From Zambrero stores to TV comedy: SS Group enters the media kitchen

From Zambrero stores to TV comedy: SS Group enters the media kitchen

"Don't put all your eggs in one basket." It's the mantra young entrepreneurs Scott and Shae Chapman have been living and breathing since founding The SS Group just over five years ago. Their journey began in franchising when the duo launched several restaurants within the Zambrero Mexican chain. They quickly disc...

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Adelaide robo-welders K-TIG list on the ASX

Adelaide robo-welders K-TIG list on the ASX

Following an oversubscribed $7 million capital raise Adelaide-based disruptors K-TIG have listed on the ASX under the ticker KTG. K-TIG has developed a robotic welding technology able to precisely weld up to 100 times faster than traditional welding processes. The company's technology was initially developed by the CSIRO and uses ...

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Elevator entrepreneur Jon Dwayre lifts top prize at Gold Coast awards

Elevator entrepreneur Jon Dwayre lifts top prize at Gold Coast awards

The Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019 was choc-a-bloc with business talent tonight, but the evening eventually revolved around Jonathan Dwayre and his elevator empire Orbitz. Competition was tough but it was the meteoric rise of Orbitz Elevators that most impressed the judges, with exceptional year-on-year growth and massive job c...

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Brisbane City Council cuts fees to give small business a boost

Brisbane City Council cuts fees to give small business a boost

The balancing act of managing a small business is now easier in Queensland's river city thanks to a new initiative from Brisbane City Council to provide $2 million in cuts to fees and charges. In a bid to reduce compliance costs for getting regulatory approvals over the line, Council is offering 10 per cent, 50 per cent and 100 per ce...

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Rural Funds claims Bucephalus "slavishly repeated" Bonitas allegations

Rural Funds claims Bucephalus "slavishly repeated" Bonitas allegations

The company that manages agricultural landholder Rural Funds Group (ASX: RFF) is doubling down on its dismissal of allegations raised by Hong Kong-based Bucephalus Research, which last week described the business as a "Ponzi scheme". In a rebuttal released to the ASX this morning, Rural Funds Management (RFM) reiterated its opin...

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Bucephalus Research alleges Rural Funds a "Ponzi scheme that could collapse at any time"

Bucephalus Research alleges Rural Funds a "Ponzi scheme that could collapse at any time"

A Hong Kong-based researcher that does not engage in short selling has weighed in to the debate around besieged Australian farmland owner Rural Funds (ASX: RFF). Bucephalus, a research subscription service with the motto 'exposing creative accounting', followed Texas-based Bonitas Research's lead in criticising RFF in a r...

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What is your purpose? Gain trust through clear company values

What is your purpose? Gain trust through clear company values

Culture, values, purpose - pick up any marketing text written in the last decade and you'll likely be bombarded with one if not all of these terms. Don't get me wrong, they're great words. I mean, everyone likes a bit of positive psychology, right? But these four words are far more than a 2009-2019 buzzword-kit designed to mak...

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Culture Amp raises $120m for global expansion

Culture Amp raises $120m for global expansion

Melbourne-based HR technology company Culture Amp has successfully raised US$82 million ($120 million) in a Series E funding round led by Sequoia Capital China. The latest round values the people and culture platform at US$700 million ($1.04 billion) and will go towards global expansion for a company that already has 2,500 compa...

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How Complete Business Travel is riding the wave of success

How Complete Business Travel is riding the wave of success

At the recent 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards the team at Complete Business Travel (CBT) knew they were in with a chance. Few other travel management companies could match their expertise and personal service and they had been finalists for the last 4 years. Then at the gala night in Sydney they finally heard the words: &quo...

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WATCH: Vets join A-listers in new movie about the Battle of Long Tan to be filmed in Queensland

WATCH: Vets join A-listers in new movie about the Battle of Long Tan to be filmed in Queensland

An A-list cast will feature in a major new movie about the Battle of Long Tan to be filmed in Queensland. The film, to be produced by award-winning Australian Martin Walsh, and featuring actors Travis Fimmel and Jai Courtney, will be filmed in Queensland this year. Pre-production on the movie will start in March 2017 and shooting will...

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Look to the sky and build flying cars not "sucky" roads, says Steve Baxter

Look to the sky and build flying cars not "sucky" roads, says Steve Baxter

Queensland's chief entrepreneur Steve Baxter has called on the government to stop pouring billions of dollars into projects that make roads "suck less" and invest now in a future where most people fly to and from work every day.

Baxter, an investor who is also one of the 'sharks' on the hit show Shark Tank, says the...

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Amazon will be a 'huge opportunity' for small business

Amazon will be a 'huge opportunity' for small business

AS AMAZON commences commercial trials of its online marketplace in Australia, one of Brisbane's young entrepreneurs has urged retailers to take a "first mover" advantage with the platform to get ahead of their bigger competitors.

Ryan Murtagh, founder of Neto and recipient of the 2017 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Trailblazer...

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STEVE SCANLAN NAMED BRISBANE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2017

STEVE SCANLAN NAMED BRISBANE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2017

THE competition was the strongest it has ever been in 2017, with nominees ranging from innovative social entrepreneurs to heavyweight recruitment specialists. But it was clear that the man at the helm one of Brisbane's fastest growing companies would take the gong for Business News Australia's Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Ye...

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ADELAIDE STARTUP JOINS THE SPACE RACE BY PARTNERING WITH FRENCH AGENCY

ADELAIDE STARTUP JOINS THE SPACE RACE BY PARTNERING WITH FRENCH AGENCY

SPACE startup Fleet has announced a partnership with French space agency CNES as the Federal Government announced the creation of an Australian space agency to cash in on the $420 billion aeronautical industry. CNES will track and support Fleet's first nanosatellites once launched, with the satellites creating a global network that wi...

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THE STARTUP FESTIVAL WHERE GLOBAL HEAVYWEIGHTS COLLIDE WITH ENTREPRENEURS AND TRAILBLAZERS

THE STARTUP FESTIVAL WHERE GLOBAL HEAVYWEIGHTS COLLIDE WITH ENTREPRENEURS AND TRAILBLAZERS

THEIR aim is to put on the 'biggest, baddest and best' startup event in the Asia Pacific region and the founders of Myriad have declared if the event becomes 'just another tech conference', then they have failed.

Estonian Martin Talvari (pictured) and Australian entrepreneur Murray Galbraith will pull together the second ...

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THE TECH COMPANY THAT SCORED A DEAL TO HELP MAKE THE ROADS SAFER

THE TECH COMPANY THAT SCORED A DEAL TO HELP MAKE THE ROADS SAFER

A BRISBANE tech company has developed a world first interactive training program for learner drivers before they get behind the wheel which could be rolled out across Australia.  THE Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has already launched the PrepL eLearning program to assist young drivers and Croomo says it is in disc...

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FRENCH COMPANY TO SET UP DRIVERLESS CAR MANUFACTURING IN ADELAIDE

FRENCH COMPANY TO SET UP DRIVERLESS CAR MANUFACTURING IN ADELAIDE

DRIVERLESS vehicle manufacturer Navya will set up shop in Adelaide bringing a manufacturing facility along for the ride. The decision to land in Adelaide by Navya CEO Christophe Sapet follows discussions between the company and South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill in Paris. Navya says it was attracted to Adelaide's carbon neutra...

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HOW KATE MOSS AND A SENSE OF SENSE OF HUMOUR HELPED AN ENTREPRENEUR TO LAND A DEAL ON SHARK TANK

HOW KATE MOSS AND A SENSE OF SENSE OF HUMOUR HELPED AN ENTREPRENEUR TO LAND A DEAL ON SHARK TANK

WITH a tried and tested family golden ginger cookie recipe, a sprinkle of sarcasm and a background in marketing and advertising, Emma Head scored an investment on Shark Tank from Janine Allis and Andrew Banks.

Her business, Sweet Mickie, is a personalised biscuit company and she stamps messages into the icing on top of the cookies with m...

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THE 'CART COUPLE' THAT WALKED AWAY FROM A DEAL WITH SHARK TANK'S NAOMI SIMSON

THE 'CART COUPLE' THAT WALKED AWAY FROM A DEAL WITH SHARK TANK'S NAOMI SIMSON

THEY'RE a husband and wife team that came up with an idea for a foldable cart with wheels while on holiday, and Rebecca and Anthony Keain have decided to go it alone after initially securing an investment from Naomi Simson on Shark Tank.

The Adelaide couple began their Cart-A-Lot business two years ago when they bought and brought tw...

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JAMIE PHEROUS: THE DAY I LITERALLY CRIED AND WHY YOU NEED TO DIVERSIFY YOUR CLIENT BASE

JAMIE PHEROUS: THE DAY I LITERALLY CRIED AND WHY YOU NEED TO DIVERSIFY YOUR CLIENT BASE

HE founded his company, Corporate Travel Management (ASX: CTD), in 1994 with just two staff in a small Brisbane office and Jamie Pherous now heads a business that employs 2,200 people, services more than 70 countries and has a market capitalisation of around $2.5 billion.

Corporate Travel Management (CTM) is now the largest privately-own...

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