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Business challenges of 2016

Posted on March 8, 2016 by admin

No matter where your business is in its lifecycle, there is no shortage of challenges that will affect its ability to grow. But there are ways owners can overcome these hurdles if they simply invest enough time and effort into planning for the future.

Here are three challenges 2016 so far that every business should consider if they want to achieve success:

One of the greatest concerns for many small businesses continues to be cash flow, with the most significant negative influence being the time it takes to receive payments which affects how well small businesses can meet their ongoing expenses. Planning ahead and carefully management of cash flow can help ensure cash flow concerns don’t impact on a business’s long-term viability.

The ever-growing digital world continues to reward small businesses with a comprehensive digital strategy. Last year saw the introduction of mobile friendliness as a ranking factor for websites, due to devices like tablets and smartphones becoming the devices of choice for consumers browsing the web. Staying ahead of developments and trends, like making your business’s website is mobile friendly, will ensure your business will stay ahead of the competition.

Succession planning continues to be an issue for small businesses. Family businesses, in particular, usually struggle to plan for the future, particularly in relation to preparing for the next generation. In 2016, small businesses need to spend time planning for the future in areas like succession and business continuity.

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Government increases cash flow support for businesses

Posted on March 27, 2020 by admin

The Australian Government has increased support for businesses to manage cash flow challenges under the ongoing COVID-19 circumstances.

The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure announced on 12 March 2020 will be increased to provide up to $100,000 for eligible small and medium-sized businesses. To be eligible employers must have been established prior to 12 March 2020 and have an aggregated annual turnover of less than $50 million and employ workers.

The measure will provide employers with a payment equal to 100% of the tax withheld from wages and salaries. This is a rise from the original 50%, with maximum payments being increased from $25,000 to $50,000 and minimum payments being increased from $2,000 to $10,000.

Employers will receive payments from 28 April 2020 from the ATO as automatic credit in the activity statement system upon lodging eligible upcoming activity statements.

Eligible businesses will be provided with an additional payment during July – October 2020. The payment will be equal to the total amount received under the Boosting Cash Flow for Businesses scheme. For monthly and quarterly activity statement lodgers, these payments will be provided as automatic credit in the activity statement system for each lodgement up until October 2020.

The Government has also introduced the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme to support the flow of credit for small and medium enterprises (SME) by providing a guarantee of 50% to participating SME lenders for new unsecured loans that will be used for working capital. To be eligible, SMEs will have a turnover of up to $50 million and the loans must comply with the following terms:

The SME Guarantee Scheme will still require businesses to repay these loans and approval is subject to regular lending requirements. The Scheme will commence by early April 2020 and be available until 30 September 2020.

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