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Tax savings are a big business. According to the ATO, businesses deducted $2.5 billion in expenses in the 2013-14 financial year. At the top of the list was cost of sales, and at the bottom were motor vehicle expenses, demonstrating the activities that were more or less likely to be considered as a deductible expense.

Our fans are hungry for content. We want www.rugby.com.au to become a central hub for all rugby fans. We need to be able to efficiently manage our content and publish high-quality video quickly and smoothly to meet fans’ expectations every time

At an awards event in Melbourne, Richard Earl, Executive Chairman and Founder of Talent, announced the APAC regional winners for the 2016 Talent Unleashed Awards, naming the most talented and disruptive entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific Region and demonstrating the strength and diversity of the APAC technology sector.

Cross-border payments start-up Airwallex has strengthened its Melbourne and Chinese development teams and accelerated R&D of its international payments platform following a US$3 million pre-Series A investment round led by Shanghai-based VC Gobi Partners.

Botanix is a medical dermatology company developing new prescription medicines to treat serious skin diseases, including acne, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

Australia’s first marketplace for home loans, HashChing recently announced its $1 billion of home loans milestone as momentum builds for the Sydney based fintech company.

The inaugural Optus Future Makers program, launched earlier this year, is designed to foster digital innovation that has the ability to change the social landscape.

The Venture, luxury whisky Chivas Regal’s search to find and support the most innovative startups from across the world, rewarded five social enterprises the remaining share of their $1million annual fund at their Final Event in New York City.

Jacopo Dondi recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its first line of 24-hour watches. With everyone so busy trying to stay busy these days, a 24-hour watch makes you stop and think about how you’re using your time.

The number of businesses with a social media presence has leapt this year in every category, up from 31 per cent to 48 per cent for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and from 56 per cent to 79 per cent for large businesses, according to the 2016 Social Media Report.

Hiring the best talent straight off the mark is not easy, not cheap and it can be risky. It may be tempting to take the ‘safer’ option of hiring less experienced staff at the start with the intention of attracting more experienced talent as the business grows.

Two emerging Australian startups will have the opportunity to pitch at one of the world’s largest venture capital events after taking home the top two spots in the OTEC APAC 2016 Phoenix Pitch Competition.

Westpac’s annual Innovation Challenge is one way that we support Australian businesses with the drive and imagination to shape the future of Australia. I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s finalists and the winner, Surgical Partners, for the outstanding quality of their ideas

Aussie.EU has officially launched in Berlin, Germany, to bring together Australian entrepreneurs, services providers and investor communities focusing on the European market.

A simple financial solution that allows users to manage their finances, including loans, repayments, budgeting and valuations, myprosperity.com.au is engineered with live feeds from the ASX, Redbook, Yodlee and RP Data, all via a secure online portal.

Aimed at everyday Australian residential property investors, Abakus makes property tax management more convenient and efficient – helping users self-manage their investments, maximise their tax return and obtain an estimate of their tax position at any time during the financial year.

Innovative Australian start-up Bountye is among the first to launch with Android Pay in Australia. The move is set to catapult the buying and selling app to even greater heights after only a year on the market.

KPMG Australia recently announced the launch of mLabs, a market-first corporate fintech accelerator connecting forward-thinking mutual Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs) with some of Australia’s most exciting fintech startups.

The idea is always the easy part and from my point of view as a designer, creating the product is also an easy part in the equation. Some projects may pose technical challenges, however with research, design and development these can be overcome.

Are the words “strategic review” welcome in your business? If not, you might need to rethink why and how you’re conducting them. Whether it’s triggered by a new market opportunity, a change in leadership or if it simply serves as an annual benchmark, a strategic review provides an opportunity to step back from day-to-day operations, assess the foundations on which a business is built and chart a roadmap for its course now and for the future.

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