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    Tips for seeking plant and equipment finance

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Sep-2018 02:00:00

    More than a third of respondents to our recent survey indicated they plan to invest in new plant and equipment in 2018–19with most of these investments driven by the need to adapt to new technology (61%) and meet replacement schedules (45%). Just over 16% indicated the planned investment was due to new contracts.

    If you’re in this situation, you may need to seek finance from a bank or other lending institution. 

    As highlighted in our eBook, Managing your banking relationship, there are many things you can do to influence your bank's 'appetite' for financing your business.

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    Topics: Banking, business advice, growth strategies, finance, seeking finance

    How to partner with private equity [infographic]

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Sep-2018 02:00:00

    Private equity is not for everyone but, in situations where it aligns with your business goals, it can be very effective.

    So what do you need to know if you're thinking about seeking private equity investment?

    The following infographic provides some private equity basics, for anyone starting out on the PE journey.

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    Topics: infographic, Succession planning, business advice, Private equity, growing a business, growth strategies

    What is private equity and how can it help my business?

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Sep-2018 02:00:00

    In our eBook Partners in Your Business, guest contributor Gareth Banks from Champ Ventures explained how private equity works and what sort of opportunities private equity investors look for.

    In this blog Gareth answers the following questions:

    • What is private equity and how does it work?
    • What type of business opportunities does private equity look for?
    • As a business owner, how can I benefit from private equity?
    • As a private equity investor, what affects your appetite to invest?
    • As a business owner, how do I become private equity ready?
    • Where do I go for more information?
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    Topics: Succession planning, business advice, Private equity, business management, growing your business, growth strategies

    8 due diligence tips for buying a business [cheat sheet]

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Sep-2018 02:00:00

    When buying a business, the due diligence process involves checking and verifying information relating to the basic operations and performance of the business you're interested in.

    Due diligence is about identifying risks, issues and any material differences between what has been represented in information provided previously on the business, and what you and your advisor identify in the due diligence process. 

    If you know the risks before you jump (buy the business), then you can plan your landing (mitigate and manage the impact) during the business transfer.

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    Topics: Buying a business, Due diligence, cheat sheet, business advice, business buying

    Tips to manage business debt

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Sep-2018 02:00:00

    'Low debt' was one of the top 3 positive impacts on business performance identified by respondents to our recent surveyIn fact, over 40% of respondents cited maintaining a low debt as a key element of their positive business performance.

    One of the focus areas for business owners to drive their business forward is maintaining an awareness of their capital base and liquidity for working capital and investment purposes. Critical to this is maintaining a strong cash flow.

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    Topics: Cash flow, Working capital, business advice, Business advisor, survey results

    Confidence softens in second JPAbusiness survey: results

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Sep-2018 02:00:00

    Almost 54% of respondents to our July survey indicated they were ‘confident’ about trading conditions heading into the 2018/19 financial year, while 47% indicated current trading conditions were ‘positive’.

    The results indicate a softening in business confidence among respondents since our first survey in December 2017, when the results were 60% and 59%, respectively, for those two questions.

    The results also appear to be in line with the NAB business confidence index, which dropped from a high of 12 in January to an 18-month low of 6 in June, before edging up to 7 in July.

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    Topics: Business Planning, Banks and lending, staff management, business advice, Business advisor, business confidence survey

    How to develop a successful brand [cheat sheet]

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-Aug-2018 02:00:00

    A few years ago we were delighted to partner with Richard Amos and Mike Wilkinson from Royce Communications to create one of our most popular eBooks: Brand and Corporate Identity for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses.

    Royce Communications works with some of Australia’s largest brands across corporate, consumer, government and not-for-profit sectors.

    In this cheat sheet we have distilled some of Richard and Mike’s valuable tips for establishing and maintaining a successful brand identity.

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    Topics: Advice, Brand and marketing, Running your business, cheat sheet, business advice, Business advisor, brand identity

    How to calculate your Inventory Turnover Ratio [infographic]

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-Aug-2018 02:00:00

    The first step in determining the correct stock holding for your business is to understand your current Inventory Turnover Ratio (ITR) i.e. your stock turn.

    As a rule of thumb, a stock holding that represents 12 months worth of sales is the maximum needed. However, it’s very hard to generalise.

    Some businesses are import oriented so need to commit to a certain level of stock to ensure their freight rate is not exorbitant and/or they have sufficient stock ordered from a single season pre-order. This may cause lumps in their stock holdings.

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    Topics: Cash flow, Working capital, Inventory, infographic, business advice, Business advisor, inventory turnover ratio

    How to bring in a new shareholder [cheat sheet]

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-Aug-2018 02:00:00

    There are 2 key issues to consider when taking on a new partner or shareholder:

    1. How to establish the shareholding for the incoming investor
    2. How to manage the shareholder relationships.

    The following cheat sheet sets out some of the questions you need to consider to ensure your agreement is well thought out and the shareholder relationships are well managed. 

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    Topics: Shareholders, cheat sheet, business advice, Business advisor

    5 fundamentals of running a business [infographic]

    Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-Aug-2018 02:00:00

    There are 5 key business fundamentals a business owner or senior manager needs to grasp in order to run a business for optimum performance.

    The following information is a distillation of the things many of our best clients do on any given day of the week, presented here as a simple infographic.

    These fundamentals are not necessarily sequential, instead they often overlap and run in parallel, and also inform and interact.

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    Topics: Business Value, infographic, business advice, running a business

    Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as personal, professional advice. Readers should make their own inquiries and obtain independent, professional advice before making any decisions, taking any action or relying on any information in this blog. 





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