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Nick’s Notes May 2015

Thanks for tuning in to the third edition of Nick’s Notes.

Federal Budget Month

Only a few sleeps until Joe Hockey delivers his 2015 Federal Budget. Will it be ‘dull and boring’ as our Prime Minister has suggested? As usual we turn to our resident economist, Professor Neville Norman of Melbourne University, for his perspectives on how Joe Hockey will handle the many fiscal challenges he faces in mapping out our economic future.

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

I hope it is, because in April 2015 Google started rolling out changes to its algorithm that will see non-mobile friendly websites pushed down the Google search results for searches done on portable devices. For businesses that rely on sales and enquiries from Google searches, this is big news. I’d suggest making sure your website uses responsive design as soon as possible. But for a full explanation of what this all means we spoke to Heather Maloney of Contact Point IT Services.

Lessons For Fast Growth

Last month we spoke to publisher and entrepreneur James Tuckerman about his trip to Antarctica for a business think-tank with 100 other Australians. This month he talks about the challenges he faced when moving a print publication online, and he reveals his three tips for growth on the back of his more recent success with the Not-So-Freaky University.

Enjoy all the essential information we’ve complied for you on Business Essentials this month, and I look forward to talking to you next month with a full wrap of the Federal Budget.

Business lessons from Antarctica

James Tuckerman in AntarcticaEarlier this year, more than 100 entrepreneurs and business people from around Australia braved the cold and isolation for a ‘think tank’ in Antarctica.

James Tuckerman was one such entrepreneur embracing the once-in-a-life-time chance to talk to other leaders from a range of different backgrounds and industries.

He says it was the perfect setting to form business connections and appreciate what matters most in business and in life. We spoke with James for our April 2015 edition of Business Essentials. He explains the lessons he took from the journey.

Click here to listen to the interview in full.

Nick’s Notes April 2015

Welcome to the second edition of Nick’s Notes, and thank you for your feedback on the first edition last month.

April Fool’s Day Confession

Being April Fool’s Day, I reflect on a time when I was a “fool” in business on the back of the interview with the Fair Work Ombudsman, Lynda McAlary-Smith. She advocates joining industry associations and Chambers of Commerce – I wish I’d been a “joiner” when I started a business 10 years ago.

Welcome Back Chris Ashmore

We recently welcomed back Chris Ashmore to the Business Essentials Media Production team after a break of 12 years that took him to Tokyo. I’m delighted to introduce him in his new role of Producer/Business Development Manager.

April Edition Of Business Essentials

The April edition of Business Essentials is online and in response to subscribers requesting more interviews with successful entrepreneurs – we’ve got three this month. From a think-tank in Antarctica attended by James Tuckerman, to ex-Olympic skier Peter Forras who now sells ski gear around the world, and a confession from Andrew Griffiths who tells his own story of falling into the trap of putting too many eggs in one basket. Plus many more interviews designed to help you grow your business.

I hope you find value in the interviews this month and I look forward to speaking to you next month.

Protecting Your Business From The Risks Of Terrorism

TerrorismLet’s hope it never ever happens, but with all the awareness now around terrorism and terror attacks, have you considered what you would do if your business was targeted?

We spoke with Professor Greg Barton of the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University for our March edition of Business Essentials. The chance of attack is tiny, but it’s well worth being prepared. For example, are doors that are supposed to be locked, actually locked? Are doors that should be open, open?

Click here to listen to our interview in full.

Nick’s Notes March 2015

Welcome to the first edition of Nick’s Notes, a video blog series through which I’ll be sharing my experiences as a small business owner, update you on our news and respond directly to your feedback.

Video Production In Our Brand New Studio

This first edition was filmed in our brand new video studio. Having our own studio for the first time in our 30 year history, including a green screen, means our video production services for small businesses are now even more versatile AND cost effective.

New Website Feature – “Play All”

Following helpful feedback from subscribers about our website, there is now a “Play All” button at the top of each month’s list of interviews which will make listening in the car from phones and tablets much easier and safer. Check out this new feature when you listen to the March edition of Business Essentials.

March Edition Of Business Essentials

Our March edition of Business Essentials is now online and I hope you enjoy and find value in the interviews this month. Professor Neville Norman is back, and I’d like to draw your attention to the start of his interview where he responds to feedback about his absence from a couple of editions in 2014. Our March edition is jam packed with essential information so I’ll let you get listening.

Don’t hesitate to share or comment on this video (or the March edition of Business Essentials) and I look forward to making contact with you next month.