Week in brief July 17 2012

Category: News

All the smaller business-related news to emerge this week, including: Bizarre carbon price claims; Business owners encouraged to register for ACCC’s carbon price webinar; Virgin Australia driving competition on domestic business-class fares; and more.


If the whole carbon pricing issue has got you pulling your hair out wondering what to do amid the claims and actions that have already arisen, it might be a wise move to register for the ACCC’s forthcoming interactive webinar for small businesses on the matter. Presented by Michael Schaper, Deputy Chair of the ACCC, the webinar Q & A session will see the watchdog provide further guidance and updated information for small businesses about their rights and obligations, including tips and considerations to bear in mind if your business is thinking about making a claim linked to the carbon price. The one-hour webinar is scheduled for Thursday August 16 from 1000 AEST. You can find further info and registration details here.

And while on the matter of carbon pricing and the ACCC, here are some of the more bizarre cases that have emerged to date. A dog groomer has been issued with a warning by the ACCC after blaming the carbon tax for a $5 per dog per groom price rise for her services. Other cases have involved a Chinese restaurant claiming it was forced to increase its Eftpos charge by five per cent due to the new tax and a chicken store that allegedly blamed the price of carbon for its increasing of the price of its chicken thighs from $5.99/kg to $6.99/kg. How’s that?

Aviation Business Asia Pacific reports that Australia’s domestic business-class fares have plunged to record lows, driven by enhanced competition from SME Association of Australia Gold Corporate Member Virgin Australia. And while we’re talking aircraft, Virgin Australia will be the first airline in Australia to employ Boeing’s re-engined 737 MAX, pictured right. Virgin Australia has ordered up to 27 of the aircraft, with the first slated for delivery in 2019.

A source in the UK reports that new research reveals that three-quarters of SMEs in the Motherland are not incorporating mobile commerce (m-commerce) into their retail strategy. According to a study by Onepoll for MoPowered, 89 per cent of microfirms cited mobile as essential for capturing new business, with many predicting that it could help sales surge by up to a third over the next five years. But in spite of this, just 24 per cent of the retailers surveyed actually had a site that was suitable for m-commerce. Here’s the story if you’re keen…

How about this for some awesome brand exposure – SMEs in India have the chance to get their logo placed on an F1 car at the forthcoming Indian Gran Prix thanks to Vodafone’s Drive into the Big League competition. The winning business will have their logo shining proudly for all the world to see on the two Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars that will compete in Delhi from October 26-28. Curiously, the source of this story says the Indian definition of ‘SME’ includes companies with up to 1,000 employees…

Malaysian news site The Star reports that the country’s Prime Minister has launched a wide-reaching ‘SME Masterplan’ to boost the Malaysian SME sector over the next eight years. The six-pronged attack includes the integration of business registration and licensing, the technology commercialisation platform, an SME investment program, an export program, a catalyst program and inclusive innovation to empower the 40 per cent of lowest income earners. Under the new SME development framework, the plan targets to increase the number of new businesses by six per cent per year.

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