“How cheap can I do it?”: The supplier & manufacturer question to avoid if you want a successful start-up

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Quality products & services and brand loyalty with customers are two factors of business success – and you cannot achieve either of these if your focus is on landing the cheapest price for a product or the manufacturing of a product you plan to sell.

‘Tsunami’ of job losses to hit male-dominated industries: Clare O’Neil

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In a digital address to the McKell Institute today, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work Clare O’Neil warned of the “tsunami coming for workers in predominantly male industries.” In June, Ms O’Neil outlined how COVID-19 disproportionately affected women because of the havoc it wreaked on female-dominated industries such as hospitality and… Continue reading ‘Tsunami’ of job losses to hit male-dominated industries: Clare O’Neil

‘Innovate or perish’: Martin Duursma

Martin Duursma is a Partner at Main Sequence Ventures. Prior to Main Sequence Ventures, Martin co-founded Datapac Australasia and then went on to become a senior executive at Citrix after it acquired Datapac. Martin shares his predictions on where Australia’s next breakthroughs in energy, advanced manufacturing and space lie. What are Australia’s biggest industry opportunities… Continue reading ‘Innovate or perish’: Martin Duursma

PM unveils blueprint for Australia’s economic recovery in pre-budget speech

Today the Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered his pre-budget speech on “arguably one of the most important” budgets since the end of the second world war. The 2020-21 budget, which will be announced next Tuesday, comes at the heels of Australia’s worst economic contraction after being hit by the global pandemic, bushfires and drought. “This… Continue reading PM unveils blueprint for Australia’s economic recovery in pre-budget speech

When COVID-19 is over, reconsider foreign outsourcing…

General Manager of Adina Watches, Grant Menzies

With international manufacturing markets being thrown into uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, General Manager of Adina Watches, Grant Menzies, believes there has never been a better time to shine a spotlight on the capabilities of Australian businesses than right now. As one of the nation’s oldest watchmakers, Adina has always been advocates for home-soil… Continue reading When COVID-19 is over, reconsider foreign outsourcing…

Five tech waves SMBs should ride next year

New technologies continue to launch in the blink of an eye meaning it isn’t always easy for business leaders to discern which will and won’t advantage their organisation. To help you identify the best tech bets for 2017, here are five guiding principles. 1. Spot the exponential curves and work out the customer value proposition within them Disruption by low-cost competitors… Continue reading Five tech waves SMBs should ride next year

Meet the start-up juggling Queenslander bringing a $19b industry out of the 1960s

Zone RV's MD Matt Johns (left) with founder and director David Biggar (right)

If he wasn’t already busy enough heading up three manufacturing start-ups, Queensland’s Dave Biggars has set his sights on leading the $19 billion-dollar caravan industry out of the bygone era of timber into the era of smart design. Last year, the 32-year-old entrepreneur founded Zone RV, a manufacturer of built-to-order off-road and luxury touring caravans.… Continue reading Meet the start-up juggling Queenslander bringing a $19b industry out of the 1960s

Overcoming barriers to export in construction

Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics’ export figures show that Australia’s manufacturing industries continue to look overseas for export opportunities. According to ABS, 300 Australian manufacturers began exporting for the first time in 2015-2016. With international demand for Australian-made quality products, this is a trend that is likely to continue. In line with this trend, according… Continue reading Overcoming barriers to export in construction

Manufacturing musts: adding machines to your business operations

It’s crazy. You just bought new machines last year. Why are you being asked to buy more? It’s a fact of life though. It seems like when you start spending money, you just can’t stop. But, that doesn’t mean you have to just open up the floodgates and commit financial suicide. Here’s how to get… Continue reading Manufacturing musts: adding machines to your business operations