So you've got the basics under wraps, and now you're turning your focus towards business growth - how do you do it? Do your business and strategic plans hold up to scruity or are they stuck in a drawer? How will you manage change so that all your staff are on board? How can you generate new ideas that will be profitable? In this Case Studies section, discover real-life examples of successes - and failures - in Growing Your Business.
The darkest days for one fish retailer came in 2005. TV camera crews used its shopfront to background stories on the high-profile failure of its listed parent, Sam's Seafood. Rebuilding a reputation has taken time and oodles of passion.
The Port of Portland is a commodity business that has been experiencing very uncommodity-like growth, with throughput rising by 33% in the past year. For Jim Cooper - in his first year as a CEO - it’s been quite a ride.
Discover how one business is managing the rapid and severe changes in business competitiveness because of the high Australian dollar (AUD).
The Pie Face chain has expanded from one outlet in 2004 to a network of more than 45 outlets with an estimated turnover in 2011 of $35 million.
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Two South Australian farmers have cultivated a multi-million dollar agricultural machinery export market in the tough US market in less than five years.
Winning a big, lucrative government contract is every small business’s dream, right? Yes, but with some nightmares along the way.
An Australian designer learnt some tough lessons about doing business in China when she found her designs being onsold to manufacturers in other countries.
Founding a diving services business at the start of a massive boom in WA caused plenty of headaches for one entrepreneur. But surviving the boom has brought great results.
Running a radio network with an audience of 150 different cultures and a staff that is almost as equally diverse has taught valuable lessons to an Australian expatriate.
Building an export market during a world economic downturn has had its problems - but mainly to do with customs clearance and quality nappy wrapping.
A franchisor has developed a market for home-delivery milk. But the key to its success has been getting the right sort of franchisee and keeping them focused on quality and their community.
One entrepreneurial couple solved a time-wasting problem in their business - and created an application that has made their company a fast-growing international success story.
A coalition of small companies that worked together to win big contracts has had another outcome: a new big business comprised of many of its small founders.
Telling customers that they have made a poor choice or are spending too much is unusual at a toy shop ... which is why people keep coming back.
A Victorian olive oil producer has had to repeatedly reinvent itself: from grower to inventor to distributor and marketer. In doing so, it has changed an industry.