Author: Anthony Scott

COVID-19 has produced many challenges for small businesses. But even in a downturn, there are opportunities to develop products and target new customers to drive business growth. Business planning specialist Suzanne Laidlaw, author of What’s Your Plan?, explains understanding the problems your product or service solves is one...

The nation is cautiously exiting the corona virus lockdown period. But many firms will need to shapeshift to ensure their business model is suitable for what may be a frugal period ahead in some sectors. A strategic approach to business planning is, therefore, essential. The first...

Heightened cyber risks have emerged as a serious issue, given most businesses now have many staff working from home. So it’s important to put in place policies and procedures to ensure data is secure no matter where staff are located. Helping staff to recognise and avoid...

When times are tough, many businesses Indiscriminately slash costs, without thinking about long-term consequences. It can be especially tempting to reduce the business’ headcount given wages are often a company’s greatest expense. This can be a false economy, as firms will need their best people when...

The COVID-19 pandemic has been declared a catastrophe by the Insurance Council of Australia and decisions being made by all Governments are having a profound effect on our economy.  One area being hit hard is the domestic rental market and understandably, we have seen a spike in...

For the health and safety of our team, and to ensure that we can continue to provide the highest level of service during these uncertain times, all Watkins Taylor Stone team members will be working remotely. During this period, please note the following: - Our main...

Workers’ compensation and your responsibilities, a three-part series. Part one – what is workers’ compensation? Annette O’Brien, Steadfast Technical Broking Manager, outlines what your responsibilities are as an employer when it comes to Workers' compensation.  Workers’ compensation hit the headlines when a former reality TV contestant was successful in a...

Although bushfire season is here, this risk is only one of a host of different sources of fire. Arson is often the cause of fire and poor maintenance standards are another serious fire risk for businesses. For instance, damaged or old electrical cabling is all too...

Research shows businesses that are committed to supporting their staff’s health and wellbeing enjoy many advantages. While providing benefits such as income protection insurance is one aspect of this, firms that take a holistic view of employee wellness give themselves a long-term competitive advantage. This is...