Australia

The retail and wholesale sector is one of the most competitive sectors in Australia. The capacity for small businesses to compete is affected by competition from major groups, suppliers and importers, changing demographics and new sales channels.

An increased pressure to discount stock while maintaining high levels of working capital can put a strain on cash flow and profitability.

Operating in this sector you need the support of an advisor that understands the key drivers, market trends and regulations unique to the retail and wholesale industry.

Our retail and wholesale team works with a variety of businesses from family owned operations to franchises and larger chains to provide advice and guidance on the issues that count.

We take a strategic view of your operations to find efficiencies, improve cash flows, increase profitability and navigate through legislative and regulatory changes which can place a significant time and administrative burden on business owners.

We can assist you with:
  • Audit, accounting and tax compliance
  • Budgets and cash flow forecasting
  • Management accounting & industry benchmarking
  • Internal control reviews
  • Tax planning and advice
  • Structuring and restructuring of groups
  • Importing and exporting
  • Mergers and acquisitions

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Agribusiness

A diverse industry that contributes significantly to Australia’s economy, Agribusiness is up against an increasing number of challenges to operating profitably. We can help you navigate the impacts of shifting tax legislating, a fluctuating economy and variable commodity prices to reach results at each stage of your business’ lifecycle.

Education

Australia’s ever-changing and competitive education sector is experiencing a period of both growth and disruption. New service models emerged throughout the pandemic along with changing demands from parents and students. Our experienced advisors can assist you to meet these demands and leverage opportunities for expansion both here and internationally.

Government

Increased accountability, competing stakeholder needs and restricted budgets are just some of the demands faced by government entities today.

Health

Rapidly accelerating technological developments, a growing and ageing population, increasing demands from patients for affordable and remote services, a lack of substantial funding and impacts of a continuing pandemic are just some of the challenges this vital sector is up against. Despite the potential issues caused by these challenges, they also present opportunity.

Hospitality & Tourism

Acute workforce shortages and unstable supply chains continue to threaten our hospitality and tourism industries, which bore the brunt of Australia’s response to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the sectors are demonstrating considerable resilience and face a prosperous future as borders reopen and consumer confidence improves.

Manufacturing

Government incentives, industry reforms and the emergence of Advanced Manufacturing are all driving a revived manufacturing industry with vast opportunities. Meanwhile, an increasing number of industry associations aim to support the sector by boosting productivity, improving competitiveness and enhancing sustainability.

Mining & Energy

Located on the doorstep of growing populations and emerging economies, with diverse and abundant mineral and energy reserves and a skilled workforce, Australia is poised to benefit from the rising international demand for resources through continued inbound investment and cross-border opportunities in the sector.

Not for Profit

Good corporate governance, flexibility and an understanding of changing regulatory requirements are the keys to success in Australia’s purpose-driven not for profit sector. Highly collaborative organisations work with government entities and private businesses to make long lasting impact and deliver for Australians.

Professional Services

A strong and emerging industry in Australia, professional services practitioners operate in franchising, legal and accounting, advertising, engineering, business consulting and many more. Key concerns for the sector are skilled workforce shortages, staff retention and changing regulations.

Property & Construction

Enhancing the strain of permeating supply chain issues are complex regulatory challenges, project delays, labour shortages and reduced demand for commercial spaces. However, rising house prices are driving an increase in construction as are low interest rates and inbound investment.

Technology

Fast growing and aspirational, Australia’s tech sector is currently the third highest contributor to gross domestic product and employs over half a million people. William Buck has significant experience assisting SaaS companies and other tech subsectors to scale, raise capital, identify growth opportunities in transactions and manage divestment mandates.

Transport & Distribution

While previously segregated into several subsectors, the industry is increasingly integrated and employs over half a million people across the country. With new technology including automation shaping the industry, new and emerging skills and business processes are required.

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