Australian Services SMEs have come together to uniquely self-mentor one another in innovation, internationalisation, digitisation and growth.
Australian Services Roundtable (ASR) will provide support to small-to-medium enterprises who have managed to supersede start-up challenges but have been left afloat to navigate the big, wide multinational ocean.
ASR CEO, Alina Bain, said: “As the peak representative body of the services industry, we found SMEs are facing similar challenges, and those without support are finding it very difficult and isolating to grow their business.
This program acts as a buoy for SMEs to come together to workshop solutions, foster partnerships and broaden their focus from operational to strategic, and from domestic to international.”
“Having owned an SME for over eight years before entering Parliament, I understand the challenges in operating a small business and how essential it is to learn from your peers in the business community. The ASR’s SME Mentoring Program is a perfect example of innovation – growing businesses joining together to tackle modern challenges using their combined skills and experience.”
Federal Minister for Small Business, The Hon. Michael McCormack, MP.
The cost of the program is included in a special introductory ASR membership offer of $165 pa including GST.
You can register for the program by clicking above or via our events page below.
Wed09Mar2016Wednesday 9th March 2016 from 7:30am - 9amCox Richardson Architects, Level 6, 155 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Cross Cultural Communication, Demystifying the Cultural Differences, a focus on Indonesia.
Moderated by International Business Expert and ASR Board member, Cynthia Dearin.
To find out more and to register, click here
For services firms who are established in Indonesia or are looking to enter this exciting market, this informal and intimate event provides an ideal opportunity to explore and learn about Indonesian business culture.
Barnaby is a Sydney-based Management Consultant and has extensive experience in international development/aid sector, including seven years based in South East Asia.
Lydia specialises in Indonesian Australian law and is half Indonesian and half Australian. She has a unique understanding of Indonesian culture and is proficient in Bahasa.
This is a free event, made possible through the generous sponsorship of
Cox Richardson Architects and Planners
Thu17Mar2016Fri18Mar2016Thursday 17th March 2016 to Friday 18th March 2016Jakarta, Indonesia
The ASR has received funding from Austrade as part of the Asian Business Engagement Plan grant program to develop and lead a trade mission to Indonesia. Austrade and ASR are working with conference organisers to provide networking and profiling opportunities for Australian services firms.
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Tue05Apr201611am-noonNorton Rose Fulbright, Level 18, Grosvenor Place, 225 George Street, Sydney
Trade Briefing with Tim Stapleton
Acting Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Trade in Services Agreement and
Trans Pacific Partnership
Fri20May20168am - 9:30amCox Richardson Architects and Planners, Level 6, 155 Clarence Street Sydney, NSW 2000
As the fastest growing country in the world and Australia's top export partner, our relationship with China has become one of Australia’s most important partnerships.
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With the recent establishment of ChAFTA, even more opportunities for Australian businesses have been created, particularly service providers, to participate in the world’s fastest growing market. China presents diverse opportunities and challenges for investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
For service firms who are established in China or are looking to enter these exciting markets, this informal and intimate event provides an ideal opportunity to explore and learn about business culture in China. This event will also benefit firms whose clients are Chinese, and apply equally to service firms in Australia and in other markets.
David Thomas has 30 years’ experience engaging with companies, investors and businesses in China. This includes advising many clients within the Asia Pacific region on the rules for profitable engagement as well as addressing audiences of all sizes on investing and doing business in the region.
Friday 20 May 2016, 8am - 930am
Cox Richardson Architects and Planners, Level 6, 155 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
ASR Members: $30
Non Members: $50
Fri27May20168:30am - 12:30pmNorton Rose Fulbright, Level 18, Grosvenor Place, 225 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
This event, in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright, is a unique opportunity to hear about Indonesia. It has been designed particularly for services firms. ASR has assembled experts from Government and business to bring you the latest market and business information.
ASR led a delegation to Indonesia in March to explore business opportunities in infrastructure and engineering.
At this event, you will hear from the ASR delegation, on lessons learned and business opportunities in Indonesia for Australian services firms. You will also hear about the market and an update on the status of our current trade negotiations.
For the program and speaker biographies please click here Indonesian Download
Market /Cross Cultural Communication Briefing: David Landers, General Manager, East Asian Growth Markets, Austrade
Barnaby Caddy, Senior Consultant, Dearin & Associates
Phillip Marriot - Head of Telkomtelstra
Martine White - Australia Director, RobertsDay
Peter Geoghegan - Managing Director, Geotron
Trade Agreement update: Trudy Witbruek, Assistant Secretary, North Asia Services and Investment Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Thu16Jun201612:00 pmMelbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre Level 4, William Cooper Justice Centre, 223 William Street, Melbourne
Join the Law Council and the Australian Services Roundtable for the launch of this important Asialink Report.
The Growing Knowledge Economies report provides in-depth analyses of Australian legal firms and management consultancies in four markets in Asia: Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Singapore.
Keynote address by Bruce Gosper, CEO, Austrade
With support from Austrade and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Thu25Aug20167:30am for a 8:00am start - 9:00am followed by networkingFinancial Services Council Level 24, 44 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
This event is a unique opportunity to hear about the opportunities for services firms in India. With the growth of the Indian bi-lateral trade and investment relations between Australia and India, ASR and South Asia Forum have assembled a panel of business experts who will share their experiences and insights.
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Shri B. Vanlalvawna
Consul General of India in Sydney
South Asia Forum Chairman
Co-founder & Managing Director, Jaipur AM
Director of Market Development, Sydney Stock Exchange
Cynthia Dearin (Moderator)
Managing Director, Dearin & Associates
This event is made possible through the generous support of:
Mon29Aug20164:00 pmNorton Rose Fulbright, Level 18, Grosvenor Place, 225 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
The ASR and Australian Korean Business Council have come together to bring you an in-depth panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges Australian services firms face in Korea.
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Key Note by John Walker, AM, Chairman of Macquarie Group, Korea
Deputy Chairman, Australia - Korea Business Council
Cameron Thomson, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, and Board Member, ASR
Arjuna Nadaraka, Director, Transnational Practice, Law Council of Australia
Sally Loane, CEO, Financial Services Council
Canapes and drinks will be provided
Limited places available: RSVP essential
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Wed14Sep20167:30am for a 8:00am start - 9:00am followed by networkingSSX, Level 41, 259 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Wed12Oct20167:30am for a 8:00am start - 9:00am followed by networkingSSX, Level 41, 259 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Drawing on the Australian Services Roundtable’s 15 years of experience in enabling Australian service firms to grow nationally and internationally, the brightest stars in Australia’s SME sector are joining together to uniquely self-mentor one another in innovation, internationalisation, digitisation and growth.
This month’s session will focus on practical steps for marketing a new service.
ASR SME Peer Mentor Peter Strohkorb will lead the discussion for consultants and business owners on the issues to consider when launching a new service to the market.He will take the group through his step by step process before inviting a couple of attendees to share their new offerings and provide valuable tips and advice.
Peter has over 15 years business experience in both Sales and Marketing Executive roles with a range of well-known international brands.
There are still places available in the program – attendance is included in a special introductory ASR membership offer of $150 pa plus GST. Contact Stacey for more information on the program or register below for the 12th October event (includes annual ASR membership).
Fri02Dec20168:00am - 10:15amCorrs Chambers Westgarth 8 Chifley Square Corner of Hunter and Elizabeth Streets SYDNEY
This Forum will take you on a business roller coaster ride across the highs, the lows and the bumps in the current services trade negotiating landscape, from doldrums in the GATS and heights of success with TPP, to crisis with TTIP, through BREXIT, across hiccups with CETA, to the end-game with TISA, a new initiative in APEC, the impact of the Trump Administration, EU intentions in Asia and the prospects, against that background, for a safe and successful landing with the Australia/EU FTA.
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Wed14Dec20164:00pm - 5:30pmNorton Rose Fulbright, Level 18, Grosvenor Place, 225 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
Please join us for celebratory drinks and “A Conversation with Justin Brown, Deputy Secretary Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade”.
You will hear from Justin about why trade, and in particular services, remain a central pillar of Australia’s economic prosperity. We will discuss the importance for services firms and SMEs of the growth opportunities from internationalisation and importantly we will look over the horizon to the Government’s trade policy plan going forward.
This will be an intimate event, and an opportunity for a conversation with our leading trade negotiator.
Click here for Justin's Biography.
Drinks and canapés served from 4pm.
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