Week in brief July 31 2012

Category: News

All the smaller business-related news to emerge this week, including: Five things internet users hate the most; ATO hosting free webinars for SME owners; Aussie SMEs score major Boeing contracts; and more.

According to date collected from 36,000 customer feedback responses by Webreep – a new website feedback tool created by Dr Brent Coker, an internet consumer psychologist at the University of Melbourne – these are the five things internet users hate the most:
  1. Hard to find information.
  2. Slow download speed.
  3. Slow response to emails.
  4. Bad quality information.
  5. Unattractive design.

Interesting food for thought – particularly if your website is failing to attract the traffic you’d like it to…

From now until August 10 the ATO is offering a number of free webinars to help SME owners wanting to update their tax knowledge, as well as those who are just starting a new business or thinking about starting one. The webinars are divided into 12 topic modules; interested parties can review the webinar topics for more info and book their spot here.

Australian Defence Magazine reports that two Aussie engineering SMEs have been awarded contracts totalling approximately US$1.85 million from Boeing to manufacture parts and assemblies for the P-8A Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft. Sydney’s Lovitt Technologies Australia and Brisbane-based Ferra Engineering were identified by Boeing’s Office of Australian Industry Capability (OAIC), part of the Defence Materiel Organisation’s Global Supply Chain Program. Lovitt Technologies will manufacture mission systems parts and assembly fabrications for the P-8 aircraft, while Ferra Engineering will supply internal and external airframe parts and assemblies to support various P-8 flight and mission systems. Nice one!

Aviation Business reports that SME Association of Australia Gold Corporate Member Virgin Australia has been recognised at the prestigious 2012 Skytrax World Airline Awards  in London for ‘Best Airline’ and ‘Best Staff Service’ in the Australia Pacific region.

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