More than 50 new Taco Bell stores to open around Australia

More than 50 new Taco Bell stores to open around Australia

It's a staple of the American diet, and soon more of Australia will get to bite into a burrito from the world-famous Taco Bell. The operator of Taco Bell in Australia, Collins Foods (ASX: CKF), has announced it will be opening more than 50 new Taco Bell restaurants across multiple states in Australia in 2019. The rollout process w...

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GO1: The tech tiger that changed its stripes

GO1: The tech tiger that changed its stripes

With financial backing from the likes of Steve Baxter, SEEK, Oxford University and Y Combinator in Silicon Valley, e-learning company GO1 has helped provide workplace training to more than a million people globally with its aggregated online service. And its founders aren't even 30 yet. Vu Tran (pictured left) and Andrew Barn...

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To infinity and beyond: Inside Australia's "space renaissance" and the entrepreneurs driving it

To infinity and beyond: Inside Australia's "space renaissance" and the entrepreneurs driving it

When James and Adam Gilmour were kids, they didn't necessarily have any wild dreams of one day becoming astronauts. But, now that the brothers are all grown up, these days you'd be lucky to find a more enthusiastic pair of stargazers. James and Adam are the engineers and entrepreneurs behind Gilmour Space Technologies, a compa...

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Max Brenner enters voluntary administration

Max Brenner enters voluntary administration

Decadent chocolatier Max Brenner has announced it has gone into voluntary administration. The dessert chain cited rising costs and tough retail landscape as the reason behind the decision. McGrathNicol has been appointed as administrated to undertake a review of the business, with a meeting of creditors to occur within the coming days...

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Vicinity sells 10 centres for $573m to SCA Property Group

Vicinity sells 10 centres for $573m to SCA Property Group

SCA Property Group (ASX: SCP) will become Australia's leading owner and manager of convenience-based shopping centres after picking up 10 assets from Vicinity Centres (ASX: VCX) for $573 million. The sale forms part of Vicinity's plans to divest non-core sub-regional and neighbourhood shopping centre assets as it shifts attention ...

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Gig Economy: Discover the movers and shakers in freelance job postings

Gig Economy: Discover the movers and shakers in freelance job postings

Copy typing, javascript and creative skills saw the sharpest growth on Freelancer.com in the third quarter, while gigs in maths, statistics, algorithms and report writing dropped off.  Jobs relating to website development and internet applications were among the highest growth categories in the three months to September on Freelancer...

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ASX riding 'high' on new cannabis deals, acquisitions and developments

ASX riding 'high' on new cannabis deals, acquisitions and developments

With Canada fast outpacing the world in the cannabis industry, and the United States hot on its northern neighbour's heels, it's little wonder Australian companies are looking to North America to strike up lucrative deals. Melbourne based nasal respiratory company Rhinomed (ASX: RNO) has locked down a 12-year exclusive licensing a...

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ACCC to investigate big four banks over currency mark-up

ACCC to investigate big four banks over currency mark-up

The inquiry will seek to understand why Australia is the third most expensive G20 country to send money from. Australia's competition and consumer watchdog has launched an investigation into the currency conversion mark-ups and transaction fees that make overseas business, travel and remittances more challenging in Australia than in m...

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Royal Commission publishes interim report on banking misconduct

Royal Commission publishes interim report on banking misconduct

The Financial Services Royal Commission has published its highly anticipated interim report into misconduct in the finance industry, but discussions around superannuation and insurance will have to wait until the final report that's due by February next year. Covering issues ranging from consumer and SME lending to financial advi...

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How Samsung's new program will help bring your side-hustle to life

How Samsung's new program will help bring your side-hustle to life

For many Aussies, having a second job or a side-hustle is the new way of life. While clocking in from nine to five might be a way to pay the bills, the side-hustle is a way for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators and creatives to make a bit of extra coin by doing what they love. Recognising this significant portion of the population, S...

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Two Aussie companies go guns blazing into eSports, secure lucrative global deals

Two Aussie companies go guns blazing into eSports, secure lucrative global deals

With a combined fanbase of 380 million worldwide that grew 13 per cent in 2018 alone, there's little doubt eSports has now shot into the mainstream. Two Aussie companies, Swift Networks (ASX: SW1) and Emerge Gaming (ASX: EM1), have joined the global phenomenon and are edging further into the world's fastest growing sport through t...

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Airbus confirms commitment to Australia's space industry

Airbus confirms commitment to Australia's space industry

It's been a long time coming, but Australia's space industry is finally ready for lift-off. The latest bit of positive news for the sector is the receipt of a statement of intent from European manufacturing giant Airbus to continue developing its high-tech projects in the country. Executive vice president space systems at Airb...

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Slater and Gordon launches class action against NAB, MLC for "worthless" credit card insurance

Slater and Gordon launches class action against NAB, MLC for "worthless" credit card insurance

Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has taken aim at National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) and MLC on behalf of customers who were allegedly sold worthless credit card insurance. The law firm has filed class action proceedings in the Federal Court against the two companies, alleging they engaged in unconscionable conduct by selling sellin...

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Crucial lessons from the C-suite: Grow yourself to grow your company

Crucial lessons from the C-suite: Grow yourself to grow your company

It took three years of building a successful medical device startup company before Nina Quinn was headhunted to become the CEO of Neurosensory. Quinn's transition in taking Neurosensory from a South East Queensland business turning over $5 million, to a multi-clinic enterprise now spanning three states wasn't an easy one. Had ...

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Fitness First penalised for short-changing customers via surcharges

Fitness First penalised for short-changing customers via surcharges

Fitness First has paid a penalty of $12,600 after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) found that the gym chain was excessively surcharging its customers on card payments. The ACCC issued an infringement notice against Fitness First after it investigated concerns against the company's flat fee surcharge on members...

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Former Sirtex CEO charged with insider trading as class action looms

Former Sirtex CEO charged with insider trading as class action looms

Within days of biotech company Sirtex Medical Limited delisting from the ASX following its takeover from China's CDH Investments for $1.9 billion, former CEO Gilman Edwin Wong has been charged with insider trading. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) alleges Wong, who was also a director of the radioa...

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Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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Abacus sells Novotel Twin Waters for $88.5m

Abacus sells Novotel Twin Waters for $88.5m

Abacus Property Group (ASX: ABP) is on the cusp of winding down its hospitality fund altogether with the $88.5 million sale of Novotel Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland to Melbourne-based Shakespeare Property Group. The sale represents the final divestment for Sydney-based ABP's Abacus Hospitality Fund (AHF), which al...

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ASIC review finds "unacceptable" delays by big banks in reporting breaches

ASIC review finds "unacceptable" delays by big banks in reporting breaches

ASIC is casting light once again on the poor behaviour of Australia's largest financial institutions. After several controversial issues were uncovered by the royal commission, ASIC has found further "unacceptable" delays by financial institutions in reporting, addressing and remediating significant breaches. In its late...

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Asian private equity firm set to acquire Scottish Pacific Group for $630 million

Asian private equity firm set to acquire Scottish Pacific Group for $630 million

Affinity Equity Partners, a large Asian private equity firm, is set to acquire Scottish Pacific Group (ASX: SCO) for $630 million. The deal, to be approved by shareholders, will see Affinity purchase 100 per cent of SCO's shares for $4.40 per share representing a premium of 17.6 per cent. Established in 2004, Affinity is one of th...

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ACCC scam ad warning raises concerns about 3rd party advertising

ACCC scam ad warning raises concerns about 3rd party advertising

Thanks to the proliferation of seamless advertising platforms offered by Google and Facebook, cunning scammers have dug their claws into Australia's biggest content publishers. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) warns of the abundance of new scams which appear as 'legitimate' advertisements on platforms ...

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Health issues force Michael Hill CEO to resign

Health issues force Michael Hill CEO to resign

Less than eight months into the job the CEO of jeweller Michael Hill (ASXL MJH) Phil Taylor (pictured top) has resigned. Citing the diagnosis of a "health issue", Taylor will step down to focus on his treatment and recovery. In his place is Daniel Bracken (pictured right), the now former CEO of Specialty Fashion Group (ASX: ...

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Aussie company to lead WeChat expansion in South East Asia

Aussie company to lead WeChat expansion in South East Asia

You simply cannot do business in China nowadays without a WeChat account. Owned by Tencent Group, the social media platform and its associated WeChat Pay service are ubiquitous in China with rapid expansion internationally too. So how then did a Sydney-based company score a lucrative deal to expand WeChat Pay in South East Asia? We catch...

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How you can harness 'instability' to advance your career

How you can harness 'instability' to advance your career

Although it may have been a touch dramatic, Albert Einstein hit the nail on the head when he said, "once you stop learning, you start dying". In a fast-paced business landscape defined almost entirely by uncertainty and emerging technologies, learning new skills is virtually inseparable from success. According to innovation ...

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Premier Investments bucks retail slump with record sales

Premier Investments bucks retail slump with record sales

Premier Investments (ASX: PMV) notched outstanding retail sales results in FY18 with a solid contribution from online, but a revaluation of one of its brands ultimately drove profits southward. Taking stock of an increasingly competitive apparel retail sector in Australia and New Zealand, an impairment expense of $30 million for Just...

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Consortium breaks milestone on 9,200km international fibre cable project

Consortium breaks milestone on 9,200km international fibre cable project

The consortium behind an ambitious construction of 9,200km worth of undersea fibre network between Perth and Singapore has today reached its first major milestone. Earlier this year, SubPartners, AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel and Telstra joined forces on the INDIGO project, a subsea cable network which has today celebrated the ...

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Nine ways to inject fun into corporate team building

Nine ways to inject fun into corporate team building

Choose from a range of corporate team building activities that your staff will love at RACV Resorts and Clubs. Enjoy Gin and Yin Yoga, a MasterChef cook-off, a scavenger hunt, or something entirely different. Whether you're planning a conference or a reward trip for the team, you can be sure one of the nine activities on offer wil...

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Enjoy Melbourne Cup lunch at a boutique equine themed hotel

Enjoy Melbourne Cup lunch at a boutique equine themed hotel

Cup day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than at Sydney's Iconic William Inglis Hotel. With a rural soul, the boutique venue celebrates a passion for equine culture and heartfelt hospitality. Enjoy a buffet lunch and a welcome glass of champagne in the hotel's large sales arena, and watch the live act...

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Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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The Agency set to acquire Top Level on $13.4m capital raising

The Agency set to acquire Top Level on $13.4m capital raising

The Agency Group (ASX: AU1) is going ahead with its acquisition of Top Level Real Estate, after securing $13.4 million in new equity. The Agency emerged from a trading halt this morning to announce that it will acquire the fast-growing Sydney firm upon raising $8.4 million from a share placement and $5 million from converting Top Level...

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