Punching above its weight: the power and potential of Australia’s mid-market

Leave a comment   Published in: , ,    on December 29, 2014   by Justin Ward

In Australia, the mid-market sector (defined as businesses with an annual turnover of $10 to $250 million) consists of 1.4 per cent of all Australian companies. However, this sector punches well above its weight. The mid-market sector contributes $425 billion each year to the Australian economy, employs around one in four employees, and accounts for nearly one-fifth of all borrowings and deposits.[1]

According to GE Capital’s recent Australian Mid-Market Report 2014, the mid-market sector

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Taking a structured approach: managing business restructures

Leave a comment   Published in: ,    on November 30, 2014   by Justin Ward

It’d be great if running a business was smooth sailing all the time. But the reality is that companies can encounter a variety of challenges. These could include tax disputes and employee litigation, getting access to sufficient working capital, and securing additional funds from lenders to take advantage of future opportunities.

These issues can impose strain on a business. They can cause physical strain, as they add to the stress levels of company directors and managers. They can also cause

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A new addition to the Macleay Partners Team

Leave a comment   Published in: , ,    on October 2, 2014   by Justin Ward

At Macleay Partners, we’ve been looking at ways to offer a more specialised services to our clients. And so, we’re delighted to welcome Rob Berry, an expert in helping businesses in the building and construction industry, to our team. Rob

Rob comes to us with a diverse and impressive resume. He has a background in accounting, spent four years in the Australian Defence Force with 2 Commando Company, and has built an

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What does a chief restructuring officer do?

Leave a comment   Published in: , , ,    on September 15, 2014   by Justin Ward

When companies find themselves in trouble, they don’t always have the capabilities to get out of trouble. So, some businesses seek expert assistance to enhance their operations. In our experience, leading companies often recruit a professional, known as a chief restructuring officer (CRO), to lead the improvement process.

What exactly is a CRO?

While the term CRO is extensively used in the United States and Europe, it is an emerging concept in Australia.

For a company facing financial difficulties, a

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Driving a successful business turnaround in the mining services industry

Leave a comment   Published in: ,    on August 19, 2014   by Justin Ward

Macleay Partners worked with one of Australia’s leading specialist mining services companies to restructure its operations and secure lender finance to underpin ongoing growth.


MCA Engineering (MCA) is an Australian company that helps the world’s biggest miners resolve complex challenges and manage critical maintenance tasks. MCA has a workforce of 140 people with an annual turnover of $30 million.


In recent years, MCA had experienced above

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4 tools for running an office in the cloud

Leave a comment   Published in: ,    on May 13, 2014   by Justin Ward

The first year of a new business isn’t easy. We’ve been delighted to have thrived in our first year – but we’ve had our challenges. One frustration is how admin tasks can steal time away from our core business.

But, by using a set of powerful and inexpensive online tools, we’ve been able to cut down on admin time, automate regular activities and deliver higher-quality services to our imageclients.


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3 articles to help your business lift its performance after Easter

Leave a comment   Published in: , , , ,    on April 23, 2014   by Justin Ward

We hope you’ve had (or are still having) a relaxing Easter/Anzac Day break and are feeling reinvigorated as we march toward the end of the financial year. These periods away from work provide a brief respite from the day-to-day pressures of business, and a chance to reflect on what’s going well and what might need to be improved. Hopefully it’s also given you the opportunity to sample some of this season’s finest Easter eggs.

To help guide your thinking about ways to improve your business,

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Three ways to profit from digital disruption

Leave a comment   Published in: ,    on April 6, 2014   by Justin Ward

Virtually every business has been transformed by technology. With the power of smartphones, Wi-Fi networks and cloud computing, businesses no longer need physical shopfronts, and customers want around the clock access to services. This ‘digital disruption’ offers significant opportunities for companies.

For example, in their recent book, Changing Shape: Institutions for a Digital Age, Lindsay Tanner and Martin Stewart-Weeks discuss a Melbourne stockbroker that has outsourced basic data and aggregation work to India – tasks that

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What is my Business Worth?

Leave a comment   Published in: ,    on March 10, 2014   by Justin Ward

The importance of business valuations

As a business owner, do you know what your business is worth right now? In our experience, some owners struggle to accurately value their operations. Or they base their valuations on outdated assumptions and gut feel.

ValueEither way, without a robust and accurate valuation, owners (and their advisors) may be at a disadvantage during potential transactions. They may also encounter additional difficulties in challenging scenarios such as

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Getting ahead in the cloud: a quick guide to cloud computing

1 Comment   Published in: ,    on February 11, 2014   by Justin Ward

Cloud computing is a major buzzword that’s hard to escape. But it’s also a useful tool for small to medium-sized enterprises. We’ve used it to help our clients reduce costs, become more efficient and improve their financial footing.

What is cloud computing?

There are many different definitions of cloud computing. We think this one, sourced from the Google Developers website, is one of the clearest: cloud computing is about “taking applications and running them on infrastructure other than

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