Why are so many SMEs not growing from small to medium size?

Why are so many SMEs not growing from small to medium size?

I was recently asked by a defence industry executive why so many SMEs in the defence sector grow to a certain point and then stagnate or sell? This question resonated stro...

AF Legal acquires Armstrong Contested Wills & Estates in deal worth up to $3.75m

AF Legal acquires Armstrong Contested Wills & Estates in deal worth up to $3.75m

A year on from the failure of an $11 million merger with Go to Cour...

Going concerns notices raised for ASX cannabis players Cann Group and Althea

Going concerns notices raised for ASX cannabis players Cann Group and Althea

Material uncertainties have been raised about two of the largest&nb...

ASIC tips ‘ASX Wolf’ Tyson Scholz into bankruptcy over $500,000 in court costs

ASIC tips ‘ASX Wolf’ Tyson Scholz into bankruptcy over $500,000 in court costs

Social media ‘finfluencer’ Tyson Scholz, widely known a...

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Court orders Brite Advisors be wound up amidst $106m gap in client funds held

Court orders Brite Advisors be wound up amidst $106m gap in client funds held

The Australian arm of a global investment manager that has cla...

Spirit Technology ramps up cyber security division with $34.6m InfoTrust buyout

Spirit Technology ramps up cyber security division with $34.6m InfoTrust buyout

Melbourne-based telco and managed IT services group Spirit Technolo...

Japan takes the lead in Australia's real estate investment inflows

Japan takes the lead in Australia's real estate investment inflows

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Australian real estate had a tas...

NAB's private banking boss Irvine named CEO as McEwan announces retirement

NAB's private banking boss Irvine named CEO as McEwan announces retirement

National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) has elevated its private banking...

Cettire valuation surges by $370m after "strongest trading half" since IPO

Cettire valuation surges by $370m after "strongest trading half" since IPO

Shares in Cettire (ASX: CTT) jumped 30 per cent in early trade this...

Payments provider Fat Zebra dives into open banking with Adatree acquisition

Payments provider Fat Zebra dives into open banking with Adatree acquisition

Sydney-based payments infrastructure provider Fat Zebra has bolster...

Startup report slams crowdfunding model, claims it "fails to adequately protect retail investors"

Startup report slams crowdfunding model, claims it "fails to adequately protect retail investors"

Authors of the State of Australian Startup Funding Report 2023...

Female founders involved in 26pc of startup funding deals in 2023

Female founders involved in 26pc of startup funding deals in 2023

More than a quarter of the 413 reported startup funding rounds last...

Aussie startup funding fell in half to $3.5 billion in 2023

Aussie startup funding fell in half to $3.5 billion in 2023

Australian startup funding fell by a whopping 52.7 per cent last ye...

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Entrepreneurship

Mollymook Beach startup Gravity Drinks fizzing on $1m seed raise

Mollymook Beach startup Gravity Drinks fizzing on $1m seed raise

An Australian seltzer startup that recently started ranging in close to 100 First Choice Liquor stores has successfully completed a $1 million seed raise backed by ind...

Shares double for hearing tech scale-up Audeara on Zildjian contract

Shares double for hearing tech scale-up Audeara on Zildjian contract

Brisbane-based hearing tech scale-up Audeara (ASX: AUA) has fo...

AI job matching platform Hatch raises $7m to challenge legacy marketplaces

AI job matching platform Hatch raises $7m to challenge legacy marketplaces

Hatch, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered job matching platfor...

Brandon BioCatalyst secures $50m grant for new med-tech incubator tackling dementia

Brandon BioCatalyst secures $50m grant for new med-tech incubator tackling dementia

A national biotechnology incubator run by the venture capital-backe...

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Childcare veteran Chris Scott scaling up Embark Early Education with $25m acquisition

Childcare veteran Chris Scott scaling up Embark Early Education with $25m acquisition

Embark Early Education (ASX: EVO), a Gold Coast-based childcare cen...

Octopus Deploy acquires US competitor Codefresh

Octopus Deploy acquires US competitor Codefresh

Brisbane-headquartered deployment automation company Octopus Deploy...

Salter Brothers fund makes a $74m takeover play for non-bank lender Prospa

Salter Brothers fund makes a $74m takeover play for non-bank lender Prospa

A consortium led by Melbourne-based alternative investment firm Sal...

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Retail

Berchtold lands on her feet as Mosaic Brands names former Iconic boss as new CEO

Berchtold lands on her feet as Mosaic Brands names former Iconic boss as new CEO

After being thwarted from taking on the top job at Best & Less ...

Universal Store profit up 17pc on productivity gains despite inflationary pressure

Universal Store profit up 17pc on productivity gains despite inflationary pressure

Now with 100 stores to its name across several brands, Universal St...

Scentre Group retailers post record sales in 2023 as foot traffic spikes

Scentre Group retailers post record sales in 2023 as foot traffic spikes

A sharp increase in foot traffic at Scentre Group’s (ASX: SCG...

Woolworths CEO Banducci quits as supermarket giants under the microscope

Woolworths CEO Banducci quits as supermarket giants under the microscope

Woolworths Group (ASX: WOW) CEO Brad Banducci has stunned the marke...

 

Opinion

Why are so many SMEs not growing from small to medium size?

Why are so many SMEs not growing from small to medium size?

I was recently asked by a defence industry executive why so many SM...

How healthy are the plant-based meat and dairy replacements in the market?

How healthy are the plant-based meat and dairy replacements in the market?

If you’re thinking about buying plant-based foods, a trip to ...

The secret sauce of Coles’ and Woolworths’ profits: high-tech surveillance and control

The secret sauce of Coles’ and Woolworths’ profits: high-tech surveillance and control

Coles and Woolworths, the supermarket chains that together control ...

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CAPITAL RAISING & FINANCE

GreenCollar buys into EnergyLink Services to tackle agribusiness decarbonisation

GreenCollar buys into EnergyLink Services to tackle agribusiness decarbonisation

Environmental markets project developer GreenCollar has made a stra...

Bike Exchange raising $3.1m with plans to delist after an uphill battle on the ASX

Bike Exchange raising $3.1m with plans to delist after an uphill battle on the ASX

Three years after listing on the ASX via a $76 million float, onlin...

Former EML CEO Tom Cregan launches digital tipping fintech for hospitality

Former EML CEO Tom Cregan launches digital tipping fintech for hospitality

After leading EML Payments (ASX: EML) for a decade including a tumu...

CSIRO and Main Sequence expect synthetic biology to become a $30 billion industry by 2040

CSIRO and Main Sequence expect synthetic biology to become a $30 billion industry by 2040

The economic value of synthetic biology to Australia has increased ...

Leadership

Berchtold lands on her feet as Mosaic Brands names former Iconic boss as new CEO

Berchtold lands on her feet as Mosaic Brands names former Iconic boss as new CEO

After being thwarted from taking on the top job at Best & Less ...

Ecofibre shareholders reject founder's nomination of Alex Keach to board

Ecofibre shareholders reject founder's nomination of Alex Keach to board

Shareholders in medicinal cannabis and hemp company Ecofibre (...

Akubra’s new CEO Natalie Culina marks a first for iconic hat manufacturer

Akubra’s new CEO Natalie Culina marks a first for iconic hat manufacturer

Australian hat manufacturer Akubra has enlisted retail industry exe...

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Property

Hotel Property Investments CEO Don Smith passes away

Hotel Property Investments CEO Don Smith passes away

Following a successful career of almost two decades with Vicinity C...

Local Residential's $650m build-to-rent fund boosts development pipeline to $1.1b

Local Residential's $650m build-to-rent fund boosts development pipeline to $1.1b

Melbourne-based built-to-rent platform Local Residential has closed...

Fortis gets green light for three projects worth $570m in Melbourne and Sydney

Fortis gets green light for three projects worth $570m in Melbourne and Sydney

Sydney-based developer Fortis, the property arm of debt and equity ...

Salter Brothers’ hospitality arm debuts Ardour hotel brand with Kingsford Barossa

Salter Brothers’ hospitality arm debuts Ardour hotel brand with Kingsford Barossa

Melbourne-based Salter Brothers is rebranding the Kingsford Barossa...

Health

Cochlear profit jumps 35pc on increased implant sales

Cochlear profit jumps 35pc on increased implant sales

Strong demand for its upgraded Nucleus 8 Sound Processor has l...

Brandon BioCatalyst secures $50m grant for new med-tech incubator tackling dementia

Brandon BioCatalyst secures $50m grant for new med-tech incubator tackling dementia

A national biotechnology incubator run by the venture capital-backe...

Crowd-sourced funding steady at $71m as food & beverage, female-founded startups rise

Crowd-sourced funding steady at $71m as food & beverage, female-founded startups rise

Despite a 58 per cent decline in venture capital funding in Austral...

Aravax raises $66m for peanut allergy cure as Victoria leads the way

Aravax raises $66m for peanut allergy cure as Victoria leads the way

Victoria has become the epicentre of finding a cure for peanut alle...

Technology

Staff cuts and sales growth lift earnings at Airtasker

Staff cuts and sales growth lift earnings at Airtasker

A decision last year from online services marketplace Airtasker (AS...

Former EML CEO Tom Cregan launches digital tipping fintech for hospitality

Former EML CEO Tom Cregan launches digital tipping fintech for hospitality

After leading EML Payments (ASX: EML) for a decade including a tumu...

Octopus Deploy acquires US competitor Codefresh

Octopus Deploy acquires US competitor Codefresh

Brisbane-headquartered deployment automation company Octopus Deploy...

Shares double for hearing tech scale-up Audeara on Zildjian contract

Shares double for hearing tech scale-up Audeara on Zildjian contract

Brisbane-based hearing tech scale-up Audeara (ASX: AUA) has fo...

Legal

AF Legal acquires Armstrong Contested Wills & Estates in deal worth up to $3.75m

AF Legal acquires Armstrong Contested Wills & Estates in deal worth up to $3.75m

A year on from the failure of an $11 million merger with Go to Cour...

Going concerns notices raised for ASX cannabis players Cann Group and Althea

Going concerns notices raised for ASX cannabis players Cann Group and Althea

Material uncertainties have been raised about two of the largest&nb...

ASIC tips ‘ASX Wolf’ Tyson Scholz into bankruptcy over $500,000 in court costs

ASIC tips ‘ASX Wolf’ Tyson Scholz into bankruptcy over $500,000 in court costs

Social media ‘finfluencer’ Tyson Scholz, widely known a...

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