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Author: Michael McGrath

How relevant is generative AI for Australian SMEs today?

McKinsey expects gen-AI programs to cost $3 in change management for every $1 in development and reports that only 15% of companies surveyed attribute meaningful earnings from gen-AI activities. Large corporates have certainly developed compelling use cases. Out-of-stock monitoring (Woolworths), prediction of high-risk centres during extreme weather events (Suncorp) and streamlining of mortgage applications (Westpac) are but a few of many examples.
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Self-Storage Market: Convenient or Costly?

The self-storage market has fascinated me since I first started to notice the proliferation of Kennards, Storage King and many others 15 years or so ago. The basic concept is that as the cost of property rises and many down-size to smaller dwellings, we require a place to store the precious possessions that we can no longer house in our town house or apartment – so we hire a space elsewhere.
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Empty offices – no movement in rents!

John Kehoe wrote a piece in the AFR on April 24th about how the “public service ‘ghost’ offices should rile taxpayers.” Seems like a fair point, if employees are now predominantly working from home (WFH), with 57% of public servants in 2023 doing just that, why are governments and others not reducing or renegotiating floor space and rentals?
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Pennington Scott acquired by Galt Geotechnical

Acquired in April 2024: Our client wanted to retire. He had built up a successful pump testing and hydro geology business over many years and was looking at an exit over the next three years with an immediate exit from the day to day running of the business.
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M&A Outlook 2024

2023 saw a decline in the overall headline deal value both globally and locally, no doubt driven by the rising interest rate environment and concern about an economic slow-down.
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Charlie Munger-A Powerful Legacy

Charlie Munger, who passed away on 30th November, was one of the most influential business leaders and investors of the last 60 years. The businessman, and philanthropist along with his Partner Warren Buffet epitomised a no-nonsense rational approach to life and business.
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10 Most Followed Followed Risk-Management Tips for Cash Flow Investments

Investing in assets that consistently deliver cash flow is more than just a smart financial move; it’s a path to financial freedom and stability. However, the journey of cash flow
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What to do when you need a change or you’re just running out of steam?

I recently spoke to Mick Spencer from Gravity Seltzer. During our conversation Mick was very honest about failure and spoke about how he had been on a journey and had eventually figured out what he was best at and what he needed others to do who were better than him at certain things.
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Ethical Business Alive or Dead A glance at today’s front page of the AFR and you might be forgiven for thinking ethical business is dead. The calls for Richard Goyder to resign amid claims of unethical customer treatment with the “Ghost Flights” scandal and the illegal sacking of 1,700 workers at Qantas. The leaking of confidential information from treasury to its clients by PwC and we haven’t even turned a page yet!

Ethical Business: Alive or Dead

A glance at last Thursday's front page of the AFR and you might be forgiven for thinking ethical business is dead. The calls for Richard Goyder to resign amid claims of unethical customer treatment with the “Ghost Flights” scandal and the illegal sacking of 1,700 workers at Qantas. The leaking of confidential information from treasury to its clients by PwC and we haven’t even turned a page yet!
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Sabervox acquired by Atturra Limited

Acquired in September 2023: Sabervox provide a comprehensive range of intelligent, reliable, and flexible cloud solutions and managed IT services for Enterprise, SME, and Service Providers. Our client had plans outside of the business and whilst in no major rush, was motivated to find a buyer for the business.
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WFH and the paradigm shift

Long hours and a heavy workload seem to be the norm in professional service firms, that may not change anytime soon, but what does appear to be changing is that increased flexibility toward staff is now becoming the norm.
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M&A Market Snapshot: First half of 2023. The global M&A Market in the first half of 2023 saw deal values drift lower especially in Q2, while the number of announced completed deals saw near record highs. So, deal volume was up whilst overall transaction values are down.

M&A Market Snapshot: First half of 2023

The global M&A Market in the first half of 2023 saw deal values drift lower especially in Q2, while the number of announced completed deals saw near record highs. So, deal volume was up whilst overall transaction values are down.
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How to Sell a Business Lesson #9: What do I need to do to be ready? The terms “Exit Ready” and “Investor Ready” have become very popular when

How to Sell a Business Lesson #9: What do I need to do to be ready?

The terms “Exit Ready” and “Investor Ready” have become very popular when discussing what might need to happen in the period running up to when an owner might wish to merge or exit their business.
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Acquired in June 2023: The motivation of the vendors was to sell the company to someone who would carry on their legacy of having a meaningful connection with their customers as well as someone that had an existing presence in the space.

Wageloch acquired by Valsoft Corporation Inc

Acquired in June 2023: The motivation of the vendors was to sell the company to someone who would carry on their legacy of having a meaningful connection with their customers as well as someone that had an existing presence in the space.
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Some Promising Growth Sectors

Some Promising Growth Sectors

With all the talk of interest rates and a possible slow-down, we thought it was about time we looked at where the potential for exciting growth is happening. If you regularly read our content, you will know how we love research and the insights it can unlock. We also think it’s the basis for sound decision-making and frequently utilise it in our strategy work with clients.
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