For the first time in four years, Queensland businesses are feeling optimistic about the future and confident in their operations, according to the latest Suncorp CCIQ Pulse Survey of Business Conditions. Read more.
Dear members, friends and followers. I just wanted to let you know that one of CCIQ’s email accounts was breached by a third party yesterday in an attempted phishing attack. We’re confident the breach poses no danger to any other staff, members or customers of CCIQ. Our IT provider took immediate action to contain and eliminate any possible threats. We’re now conducting a thorough review of our cyber security systems and policies to make sure we are meeting best practice standards. Read more.
Business Activity Statements (BAS) can be an unwelcome deadline to most small business owners and it can be difficult to know what your obligations are. Read more.
2018 has all the elements to be the year for business. At the close of 2017, the State Government was re-elected with a majority, albeit slim, helping to solidify political certainty for the next 2 years and 10 months. The Queensland economy reached $309 billion GSP during 2016/17, growing by 1.8% over the past year. Although lagging behind the national average growth of 2%, Queensland’s economy goes into 2018 with momentum. Read more.
As a small business, time and money are often not on your side. It is important to you to leverage your costs accordingly, and ensure that your effort is focused on projects that will yield real results. Read more.
More than 90% of unfair dismissal claims over the past year were resolved before they reached a hearing involving a Fair Work Commissioner, but experts say disputes can still cost businesses significant time and money even if they never make it to the formal hearing stage. Read more.
A Queensland mine worker who was sacked after a 19-year-old colleague accused him of touching her backside and making sexual comments has won his job back after the Fair Work Commission said there was insufficient evidence. Read more.
In today’s business environment, internet connectivity is often considered vital to a business’ success. Businesses rely much of their success on how well their business is connected to the rest of world through the Internet. Read more.
‘Tis the season to be jolly! But unlike our northern counter parts who worry about white outs, Queensland business have a higher concern about black outs. With soaring temperatures and parts of Queensland experiencing 45 degree days this week, expect the air conditioners to be cranking. However, with electricity prices having doubled in the past decade small businesses are turning to alternatives to keeping their operational costs down this summer. Electricity bills represent a significant chunk of mum and dad small business operating budgets and will continue to exert greater pressure on profit margins as prices remain volatile and continue to rise. Read more.