SOCIAL MEDIA BLITZ TO WOO CHINESE 'AMBASSADORS'

SOCIAL MEDIA BLITZ TO WOO CHINESE 'AMBASSADORS'

THE Gold Coast is gearing up for a social media blitz in China that it believes will create a band of brand ambassadors for the city's $1 billion international education sector. The campaign, which will involve a competition for Chinese students through the state-sanctioned WeChat and Weibo social media websites, is one of the biggest...

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BOND GETS SERIOUS WITH BUSINESS SCHOOL BRANDING

BOND GETS SERIOUS WITH BUSINESS SCHOOL BRANDING

IT'S a subtle name change, but the newly branded Bond Business School is aiming to position Bond University as a serious player in business education. The new Bond Business School already has an edge, according to executive dean Professor Mark Hirst. "Bond is unique because 26 years ago we were actually created in the image o...

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TRAMS RATED 'CATALYST' FOR GOLD COAST REVIVAL

TRAMS RATED 'CATALYST' FOR GOLD COAST REVIVAL

IT HAS transported more than seven million passengers since the middle of last year, and now the $1.2 billion Gold Coast light rail system has been given the gong as a city-making urban initiative. The light rail has been granted the Helen Josephson Award for Urban Design Leadership in the 2015 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards, with judges ...

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BOLD VISION FOR COAST'S 'UGLY DUCKLING'

BOLD VISION FOR COAST'S 'UGLY DUCKLING'

IT has been labelled one of the worst suburbs in Australia, but State Member Sid Cramp says Nerang is on the verge of greatness.  Cramp, who won the seat of Gaven in January this year, says although there is a bad stigma associated with Nerang, locals are fighting for change. "When you speak to local small business owners an...

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PRESSURE IS ON UNTIL FINISH LINE FOR V8 BOSS

PRESSURE IS ON UNTIL FINISH LINE FOR V8 BOSS

V8 SUPERCARS boss James Warburton concedes he can't relax until 3pm on Sunday after the big race has been run on the streets of the Gold Coast. "That's when we've counted the gate and we know where we sit," he says. It's a reaction typical of events promoters in any field, but for Warburton (pictured below) t...

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WHAT DO WE REALLY THINK ABOUT MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKFORCE?

WHAT DO WE REALLY THINK ABOUT MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKFORCE?

COULD it only spell trouble when a cross-generation panel of highly successful entrepreneurs and business moguls come together to discuss millennials and the modern workforce?

Bond University and newly launched events business VYTL Media hosted a tour de force of Australian success stories including Ardent Leisure CEO Deborah Thomas, Nin...

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BOND CAMP SET TO GENERATE BRIGHT IDEAS

BOND CAMP SET TO GENERATE BRIGHT IDEAS

BOND University is calling on high school students looking to unleash their inner entrepreneur to attend a free 'idea camp', hosted by the Bond Business School. Ideas Camp 2015 will allow year 11 and 12 students to hear from some of Australia's industry leaders, who will share their tips on turning creative ideas into success ...

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CLEMENTS GOES TONGUE IN CHIC ON HR

CLEMENTS GOES TONGUE IN CHIC ON HR

FORMER Vogue editor Kirstie Clements has learnt a thing or two about hiring and firing.

After being 'very publicly' fired from her job in May 2012 by the 'very new' managing director and CEO at the time, Clements stepped out of Vogue Australia for the last time after 27 years. 

She had been editor in chief for 13 of th...

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FEDS AGREE TO FUND COAST'S TRAM EXTENSION

FEDS AGREE TO FUND COAST'S TRAM EXTENSION

THE Gold Coast tram network is ready to roll to the next stage after new Prime Minister and public transport advocate Malcolm Turnbull gave in-principal support to fund the expansion. Tenders are open for the next stage connecting the Gold Coast University Hospital station with the heavy rail at Helensvale with the work expected to be com...

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GOLD COAST SURF SCHOOL RIDES WAVE OF SUCCESS

GOLD COAST SURF SCHOOL RIDES WAVE OF SUCCESS

GOLD Coast-based Get Wet Surf School has been recognised by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) for excellence in innovation. Winning the annual 2015 QTIC Prize for Innovation in Tourism, Get Wet Surf School will receive $30,000 worth of business support, including a dedicated public relations case study by QTIC. QTIC chief...

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION FOR BOND PRO VICE-CHANCELLOR

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION FOR BOND PRO VICE-CHANCELLOR

BOND University's Catherine O'Sullivan will play a leading role in attracting big-budget film productions to Queensland in her newly appointed role to the Screen Queensland Board of Directors. O'Sullivan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Pathways and Partnerships at Bond University, will guide funding recommendations to prospective film...

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STRAIGHT TALK: BUILDING THE WORLD'S MOST LIVEABLE CITY

STRAIGHT TALK: BUILDING THE WORLD'S MOST LIVEABLE CITY

MELBOURNE-BASED architects ROTHELOWMAN have helped raise the city's reputation as the best-planned city in Australia.

The firm's new principal, Stuart Marsland, is now wanting to push the boundaries even further.

Marsland has recently worked on a number of high profile and high-rise proposals for Melbourne's CBD includin...

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LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION ON CARDS, BUT 'WE WON'T BE BULLIED'

LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION ON CARDS, BUT 'WE WON'T BE BULLIED'

FEDERAL MP Steven Ciobo has opened the door for federal funding of the next stage of the Gold Coast light rail, but he says the new Turnbull Government won't be rushed into making a decision. His comments follow the Queensland Labor Government's demand this week for a commitment within seven days. Speaking at a Gold Coast Cent...

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STRAIGHT TALK: NESPRESSO GM 'WALKS THE TALK'

STRAIGHT TALK: NESPRESSO GM 'WALKS THE TALK'

NESPRESSO was brewed from a vision - to enable anyone to create a perfect espresso coffee, on their own, at home.  Today, this vision is a reality, with the business spanning across 62 countries with more than 10,500 employees. General Manager of Nespresso Australia & Oceania Loïc Réthoré (pictured) says the st...

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WARMING UP THE FAST FOOD EXPERIENCE

WARMING UP THE FAST FOOD EXPERIENCE

FAST food franchising gets a bad rap. Mrs Fields is rising above this though, having broken out of the cookie-cutter model to recognise key industry issues. 

Andrew Benefield, CEO of Mrs Fields, has learnt a thing or two across more than 20 years in the fast food industry, beginning with marketing YUM Restaurants in the 1990s before mana...

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HOW TO DO THINGS RIGHT IN RECRUITMENT

HOW TO DO THINGS RIGHT IN RECRUITMENT

RECRUITMENT is what makes the world go round. In a world of LinkedIn sales sharks though, one of Queensland's oldest recruitment companies has decided to do things differently to maintain its edge.

Forget the traditional three Rs. Davidson Group has spent the past 12 months rebranding, redefining and repacking its offering to accommodate ...

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STRAIGHT TALK: STILL FEELING THE SIZZLE 13 YEARS ON

STRAIGHT TALK: STILL FEELING THE SIZZLE 13 YEARS ON

BACKED by more than 13 years of experience at Sizzler, Don Crilly knows a thing or two about managing a team. Restaurant chain owner Collins Foods Limited (ASX:CKF) awarded the Sizzler veteran with Market Manager of the Year as a result. Crilly's (pictured centre) region of south-east Queensland, Rockhampton and Townsville outshon...

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IS THIS THE DEATH OF FASHION AS WE KNOW IT?

IS THIS THE DEATH OF FASHION AS WE KNOW IT?

GREEN is the new black for former Supre heir Catherine van der Meulen, and despite fast fashion's current domination, she believes an industry which employs one in six worldwide will die a slow death if it continues this trend.

Van der Meulen was once a fast fashion high-flyer, now she couldn't be more consciously trying to chang...

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COPING IN BUSINESS STARTS WITH RESILIENCE

COPING IN BUSINESS STARTS WITH RESILIENCE

STACEY Copas knows it's tough for bosses to hold their A-game in the face of adversity. As a keynote speaker and consultant to major Australian organisations including Telstra and the CSIRO, the South Australian Paralympic hopeful has built a career by drawing on her own experience to guide businesses around the country to strength an...

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STAGNATION FEARS AS BOARDS BURIED IN PROTOCOL

STAGNATION FEARS AS BOARDS BURIED IN PROTOCOL

RULES and regulations are at the forefront of the board members' minds as growth management and company strategy take a back-seat, a new study has found. Deloitte's fifth Directors' Cut survey revealed 67 per cent of CEOs and board chairs believe company regulation is increasing, with 65 per cent agreeing that business may be ...

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