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Down to Business – Ep 10 – M&A Law

Welcome to another edition of Down to Business. In this episode, I sit down with Andrew Windybank, Corporate Lawyer and Company Director for SWS Lawyers. Tune in as we discuss all things mergers and acquisitions (M&A), succession planning and divestments. Key...
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Down to Business – Ep 9 – Charities in Business

This week in Down to Business I sat down with Mark Hughes from the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF). Be sure to watch as we delve into what it means to develop an honest, meaningful charity, and the benefits of supporting one in your business. There are many synergies and...
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Down to Business – Ep 8 – HR

In Episode 8 of Down to Business, I sit down with Diane Loong, Co-Founder and Director of Skildare Human Resources. Flowing on from Episode 7 – Recruitment, join me as we delve into the world of HR discussing everything from people within your organisation and...
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Are the banks still lending?

A lot of discussion has occurred recently as to whether banks are still lending to businesses or not. There has been a lot of change and tightening of assessment criteria primarily on the back of the Royal Commission and whilst it has felt like the banks have closed...
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Down to Business – Ep 7 – Recruitment

In the seventh instalment of Down to Business, we enter the world of recruiting with experts Ali Kimmorley and Sally Bartley from Peoplefusion. To bring it all together, my key takeaways include: At the end of the day, without the people, you don’t have a business....
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Down to Business – Ep 5 – Tech

From cybersecurity and the cloud to the role that AI can play in your business. Join me as I sit down with Rob Buck, Managing Director of Diamond IT, to discuss all things tech and get to the bottom of what is happening in the world of information technology today. My...

Down to Business – Ep 4 – Banking and Lending Services

Thanks to the Royal Commission, another hot topic of late is banking and lending so, I  sat down with James Hodgson, Senior Banker of the Commonwealth Bank to discuss the current financial market and what this may mean for business owners. My key takeaways include:...

Down to Business – Ep. 3 – Property

Property is the word on everyone’s lips of late and with a decrease in the market of 7.5 per cent* there’s a good reason for this. In this episode I sit down with Tom Haigh, Director of Groundswell Property Consultants, to chat about property and how the decision to...

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Down to Business – Ep. 2 – Superannuation

Many business owners have no idea what financial position they need to retire. They don’t know what after-tax income they need to support their lifestyle, or what value their biggest asset – their business – will contribute to their nest egg. Understanding...

Down to Business – Ep. 1 – Marketing

Marketing is such a difficult but very important business function to navigate. Pete Chapman joins me to provide some great tips to think about for your business. My key takeaways: Marketing is not sales; You should always have an outcome planned for your marketing...

Business owner video series

I have been very busy of late and not getting to writing my blog. I have been thinking of a better way to get valuable information that business owners need out to them. So I have started a video series. I have been picking various topics that are applicable for...

The wave is coming

“Australia is being transformed by population aging… We are at a critical demographic turning point because the baby boom cohort – the 5.5 million people born between 1946 and 1965 – has begun to turn 65 years of age…By 2030, all baby boomers will be 65 or older”...

Are you sale ready?

I have said before many businesses that I come across haven't even thought about their exit let alone have a succession plan in place. I was told a long time ago not to go into any investment unless you knew what or where the exit was; how you got out. It is a pity...


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Andrew Beattie has had an extensive background in accounting, business advisory and the banking sector. This blog is a collection of his thoughts, opinions and advice.

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