Report

Mid-sized Business Report

The overlooked opportunity in Australia’s mid-sized businesses

There is an overlooked economic opportunity in Australia’s mid-sized businesses – with the right incentives and tax policies in place, they can grow in size, scale and reach. They can employ more people, collaborate with other Australian businesses, and better contribute to Australia’s bottom line.

Now is the time to look at different ways of incentivising Australian business. Our national economy is sluggish. We’ve had two successive quarters of negative growth per capita. Consumer spending is down. The housing market is trending down. The economy needs a kick-start.

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By mid-sized business we mean Australian businesses with annual sales revenues (turnover) in the range of $50m to $500m.

Would a boost to mid-sized business have an impact?

We’ve asked Economist, Neville Norman, from the University of Melbourne and Cambridge University to look at how a 10% increase in revenue would articulate itself in one and five years in terms of profit and tax revenue, particularly in lieu of the corporate tax cuts that failed to pass last year.

The short answer is yes – for our simulated mid-size company with revenue of $100m – a 10% boost would result in an increase of 35% in company cash flow over five full years, with $26.7m (an increase of 25%) in company tax payable over the same period. 

 

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Every industry has their own unique drivers of growth

Our leaders have provided three key recommendations to help achieve the kinds of gains we know are possible with investment and support for mid-size businesses across 11 different sectors.

We need public investment in Australia’s approximately 877,500km of transmission and distribution lines to support the energy network of the future. Incentives are required for the life sciences sector to not only conduct research in Australia, but to also commercialise and manufacture here. Our food and beverage sector are waiting on infrastructure projects like Inland Rail to open up more of Australia for the produce.

Click through to our media release here.

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Is it time to review how we remunerate the Health & Aged Care sector?

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Supporting affordable housing requires planning, certainty – and tax reform

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We’re laying the foundations for tomorrow’s energy network

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We need to support commercialisation in the Life Sciences sector

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Innovate or perish in Australia’s Technology & Media sector

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The Financial Services sector will look significantly different in 10 years’ time

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