GRANTS TO KICK-START BRISBANE TECH SCENE

GRANTS TO KICK-START BRISBANE TECH SCENE

BRISBANE technology start-ups are being encouraged to apply for an investment program to get their hands on a share of $25,000 in funding. The Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program offers grants of up to $5000 for business owners to study, attend a start-up conference, seek professional advice or participate in a trade mission. ...

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TOUCH OF COUNTRY HEADING TO THE CITY

TOUCH OF COUNTRY HEADING TO THE CITY

BRISBANE will experience a taste of the country life, when Southern Queensland Country takes over Eat Street Markets at Hamilton. The showcase will run on April 17 and 18, in celebration of Southern Queensland Country in autumn, with special guest chef Miguel Maestre. Maestre will lead cooking demonstrations using produce from the reg...

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA VOTED BEST TRAVEL SITE

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA VOTED BEST TRAVEL SITE

VIRGIN Australia's (ASX:VAH) website is taking off, with Australians voting it the best for online flight and travel bookings. According to the 2014/2015 Travel Website Consumer Recommendation and Loyalty Study, Virgin Australia's site was a leader in overall value, ease of navigation and customer service and support. The airli...

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BEGINNING BOUTIQUE RANKS NO. 1 IN AUS

BEGINNING BOUTIQUE RANKS NO. 1 IN AUS

AHEAD of Audi Australia and BMW Australia, Beginning Boutique has taken out the top spot in Australia for social media engagement, impact and responsiveness.

The winner of Brisbane Business News' Retail & Services category in the 2014 Young Entrepreneur Awards scored the highest for all three key performance indicators of Engagement L...

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UBER ROARS THROUGH BRISBANE WITH PR STUNT

UBER ROARS THROUGH BRISBANE WITH PR STUNT

UBER, the company meowing through the taxi industry's monopoly, has attempted to soften its image with the delivery of kittens on demand.

Playing the cards of charity and cute animals in the name of viral marketing and good PR, Uber teamed up with six animal shelters across major cities in Australia today to offer its UberKITTENS service....

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BRUCE LYNTON CHARITY BALL TURNS 15

BRUCE LYNTON CHARITY BALL TURNS 15

THE Bruce Lynton Charity Ball will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2015, aiming to raise even more money for organisations such as the Cancer Council, Guide Dogs Australia, Surf Life Saving, and Youngcare.

The event, run by Gold Coast car dealership Bruce Lynton, raised $118,000 last year and has raised over $1.5 million since its inception...

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NEW APP TO ASSIST DURING NATURAL DISASTERS

NEW APP TO ASSIST DURING NATURAL DISASTERS

A TEAM of researchers at the University of Queensland have launched a new web application which has the potential to help residents get a real time snapshot of damage and disruption during cyclones, floods and bushfires. In addition, the WikiQueensland big-data fusion system provides open data across a range of areas including safety, hea...

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TRADE MARK OR 'ARI VIDERCI'

TRADE MARK OR 'ARI VIDERCI'

'CIAO' business owners, a recent High court Decision has implied now is the time to register non-English language trade marks in Australia.

Two coffee distributors, Cantarella and Modena, found themselves embroiled in a heated brew over the Italian words 'oro' and 'cinque stelle', which mean 'gold' and 'fiv...

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RFG INCENTIVE SCHEME TO BOOST FRANCHISE INQUIRIES

RFG INCENTIVE SCHEME TO BOOST FRANCHISE INQUIRIES

RETAIL Food Group (ASX: RFG) has 263 shops up for grabs and it is willing to pay to find the best candidates to take them. The Gold Coast-based franchisor of Brumby’s Bakeries, Michel’s Patisserie, Donut King and Crust Pizza, says it is offering a cash reward of $5000 for a recommendation that leads to a franchisee signing for...

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ONLINE SALES SOAR FOR EAGLE BOYS

ONLINE SALES SOAR FOR EAGLE BOYS

EAGLE Boys is celebrating the record breaking success of its most recent ‘Mad Minutes’ digital campaign. The pizza restaurant’s two-week online marketing drive saw an approximate 50 per cent increase in sales from the fortnight prior, with nearly 40 per cent of those customers visiting the site for the first time. Ea...

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JOURNALISTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA SHARE COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP

JOURNALISTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA SHARE COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP

AUSTRALIAN journalists have a strained relationship with social media, the 2014 BBS Media Survey reveals.  Social media acts as a valuable tool for any journalist, with approximately three-quarters of those surveyed agreeing that media outlets frequently monitored their online traction, and more than 90 per cent supporting the monito...

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SEARCH FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

SEARCH FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

AFTER a year marked by growing confidence and a rise in business activity, the search is on to find the Gold Coast young entrepreneurs who have capitalised on the opportunities offered in 2014. Gold Coast Business News has launched the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards with a host of new categories that will highlight the brighte...

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VALLEY HOTEL HAS VICTORY IN ITS SIGHTS

VALLEY HOTEL HAS VICTORY IN ITS SIGHTS

A LUXURY Fortitude Valley hotel will be competing for the top spot at the 30th annual Queensland Tourism Awards (QTAs) alongside 200 other state tourism businesses.  Having taken out Luxury Accommodation awards at the QTAs in 2012 and 2013, the Emporium Hotel aims to seize the trifecta, bringing the business one accolade closer to a ...

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IGNITE YOUR TASTEBUDS

IGNITE YOUR TASTEBUDS

FOODIES unite for Brisbane’s sixth annual Regional Flavours festival on July 19 and 20 at South Bank Parklands.

More than 70,000 people are expected to enjoy two full days of culinary experiences at the free food and wine festival, which will spotlight Matt Preston from MasterChef Australia as a special guest among others.

Regio...

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DOMINO'S EXTENDS DEALS

DOMINO'S EXTENDS DEALS

DOMINO’S Pizza Enterprises (ASX:DMP) is looking to take a bite out of competitor’s sales, after announcing plans to extend discount days. The company will roll out its promotion Cheaper Every Day after the initial success of Cheaper Tuesday followed by Cheaper Two Days, which included Monday. DMP will offer pizza for $4.95...

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DOMINO'S HITS THE MILLION MARK

DOMINO'S HITS THE MILLION MARK

DOMINO’S Pizza Australia (ASX: DMP) has reached a major milestone on the social media front, clicking over one million Facebook fans.

The company, which has an active social media policy, says it has even taken the time to thank each fan for the feedback and suggestions.

Earlier this year the pizza group launched its People Powered P...

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SOCIAL MEDIA: SPEND LESS, GET MORE

SOCIAL MEDIA: SPEND LESS, GET MORE

START-UPS, small businesses and multi-nationals: appreciate social media and your business will appreciate in return.

Regardless of the industry or business stage you are in, that’s the evidence-based advice from Chris Garrett (pictured), director of Brisbane-based firm KND Digital.

KND Digital specialise in digital marketing solutio...

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EAGLE BOYS FOOTBALL SPIRIT

EAGLE BOYS FOOTBALL SPIRIT

CAPITALISING on the competitive State of Origin spirit, Eagle Boys launched a ‘Half-time Shenanigans’ Facebook competition for the first game of the series on Wednesday night.

‘EB’s Half-time Shenanigans’ allowed two football fans to receive an Eagle Boys pizza party delivered to their home for game two.

While...

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DOMINO'S TRIALS ONLINE STRATEGY

DOMINO'S TRIALS ONLINE STRATEGY

DOMINO’S Group will push its technology strategy by switching off the phones at the Taringa store and operating solely from online sales for one day. Phone orders will be unavailable on Wednesday, in a world-first move for the Brisbane-based pizza company. CEO and managing director Don Meij (pictured) says plenty of customers have alr...

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MAGAZINE READERS RECEPTIVE TO PRODUCTS

MAGAZINE READERS RECEPTIVE TO PRODUCTS

MAGAZINE readers are more likely to try new food products and supermarket brands, according to research from Roy Morgan.

According to the data, Australians who have read four or more latest magazine issues are around a third more likely than the average to agree they are often one of the first to try new food products, new supermarket brands ...

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