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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STRAIGHT TALK: STILL FEELING THE SIZZLE 13 YEARS ON

STRAIGHT TALK: STILL FEELING THE SIZZLE 13 YEARS ON

BACKED by more than 13 years of experience at Sizzler, Don Crilly knows a thing or two about managing a team. Restaurant chain owner Collins Foods Limited (ASX:CKF) awarded the Sizzler veteran with Market Manager of the Year as a result. Crilly's (pictured centre) region of south-east Queensland, Rockhampton and Townsville outshon...

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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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