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Small Business Productivity

Productivity growth remains below pre-pandemic levels for Australia’s small suppliers

Australian small businesses are seeing labour productivity keep pace with big business but growth remains below the pre-pandemic average, according to a new report from Xero. Based on aggregated data from more than 240,000 Xero small business customers, the report examines the current state of small business labour productivity across Australia, New Zealand and the […]

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SME NSW

NSW inquiry hears of a greater need for SME participation in government procurement

A recent NSW parliamentary inquiry into the procurement practices of government agencies has examined the challenges small businesses face in securing contracts, while highlighting the measures that are needed to encourage them. Providing his evidence to the inquiry, NSW small business commissioner Chris Lamont hammered home the importance of the NSW government supporting and promoting

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Qenos Closure

Supply chains on alert over the closure of major plastics supplier Qenos

Speculation surrounding the future of Qenos – Australia’s biggest plastic and chemical manufacturer – continues to grow, with hundreds of jobs at risk and supply chains set to feel the impact, especially in the plastic category. Following multi-million dollar losses over the past couple of years, attributed to high gas and energy prices, Qenos –

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Podcast Episode

Podcast: Making decisions and leading the way for others

On a new episode of the weekly podcast How to Get Unstuck with Helen Thomas, the prominent career and business coach is joined by Cynthia Chung, head of procurement at Vicinity Centres and previously Nandos,  to discuss making big decisions and stepping outside of your comfort zone to be a role model for others. Exploring

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Sustainability Skills

Increasing demand for sustainability skillset in procurement reports Cozens Mabel

Sustainability skills are coveted within the procurement and supply chain sector, with a significant increase in their demand across both permanent and contracting roles over the last six months, covering most major sectors, reports Cozens Mabel. In its latest quarterly newsletter, the specialist Australian recruitment firm says industry recruitment across permanent roles remained steady throughout

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Bttb

Secure your ticket for the 24th Annual btTB Business Travel Conference & Awards

The region’s oldest, biggest, best and ONLY business travel conference returns for 2024 with a jam-packed program, providing a two-day deep dive into the travel category. Registrations are now open for the event, which takes place at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on 7-8 August, with the first 150 sign-ups attending for FREE. Delegates will hear

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Company Receives Fine

Company receives $140,000 fine after delivery truck driver suffers life-changing injuries

In a new case that highlights a buyer’s responsibility for safety in their supply chain and not just on site, a transport and logistics company has been fined $140,000 following an incident that resulted in life-changing injuries. A 64-year-old truck driver was struck on the head and had both legs crushed by a 1.5 tonne

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Pocock Small Businesses

Small businesses deserve a fair shot at winning government procurement contracts says Senator Pocock

Independent Senator David Pocock says growing Australian companies are being shunned in favour of multinational firms when it comes to winning government procurement contracts. He suggests sovereign Australian companies are missing out on their share of the government’s $70 billion procurement spend, saying the commonwealth government should be better at spending money, getting value for

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Supplier Optimism

85 percent of suppliers are optimistic about the year ahead says Taulia

Despite global uncertainty, supply chain disruption and geopolitical tensions, suppliers are feeling optimistic about the year ahead, according to Taulia’s newly released Supplier Survey 2023/24. The leading provider of working capital solutions, which is a part of SAP, conducted the survey of 11,968 respondents from 132 countries to uncover supplier behaviours.  Encouragingly, 85 percent of

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Meet AI Series

Spend Matters launches ‘Meet AI’ series

PASA content partner Spend Matters has launched a nine-part series exploring how vendors have implemented AI. Covering sourcing, supplier management, spend analytics, risk, intake, AP automation, contract lifecycle management, e-Procurement and expense management solutions, the series will break down survey results and provide insights into recent vendor trends. Each article dives into the significance of

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