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Welcome to First 5000

First 5000 is a new business development alliance for Australia's most significant mid-size companies. It's a vehicle to connect and network with local and international big business as well as policy makers, and of course each other.

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Jost Stollmann

Concerns over the domination and control wheedled by the four major banks have been voiced to the Federal Government’s Competition Policy Review. Jost Stollmann of Tyro Payments believes it is time to take action again the unfair punishment of Australia’s small to medium business community.

Fines should be tripled for breaches of Australia’s competition law, to prevent the country’s four major banks from crushing smaller competitors.

Jost Stollmann of Tyro Payments
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Martin Seward

The month of November has been the focus of a campaign promoting the services of small business. Martin Seward of program sponsor American Express explains the vital role of small business in the community. 

To understand why the First 5000 community of mid-sized businesses should be interested in the plight of small business, you first have to understand the importance of small business to macro-economic prosperity.

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At its essence empathy is our ability to connect with and understand others. Executive coach Leah Sparkes argues that putting yourself into other people’s shoes is good for business and for employees.

Recently at a networking lunch an old friend and former colleague asked a question that my eight year old boy asks me all the time: “If you could have any superhero power, what would it be?”

Leah Sparkes is head of Candeo Consulting
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Fi Bendall

Does your business have a strategy for giving back to the community? Fi Bendall explains the changing face of corporate responsibility.

Current systems of corporate giving or volunteering are complex, producing poor experiences, often wasteful, they breed broken trust with redundant intermediaries and limited access.

Fi Bendall, Managing Director of Bendalls Group


Following on from the successful launch of last year’s international business survey, the Export Council of Australia are keen to hear from First 5000 members about issues that are most important to your business and your international success.

The Export Council of Australia are the peak voice for Australian exporters. Submissions close 5 December.

Have your say: Export Council of Australia

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