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7-Eleven’s franchisee financial arrangement is “unusual”: SmartCompany compares leading Australian franchises

7-Eleven’s franchisee financial arrangement is “unusual”: SmartCompany compares leading Australian franchises

Franchising experts have labelled the 7-Eleven financial arrangements with franchisees as “unusual” in the wake of serious allegations of employee underpayments and a cover-up by head office. By Broede Carmody
iiNet chief David Buckingham leaves just days after TPG takeover finalised

iiNet chief David Buckingham leaves just days after TPG takeover finalised

David Buckingham, the chief executive of iiNet, has reportedly departed the company within days of the broadband provider being taken over by TPG. By Eloise Keating
Manufacturer with $40 million in turnover collapses into voluntary administration

Manufacturer with $40 million in turnover collapses into voluntary administration

Success Aluminium has been operating for more than 30 years and employs 34 staff across its operations in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland. By Eloise Keating
Cotton On's ambitious plans: 153 stores to open before Christmas

Cotton On's ambitious plans: 153 stores to open before Christmas

Clothing retailer Cotton On is attempting a feat that most retailers would never dream of: it plans to open more than one new store a day before Christmas. By Renee Thompson
Melbourne music shop overwhelmed by Facebook support after robbery post goes viral

Melbourne music shop overwhelmed by Facebook support after robbery post goes viral

A small business in Melbourne’s east has turned to Facebook in a bid to help find several guitars stolen at the crack of dawn. By Broede Carmody
Fine print excuse doesn’t hold water: ACCC warns about “waterproof” phone claims

Fine print excuse doesn’t hold water: ACCC warns about “waterproof” phone claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a warning to mobile retailers, saying it is keeping a close eye on retailers potentially making misleading claims when advertising “waterproof” mobile phones. By Renee Thompson
Court action: Sydney manufacturer accused of paying overseas workers just $8 an hour

Court action: Sydney manufacturer accused of paying overseas workers just $8 an hour

A plastics manufacturer in Sydney is being taken to court by the Fair Work Ombudsman over allegations it failed to pay penalty rates. By Renee Thompson
RBA holds cash rate at 2% for September

RBA holds cash rate at 2% for September

The Reserve Bank of Australia has kept the official cash rate at 2% for the month of September. By Broede Carmody
Cabinet stalls decision on effects test; Rupert Myer to step down from Myer’s board: Midday Roundup

Cabinet stalls decision on effects test; Rupert Myer to step down from Myer’s board: Midday Roundup

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has delayed making a final decision on whether or not to introduce an effects test into Australian competition law in order to prevent a potential cabinet split. By Broede Carmody and Renee Thompson
New-look Google to make some sites less appy

New-look Google to make some sites less appy

It’s the stuff of nightmares: you visit a website on your phone, and instead of showing the actual contents, a full-screen ad pops up demanding you download an app instead. By Denham Sadler
7 tips for finding the right financial adviser

7 tips for finding the right financial adviser

There’s been a lot of talk in recent weeks over women’s financial security, with one of the biggest news pieces of the month being the release of the ANZ paper on gender equality. By Sarah Riegelhuth
“Changed the rules”: How this serial entrepreneur turned a $35 blog into a $7 million business

“Changed the rules”: How this serial entrepreneur turned a $35 blog into a $7 million business

Alborz Fallah was born to be an entrepreneur. The 30-year-old started making money when he was still in primary school by letting American companies advertise on his website. By Broede Carmody
How to not make a hash of hashtags on Instagram

How to not make a hash of hashtags on Instagram

Hashtags are no longer just functional. They can be creative, comedic and even poetic. By Eloise Keating
Avoid pay pitfalls or risk being the next 7-Eleven bad news story

Avoid pay pitfalls or risk being the next 7-Eleven bad news story

No matter what the circumstances are behind the scenes at 7-Eleven head office, things don’t look good. By Tracy Angwin
How one Aussie CEO used LinkedIn to expand into 27 countries

How one Aussie CEO used LinkedIn to expand into 27 countries

Craig McDonald, who last month was named as one of Australia’s LinkedIn 'Power Profiles', gives some tips on using the platform. By Dionne Lew
The one thing that will save you thousands on your website

The one thing that will save you thousands on your website

The world of website design continues to dumbfound many small business operators and it’s easy to see why. By Craig Reardon
Five signs you have been left behind in your marketing

Five signs you have been left behind in your marketing

Here are some key warning signs that you need to revitalise your marketing knowledge. By Michelle Gamble
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