ASX 300 companies have posted stronger resilience than the broad economy in the first quarter of the year, with Finance, Business and Property all posting particularly stronger gains according to the NAB’s ASX 300 Quarterly Business Survey.

The Federal Government’s preoccupation with delivering a balanced Budget is ringing hollow with the country’s businesses, who increasingly want a renewed focus on productivity and competitiveness according to a new survey published by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).

Seven West Media has snared ex-Coslidated Media Holding’s Chairman John Alexander as the company’s newest Director.

HSBC Australia’s Chairman, Graham Bradley, has delivered publically called for Australian companies to do more in ensuring women have opportunities to occupy top jobs in Australia.

A cooling off of the resources boom, growing uncertainty and a weaker consumer spending rate have all failed to make a dent in Queensland’s Business Confidence, according to the new Westpac/CCIQ Survey of Business Conditions.

Fox Resources has announced the appointment of Alexander Cooper as the company’s newest non-executive Director.

A weakening in business-related services has driven a significant fall in the national services sector, according to the latest Australian Industry Group/Commonwealth Bank (Ai Group) Australian Performance of Services Index (PSI).

Shell Australia has announced Andrew Smith will take up the role of chairman of its Australian operations after Ann Pickard steps down to take up the newly created position of Executive Vice President Artic, Upstream Americas from June.

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