TIME TO GIVE BUSINESS FAIR CHANCE SAYS MINISTER

TIME TO GIVE BUSINESS FAIR CHANCE SAYS MINISTER

Government has ridden business too hard in recent times and a change in culture has been promised by Minister Jann Stuckey (pictured). She explains her vision to Gold Coast Business News. How difficult has it been to get across all the issues in your diverse portfolio? All sections of my portfolio responsibilities are intrinsically linked –...

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CASHED UP TURF CLUB BUILDS A MAGIC FUTURE

CASHED UP TURF CLUB BUILDS A MAGIC FUTURE

AFTER a turbulent period, the Gold Coast Turf Club is back on track with a rich government grant and big plans for the future. Club chairman Brett Cook (pictured) outlines his vision for the Coast’s thoroughbred racing headquarters and the home of the famous Magic Millions.

The Gold Coast Turf Club (GCTC) has received a $35 million State Go...

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SETTING GOALS MIGHT JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE

SETTING GOALS MIGHT JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE

BEING successful in business is also about time away from the office. Missing goals can be more costly than some executives realise. It can even result in death. That’s the warning from leading executive support group, The Executive Connection (TEC). TEC regional chair Barry Upfold (pictured) says managers of small and medium businesses of...

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BILLABONG CLEARS TPG'S ACQUISITION WAVE

BILLABONG CLEARS TPG'S ACQUISITION WAVE

IT has been an exhilarating ride for the Gold Coast’s largest company after a spectacular takeover bid, freefalling share value, capital restructures and the closing of stores. But Billabong’s decision to reject a renewed $3.30 per share take-over offer from US private equity giant TPG Capital has stood the company proud in the face ...

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RAIL COMPANY TOOTS WITH PRIDE ON MEETING TARGETS

RAIL COMPANY TOOTS WITH PRIDE ON MEETING TARGETS

THE state’s biggest rail freight company is optimistic it can still deliver on its coal volume targets despite slow recovery from a summer of disasters. QR National (QRN) is tooting with confidence about meeting coal volume targets for the 2012 financial year. It comes after lingering impacts of the 2011 Queensland floods and industrial re...

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DR PHIL'S MONEY EXPERT SAYS EXPLORE PROSPECTS

DR PHIL'S MONEY EXPERT SAYS EXPLORE PROSPECTS

US chat show host Dr Phil’s money expert and ‘millionaire maker’ Loral Langemeier (pictured) thinks entrepreneurs should stop whining about tough economic conditions and start exploring better prospects. What are common mistakes made by new entrepreneurs? I saw people making $500,000 drop to $250,000 and less and less. They tho...

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DR PHIL'S MONEY EXPERT SAYS STOP BLAME GAME

DR PHIL'S MONEY EXPERT SAYS STOP BLAME GAME

US chat show host Dr Phil’s money expert and ‘millionaire maker’ Loral Langemeier thinks entrepreneurs should stop whining about tough economic conditions and start exploring better prospects. What are common mistakes made by new entrepreneurs? I saw people making $500,000 drop to $250,000 and less and less. They thought they n...

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CAPITALISING ON HUMAN RESOURCES BOOM

CAPITALISING ON HUMAN RESOURCES BOOM

A recruiter with 24 staff has successfully tapped the booming Queensland mining industry. Skye Recruitment achieved 300 per cent growth during FY10/11 and there’s bigger prospects in the pipeline, says co-founder Kye Macdonald (pictured). “We’re in white collar technical recruitment – engineers, management staff for engine...

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TAKING GARDEN HUTS TO GREENER PASTURES

TAKING GARDEN HUTS TO GREENER PASTURES

THE Tropical Lifestyle superstore has emerged from last summer’s storms with an aggressive marketing campaign to take the garden structure maker to greener pastures. Manager Matt Buchel (pictured) has adopted a ‘Burke’s Backyard’ approach to luring customers who want long-lasting gazebos and Balinese style huts. The compa...

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MANAGING LEADERS IN YOUR ORGANISATION

MANAGING LEADERS IN YOUR ORGANISATION

LEADERS chart the terrain of an organisation, while managers find the right footwear, the safest avenues and the goods to sustain staff and get them where they need to go, according to one of Queensland’s most successful executives. Macarthur Coal chief executive Nicole Hollows (pictured) points out that leaders are agenda setters and whil...

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RACING AHEAD OF THE PACK

RACING AHEAD OF THE PACK

THE Quinn family have turned their VIP Petfoods manufacturing business into a $300 million a year success story. Now the second largest pet food producer in Australia, the company employs 600 staff across eight factories. And as Gold Coast Business News discovered, the family that manufactures together, stays together. Tony Quinn (pictured) is a...

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TRULY VISIONARY LEADERSHIP

TRULY VISIONARY LEADERSHIP

SURVEYING the vast kilometres from the 10th floor of Springfield Tower where a city the size of Darwin will take shape over the next 30 years, Maha Sinnathamby is typically philosophical. The chairman of Springfield Land Corporation is the inspiration behind the 3000ha Greater Springfield, where large scale health, education and business precinc...

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BRANSON STEPS UP BIOFUEL RESEARCH

BRANSON STEPS UP BIOFUEL RESEARCH

VIRGIN Group founder Sir Richard Branson is investing heavily in research that will see emissions from his Virgin airline fleet cut considerably by adopting biofuel technology. It follows research by the CSIRO, where senior scientists are aiming for a 2015 take-off for a renewable biofuel industry. “Clean energy is becoming increasingly im...

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SPLASH OUT WITH DENNIS MACKENDER

SPLASH OUT WITH DENNIS MACKENDER

TODAY’S clothing industry may be dominated by mass Asian production, but in the niche market of sports swimwear one Gold Coast company has remained strong for 25 years. Nova Swimwear managing director Dennis Mackender (pictured) attributes the company’s longevity to quality products, quick turnaround of orders and personalised d...

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PROPERTY RECOVERY: IS IT ALL TALK?

PROPERTY RECOVERY: IS IT ALL TALK?

AS Queensland’s ongoing property slump reaches crisis point, property lawyer Andrew Johnson (pictured) questions whether the state can deliver its Budget promise and recover, rebuild and re-stimulate the industry. The Mills Oakley partner launched his career on the Gold Coast and says confidence and strong government leadership is req...

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TWIGGY RACES TO LEAVE EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

TWIGGY RACES TO LEAVE EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

AUSTRALIA'S richest man Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest (pictured) will step down as CEO of Fortescue Metals on July 18 – but he has a few HR matters to attend to first.

At a recent QUT Business Leaders Forum, Forrest commented that Generation One, which he helped create to stop the disparity between indigenous and non-indigen...

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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

THE restaurant industry is a tough game, but someone has to do it – and Philip Johnson (pictured) is accustomed to challenges.

The 52-year-old was born in New Zealand where he did his apprenticeship before moving to Australia at 18. He worked as a chef in London before returning to Brisbane in 1988 to open his first restaurant –...

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THE DIRECTOR

THE DIRECTOR

BRONWYN Morris (pictured) is a director of Spotless Group, QIC Limited, RACQ and Care Australia and also a member of the Australian Advisory Committee of Parsons Brinckerhoff and a councillor of the AICD Queensland division. She is also one of the key people in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast bid team and has also served on the boards of ...

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DRIVING SAFETY INTO THE MINES

DRIVING SAFETY INTO THE MINES

AFTER starting a small vehicle solutions company in 2005, Minecorp Vehicle Solutions founder Mark Lacey has opened his third store in Queensland, with further regional sites in the pipeline. Several international stores are due to be unveiled including in Chile and South Africa this year and the company now boasts more than 30 distributors both ...

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SALVAGING AN ICON

SALVAGING AN ICON

IT was two years ago this month when one of Australia’s iconic luxury yacht brands started to sink. Debt-laden and forced to jettison its workforce from 1200 to 400, Riviera was in dire straits. Now after a rise from administration, the boat builder is just ‘months away’ from exiting receivership. CEO John Anderson tells Gold C...

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