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The construction industry is performing at its best since 2010, new results show

The construction industry has received a much-needed boost, with the latest results of a new survey showing the market is at its best point in over three years. by Patrick Stafford

Major construction business behind David Jones refurbishment collapses into administration

One of the most successful construction firms in the country has collapsed, in yet another sign this aspect of the economy continues to do it tough. by Patrick Stafford

Queensland construction and fit-out company with $18 million in turnover in administration

Another major construction and fit-outs business has collapsed into administration, the latest victim of an industry which continues to suffer at the hands of subdued activity in both property and retail. by Patrick Stafford

High-profile architectural firm places subsidiaries in administration to combat poor business conditions

Several subsidiaries within a large architectural design and consulting group have been placed in administration as part of a corporate restructure, with redundancies expected as part of a response to what the company says are challenging business conditions. by Patrick Stafford

Exporters turn to importing to combat rise in local currency, DHL report reveals

More exporters have turned to importing over the past few years due to the surge in the value of the Australian dollar, statistics released today reveal, but only half of all exporters expect to increase profits in the next year. by Patrick Stafford

Construction industry to face skills shortage on back of residential construction boom

The construction and property services industries are facing a severe skills shortage over the next three years, and more 457 visas could be needed to fill the workplace gapp. by Patrick Stafford

Component supply chain to shrink after Ford bails on Australian manufacturing

Ford’s decision to scrap its manufacturing plants over the next three years will have a devastating effect on the automotive supply chain, with component manufacturers being warned they need to diversify and start seeking alternative business models. by Patrick Stafford

Ford stops manufacturing in Australia, scraps 1200 jobs – small businesses out in the cold

Ford announced this morning it will cease all manufacturing in Australia by 2016 and cut 1200 jobs in the process in one of the largest shake-ups to the local automotive sector in several years. by Patrick Stafford

High-end blinds manufacturer turning over $4.5 million collapses into administration

A Melbourne-based manufacturer of commercial and high-end residential blinds has collapsed just as the property industry has begun to find its feet after years of instability. by Patrick Stafford

Where can I find a mentor?

Make sure you take advantage of the small business resources available in your state. by Aunty B

Gunns may have traded while insolvent: Administrators' report

An administrators' report indicates timber group Gunns may have been trading while insolvent. by Yolanda Redrup

Construction pain continues as Becton companies placed in limited receivership with $250 million in debt

Becton has been placed in limited receivership, with the commercial property group carrying $250 million of debt. by Patrick Stafford

Demolitions company Interdemo collapses as construction industry braces for more pain

The ailing construction sector continues to be battered by low building approval rates and a stagnant building market. by Patrick Stafford

Modular homes construction, manufacturing business placed in administration

Building and finance approvals have been improving over the last several weeks, but that hasn't been enough to keep Trade Fusion out of administration. by Patrick Stafford

ASX-listed scaffolding company IFS Construction Services placed in administration

The construction sector continues to do it tough, with a WA scaffolding company the latest to be affected. by Patrick Stafford

Construction industry nightmare: NSW Government launches inquiry into company collapses

The high number of building company collapses in NSW over the past year has prompted the state government to investigate. by Patrick Stafford

Liquidator reveals Reed Constructions may have been insolvent for months before collapse

The full extent of the Reed Constructions collapse is starting to emerge, as administrators piece together financial transactions in the company's last few months. by Patrick Stafford

My business name, logo and brochures stink!

Would you go off to a business meeting in tracksuit pants and a tank top? Branding is important, so you need to get the visuals right. by Aunty B

How do we win a $$$ tender?

Tenders are out there for the taking, but you need to get specific! by Aunty B

Fallout from Hastie Group collapse continues as Federal Government flags assistance for workers

The Federal Government might step in as the fallout from the Hastie Group collapse continues to unfold. by Patrick Stafford
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