WHEN AN OBSESSION LEADS TO SUCCESS

WHEN AN OBSESSION LEADS TO SUCCESS

GEOLOGIST Paul Messenger had an obsession with rum, but not in a bad way. Instead, he used that obsession to create a new boutique venture, Husk Distillers, which is making more noise these days with its Ink Gin than its rum. Messenger took three years to develop his bright blue botanical gin, which changes colour when mixed with toni...

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DOUGHNUT TIME: 'THE TREND IS YOUR FRIEND'

DOUGHNUT TIME: 'THE TREND IS YOUR FRIEND'

IF THERE'S a bite-sized tip Doughnut Time founder Damian Griffiths could give to budding entrepreneurs, it's to remember 'the trend is your friend'.

The serial Brisbane entrepreneur behind the likes of Limes Hotel, Alfred & Constance, Kwan Brothers and Chester Street Bakery says putting a 'spin on things' has ...

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FILLING THE GAP IN CANCER SUPPORT FOR ADULTS

FILLING THE GAP IN CANCER SUPPORT FOR ADULTS

LOCAL businesses have thrown their support behind a new not-for-profit launched on the Gold Coast, aimed at helping people battling cancer over the age of 25. The Better Together Foundation creates special moments for cancer warriors and their families to escape the disease, like a Make a Wish Foundation for adults. Matthew McFarland ...

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STRAIGHT TALK: THE RISE OF A GOLDEN ERA

STRAIGHT TALK: THE RISE OF A GOLDEN ERA

PROPERTY developer and industry spokesman Stephen Harrison says the Gold Coast needs to continually reinvent itself if it wants to play on a world stage. The founder of Harrison Development Group says the city would benefit from a Kuranda Skyrail or a Gold Coast museum, highlighting that social infrastructure makes a huge difference to th...

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STRAIGHT TALK: NAVIGATING THE FINANCIAL MINEFIELD

STRAIGHT TALK: NAVIGATING THE FINANCIAL MINEFIELD

MAJOR financial services providers such as Suncorp Group (ASX:SUN) arguably have entered a brave new world, with its insurance business facing a rising tide of natural disasters and its banking division managing the threats to cyber security. These challenges also come amid increasing consumer and regulatory scrutiny. Michael Cameron ...

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STRANGE PHONE CALL THAT FIRED UP AN ENTREPRENEUR

STRANGE PHONE CALL THAT FIRED UP AN ENTREPRENEUR

HOLLY Ransom recalls a 'really strange phone call' in 2013 from then Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The 26-year-old social entrepreneur was asked to lead the G20 Youth Summit.

At that time, Ransom never could have pictured one year later she would be challenging political and business leaders at a table which seated the likes o...

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ELIXIR BUILDS UP STEAM IN COFFEE SCENE

ELIXIR BUILDS UP STEAM IN COFFEE SCENE

ELIXIR Coffee knows the secret to a good brew, with the family-owned operation becoming one of the most awarded specialty coffee companies in Brisbane. The business has notched 26 accolades since 2013 at competitions including the Golden Bean, RASV Australian International Coffee Awards and Melbourne International Coffee Expo. Most re...

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ELANDRA YACHTS PROVES MANUFACTURING NOT DEAD

ELANDRA YACHTS PROVES MANUFACTURING NOT DEAD

THE Australian automotive industry may be on its knees, but a fledgling new luxury boatbuilder is bucking the broader trend in domestic manufacturing. Gold Coast-based Elandra Yachts has put the call out to skilled marine industry workers to meet a rising production schedule at the company's Arundel facility. The luxury boatbuilde...

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BOND TO WELCOME NEW CHANCELLOR

BOND TO WELCOME NEW CHANCELLOR

AFTER searching far and wide, Bond University will soon usher in a new chancellor. 

The Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC has been nominated as the University's eighth chancellor, succeeding Dr Helen Nugent AO.

The chancellor role is undertaken without recompense.

Bennett retired as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia...

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LUKE RATTIGAN PROVING ODDS ARE IN HIS FAVOUR

LUKE RATTIGAN PROVING ODDS ARE IN HIS FAVOUR

HE IS the chief operating officer of one of Australia's largest e-commerce businesses, turning over $4 billion a year. And businessman Luke Rattigan, who has direct responsibility for online, risk and trading and customer operations at internet betting and entertainment site Sportsbet, says there is no stopping the company as it aims ...

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COAST GEARS UP FOR NEXT ROUND OF GROWTH

COAST GEARS UP FOR NEXT ROUND OF GROWTH

THE Gold Coast is gearing up for its next phase of growth after re-elected Mayor Tom Tate declared a mandate to boost the city's infrastructure with a cruise ship terminal and an expanded light rail network. However, the pro-development mayor, who secured another four-year term with a big increase in his primary vote, is taking a conc...

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ECONOMISTS CAST NEW DOUBT ON VIABILITY OF ADANI MINE

ECONOMISTS CAST NEW DOUBT ON VIABILITY OF ADANI MINE

THE Queensland Government this week may have moved step closer to granting a mining lease for Adani's $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, but at least one major economic forecaster sees little likelihood of the project ever getting off the ground. BIS Shrapnel's senior economists, Dr Frank Gelber and Adrian Ha...

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FAIRFAX NEWSROOMS ROCKED AS JOURNOS WALK OUT

FAIRFAX NEWSROOMS ROCKED AS JOURNOS WALK OUT

FAIRFAX Media newsrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra were rocked today by an angry walkout of journalists in protest at the latest round of job cuts by the newspaper publisher. The journalists have stopped work until Monday following a series of meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra where journalists vented their frustration ove...

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GOLD COAST BID TO LURE AMERICA'S CUP RACE

GOLD COAST BID TO LURE AMERICA'S CUP RACE

IN THE world of sailing, there has been no bigger prize than the America's Cup, and now a group of seasoned Queensland entrepreneurs wants to bring a key leg of the event to the Gold Coast. The Longhurst family, spearheaded by brothers Tony and Rodney, has teamed up with Brisbane hair salon king Steve 'Stefan' Ackerie to lure ...

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GAME-CHANGING VITA GROUP FOUNDER POWERS UP THE ASX

GAME-CHANGING VITA GROUP FOUNDER POWERS UP THE ASX

MAXINE Horne has a precise idea of why she is among the few in corporate Australia - a female founder heading an ASX-listed company.

The CEO of Vita Group (ASX: VTG), in her own words, is an 'incredibly competitive individual' and not 'built' like anyone else.

"I'm extremely driven," says Horne.

&q...

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STRAIGHT TALK: THE 'GROWTH GUY'

STRAIGHT TALK: THE 'GROWTH GUY'

ROBIN Levison is best known for growing former ASX-listed mining services company Industrea from a $3 million minnow to a $750 million major ahead of a takeover by GE Mining in 2012. Now the seasoned turnaround specialist foresees the same sort of growth for the Gold Coast company he has headed for the past two years. The company is alrea...

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WHICH CEO CUTS IT IN THE KITCHEN?

WHICH CEO CUTS IT IN THE KITCHEN?

BRISBANE business leaders will team up with some of the city's top chefs to cook dinner for 300 homeless and disadvantaged people at OzHarvest Queensland's inaugural CEO CookOff. The initiative aims to increase awareness of food insecurity, homelessness and food wastage across Australia, making its first trip to Brisbane on March ...

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ROBINA'S 'PHENOMENAL' FUTURE VISION FOR 2050

ROBINA'S 'PHENOMENAL' FUTURE VISION FOR 2050

THE transformation of Robina from cow paddock to thriving Gold Coast urban village over the past 30 years is about to become even more dramatic by 2050. The Robina Business Alliance (RBA) has detailed a bold new future for the city's alternate CBD driven by the development of vacant land surrounding Cbus Super Stadium into a new City ...

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NEW OFFSHORE CRUISE TERMINAL BID FOR COAST

NEW OFFSHORE CRUISE TERMINAL BID FOR COAST

A MASSIVE jetty stretching out half a nautical mile off The Spit has been flagged by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate as the answer to the Gold Coast's stalled vision for a cruise ship terminal. The move has been prompted by ongoing interest in the Gold Coast as a lucrative destination by major cruise operators, despite the Palaszczuk Govern...

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TATE HARBOURS A 'PLAN B' FOR CRUISE TERMINAL

TATE HARBOURS A 'PLAN B' FOR CRUISE TERMINAL

GOLD Coast Mayor Tom Tate has officially kicked off his re-election campaign today with the promise of a 'Plan B' to the failed cruise ship terminal, one of the major policies that drove his last campaign. However, it was seniors who are the first big winners of his fight to win office for another term. Tate says he plans to e...

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