Energy instability puts pressure on Australian SMEs

Small businesses and homeowners all over Australia have been faced with rapidly increasing energy costs over the last several years. The increase has been so drastic that the country went from being one of the lowest-cost energy markets a decade ago to compete with Germany and Denmark for the most expensive power bills in the world today.
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Building A New Home? Key Issues To Consider

Building a new home is an exciting but scary experience. It’s also a considerable investment. But for most of us it’s a one-off that we’ll never get to repeat, and so it’s vital that as well as having no regrets, your new home stands the test of time. In this article we look at some of the important issues you need to consider when planning your new home.
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How To Find A Skilled Tradie

When it comes to finding a skilled tradesperson it seems as though everyone has their own horror story. From poor quality workmanship or taking too long to complete a job to unforeseen additional costs, we’ve all had bad experiences. So how do you go about finding an honest, dependable professional to get that job done? Well, here are some tips to help guide your selection.
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Landlords’ Responsibilities: Government Gets Tough

If you’re a landlord then you’ll probably have heard of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. It’s the main piece of legislation covering landlords and tenants in New Zealand and it sets out their respective rights and responsibilities. However, what you may not have been aware of is that the Ministry of Business and Innovation has set up a tenancy compliance and investigations team to check on…
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Construction Contractors: Has Your Company Got Environmental Insurance?

The majority of construction companies are well aware of the need for general liability insurance as well as policies that protect against risk and loss. But have you considered environmental insurance? Lots of construction companies are waking up to the possibility that their work could see them end up in court for damaging the environment. You may want to join them by taking out environmental insurance…
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Is Your Construction Company Ready For The Next Step?

As a small business owner it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day running of the business. Often it’s hard to take time out to sit down and review how things are going and make decisions about where you want the business to be.  It may be that you are entirely satisfied with how business is going. You are happy running a lean operation and focusing on smaller jobs and clients. You have no great desire to expand.
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