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Brexit: Impact for Australian companies and what next for the GBP

There’s been lots of attention on the possibility of Australia agreeing an FTA with the UK—how likely is it? The British pound has been hammered lower by the uncertainty around Brexit. But the UK economy has held up well. What does this mean for the GBP’s future performance? We explore these points and their implications for Australian businesses in our hour-long webinar.

Speakers:

Topic: The Australian British relationship now and into the future
David McCredie, Chief Executive Officer
Australian British Chamber of Commerce

Topic: Brexit: What next for the GBP?
Steven Dooley, Currency Strategist – APAC
Western Union Business Solutions

Topic: Brexit: impact for Australian companies
Heath Baker, Head of Trade Policy
Export Council of Australia

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Doing Business in the US Webinar Series: Selling Successfully on Amazon


The next in our series of interactive webinars covers the opportunities for Australian and New Zealand companies looking to sell successfully to the largest online retailer in the world, Amazon.com.  This webinar forms part of Doing Business in the US Webinar Series, which is being run by United States Connect and the Export Council of Australia. 

The US is home to the most sophisticated e-commerce market in the world. According to the US Department of Commerce online sales totaled US$263 billion in 2013, up 16% from the previous year. Online channels are forecast to account for over 20% of total US retail sales within the next decade. 

Amazon.com is the largest online retailer in the world with over 244 million active customers across the globe. Net sales increased 22% in the 2013 calendar year to US$74.45 billion. 

During this webinar, US e-commerce specialists discuss: 
  • Trends in the US e-commerce market 
  • The importance of online marketplaces to the perception of your brand 
  • Tricks and traps in selling successfully on Amazon 
  • Company case studies 

SPEAKERS 
Paul Grey – ExportX 
Christina Piet - Mumi&Bubi 

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Your international tax questions answered

Published on May 7, 2014

Most will know that the Federal Government is offering generous tax breaks for research and development (R&D) expenditure. By claiming the development of new and improved products and processes, Australian companies can reduce their tax bills by up to 15% of identified costs. In some cases, cash refunds are available at the rate of 45 cents in the dollar.

As the program moves into its third year, claims are being subjected to increasing scrutiny by the regulators, the Australian Taxation Office and AusIndustry, and the potential downsides are coming into clear focus.

Kris Gale, Managing Partner, MJA, will provide you with the five key factors that go towards making a successful and sustainable R&D tax claim. The advice is designed to ensure that you get your share of the available support and that you get to keep it.

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2013 Premier's NSW Opening Video Celebrating the Export Elite

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Central Europe - offering untappedmarket potential for Australian Companies

The Export Council of Australia, in conjunction with New Challenge International Consultancy (NCIC), present a special webinar that explores the opportunities in Central Europe for Australian companies.

In our informative webinar our guest speakers from Austrade, NCIC and the Polish Embassy provide a comprehensive presentation on the following topics:

• Overview of the Polish market and why Australian companies should explore this market
• The rise of Poland and the opportunities this provides for Australian companies in Central Europe, including offshore manufacturing and distribution networks
• Bilateral cooperation- an overview of successful case studies from Australian companies
• Creating Blue Ocean Strategies- how you can create new demand in emerging market spaces

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Introduction to Grants and Assistance Packages

Learn about who offers what in terms of grants and assistance for Australian exporters .

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Introduction to the Risks and Rewards of Doing Business in East Africa

The East African Community (EAC) comprises five growing economies: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Since 2010/2011 governments in East Africa have changed their economy's regulatory environment to make it easier for new businesses to start up and operate.

The EAC governments recognise the role that investment plays in fostering economic growth and as such, new opportunities are emerging for Australian companies looking to expand their reach into East Africa, particularly in Infrastructure Investment.

This webinar will cover the basic tax and legal issues that should be considered when expanding your business into East Africa, with a particular focus on the three largest markets:
  •  Tanzania,
  •  Uganda,
  •  Kenya
Although the issues covered are complex, they are presented in an easy
to understand format.

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Investing Offshore

In today's global business environment, international tax issues cannot be avoided. Every cross-border transaction will have various tax implications that are often complex. A lack of awareness of international tax issues could lead to unfavourable, unexpected and costly results. This is why any person who is involved in international business must be aware of the opportunities and risks that exist in international taxation. 

This webinar will cover the basic tax and legal issues that should be considered when expanding your business overseas. Although the issues covered are complex, they are presented in an easy to understand format.

Recorded: March 2013

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Know the risks and rewards of doing business in the US: Tax Planning

While, there is much focus on emerging markets opportunities for Australian exporters, the United States is still the world's largest consumer market and Australia's second largest export destination. Yet, the US can be one of the hardest markets for Australian companies to gain market access and generate sustainable sales.

“Knowing the risks and rewards of selling in the US market before you start can save you time and money and make the difference between success and failure. The rewards are obvious: you may capture new sales opportunities, gain advantages over the US competition and improve your bottom line profits overall. However, success is not guaranteed. Failing to understand and comply with the overwhelming rules and regulations can be catastrophic.”- Hamman Marketing Associates

This webinar will cover the basic tax and legal issues that should be considered when expanding your business to the USA. Although the issues covered are complex, they are presented in an easy to understand format.

In this highly-focused two-part webinar series, presented by the Export Council of Australia in conjunction with Kelly Partners Tax Consulting & US based company Royse Law Firm, you will hear from in-market experts on how to successfully navigate through the US market and learn the keys to success.

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Accessing Virtual Channels in the US- Television

As the United States recovers from the worst economic crisis in a generation, Australian companies are re-focusing on what remains one of the largest consumer markets in the world. While potentially lucrative, with total consumer expenditure in excess of $10 trillion per annum, the US is also ultra competitive and has seen some of the highest 'failure' rates for Australian exporters.

One of the fastest growing segments of the US consumer market (often overlooked by Australian companies) is 'virtual' or 'alternate' channels including E-commerce, catalogs and television retailing. Even before the internet gained popularity, the US had a very strong home shopping culture and more than 70% of households now regularly purchase items online or by other virtual means.

Television retailing is big business in the US with current estimates putting annual sales at somewhere in the vicinity of US$9 billion. The largest player, QVC, reaches over 100 million cable households and broadcasts ‘live’ 24 hours a day, 364 days a year.

Date recorded: Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Speakers: Scott Ellis - President, Sales Channels & Doug Rose - SVP Programming, Marketing & Creative, QVC

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Accessing Virtual Channels in the US: Catalogs and Mail Order

As the United States recovers from the worst economic crisis in a generation, Australian companies are re-focusing on what remains one of the largest consumer markets in the world. While potentially lucrative, with total consumer expenditure in excess of $10 trillion per annum, the US is also ultra competitive and has seen some of the highest 'failure' rates for Australian exporters.

One of the fastest growing segments of the US consumer market (often overlooked by Australian companies) is 'virtual' or 'alternate' channels including E-commerce, catalogs and television retailing. Even before the internet gained popularity, the US had a very strong home shopping culture and more than 70% of households now regularly purchase items online or by other virtual means.

Many people thought that the advent of the Internet would spell the end of the catalog business in the US but today consumer mail order sales are estimated at over $360 Billion per year. There are over 7000 mail order catalogs in the US offering exposure to millions of potential customers across key demographics.

Date recorded: Thursday, 14 June 2012
Speakers: Dale Talbott - Essex Sales and Marketing & Stephen Farrell – Senior Buyer, Hammacher, Schlemmer

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Accessing Virtual Channels in the US: E-Commerce

As the United States recovers from the worst economic crisis in a generation, Australian companies are re-focusing on what remains one of the largest consumer markets in the world. While potentially lucrative, with total consumer expenditure in excess of $10 trillion per annum, the US is also ultra competitive and has seen some of the highest 'failure' rates for Australian exporters.

One of the fastest growing segments of the US consumer market (often overlooked by Australian companies) is 'virtual' or 'alternate' channels including E-commerce, catalogs and television retailing. Even before the internet gained popularity, the US had a very strong home shopping culture and more than 70% of households now regularly purchase items online or by other virtual means.

The US is home to the largest and most sophisticated e-commerce market in the world. Approximately 75% of US households have access to the Internet, with e-commerce accounting for over 5% of US retail sales. In 2011, retail e-commerce spending reached a record $161.5 billion, marking a 13% increase from 2010.

Date recorded: Thursday, 28 June 2012
Speakers: Jeff Gray - DC Marketing & Pablo Celi - Divisional Merchandise Manager, Amazon.com Inc.

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