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BUSINESS CONFIDENCE AT A SIX-YEAR HIGH

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE AT A SIX-YEAR HIGH

SMALL and medium businesses have entered 2017 with their confidence at a six-year high, building on strong gains made at the end of 2016, according to the latest SENSIS research.

In December, the SENSIS Business Index was seven points up on the previous year at +46 - a six-year high - and the chief executive officer, John Allan, says exp...

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GUVERA ESCAPES WIND-UP ORDER

GUVERA ESCAPES WIND-UP ORDER

GUVERA has avoided being wound up after a claim for a $1.78 million debt by Kwong Properties was dismissed at the Supreme Court of Queensland this morning.

The Hong Kong residential property management company walked away from the case, as the dismissal was accepted by both sides.

Guvera's music streaming service is still operat...

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CONSUMERS PESSIMISTIC ENTERING 2017

CONSUMERS PESSIMISTIC ENTERING 2017

CONSUMER confidence remains at its weakest point since April 2016, according to the latest Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment, despite low interest rates and rising equity prices in the lead up to the New Year. The index rose by just 0.1% in January, from 97.3 in December to 97.4, failing to make up for the 3.9 per cent ...

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FOUR WAYS YOU SHOULD PROTECT YOUR IT SYSTEMS FROM EXTREME WEATHER

FOUR WAYS YOU SHOULD PROTECT YOUR IT SYSTEMS FROM EXTREME WEATHER

SHANNON Overs, co-founder of onPlatinum ICT, sees it too often, perhaps half a dozen times per year businesses that do not have adequate protection from extreme weather events.

The lightning storms and heat of summer, and once-in-a-100-year disasters such as the Brisbane Floods of January 2011, can disrupt communications and destroy esse...

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RISE OF STARTUP SUPPORT PROGRAMS NOT AS ROSY AT IT SEEMS

RISE OF STARTUP SUPPORT PROGRAMS NOT AS ROSY AT IT SEEMS

ENTREPRENEURIAL cultivation companies in Australia are appearing quickly, but questions have been raised about whether the operators have the proven expertise and experience to genuinely help budding entrepreneurs.

Jock Fairweather (pictured), director of co-working space Little Tokyo Two and accelerator program Thunder Lizards, claims t...

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START-UP SITESEE GIVES NEW VISION OF MOBILE PHONE TOWERS

START-UP SITESEE GIVES NEW VISION OF MOBILE PHONE TOWERS

A GOLD Coast start-up is receiving strong signals from the telecoms industry that its 3D modelling service for mobile phone towers is desperately needed.

As the towers proliferate in response to the public's demand for mobile phone reception, the owners are searching for ways to maintain them efficiently and to monetise their vertica...

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BELEAGUERED SURFSTITCH FACES FURTHER LEGAL WRANGLE OVER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

BELEAGUERED SURFSTITCH FACES FURTHER LEGAL WRANGLE OVER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

SURFSTITCH has severed ties with Streamline, the IT services company owned by its estranged co-founder Justin Cameron as the two businesses prepare for a fight over intellectual property.

It is a sign of the bitter fight between Cameron (pictured) and the online surf retail business that he co-founded alongside Lex Pedersen, who remains a dir...

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MARGOT ROBBIE INSTAGRAM ENDORSEMENT MAKES INK GIN SALES BLOOM

MARGOT ROBBIE INSTAGRAM ENDORSEMENT MAKES INK GIN SALES BLOOM

HUSK Distillers has sold out of Ink Gin after a Margot Robbie Instagram post.

The blue gin, which turns pink when mixed with tonic water due to the infusion of the pH sensitive butterfly pea flower, had already developed a cult following, and Robbie's endorsement made sales bloom.

She was pictured late last month on the Gold Coa...

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SMES TAKE RETAIL MARKET SHARE AS CONSUMERS CHOOSE PERSONALISATION

SMES TAKE RETAIL MARKET SHARE AS CONSUMERS CHOOSE PERSONALISATION

IN a battle for the hearts and wallets of Australian consumers, it appears that small and medium retail businesses are leading the way following strong sales performances during December, particularly in the hospitality sector.

Chief executive of Tyro, an independent EFTPOS banking institution, Gerd Schenkel, says that based on customer ...

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KNOWLEDGE WORKERS AMONG MOST SOUGHT AFTER IN 2017

KNOWLEDGE WORKERS AMONG MOST SOUGHT AFTER IN 2017

BUSINESSES searching for efficiencies and improved systems are in search of knowledge workers early this year, says the latest Hays Quarterly Report for January-March 2017, making them among the most in-demand in the labour market.

Hays Australia and New Zealand managing director, Nick Deligiannis, says employers are looking to add value...

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$6 MILLION BLOW TO ARDENT LEISURE SINCE DREAMWORLD REOPENING

$6 MILLION BLOW TO ARDENT LEISURE SINCE DREAMWORLD REOPENING

ARDENT Leisure's (ASX: AAD) revenue has taken a $6 million hit since the reopening of Dreamworld and Whitewater World on December 10, six weeks after four died while on Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids Ride.

The company reported a 63 per cent revenue drop for the period 10 December to 31 December compared to the corresponding period ...

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HOW DWAYNE MARTENS MADE HIS 'WEIRD AND WONDERFUL' MILLIONS

HOW DWAYNE MARTENS MADE HIS 'WEIRD AND WONDERFUL' MILLIONS

LONG before he built his nutrition empire, Dwayne Martens spent his days peddling "weird and wonderful" fruits to anybody who would give him the time of day. As the director of Amazonia, Martens now produces and sells a range of raw and organic food products including proteins, smoothie packs and medicines. However, almost a...

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ENTREPRENEUR DESIGNS NEW ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR AND CAR FOR QUADRIPLEGICS

ENTREPRENEUR DESIGNS NEW ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR AND CAR FOR QUADRIPLEGICS

A CHEAPER, stronger and more powerful electric wheelchair and a car that can be driven by head controls are among the inventions entrepreneur Scott Gordon is busy working to create.

Gordon (pictured), 36, a finalist in the Social Entrepreneur category of the 2016 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, is a C3 quadriplegic and ...

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FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS GET SPRINGBOARD TO GROWTH

FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS GET SPRINGBOARD TO GROWTH

DESPITE the fast-growing number of women studying STEM subjects at school and university, women continue to be underrepresented as tech entrepreneurs, and that is something the Springboard Accelerator Bootcamp is aiming to change.

Springboard is an entrepreneur accelerator for women that was founded in the United States 16 years ago and ...

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WHY AUSTRALIA SHOULD GIVE UP USING EUROPEAN NAMES FOR ITS FOOD PRODUCTS

WHY AUSTRALIA SHOULD GIVE UP USING EUROPEAN NAMES FOR ITS FOOD PRODUCTS

IS IT worth finding new names for cheeses such as Feta, Brie, Camembert, Parmesan and Stilton to gain an advantage in trade negotiations? Bond University Professor William Van Caenegem believes it could be, and, once the confusion over cheeses settles, there could be some big benefits for the country's agriculture industry. Caeneg...

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QUEENSLAND CITIES CEMENT TOURISM HOTSPOT STATUS

QUEENSLAND CITIES CEMENT TOURISM HOTSPOT STATUS

THE tourism industry in Queensland has shone in the past year, with Brisbane and the Gold Coast remaining two of the country's hotspots for Aussies seeking a local getaway. Tourism Australia's national visitor survey revealed that Brisbane's overall domestic visitor numbers climbed 5.3 per cent to a record 5.8 million, while G...

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ASF'S $3B RESORT UPS THE ANTE ON SPIT DEVELOPMENT

ASF'S $3B RESORT UPS THE ANTE ON SPIT DEVELOPMENT

ASF Consortium has upped the ante in its bid to create a new integrated resort for the Gold Coast after unveiling a $3 billion concept plan that clearly defines The Spit as a the city's new tourism hotspot. It also proposes a new landmark bridge between Southport and Main Beach giving the city its own answer to Sydney's 'coat ...

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HIGH-FLYERS TAKE OFFICE PARTY TO THE NEXT LEVEL

HIGH-FLYERS TAKE OFFICE PARTY TO THE NEXT LEVEL

BUSINESS News Australia's Gold Coast team took their end-of-year celebrations to new heights, as the crew suited up for a session at iFly Indoor Skydiving in Surfers Paradise. Managing director Camilla Jansen, alongside team members Karen, Kim and James donned the signature blue and orange jumpsuits before launching into two rounds in...

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LEADERSHIP SHAKE-UP FOR G8 EDUCATION

LEADERSHIP SHAKE-UP FOR G8 EDUCATION

AUSTRALIA'S largest listed childcare centre operator G8 Education (ASX:GEM) has announced a major leadership shake-up to take effect from January 1.

Founding managing director Chris Scott (pictured left with Jae Fraser and Chris Sacre) will step aside from the role he has held since 2010 following a takeover by Scott of G8's form...

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SURFSTITCH'S SENSATIONAL CLAIMS AGAINST CO-FOUNDER

SURFSTITCH'S SENSATIONAL CLAIMS AGAINST CO-FOUNDER

EMBATTLED action sports retailer SurfStitch's (ASX:SRF) sale of its Surf Hardware International business has been overshadowed by sensational claims by the company against its former CEO Justin Cameron (pictured).

The news has emerged after SurfStitch filed its defence against a legal action brought by one of its major shareholders, and s...

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$500 MILLION JUPITERS TOWER APPROVED

$500 MILLION JUPITERS TOWER APPROVED

THE Star has secured approval to build a $500 million 4.5 star hotel at Jupiters Hotel and Casino as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the property, which could include a further four towers.

Construction is expected to start in 2017, subject to successful apartment pre-sales and will take three years.

The development is a joint ...

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NUROFEN FALSE ADVERTISING FINE INCREASED TO RECORD AMOUNT

NUROFEN FALSE ADVERTISING FINE INCREASED TO RECORD AMOUNT

RECKITT Benkiser has been slogged an extra $4.3 million by the Federal Court for misleading advertising of its Nurofen Specific Pain products after an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) appeal against the penalty was upheld.

The UK-based company must now pay a revised penalty of $6 million - the highest recorded for mislead...

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GOLD COAST ENTREPRENEUR SELLS LE GEAR TO MAJOR UNIFORM MANUFACTURER

GOLD COAST ENTREPRENEUR SELLS LE GEAR TO MAJOR UNIFORM MANUFACTURER

GOLD Coast entrepreneur Mark Foote's LE Gear has been snapped up by leading uniform manufacturer and supplier, Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) for an undisclosed sum.

Foote, who placed sixth overall on the Top 40 Young Entrepreneurs for Gold Coast this year, has grown LE Gear into a leading supplier of law enforcement, military, public s...

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SIMON SINEK TO TOUR AUSTRALIA IN MARCH

SIMON SINEK TO TOUR AUSTRALIA IN MARCH

LEADERSHIP guru Simon Sinek (pictured) will be the headline speaker at the Start With Why Leadership Forum in March 2017.

Business News Australia readers have the chance to take up a special ticket offer for the forum, hosted by the Growth Faculty, which has a run of dates across Australia and New Zealand.

Sinek's book is a cont...

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CONCERNS OVER ECONOMY HIT CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF CHRISTMAS

CONCERNS OVER ECONOMY HIT CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF CHRISTMAS

CONSUMER confidence has dropped to its lowest level in six months, the latest Westpac Melbourne Insitute of Consumer Sentiment Index shows.
It fell by 3.9% in December from 101.3 in November to 97.3 in December.

Westpac's Chief Economist, Bill Evans (pictured), says the result is a jolt to the previous air of stability and confidence.

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LATEST BUYBACK FIRMS UP ABEDIANS' CONTROL OF SUNLAND

LATEST BUYBACK FIRMS UP ABEDIANS' CONTROL OF SUNLAND

THE Abedian family is poised to tighten its grip on Sunland Group (ASX:SDG) after announcing a new program to buy back up to 10 per cent of the high-profile developer's issued capital.

Neither company chairman Soheil Abedian nor managing director Sahba Abedian will participate in the buyback, but a successful completion of the program ove...

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DREAMWORLD QUIET ON REOPENING WEEKEND

DREAMWORLD QUIET ON REOPENING WEEKEND

DREAMWORLD welcomed 6,000 guests on its first weekend open following the death of four people on one of its rides.

The Gold Coast theme park conducted the Open Hearts-Open Doors charity event as part of the weekend, which raised $157,225 for the Red Cross.

The money will be distributed to the families of the victims through the GIVIT Appea...

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SUPERYACHTS OFFER UNTAPPED POTENTIAL AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

SUPERYACHTS OFFER UNTAPPED POTENTIAL AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

SUPERYACHT Australia has devised a strategy to attract more superyachts to Queensland and capitalise on revenue opportunities ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The peak body has put together a working group to focus on uniting stakeholders and share the benefits of engaging with the superyacht community as part of the Super...

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ACCC GIVES GO-AHEAD FOR NEWS CORP TO BUY ARM

ACCC GIVES GO-AHEAD FOR NEWS CORP TO BUY ARM

NEWS Corporation (ASX: NWS) has been given the green light to acquire Australian Regional Media (ARM) from APN News and Media (ASX: APN), following a review by Australia's competition watchdog. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched its review in August, and shortly after published a 'statement of issue...

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WATER VENTURE TAKES ON THE PLASTIC SCOURGE

WATER VENTURE TAKES ON THE PLASTIC SCOURGE

DAMIEN Stone has a thirst to build the world's biggest social enterprise in a clean fight against the plastic water bottle industry. The 2016 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Social Award winner is behind water3 - a network of high-tech vending machines that dispense chilled, still and sparkling spring water. Each kiosk is cashless, ...

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