protecting your family

Are you protecting your most valuable asset?

Life seems to be getting busier, the important things get pushed aside for ‘another day’, and our priorities shift in ways they shouldn’t.

In life, there are circumstances beyond our control that can unfortunately happen. Our lives can change in an instant and for many of us we think “but that won’t happen to me”…the harsh reality is, that it can, and it does.

"Staff first, customers second, Shareholders third"

Sir Richard Branson lives by the credo of “Put your staff first, your customers second and your shareholders third.” Like everything Branson, an interesting proposition, but what, how and when?

I believe that team and customer cultures are set by the business founders and slowly evolved by each generation.

Newcastle 500

Newcastle 500 - What does it mean for Newcastle?

Well what an amazing weekend for Newcastle!

The Supercars event came with great expectation, and from all reports, Newcastle well and truly delivered! This was highlighted by nearly 200,000 people attending the event over the 3 days.

Maxim Market Insights by Greg McKenna

• The RBA remains upbeat on growth for the Australian economy but recently downgraded its inflation forecasts such that it expects to undershoot the bottom of its inflation target band for the next 4 years.

5 steps to not only survive, but thrive!

One of the best pieces of advice I have received is “If nothing changes, nothing changes”. If businesses become complacent and just continue to do what they did yesterday, it is only a matter of time before they lose their competitive edge, technology takes over, or they just simply become complacent.


Cyber Threats come in all varieties – and no two ever attack your business from the same angle or in the same way. Threats can occur directly from the outside, while others may have some insider help.

Key Business Lessons Learned from the Smithink 'Young Guns' Workshop

Earlier in the year, I was given the opportunity to speak at the Smithink Young Guns Workshop, a two-day conference for young(ish) accounting professionals held at the Hilton, Surfers Paradise.

Maxim Monthly Insights - September 2017

• The Australian economy is showing signs of strength with solid economic growth in Q2 and continued solid prints for the NAB’s business survey pointing to a continuation of this economic strength.

The Importance of Scale

Businesses that do not grow their revenues to achieve the appropriate “scale” will always struggle to provide the appropriate financial return to the business owner to reward the inherent risk of business.

This need for scale is universal across all business types or industries, even businesses that target “niche”, or higher margin markets.

2017 Lower Hunter Business Confidence Survey

Following the success and feedback from last year’s research and event, we have again commissioned a business research project from well-known demographic researchers and analysts, McCrindle Research.

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