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VIDEO: Is going to a trade fair worth it?

The 2014 Melbourne Home & Giving Fair was held in August and SmartCompany was on hand to speak with three SMEs to find out why they participate in trade shows and if the benefits outweigh the costs. by Kirsten Robb and Eloise Keating

Rich Lister Brett Blundy prepares to float Lovisa jewellery chain

Australian investors could have an opportunity to purchase a stake in jewellery and accessories retail chain Lovisa by the end of the year if plans for an initial public offering come to fruition. by Eloise Keating

Five unconventional marketing ideas that really work: 2014 Smart50

From April Fools’ Day gags to sponsoring the “Steve Irwin of fitness”, here are five marketing ideas which deliver from this year’s Smart50 finalists. by Cara Waters

Singapore takes a gamble and wins big in global retail and tourism

Singaporeans are open-minded and very committed shoppers. They understand the need to trade as openly and easily with as many countries as possible. by Kevin Moore

Effects test “on hold” in competition review; Oroton bags a 16% jump in profit: Midday Roundup

An effects test will not feature in the draft recommendations of the federal government’s “root and branch” competition review, according to a Fairfax report this morning. by Kirsten Robb and Eloise Keating

Wendys says it’s committed to its franchisees as Victorian stores advertised for as little as $59,000

A number of Wendys Victorian franchisees have been listed for sale on online marketplaces over recent weeks, just days after Singapore-based Global Yellow Pages subsidiary Global Food Retail Group agreed to purchase the franchise network. by Andrew Sadauskas

Smart50 winners: Where are they now?

Before tonight’s big reveal of the 2014 Smart50 list, we thought we'd take a glance back at some of the biggest and most successful Smart50 businesses from previous years – and catch up with where they are now. by Cara Waters

Anchorage Capital offloads Dick Smith; Western Union eyes off SME forex market: Midday Roundup

Private equity outfit Anchorage Capital has moved to sell its 20% stake in Dick Smith Electronics, which it bought from Woolworths two years ago. by Eloise Keating

The seven dumbest products Urban Outfitters has tried to sell

With so many gaffes under its belt, is Urban Outfitters deliberately courting controversy or is it just really bad at reviewing products for potential offensiveness? by Kirsten Robb

Why Bernie Brookes is “alert but not alarmed” and staying put in the Myer top job

Myer boss Bernie Brookes isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Instead, he's busy with plans to take the Australian department store into the brave new world of retail. by Eloise Keating

Australian online retailers need to embrace effective shipping solutions and mobile-optimisation: report

Free shipping and mobile-friendly websites are the key issues facing Australian retailers. by Broede Carmody

Passion8 jewellery brand snapped up by retail buying group

The flagship jewellery brand of collapsed company Miller Diamonds has been snapped up by retail group Showcase Jewellers. by Eloise Keating

Myer profit falls for fourth year in a row to $1.286 billion

Myer’s gross profit continues to fall, down 1.4% to $1.286 billion this financial year in the department store’s annual results released this morning. by Cara Waters

Fashion designer with $11.8 million in turnover collapses

A design company connected to Australian fashion label Saxony has collapsed. by Eloise Keating

Royal baby number two: Businesses jump to cash in

Cash registers around the world are about to ring again as businesses get set to cash in on the announcement of the impending arrival of royal baby number two. by Cara Waters

How Nick Abboud partnered with private equity to turn Dick Smith around

Dick Smith's CEO has opened up about the rapid transformation of the consumer electronics brand, revealing the extent of the changes that have taken place. by Eloise Keating

Is change really as good as a holiday?

Companies most likely to be successful in making change work to their advantage are the ones that no longer view change as an isolated event to be managed. by Brian Walker

Online homewares retailer Temple & Webster sizes up part purchase offers

Multimillion-dollar online homewares business Temple & Webster is hoping to accelerate its growth over the next 18 months through a “strategic partnership”. by Eloise Keating

Why small high street stores are in decay

High street store properties are caught in a cycle of decay and investment, with investment gradually slowing to a trickle over the past decade. by Kevin Moore

Tassie small business welcomes confident budget, with jobs rebates and a focus on retail

The Tasmanian Small Business Council has strongly endorsed the state government’s 2014-15 budget, which it says will give all Tasmanian business more confidence. by Eloise Keating
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