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The Future of Small and Medium Enterprise in Australia

  • The Ship Inn South Bank, Graduate Centre (S07), Level 2, Griffith University South Bank campus Brisbane, QLD Australia (map)

Griffith University's Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, the Law Futures Centre, and the Reform & Innovation in Policy, Practice & Legal Education (RIPPLE) group within the Griffith Business School are proud to host a symposium that will focus on the possible future challenges and opportunities for small and medium enterprise (SMEs) in Australia. In particular, it will consider recommendations about how Australia can ensure that this critical part of the economy will prosper. SMEs accounting for 99% of all businesses conducted in Australia, with small businesses contributing a third of gross domestic product and 46% of private sector employment. Governments are acutely aware of the importance of SMEs, introducing a number of reforms and strategies in an endeavour to assist the sector. However, the future for SMEs present a number of issues, such as the rise of the sharing economy, financial constraints, the growth of international opportunities, mooted tax reforms, succession planning and climate change. These issues can present both opportunities and challenges for SMEs; and navigating these will be a key for success in the future.

Venue: The Ship Inn Function Room
            Graduate Centre (S07), Level 2
            Griffith University South Bank campus
Cost:    Free to attend but places are limited
RSVP:            Thursday 2 November 2017

At the symposium you will hear from leading industry and academic speakers who will give insights about what the future for SMEs holds in Australia. Speakers will address the following topics for SMEs:

  •   Future of Growth;
  •   Future of Disruption;
  •   Future of Tax; and
  •   Future of Advice.
Please register here, or email l.dorn@griffith.edu.au with any dietary requirements.