sector has hit Australian small business hard, with prospective entrepreneurs finding access to finance more difficult than ever. However, a new document, the Business

Free small business mental health guide


Franchisors and franchisees can support mental health and wellbeing in their small business owners with a new free online guide. The Beyond Blue guide, Supporting small business owners to improve their mental health and