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Ombudsman to monitor impact of Woolworths food distribution move

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Ombudsman Bruce Billson says his office will closely monitor Woolworths’ planned acquisition of a controlling stake in PFD Food services, in regards to the impact it has on small businesses in the sector.

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New rule paves way for collective bargaining by small businesses

Friday, June 4, 2021

Ombudsman Bruce Billson says small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers can join together to enhance their bargaining power, under new rules in place under the ACCC.

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Ombudsman launches Review of Discretionary Mutual Fund proposal

Friday, June 4, 2021

Ombudsman Bruce Billson has today launched a Review of the Discretionary Mutual Fund proposed for small businesses in the amusement, leisure and recreation sector unable to secure essential insurance coverage.

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Franchising Code reforms help level playing field for franchisees

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Ombudsman Bruce Billson says the significant reforms to the Franchising Code of Conduct announced by the Australian Government today will help level the playing field across the franchising sector.

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Small businesses reap rewards amid rush to buy Australian Made

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Small and family businesses are benefiting from a significant boost in consumer sentiment, with new research revealing 93% of Aussies prefer to buy products made in Australia.

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New rules to allow small business tradies to follow the work

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Ombudsman Bruce Billson says small business tradespeople will be able to meet the demand for their skills wherever they are in Australia under new laws passed by the Senate.

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Labor’s Startup Year pitch aims to support innovative entrepreneurs

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson says the Startup Year initiative proposed in Labor’s budget reply could contribute to Australia having a world-class ecosystem for entrepreneurship.

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Franchise Disclosure Registry to help restore confidence in sector

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Bruce Billson has welcomed plans to establish a new mandatory Franchise Disclosure Registry, saying it will provide prospective franchisees with vital information needed prior to entering into a binding franchise agreement.

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