TOM TATE TO SLASH GOLD COAST DEBT

TOM TATE TO SLASH GOLD COAST DEBT

AS Gold Coast Mayor, I will be a full-time promoter of this city and will proactively pursue development. My mission is to create more local jobs. We need the banks to turn on the investment tap for this city. I want to take responsibility for getting some big projects going.
The council will do its part. The efficiency of entire organisation an...

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BUSINESS CALLS ON NEWLY ELECTED TO DELIVER CHANGE

BUSINESS CALLS ON NEWLY ELECTED TO DELIVER CHANGE

QUEENSLAND can expect good times ahead after the recent state and council elections, according to Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Qld) president David Goodwin (pictured). The private sector will experience a tremendous surge after the Australian Labor Party’s dominance was crushed at the State Government, Brisbane City Council and region...

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BUSINESS FORECAST IS A WILD RIDE AHEAD

BUSINESS FORECAST IS A WILD RIDE AHEAD

THE next wave of prosperity may reach our golden shores as soon as 2014, but BIS Shrapnel chief economist Frank Gelber (pictured) warns tourism investment must improve. As economic conditions improve, Gold Coast business leaders need to be more positive-minded and cast away the frugal corporate culture they acquired during the downturn and a sum...

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BUSINESS POWERING WITH WILD RIDE AHEAD

BUSINESS POWERING WITH WILD RIDE AHEAD

AN ECONOMIC revival may be less than two years away, but BIS Shrapnel chief economist Frank Gelber (pictured) warns enterprises should not fall into the habit of under-staffing. Brisbane’s property, retail and businesses employed by the mining sector are struggling to make ends meet. However, in the next few years, they will be run ragged ...

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COAST COMPANIES RIDE OUT TOUGH BREAK

COAST COMPANIES RIDE OUT TOUGH BREAK

THE Coast's top companies have avoided being wiped out and have shown grace in the face of pressure in the first part of fiscal 2012, says Deloitte Queensland corporate finance leader Robin Polson (pictured). Gold Coast businesses rode out turbulent times and showed living (and working) in paradise was still a dream lifestyle worth aspiring to du...

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BRISBANE CORPORATE LEADERS POWER AHEAD

BRISBANE CORPORATE LEADERS POWER AHEAD

THE city’s top publicly listed companies made a positive start to the first half of fiscal 2012, according to Deloitte Queensland corporate finance leader Robin Polson (pictured). Brisbane’s corporate leaders have shown vigour in the 12 months to January 31, 2012. The Deloitte Queensland Index increased 16.1 per cent in the period co...

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RESILIENT BRISBANE MARKET TO WEATHER GFC2 STORM

RESILIENT BRISBANE MARKET TO WEATHER GFC2 STORM

THE World Bank has warned of a second, possibly deeper global financial crisis (GFC2) looming on the horizon. However, BT Financial Group chief economist Chris Caton (pictured) believes the outlook is not all bad for Brisbane. THE World Bank has downgraded its 2012 global growth forecast from 3.6 to 2.5 per cent with wealthier countries only exp...

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RESILIENT GOLD COAST TO WEATHER GFC2 STORM

RESILIENT GOLD COAST TO WEATHER GFC2 STORM

THE international banking authority has warned of a second, possibly deeper, global financial crisis (GFC2) looming on the horizon. However, BT Financial Group chief economist Chris Caton (pictured) believes the outlook is not all bad for the Gold Coast. The World Bank has downgraded its 2012 global growth forecast from 3.6 to 2.5 per cent with ...

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HARNESSING ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

HARNESSING ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

ARE entrepreneurs born or made? According to Bond University’s assistant professor of Entrepreneurship, Baden U’Ren (pictured), a little education goes a long way towards tipping the scales in favour of success, particularly in the post-GFC economy. Every one of the 2011 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalists must be con...

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THAT'S THE SPIRIT BRISBANE

THAT'S THE SPIRIT BRISBANE

ARE entrepreneurs born or made? According to Bond University’s assistant professor of Entrepreneurship, Baden U’Ren (pictured), a little education goes a long way towards tipping the scales in favour of success, particularly in the post-GFC economy. THE finalists in the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year have not just survived ...

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TRANSITIONING THE VALUES OF A FAMILY BUSINESS

TRANSITIONING THE VALUES OF A FAMILY BUSINESS

FAMILY business owners are keen to keep the business in family hands, but are concerned about their offspring’s ability to take over, according to the annual Family Business Survey undertaken by KPMG and peak body Family Business Australia. CEO of Family Business Australia Philippa Taylor (pictured), says that ‘control’ in a fa...

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ADDING VALUE TO TRADE A MUST

ADDING VALUE TO TRADE A MUST

AUSTRADE senior trade commissioner in Hong Kong (HK) Phil Ingram (pictured), argues that Australian companies wanting to trade in the city state must offer more than just value for money. HK has become very competitive for Australian entrepreneurs to operate in because it is a very open market. There are no barriers to entry, tariffs or strict r...

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PUTTING BUSINESS RESEARCH TO PRACTICE

PUTTING BUSINESS RESEARCH TO PRACTICE

PROFESSOR Per Davidsson from the QUT Business School argues that we would see more successful private companies if they were to adopt research-based knowledge. Imagine a world where doctors learned their profession early in life and then stopped caring about the science of medicine. For the remainder of their career they would instead rely exclu...

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PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM INTERNET FRAUD

PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM INTERNET FRAUD

PROFESSOR Iain Morrison (pictured), who is head of Bond University’s IT School, says more than one million Australians will fall victim to information and computer fraud this year. Australian governments estimate engagement with the internet has generated more than 50 per cent of the gains in the economy over the past 10-15 years...

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BRISBANE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

BRISBANE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

AMBITIOUS, resilient and creative - candidates for the Brisbane Business News Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010 do not rest on their laurels. In fact some don’t seem to rest at all. Success doesn’t come easily as many will attest and the decision for a winner this year came right down to the wire. Judges were split over who w...

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EMBRACING A DIGITAL ECONOMIC FUTURE

EMBRACING A DIGITAL ECONOMIC FUTURE

BRISBANE has the potential to lead the way as one of Australia’s smart cities. In this special technology edition, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr (pictured) talks about advances in technology regarding ICT, BIM and the NBN roll-out. When Queenslanders faced one of the worst natural disasters ...

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THE SINGAPORE STOCK EXCHANGE

THE SINGAPORE STOCK EXCHANGE

THERE'S little doubt that the Asian dollar will play a larger part in Australian business moving forward. Corporate lawyer Olivia Christensen (pictured) highlights some key information about another of the Asian markets – the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX). SGX Main Board – Listing Criteria Financial admission tests (3 options) &...

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DIGESTING THE STATE GOVERNMENT'S FOOD POLICY

DIGESTING THE STATE GOVERNMENT'S FOOD POLICY

THE State Government’s Food Policy to further build Queensland’s multi-billion dollar agriculture industry, will not be without challenges, according to the president of the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) Gary Sansom (pictured). The government has committed an initial $2 million to the initiative, but is it enough? The St...

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ASIA PACIFIC CITIES SUMMIT A BOOST FOR BRISBANE

ASIA PACIFIC CITIES SUMMIT A BOOST FOR BRISBANE

The 2011 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) is an integral part of Brisbane City Council’s economic development agenda to generate international networks and promote business relationships throughout the Asia Pacific region. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk urges businesses to take advantage of the opportunities at the summit. THE 2011 APCS...

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THE CITY'S PIONEERING LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM

THE CITY'S PIONEERING LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM

RAPID Transit Project director Tim Poole (pictured) explains the selection process with GoldLinQ and how it will deliver the city’s $1 billion pioneering light rail system. The Rapid Transit Project will transform the face of the Gold Coast, which will boast the most modern public transport system in the country.

As such, the importance of...

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