TATE STAKES HIS JOB ON CRUISE TERMINAL SUPPORT

TATE STAKES HIS JOB ON CRUISE TERMINAL SUPPORT

MAYOR Tom Tate is gambling his mayorship on an offshore cruise ship terminal, unveiling his vision for the controversial project just three months before the next council election. Tate wants to build a pylon-type structure situated on the ocean side of The Spit, opposite Sea World Resort, and says he will use the March 19 election to gai...

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THE LAY-OFF THAT LED TO SUCCESS

THE LAY-OFF THAT LED TO SUCCESS

BEING made redundant is one of the biggest fears and setbacks for any modern professional. Not only did Sarah Bartholomeusz lose a living, she found herself jobless 32 weeks into a pregnancy. An ordinary person might have crumbled under the pressure, however Bartholomeusz remained resilient and saw an opportunity to kick-start YouLega...

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IT'S TIME TO STOP TALKING ABOUT TOURISM

IT'S TIME TO STOP TALKING ABOUT TOURISM

THE Gold Coast must stop relying on its traditional economic driver of tourism and invest in innovation and entrepreneurship if it wants to grow to be a worldly city, says leading entrepreneur Matt Desmier. The founder of Silicon Beach UK talked to Business News Australia about growing Bournemouth from a seaside town to the UK's faste...

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THE FUTURE OF FOOD: IT'S A BUG'S LIFE

THE FUTURE OF FOOD: IT'S A BUG'S LIFE

EDIBLE insects and catfish are being served up at a $100,000 Brisbane pitch aimed at solving big-picture global problems.

Brisbane-based food facilities designer Wiley is this week focusing more than ever on fostering innovative solutions to solve global food production and security problems, teaming up engineers with savvy business minds.&nb...

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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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