THE WILEY MACHINE

THE WILEY MACHINE

WILEY has added another accolade to its list, signalling the food facility engineer, designer and project manager isn’t stopping in its tracks any time soon.

The multi-discipline company is focused on being on the cutting-edge of innovation and seeking out complex projects to sharpen its edge.

This includes one of its most recent pro...

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CUA'S RENAISSANCE MAN MAKES HIS MARK

CUA'S RENAISSANCE MAN MAKES HIS MARK

CREDIT Union Australia has undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years with Chris Whitehead at the helm. Whitehead was appointed CEO of the customer-owned financial institution in 2009 to reinvigorate the brand. Under his leadership, CUA underwent a complete overhaul of its internal systems and achieved a record $10.3 billion in ...

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'FAIL QUICKLY' AND SIX MORE START-UP LESSONS

'FAIL QUICKLY' AND SIX MORE START-UP LESSONS

‘FAIL quickly’ is Ben Fogarty’s motto, and after learning of the big clients he has scored after only being in business for 18 months, you could bet there is an emphasis on being quick.

The name of his business – Shorthand – would instantly suggest this too. Shorthand is a web application that helps publishe...

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HOOKER TOP GUN JOINS FORCES WITH TOOMA

HOOKER TOP GUN JOINS FORCES WITH TOOMA

LJ HOOKER’S national head of development projects Tony Trpeski (pictured) has teamed up with Anna Tooma’s LJ Hooker Surfers Paradise to open a new branch at Sorrento.

Trpeski has stepped down from the corporate role at Hooker to tackle the new venture, which is targeting growing interest in Gold Coast development opportunities by ...

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DOMINO'S SIGNS COMPLIANCE PLAN

DOMINO'S SIGNS COMPLIANCE PLAN

DOMINO’S Pizza Enterprises (ASX:DMP) has renewed its Proactive Compliance Deed (PCD) with the Fair Work Ombudsman. The PCD will ensure ongoing compliance with federal workplace laws and proper workplace training for franchisees. Domino’s first signed in 2011 and later paid $588,000 to 1600 underpaid delivery drivers, follo...

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IT'S ONLY THE BEGINNING

IT'S ONLY THE BEGINNING

THE art of customer service hasn’t been forgotten by Generation Y.

But where good customer service used to mean phone hotlines, thankyou letters and following up with clients, now it means – well, all of those things – and more (free ice-cream included).

At least that's how business goes about at Beginning Bout...

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DEGANI BREWS EXPANSION PLANS

DEGANI BREWS EXPANSION PLANS

MELBOURNE cafe chain Degani has charted ambitious growth plans across the nation, with Brisbane the next stop. Entrepreneur George Pezaros redeveloped a small cafe in Clifton Hill in 1999, to include a gourmet food brand and new store design. Operating under a license model Degani has since grown to 70 cafes, mainly in metropolitan Me...

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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL URGE

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL URGE

TOM Potter just can’t fight the entrepreneurial urge.   

He is back in full force, mentoring co-owner brothers Sean and Colby Carthew of Brisbane business Burger Urge.

The Carthews contacted Potter in 2008 shortly after he sold Eagle Boys. The veteran retailer has since mentored them through business infancy to a point...

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DOMINO'S LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST

DOMINO'S LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST

DOMINO'S Pizza Enterprises (ASX: DMP) has launched Pizza Mogul, an app that could revolutionise retailing by literally putting the brand in the hands of consumers.
CEO and managing director Don Meij, the largest franchisee of the global brand, is further leveraging the ASX-200 company's digital advantage and going beyond etaili...

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OPENING UP THE HOUSE

OPENING UP THE HOUSE

IT’S on the house – perhaps not your drink, but at least your property data, which is what five million Australians are hanging out for each year.

They are players in the Onthehouse (ASX: OTH) domain, a network founded by Brisbane lawyer-come-entrepreneur Michael Fredericks to bridge a gap in the Australian property market.
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PLAYING A DIFFERENT GAME

PLAYING A DIFFERENT GAME

BANK of Queensland (ASX: BOQ) CEO Stuart Grimshaw may be playing a different game to everyone else in the banking industry, but he still wants to see a level playing field for all participants in the sector.

Grimshaw, speaking exclusively to Brisbane Business News, revealed his plans to take the road less travelled to grow the BOQ busine...

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PIZZA PLUS: DOMINO'S HEAVY ON TECH TOPPING

PIZZA PLUS: DOMINO'S HEAVY ON TECH TOPPING

INNOVATION and tradition is a difficult recipe to master, something Domino’s Pizza Enterprises (ASX: DMP) CEO and managing director Don Meij (pictured) is dedicated to perfecting.

He is aware that too much innovation can alienate the traditional customer, but isn’t afraid to squeeze out extra grease from the pizza business mo...

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TECH BOSS CALLS FOR FOCUS ON INNOVATION

TECH BOSS CALLS FOR FOCUS ON INNOVATION

CREATIVITY and innovation – two interrelated buzzwords Australia needs to be taking more seriously, according to TechnologyOne (ASX: TNE) CEO Adrian Di Marco (pictured).

More than buzzwords, Di Marco believes they are the foundations of Australia’s future.

Di Marco founded TechnologyOne in 1987 and has grown the company into Au...

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PETS AND PROFITS

PETS AND PROFITS

PETS before profits is the Greencross Vets (ASX: GXL) mentality, which appears to be paying off in light of the company’s rapid growth and recent merger with Petbarn.

GXL has experienced a 25 per cent compound annual growth rate of clinics and stores over the past five years. Since 1994, it has grown from a single Greencross clinic...

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EXECUTIVES RECOGNISED AS BUSINESS LEADERS

EXECUTIVES RECOGNISED AS BUSINESS LEADERS

CEO community The Executive Connection (TEC) has appointed 13 new chairs to the network, including four business leaders from Queensland. There are now 83 chairs across Australia and New Zealand, including the addition of Bill Lazarus, Camille Morin, Catherine Palin-Brinkworth and Dr Tony Watt from the state. TEC chairman Nigel Stoke (pictu...

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HIGH FLYER

HIGH FLYER

WITH 29 brands currently under his belt, Graham 'Skroo' Turner knows a thing or two about running a company.

Speaking exclusively to Brisbane Business News, the founder and CEO of Flight Centre Travel Group (ASX: FLT) for the past 35 years shared his journey and shared a glimpse of his business acumen.

This comes off the bac...

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NEW FACE FOR SCREEN QLD

NEW FACE FOR SCREEN QLD

TRACEY Vieira has recently stepped onto the stage as the new Screen Queensland CEO, complete with a set of new developments to address the ongoing challenges the local screen industry faces.

Brisbane-born Vieira brings with her the Hollywood touch, having been based in Los Angeles with Ausfilm as the Executive Vice President of Internati...

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FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR CREMA ESPRESSO

FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR CREMA ESPRESSO

THE steamy Gold Coast is emerging as Australia’s new coffee capital with Crema Espresso the latest to make an aggressive push into the national market.

The company, which started with a single Gold Coast outlet in 2007, is planning to open its 16th franchise store this year.

It joins the likes of Zarraffa’s Coffee and listed mu...

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CHANGES ACROSS NEXTDC BOARD

CHANGES ACROSS NEXTDC BOARD

DATA centre operator NEXTDC Limited (ASX:NXT) has rolled out the next stage of its growth strategy, with a number of changes to the board starting today. Douglas Flynn (pictured) will take over as non-executive chairman, after Ted Pretty stepped down to a director role. Pretty says Flynn’s background in the media industry and past dir...

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UNIVERSITIES TO HOST G20 BUSINESS COMPETITION

UNIVERSITIES TO HOST G20 BUSINESS COMPETITION

BRISBANE universities QUT, The University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University will host a world-first business event as part of the G20. The G20 Global Business Challenge (GBC) brings together teams of students, researchers and industry members to develop solutions to water scarcity. Teams can reform a water-reliant business sector s...

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