GOVERNMENT'S NEW BUY QUEENSLAND INITIATIVE AN AUSTRALIAN FIRST

GOVERNMENT'S NEW BUY QUEENSLAND INITIATIVE AN AUSTRALIAN FIRST

THE QUEENSLAND Government has announced its latest plan to support Queensland-based businesses through the new 'Buy Queensland' initiative. The new plan, which will prioritise Queensland goods and services, will apply across all agencies, statutory bodies, and government owned corporations. The Queensland cabinet has agreed, i...

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MEGAPORT SHARES RISE FOLLOWING STRONG QUARTERLY RESULTS

MEGAPORT SHARES RISE FOLLOWING STRONG QUARTERLY RESULTS

MEGAPORT Limited (ASX: MP1) has seen its share price rise by almost two per cent following the announcement of strong results for the June 2017 quarter. The group, who delivers internet connectivity solutions to businesses, saw their revenue for the June quarter increase by 18 per cent compared to the previous quarter to $3.47 million. ...

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NEXTDC ENTERS BIDDING WAR WITH 360 CAPITAL GROUP FOR APDC

NEXTDC ENTERS BIDDING WAR WITH 360 CAPITAL GROUP FOR APDC

DATA centre operator NEXTDC (ASX: NXT) has started a bidding war with 360 Capital Group to take over Asia Pacific Data Centre (ASX: AJD) after it launched a fully funded $1.85 a share cash offer for the company. The takeover bid trumps the offer made by 360 Capital to acquire all the securities in APDC for $1.80 per share. NEXTDC CEO ...

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SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

TO RETAIN the best and brightest employees it sometimes seems like a good idea to offer more money, but recent research suggests that cash doesn't always talk. A study, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half surveying 160 chief financial officers in Australia, shows more than 94 per cent of Australian CFOs have extended cou...

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WESTPAC LOOKING TO SELL HASTINGS TO CHARTER HALL

WESTPAC LOOKING TO SELL HASTINGS TO CHARTER HALL

Westpac Group (ASX: WBC) has entered discussions with property investment group Charter Hall (ASX: CHC) to sell Hastings Management, a global infrastructure-assets business with funds under management of about $14.3 billion. Charter Hall is considering the purchase of Hastings following the completion of due diligence and regulatory ...

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ACCC TO SMALL BUSINESSES: REVIEW PAYMENT SURCHARGES NOW

ACCC TO SMALL BUSINESSES: REVIEW PAYMENT SURCHARGES NOW

SMALL business owners have been urged to review their payment surcharges ahead of the ban on excessive payment surcharges in force 1st September. The ACCC recommends small businesses assess their current surcharge models before the law comes into force, which limits the amount a business can charge customers for use of EFTPOS, MasterCard,...

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CONTROVERSIAL BANK LEVY SHOULD BE APPLIED TO OTHER BIG BUSINESSES, BOURIS SAYS

CONTROVERSIAL BANK LEVY SHOULD BE APPLIED TO OTHER BIG BUSINESSES, BOURIS SAYS

THE BANK LEVY imposed on the so-called 'Big Five' should be extended to include all government-licenced companies with a turnover of $1 billion or more, according to Yellow Brick Road executive chairman Mark Bouris.

Speaking at the launch of 2017 Gold Coast Queensland Small Business Week, Bouris also says the money raised should be us...

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BIS SAYS INFRASTRUCTURE BUDGET BOOST IS WELCOME, BUT LIKELY UNSUSTAINABLE

BIS SAYS INFRASTRUCTURE BUDGET BOOST IS WELCOME, BUT LIKELY UNSUSTAINABLE

ANALYSTS say that the public infrastructure and construction industry has emerged among the clear winners from last Tuesday's budget, as BIS Oxford Economics forecasts imminent major growth across the sector. Funds allocated from the 2017 Federal Budget will help drive an estimated 30 per cent growth for the industry, which is already...

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BANK LEVY ON BIG FOUR COULD DRIVE CUSTOMERS TO REGIONAL BANKS

BANK LEVY ON BIG FOUR COULD DRIVE CUSTOMERS TO REGIONAL BANKS

THE BANK of Queensland (ASX: BOQ) is expected to be a major beneficiary of the Federal Government's bank levy which was introduced in Tuesday's Budget. The Government levy will raise $1.5 billion a year over the next four years, or around five per cent of the profits from the so-called 'Big Four' which includes Commonwealt...

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SPROUTX PROVIDES THE SEED FOR AGTECH STARTUPS

SPROUTX PROVIDES THE SEED FOR AGTECH STARTUPS

AGTECH innovation fund SproutX has opened applications for its first accelerator round, backed by $10 million from the venture capital fund it has set up in partnership with Artesian Venture Partners and industry superannuation fund Hostplus.

This follows the SproutX pre-accelerator program, held in late 2016, where 110 startups and entr...

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ASIC DROPS CIVIL CASE AGAINST LM INVESTMENT DUO

ASIC DROPS CIVIL CASE AGAINST LM INVESTMENT DUO

TWO directors of failed Gold Coast funds manager LM Investment Management (LMIM) have been spared further proceedings by the corporate watchdog after it dropped a civil action against them. However, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission is still pursuing the matter against three others, including former CEO Peter Drake (pic...

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TOURISTS CASHED UP AND HEADING FOR AUSTRALIA

TOURISTS CASHED UP AND HEADING FOR AUSTRALIA

INTERNATIONAL tourists flocked to Australia in FY16 with the tourism industry growing three times faster than the broader economy. Figures from Tourism Research Australia show there was a record 7.2 million international visitors in the 12 months to June 30, up 10 per cent on the previous year. The level of spending grew at a faster r...

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SURFSTITCH SHARES HALVED AS LOSS HITS $155M

SURFSTITCH SHARES HALVED AS LOSS HITS $155M

ONLINE actions sports retailer SurfStitch (ASX:SRF) endured another day of pain on the stock market as its shares more than halved on news that its annual loss has blown out to $154.7 million. The FY16 result by the Gold Coast-based company, a former subsidiary of Billabong (ASX:BBG), has been impacted by $99.3 million in goodwill impairm...

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G8 SHARES STILL TENDER AFTER WILD RIDE

G8 SHARES STILL TENDER AFTER WILD RIDE

SHARES in Australia's largest listed childcare centre operator G8 Education (ASX:GEM) edged lower today after briefly recovering from a $400 million rollercoaster ride in the wake of a disappointing profit result yesterday. The stock dipped as much as 6 per cent in morning trade, but it was a far cry from the 30 per cent thumping give...

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VILLA WORLD JOINS PROPERTY PROFIT RUSH

VILLA WORLD JOINS PROPERTY PROFIT RUSH

HOUSING developer Villa World (ASX:VLW) has joined the profit rush across the property sector by posting a record $33.7 million profit for FY16. The result, up 32 per cent from last year, was underscored by an underlying pre-tax profit of $47.2 million which exceeded the company's forecasts and delivered on a strategy that CEO Craig T...

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GOLD COAST SECURITY BUSINESS HIT WITH RECORD FINE

GOLD COAST SECURITY BUSINESS HIT WITH RECORD FINE

GOLD COAST business Step Ahead Security Services has been slugged with a record fine of $308,000 in Federal Circuit Court for underpaying employees. Judge Michael Jarrett ordered owner Owen Ivor Jennings to personally back-pay eight security guards a total of $22,779 for work completed over three months in 2014. The Fair Work Ombudsma...

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CHEAPER FARES IN QLD PUBLIC TRANSPORT CRACKDOWN

CHEAPER FARES IN QLD PUBLIC TRANSPORT CRACKDOWN

COMMUTERS are set to benefit from cheaper fares following a major overhaul in south-east Queensland's public transport system. Under the Palaszczuk Government's Fairer Fares package, single zone travel during peak time will be reduced from $3.35 to $3.20 from next year. Customers will be able to travel further within a zone, w...

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BUDGET 2016: WHAT IT MEANS FOR BUSINESS

BUDGET 2016: WHAT IT MEANS FOR BUSINESS

BUSINESS is at the forefront of the 2016 federal budget, with SMEs set to see their company tax rate fall to 27.5 per cent from July 1 this year. Treasurer Scott Morrison announced the company tax break in his first budget overnight, a further 1 percentage point reduction for small businesses with annual turnover less than $2 million. ...

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LENDERS 'VULNERABLE, DOWN A BLACK HOLE'

LENDERS 'VULNERABLE, DOWN A BLACK HOLE'

THE corporate watchdog put a spotlight on the cash loan market when it ordered Nimble Australia to repay borrowers $1.5 million last month over allegations that it was not adhering to responsible lending obligations. But now the National Credit Providers Association (NCPA) has launched its own offensive against the authorities, blaming lo...

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ATO TARGETS HIDDEN CASH ON THE GOLD COAST

ATO TARGETS HIDDEN CASH ON THE GOLD COAST

GOLD Coast restaurant operators have been put on notice by the Australian Taxation Office that they could get a knock on the door from its agents as part of a national program that has already targeted Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The ATO says it will be visiting about 250 restaurants, cafés and take-away shops, as well as hair ...

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NIMBLE ORDERED TO REPAY $1.5M TO BORROWERS

NIMBLE ORDERED TO REPAY $1.5M TO BORROWERS

PAYDAY lender Nimble Australia has been forced to refund more than 7000 customers a total of $1.5 million following a probe into its activities by the corporate watchdog. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission says its investigation was triggered by concerns that Nimble was not adhering to responsible lending obligations. ...

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EMPLOYERS URGED TO CHECK EASTER PAY RATES

EMPLOYERS URGED TO CHECK EASTER PAY RATES

EMPLOYERS are being urged to check the pay rates and entitlements that apply to their business over Easter, to avoid having egg on their face with Fair Work. Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says most underpayments are inadvertent and the result of employers failing to check their minimum obligations under workplace laws. "Wheth...

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ASSET 'MINER' DIGGING FOR THE NEXT BIG THING

ASSET 'MINER' DIGGING FOR THE NEXT BIG THING

THE Gold Coast investment firm that helped Brisbane-based veterinary company Greencross (ASX:GXL) float on the stock exchange is exploring opportunities as diverse as lithium, coffee and agriculture to uncover the next big deal. Strategic Equity Alliance, headed by Glenn Gaudet and Justin Broad, has appointed youthful mining industry vete...

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'DUMB' LENDING RULES GIVE FOREIGN INVESTORS THE EDGE

'DUMB' LENDING RULES GIVE FOREIGN INVESTORS THE EDGE

TOUGHER lending rules by Australian banks are giving foreign investors an unfair advantage in the property market, according to Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond (pictured). The finance industry veteran says that while he is comfortable with a broad range of initiatives introduced by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APR...

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QUEENSLAND NEEDS TO SNAP OUT OF IT: DELOITTE

QUEENSLAND NEEDS TO SNAP OUT OF IT: DELOITTE

QUEENSLAND has been urged to snap out of the slump mentality and capitalise on the investment legacy created by the now defunct resources boom. Deloitte Access Economics' latest Queensland Business Outlook report says instead of looking at the boom as if it is a hole that needs to be filled, the state should be focusing on its traditi...

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TOURISM BOOM: WE AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET

TOURISM BOOM: WE AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET

FEARS of faltering Chinese growth and a global downturn have been downplayed by one economic forecaster who is predicting we are on the verge of a new economic boom, and one that's likely to last for some time. Dr Frank Gelber (pictured), chief economist with BIS Shrapnel, told a Brisbane briefing this week that the next growth story ...

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SURFERS RESTAURANT ADMITS UNDERPAYING STAFF

SURFERS RESTAURANT ADMITS UNDERPAYING STAFF

A SURFERS Paradise restaurant has admitted to deliberately underpaying staff tens of thousands of dollars, operating on the basis that they would not be caught. Uchouten Japanese Restaurant, located on Surfers Paradise Boulevard, told the Fair Work Ombudsman the underpayments were intentional and they hoped they would not be caught. T...

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BPS TECHNOLOGY TO FEED THE GORILLA

BPS TECHNOLOGY TO FEED THE GORILLA

BPS Technology (ASX:BPS), the company that owns Bartercard, sees itself as the 'gorilla in the room' in a trade exchange industry worth $20 billion globally. And the Gold Coast-based company is planning to feed that gorilla over the next year as its takes a bigger bite of a market it says is ripe with opportunities. CEO Trevor...

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STUDENTS REIMBURSED THOUSANDS IN UNPAID WORK

STUDENTS REIMBURSED THOUSANDS IN UNPAID WORK

A GROUP of high school students in Queensland have been reimbursed thousands of dollars for work they undertook as part of school-based traineeships. The year 11 and 12 students, aged between 15 and 18, completed work placement with local employers to attain a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification and Higher School Certifi...

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ROBINA YUM CHA FINED FOR FALSIFYING EMPLOYMENT RECORDS

ROBINA YUM CHA FINED FOR FALSIFYING EMPLOYMENT RECORDS

THE operators of a Gold Coast restaurant have been fined more than $23,000 for falsifying staff records, following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Yum Cha Robina Pty Ltd, which operates the Yum Cha Robina Chinese Restaurant, was penalised $20,700 after Fair Work inspectors discovered they had been given false rosters, time sh...

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