STRAIGHT TALK: THE 'GROWTH GUY'

STRAIGHT TALK: THE 'GROWTH GUY'

ROBIN Levison is best known for growing former ASX-listed mining services company Industrea from a $3 million minnow to a $750 million major ahead of a takeover by GE Mining in 2012. Now the seasoned turnaround specialist foresees the same sort of growth for the Gold Coast company he has headed for the past two years. The company is alrea...

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WHICH CEO CUTS IT IN THE KITCHEN?

WHICH CEO CUTS IT IN THE KITCHEN?

BRISBANE business leaders will team up with some of the city's top chefs to cook dinner for 300 homeless and disadvantaged people at OzHarvest Queensland's inaugural CEO CookOff. The initiative aims to increase awareness of food insecurity, homelessness and food wastage across Australia, making its first trip to Brisbane on March ...

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ROBINA'S 'PHENOMENAL' FUTURE VISION FOR 2050

ROBINA'S 'PHENOMENAL' FUTURE VISION FOR 2050

THE transformation of Robina from cow paddock to thriving Gold Coast urban village over the past 30 years is about to become even more dramatic by 2050. The Robina Business Alliance (RBA) has detailed a bold new future for the city's alternate CBD driven by the development of vacant land surrounding Cbus Super Stadium into a new City ...

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NEW OFFSHORE CRUISE TERMINAL BID FOR COAST

NEW OFFSHORE CRUISE TERMINAL BID FOR COAST

A MASSIVE jetty stretching out half a nautical mile off The Spit has been flagged by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate as the answer to the Gold Coast's stalled vision for a cruise ship terminal. The move has been prompted by ongoing interest in the Gold Coast as a lucrative destination by major cruise operators, despite the Palaszczuk Govern...

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TATE HARBOURS A 'PLAN B' FOR CRUISE TERMINAL

TATE HARBOURS A 'PLAN B' FOR CRUISE TERMINAL

GOLD Coast Mayor Tom Tate has officially kicked off his re-election campaign today with the promise of a 'Plan B' to the failed cruise ship terminal, one of the major policies that drove his last campaign. However, it was seniors who are the first big winners of his fight to win office for another term. Tate says he plans to e...

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MILLENNIALS LIKELY TO BE GONE IN TWO YEARS

MILLENNIALS LIKELY TO BE GONE IN TWO YEARS

MILLENNIALS are proving to be a challenge for employers, with half likely to move on within two years if they don't feel a sense of purpose in the workplace, according to a new report. The report by Deloitte delivers employers a sobering message: change or you will probably lose those talented, tech-savvy millennial employees. Whi...

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STRAIGHT TALK: THE WITHERIFF TOUCH

STRAIGHT TALK: THE WITHERIFF TOUCH

JOHN Witheriff appears to be the boss of everything these days, but the lofty roles he holds are joined by a common thread, and that is to effect change for the better. Born and bred on the Gold Coast, Witheriff has strong ties to the local community with roles on a range of boards including chair of GoldLinQ, chair of the Gold Coast Suns...

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THE FUTURE OF PHILANTHROPY

THE FUTURE OF PHILANTHROPY

PHILANTHROPY is much more than donating 10 per cent of profits to a red-taped charity for these two Australian businesses; it's about building entire villages from the ground up in developing parts of the world.

Melbourne-based architecture firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke and the Gold Coast's Bond University are taking an innovative app...

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TECHIES: 'STOP CREATING FOR THE TOP 5 PER CENT'

TECHIES: 'STOP CREATING FOR THE TOP 5 PER CENT'

WE need to return to the old internet if humanity has any chance, according to American tech veterans Anil Dash and Mike Monteiro, who give businesses a couple of tips on how to do so.

Dash (pictured right) says he feels a 'deep grief' mourning the internet of just 10 years ago which in his view was a more amicable place.

Th...

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MEN LOSE OUT IN CHASE FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

MEN LOSE OUT IN CHASE FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

THE chase for work-life balance appears to be working well for women, but it could be hurting opportunities for advancement among their male counterparts, according to a new report. The report, compiled from a survey conducted by Chief Executive Women and Bain & Co, has found a worrying reverse gender bias in the workplace as the corp...

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HOLLYWOOD CALLS ON GC BEAUTY COMPANIES

HOLLYWOOD CALLS ON GC BEAUTY COMPANIES

IT has only been operating for five weeks, but already Gold Coast company Hot Tresses is getting recognition from Hollywood. The vegan hair care company has been invited to include its products in the Oscar's gift bags, joining local beauty product manufacturer Cherry Blooms, which is also getting kudos among celebrities.  Ho...

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COAST CATCHING UP AFTER YEARS OF 'NOTHING'

COAST CATCHING UP AFTER YEARS OF 'NOTHING'

EIGHT years of inactivity has finally caught up with the Gold Coast, and Mayor Tom Tate says the latest flurry of development activity across the city is giving rise to perceptions of a construction overload.  However, Tate, who is hoping to win a second term in the city's top job at the council elections in March, sees it as a b...

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QUEEN'S WHARF PLANNING SCHEME IN PLACE

QUEEN'S WHARF PLANNING SCHEME IN PLACE

THE Queensland Government has formally adopted the development scheme for the renewal of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area, securing a jobs boost for the city. The development scheme provides the planning framework for the assessment of Destination Brisbane Consortium's proposal, which is made up of The Star Ent...

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MERLO GRINDS THROUGH COFFEE CAPITAL

MERLO GRINDS THROUGH COFFEE CAPITAL

MERLO'S expansion plans continue to percolate, with the coffee chain set to open its first roasting house in Melbourne. The Brisbane-based business will launch its 'torrefazione' at Queen Victoria Market at Peel Street on February 10, with the first beans to be roasted later this week. Founder Dean Merlo says the deal has ...

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STRAIGHT TALK: WISDOM FROM THE GRAPEVINE

STRAIGHT TALK: WISDOM FROM THE GRAPEVINE

TERRY Morris is the epitome of a serial entrepreneur, with business interests in everything from wine to pubs and motor sport. Morris is the managing director of the Morris International Group of Companies - an organisation with a diverse portfolio with divisions including property, manufacturing, information technology, tourism, venture ...

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DINGO DIGS DEEP FOR OFFSHORE OPPORTUNITIES

DINGO DIGS DEEP FOR OFFSHORE OPPORTUNITIES

SOFTWARE company Dingo is set to unearth growth opportunities in South America as it capitalises on a growing investor appetite for projects in the mining and resources industry. The region has taken Australia's top spot for investment in the sector ahead of Canada, with 26 per cent of capital directed towards South America according ...

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#SQUADGOALS FOR BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS

#SQUADGOALS FOR BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS

#SQUADGOALS isn't just for Taylor Swift fans, but the name of a new school camp for budding entrepreneurs launched by Startup Apprentice and The Rogue and Rouge Foundation.

The local social enterprises are collaborating and providing an opportunity for 30 future leaders to head to Rebel Valley in the Gold Coast Hinterland in January 2016 ...

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TURNING RETAIL ON ITS HEELS

TURNING RETAIL ON ITS HEELS

FAST fashion retailers and online competitors are taking their toll on department stores globally, but the same can't be said for the innovative brands many of them rely upon to drive sales.

The department store struggle is reflected in falling market capitalisation, with Myer losing three-quarters of its value since its 2009 ASX deb...

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LONDON CALLING, AS RELOAD GOES 'ALL IN'

LONDON CALLING, AS RELOAD GOES 'ALL IN'

RELOAD Media is hitting its stride as a global marketing agency after reporting a 120 per cent revenue lift at its London office this year. The Brisbane-based firm announced a string of appointments and international secondments to keep up with demand in the UK, following a number of account wins and growth across its digital and consulti...

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CYCLE STATION SHIFTS UP A GEAR

CYCLE STATION SHIFTS UP A GEAR

CYCLE Station owners Terry and Jake Wolki took an unorthodox approach when they bought the Albury business in 2011. Rather than sticking to something they knew and about which they were passionate, the businessmen decided to take a buy in with a blank canvas. The strategy has paid off, with the business growing annual bike sales from ...

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