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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GOLDEN RULES OF BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

GOLDEN RULES OF BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

THE growing obsessions with mobile devices and social media among younger people in the workforce is ruining some basic communications skills and costing employers revenue and staff career opportunities. Some of the issues frustrating employers include short-form words, bad spelling and writing in emails which decrease respect from custom...

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REMOVING THE STIGMA OF A CAREER IN RETAIL

REMOVING THE STIGMA OF A CAREER IN RETAIL

RETAIL is often overlooked as a career path and is occasionally seen as a means to an end, but the CEO of the National Retail Association says times are changing. Trevor Evans (pictured) is encouraging young professionals on the Gold Coast to consider retail as a long-term employment opportunity. Speaking at a YP Gold Coast event, he ...

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INVESTMENT GROWTH DRIVES BLUE SKY'S PROFIT HIGHER

INVESTMENT GROWTH DRIVES BLUE SKY'S PROFIT HIGHER

A YEAR of heavy investment has bolstered Blue Sky Alternative Investments' (ASX:BLA) bottom line, with the asset manager posting a $10.4 million profit for the year to the end of June. The result is a 68 per cent lift on the previous year, with revenue also improving 82 per cent to $43.6 million. The company has also reached $1.35...

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NO FRILLS, NO FLUFF: FASHION IS SERIOUS BUSINESS

NO FRILLS, NO FLUFF: FASHION IS SERIOUS BUSINESS

TEN years is a milestone for any business, but in a creative field where profits are slim to none, business owners could learn a runway of lessons from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane.

Lesson one, make no fashion faux pas: you must always put your best face forward when you come up against resistance. And you will.

MBFFB fou...

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STRAIGHT TALK: COAST ON 'CUSP OF GREATNESS'

STRAIGHT TALK: COAST ON 'CUSP OF GREATNESS'

THE Gold Coast has an unparalleled opportunity to transform into a culturally diverse and economically sustainable city, but only if business leaders work together, says Janelle Manders. The HLB Mann Judd Gold Coast managing partner says the city is on the cusp of greatness, but shouldn't rely on the three levels of government to make...

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RAP TASKFORCE CRACKDOWN BOOSTS CITY'S REPUTATION

RAP TASKFORCE CRACKDOWN BOOSTS CITY'S REPUTATION

A CRACKDOWN on crime along the Glitter Strip by the city's elite Rapid Action and Patrols (RAP) Taskforce is seen by Gold Coast businesses as a major win for the city's reputation as a place to live, work and play. Close to 8000 lawbreakers have been charged with more than 11,000 offences by the RAP Taskforce since its establishme...

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TECH ENTREPRENEUR'S BID TO BRING $2 BILLION TO START-UPS

TECH ENTREPRENEUR'S BID TO BRING $2 BILLION TO START-UPS

AUSSIE expat and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ben Sand is on a multibillion-dollar mission, and it's start-ups in south-east Queensland that could be the big winners. The co-founder of Meta, a company invested in wearable smart-glass technology, says that following his latest visit to Australia he was blown away by the depth of start-u...

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STRAIGHT TALK: THE COFFEE CLUB'S SOCIAL CHALLENGE

STRAIGHT TALK: THE COFFEE CLUB'S SOCIAL CHALLENGE

WITH more than 360 cafes across nine countries including Thailand, Egypt and China, The Coffee Club has grown to become one of Australia's largest home-grown café groups. But it isn't without its challenges, with co-founder John Lazarou saying the rise of digital technology is proving to be the biggest test. "As te...

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EAST EYES BIGGER SHARE FOR QUEENSLAND TOURISM

EAST EYES BIGGER SHARE FOR QUEENSLAND TOURISM

MANTRA (ASX:MTR) boss Bob East, who has been appointed the new chair of Tourism and Events Queensland, says the sunshine state deserves a greater share of the growing tourism market. The Gold Coast-based CEO says he aims to deliver a stronger voice for regions and a tailored approach to customers.  East has his eyes fixed on his ...

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THE FAIRER SEX NOT PLAYING FAIR IN WORKPLACE DEBATE

THE FAIRER SEX NOT PLAYING FAIR IN WORKPLACE DEBATE

THE debate around workplace diversity is missing a key element - chromosome Y, says leadership specialist Sonia McDonald. The CEO of LeadershipHQ says while the diversity debate is being framed with the best intentions, it is hanging crooked on the wall. McDonald has likened the workplace to an eco-system where balance is critical to ...

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ECHO CASINOS SCORE TOP EMPLOYER AWARD

ECHO CASINOS SCORE TOP EMPLOYER AWARD

ECHO Entertainment Group (ASX:EGP) has been recognised as a top employer, after two of its properties received nods at the Queensland Training Awards. Treasury Casino & Hotel and Jupiters Hotel & Casino have been named the state's Employer of the Year for excellence in training. Both properties will compete for the nationa...

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STRAIGHT TALK: MASS NUTRITION MUSCLES UP FOR POSSIBLE LISTING

STRAIGHT TALK: MASS NUTRITION MUSCLES UP FOR POSSIBLE LISTING

ESTABLISHED in 2007 by bodybuilding champion Luke McNally, MASS Nutrition has grown sales from $100,000 a year to more than $35 million, and now the group has its sights set on a share market float in the next five years. The MASS Nutrition chain compromises more than 40 stores across the county - with more than half of those stores added...

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HEALTH ENTREPRENEURS: IT'S CRUNCH TIME

HEALTH ENTREPRENEURS: IT'S CRUNCH TIME

PROVENANCE and seeing a person behind the business - these are the two things that self-made Carman's Fine Foods success story Carolyn Creswell, who ranks among Australia's wealthiest, perceives as the 'it' things currently taking business ideas from zero to hero.

Melbourne-based Creswell founded Carman's 22 years ago when...

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HOW TO DRIVE AN ASX 30 COMPANY

HOW TO DRIVE AN ASX 30 COMPANY

VOLATILITY is the new norm and soft skills are the biggest sell as we move into the Asian Century, according to Aurizon CEO Lance Hockridge, who has steered the ASX 30 company through nearly a decade of transformation while maximising shareholder returns.

Hockridge says future Australia will require very different leaders to the ones he ...

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STRAIGHT TALK: FEDEROWSKY AND 'MISUNDERSTOOD' BARTERCARD

STRAIGHT TALK: FEDEROWSKY AND 'MISUNDERSTOOD' BARTERCARD

ANDREW Federowsky is a principal founder of one of Australia's largest trade exchanges and although the businessman has attempted to retire, his passion for Bartercard has kept him work for the Gold Coast-founded business for more than 25 years. Along with co-founders Wayne Sharpe and Brian Hall, Federowsky sold the company in 2007 fo...

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SOMETIMES, BUSINESS IS NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

SOMETIMES, BUSINESS IS NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

WHEN it comes to making money, some Gold Coast businesses are up there with the best but, for many, that's not always the end game. Gold Coast Business News this week highlights five major local businesses that have chosen to pay their success forward. Collectively, these businesses have raised more than $5 million for local chari...

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STRAIGHT TALK: WHY FUNG IS BUYING INTO THE GOLD COAST MARKET

STRAIGHT TALK: WHY FUNG IS BUYING INTO THE GOLD COAST MARKET

IN a short period Aquis has built a big name for itself on the Gold Coast, snapping up properties across the city and launching bold plans for major developments. This includes an integrated resort and casino at the Sheraton Mirage Resort, which has caused debate among business leaders including opposition from Echo Entertainment - the co...

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