STRAIGHT TALK: QUINN'S ROCKY ROAD TO SWEET SUCCESS

STRAIGHT TALK: QUINN'S ROCKY ROAD TO SWEET SUCCESS

TWO-and-a-half years ago confectionery maker Darrell Lea was battling insolvency and cutting jobs, but after "swift un-emotional decisions", the rocky road came to an end. The Quinn family, the owners of Gold Coast-headquartered VIP Petfoods, bought the iconic chocolate shop and were behind the aggressive cost cuttings that help...

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SURF STAR RESHAPING THE CORPORATE WORLD

SURF STAR RESHAPING THE CORPORATE WORLD

FROM a Surf Life Saving star to an entrepreneurial whizz, Jacki Hendy is shifting the corporate mindset on the Gold Coast towards a more holistic "mind, body and spirit" ethos. The founder of New Beginnings Events is encouraging a movement away from the traditional business framework and says while financial freedom is still a d...

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STRAIGHT TALK: VILLA WORLD'S TREASURE

STRAIGHT TALK: VILLA WORLD'S TREASURE

CRAIG Treasure spent 30 years in the property industry before being appointed to the board of one of the Gold Coast's largest companies. It is this experience that has helped the CEO and managing director of Villa World position the company in the ASX 300, with Treasure saying it gives him "a very good feel for what customers and...

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STRAIGHT TALK: THE MAN BEHIND MANTRA

STRAIGHT TALK: THE MAN BEHIND MANTRA

BOB East has been with Mantra Group (ASX:MTR) since 2006 and has seen the company grow from 41 properties to more than 116 properties in that time. With locations across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia and with more than 11,000 rooms under management, the business has forged itself as one of the city's largest companies. The ...

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GOLD COAST CEO WINS 'OSCAR' OF BUSINESS AWARDS

GOLD COAST CEO WINS 'OSCAR' OF BUSINESS AWARDS

A GOLD Coast CEO has edged out corporate heavyweights Alan Joyce and David Thodey to take out the title of Executive of the Year in the 2015 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. The CEOs of Qantas and Telstra respectively were beaten by Danny Maher, the CEO of Opmantek (ASSOB:OMK), a company operating in the field of network management software. ...

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HOW TO GROW LOCAL JOBS THROUGH OFFSHORING

HOW TO GROW LOCAL JOBS THROUGH OFFSHORING

OFFSHORE staffing may appear to be undermining the local employment market, but one Gold Coast company is defying popular opinion by showing it's the best way to grow business and create more skilled jobs. AMBS Solutions, a Robina-based business offering overseas employment opportunities, says while in the past offshoring has been see...

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BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 1-10

BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 1-10

Click here to read the 2016 Brisbane Top Listed Companies   Brisbane Business News uncovers the city's leading companies and the stories behind their success.         1. SUNCORP GROUP (SUN)
DIVERSIFIED FINANCIALS
Market Cap April 15: $17.29b
...

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BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 11-20

BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 11-20

  Click here to read the 2016 Brisbane Top Listed Companies   Brisbane Business News uncovers the city's leading companies and the stories behind their success.         11. CROMWELL PROPERTY GROUP (CMW)
REAL ESTATE
Market Cap April 1...

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BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 21-30

BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 21-30

Click here to read the 2016 Brisbane Top Listed Companies   Brisbane Business News uncovers the city's leading companies and the stories behind their success.         21. AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL COMPANY (AAC)
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Market C...

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BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 31-40

BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 31-40

  Click here to read the 2016 Brisbane Top Listed Companies   Brisbane Business News uncovers the city's leading companies and the stories behind their success.         31. OROCOBRE (ORE)
RESOURCES
Market Cap April 15: $341.91m
...

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BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 41-50

BRISBANE BUSINESS NEWS UNCOVERS THE TOP 50 LISTED COMPANIES 2015: 41-50

Click here to read the 2016 Brisbane Top Listed Companies   Brisbane Business News uncovers the city's leading companies and the stories behind their success.         41. WATPAC (WTP)
CAPITAL GOODS
Market Cap April 15: $140.05m
CEO: Ma...

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NEW TARGET SET FOR WOMEN ON BOARDS

NEW TARGET SET FOR WOMEN ON BOARDS

THE Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has called for all ASX 200 companies to ensure that 30 per cent of directors are female by 2018. Managing director John Brogden says the 35,000 AICD members, including top-listed companies as well as private businesses and not-for-profit organisations, should all strive towards 30 per c...

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GOSENS' SWEET SUCCESS MORE THAN BLIND FAITH

GOSENS' SWEET SUCCESS MORE THAN BLIND FAITH

GERRARD Gosens has scaled Everest, Danced with the Stars and casually competed for Australia in three Paralympic Games and six world championships, but says nothing beats his role as the "official blind taste tester" at his chocolate shops.

The congenitally blind owner of Chocolate Moments, located in Brisbane Arcade, Myer Centre an...

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CEOS DANCE AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

CEOS DANCE AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

BRISBANE CEOs have danced their feet off in aid of Women's Legal Service at the Glitter Ball Gala Dinner.

On Friday 27 March, the Brisbane City Hall ballroom was taken back to a carefree era of flares, glitter and platform shoes, although for a serious cause.

Six CEOs swapped the boardroom table for the dancefloor to support the...

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WHAT DO CUSTOMERS REALLY THINK OF YOU?

WHAT DO CUSTOMERS REALLY THINK OF YOU?

BUSINESS owners might think they know what their customers think of them, but according to veteran business consultant Phil Larcombe they should think again. Larcombe says the most consistent assignments he undertakes involve finding out what customers really think of a business's product or service. "One of the most successf...

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TALBOT TAKES ON FERRARI

TALBOT TAKES ON FERRARI

RACING was never in his career trajectory, although swapping coal mining trucks for a Ferrari 458 has already proved promising for Liam Talbot.

The 32-year-old son of the late Queensland mining mogul Ken Talbot, who died in a light plane crash in Africa in 2010, is now among a different kind of heat.

Three years after he began racin...

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HOW TO PITCH TO A SCHOOL OF SHARKS

HOW TO PITCH TO A SCHOOL OF SHARKS

BEFORE feeding your business idea to Sharks, find out what will score you the biggest bite.

Steve Baxter, resident Shark on TEN's Shark Tank, has provided a few tips to Brisbane Business News for entrepreneurs considering standing in the investor firing line.

"There are lots of things I don't like in a pitch," says...

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STARTUP ATTRACTS SWAG OF INVESTMENT

STARTUP ATTRACTS SWAG OF INVESTMENT

TRACEY Beikoff maintained her swagger from remote Queensland to Shark Tank to score a $220,000 deal and reaffirm her belief that a product created through compassion and necessity beats a simple 'add-on'.

The Mareeba-based founder of innovative first-aid kit Rescue Swag accepted an offer from Steve Baxter on TEN last Sunday of $100,00...

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THE VAN THAT CAN

THE VAN THAT CAN

FROM one man and a van to a team of more than 20 and seven vehicles - Tara-Jay Rimmer has put the wheels in motion for a thriving removal business which is expected to turn over more than $1 million this financial year. The Van That Can - a Brisbane-based business offering services from small removals and deliveries to complete office mov...

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HOW TO TURN A DIRE SITUATION INTO A FRESH BUSINESS

HOW TO TURN A DIRE SITUATION INTO A FRESH BUSINESS

LYING in the emergency room, Maria Faalafi never thought she could champion and shape a business around the concept of good health.

Faalafi (pictured left) had just quit her job as an engineering drafter, unable to work because of persistent migraines and digestive issues, chronic fatigue, severe depression and panic attacks "that f...

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