Accession3 Trainee Program

Accession3 Trainee Program

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Shape your own success! On the job experience, fully paid with university support Are you interested in a career in Accounting and Business Servicing? Are you passionate about helping yourself and others reach their goals? At A3 we will help support you financially and emotionally through your Business or Commerce degree whilst you gain invaluable on the job skills and training. We will challenge you, we will make you laugh, and we will mentor you so you become the best you can be. Overview The Accession3 Trainee Program, within our accounting division, combines study and practical experience at our Toowoomba firm. You have the choice of either studying a Degree through university or a Diploma through TAFE. Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to apply for appointment…
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Retiring From Small Business

Retiring From Small Business

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Selling a small business can be a challenging, complicated and uncertain time. So too can retiring. Combine the two and you have a situation where early planning and advice is critical. Plan early The earlier you plan for the sale of your business, the more value you are likely to gain. Selling a business can take up a lot of your time but so can addressing the day-to-day demands of running your business. Trying to do too much of both at the same time can mean you don’t manage either properly. There are a range of things that may need to be addressed early on with the assistance of your accountant or solicitor. Key examples include: ensuring the financial accounts are in order obtaining a valuation of the business determining…
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Considerations To Look For When Starting Or Buying A Business

Considerations To Look For When Starting Or Buying A Business

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We’ve all heard the statistics on how many small businesses fail in the first five years. Although this may be one of the most daunting things with regards to starting or purchasing a business, it need not be so. If you devote a high degree of thought, planning and professional advice, you can increase your prospects of success greatly. The first thing that I consider when clients ask me to analyse a business for start-up or purchase is what are the individual’s personal attributes that will assist them with making the business a success? How do these attributes fit in with this business model? Are they good at selling? Have they done a SWOT analysis on themselves to work out what their shortfalls may be in business? Can they get…
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It’s A Brexit!

It’s A Brexit!

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What a surprise! Despite all the Polls pointing to a “remain” vote the UK has elected to Leave the EU. This move has shocked the world and global investment markets. Our market has swung wildly all day but as it became increasingly clear they were leaving it fell, 3.7% at time of writing. A Brexit opens up short- and long-term risks. Short-term, the pound has been murdered putting it at the lowest level against the US dollar since 1985. This is hurting those dual-listed companies (like BHP & RIO). Short-term credit markets are also tightening, which puts companies reliant on short-term financing at risk (banks, namely). In reality, it's not a good day to own assets denominated in pounds, and UK share market futures are down 9% as I type.…
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Cash Never Sleeps So Let’s Make It Work

Cash Never Sleeps So Let’s Make It Work

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When cash moved to 1.75% a bell would have rung in the land of term deposits. We have been encouraging clients to consider what a balanced portfolio looks like in the world of lower for longer. Cash and term deposits have a role in all portfolios. We are moving into different cash cycles globally, in America the emphasis is for higher rates and here in Australia we are experiencing downward pressure on rates. That combination could see increased volatility throughout 2016. As customers review portfolios we have encouraged clients to consider the fact that too many clients have taken a barbell approach to investing. Many self-directed investors have become disgruntled with the volatility in equities and have moved to an increased allocation in cash while holding equities which they hope…
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Technology Disruption Meets The Change Monster… Who Wins?

Technology Disruption Meets The Change Monster… Who Wins?

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Our love of technology is perhaps rivaled only by our fear of change. Every time technology advances, the ripple effect of change can cripple even the strongest companies. Development expert Patrick Forth notes that 75% of the Fortune 500 in 2020 will be names we’ve never heard of. Given this high rate of failure, how can large companies better channel change and continue to thrive? He gives five tips all businesses can learn from. Patrick is a Senior Partner and Managing Director in the Sydney office. Previously, he opened and led BCG’s Singapore office and led BCG’s Australia and New Zealand business. He focuses on large-scale change in Technology, Media and Telecommunications companies. He is also on the Board of BCG Digital Ventures. Prior to joining BCG, Patrick obtained a…
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The 12 Disruptive Tech Trends You Need To Know

The 12 Disruptive Tech Trends You Need To Know

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McKinsey’s in-house think tank compiled a cheat sheet for the future of tech. People pay plenty of money for consulting giants to help them figure out which technology trends are fads and which will stick. You could go that route, or get the same thing from the McKinsey Global Institute’s in-house think-tank for the cost of a new book. No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends, was written by McKinsey directors Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, and Jonathan Woetzel, and offers insight into which developments will have the greatest impact on the business world in coming decades. Below, we’re recapping their list of the “Disruptive Dozen” - the technologies the group believes have the greatest potential to remake today’s business landscape. Energy Storage The book's authors predict…
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The Mindset To Succeed

The Mindset To Succeed

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Watch the video below as Professor Tim Noakes talks about the importance of belief in exceptional achievement and points to the role of the coach in fostering that belief. Prof. Tim Noakes is a co-founder and executive director of the Sports Science Institute of SA. He is an author, respected academic and A1 rated scientist and has long been acknowledged as an expert in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise. Tim is a Director of UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM).
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