Vinnies predicts this Christmas will be tougher than ever for Queensland families

Vinnies predicts this Christmas will be tougher than ever for Queensland families

THE Vinnies Christmas Appeal has been one of the most important social programs run by the group since its inception. This year, the group hopes to assist 1.3 million people, provide 365,164 beds, and donate 2 million hot meals. But the group anticipates that this year's Christmas could be the toughest one to date for Queenslander...

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HOW A 125 YEAR OLD BRAND PLANS TO FEND OFF DISRUPTORS

HOW A 125 YEAR OLD BRAND PLANS TO FEND OFF DISRUPTORS

AFTER 125 years, the WridgWays name has become synonymous with the removalist industry in Australia. But with 125 years of history comes the hangup of the old way of doing business. A legacy company like WridgWays is the exact model fresh startups is aiming to disrupt. Kobus Fourie, managing director of WridgWays, is in the job to ensure th...

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MATT BLATT FOUNDER ON HOW TO SUCCEED IN RETAIL WHILE STICKING TO YOUR ROOTS

MATT BLATT FOUNDER ON HOW TO SUCCEED IN RETAIL WHILE STICKING TO YOUR ROOTS

FED up with the furniture options open to Australians, which he describes as "bland", Adam Drexler (pictured) and wife Deborah took it upon themselves to provide something entirely different. Their creation, under pseudonym Matt Blatt, is one of the most exciting and Instagrammable furniture stores in the country. The duo pride ...

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HOW TO LEAD A BETTER BUSINESS WITH YOUR PARTNER

HOW TO LEAD A BETTER BUSINESS WITH YOUR PARTNER

PEOPLE say that starting your own business is one of the greatest challenges you can face. Edward and Rebecca Plant, partners in life and business, have taken that statement to the next level. Together the Plants run a coaching program called Lead a Better Business which helps couples build sustainable and profitable businesses that creat...

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SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

TO RETAIN the best and brightest employees it sometimes seems like a good idea to offer more money, but recent research suggests that cash doesn't always talk. A study, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half surveying 160 chief financial officers in Australia, shows more than 94 per cent of Australian CFOs have extended cou...

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CEOS BRAVE THE COLD TO RAISE $1.4 MILLION FOR THE HOMELESS

CEOS BRAVE THE COLD TO RAISE $1.4 MILLION FOR THE HOMELESS

MORE than 400 executives confronted the cold last night in the annual Vinnies CEO sleepout, which took place beneath the Story Bridge. Participants got a taste of what around 105,000 Australians living on the street experience every night, and in doing so raised around $1.4 million to aid the homeless. Among the 400 executives, manage...

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G8 EDUCATION EXECUTIVE CHRIS SCOTT RETIRES AS COMPANY CUTS CHINESE TIES

G8 EDUCATION EXECUTIVE CHRIS SCOTT RETIRES AS COMPANY CUTS CHINESE TIES

LONG-TIME managing director and executive of G8 Education (ASX: GEM) Chris Scott has announced his retirement, on the same day that his company has emerged from a trading halt to raise $100 million in a new institutional placement. Scott has been central to the growth of the Gold Coast-based G8 Education since it began life as listed comp...

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QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

HE SPENT a decade conceiving and building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) into an ASX top 300 company and when Mark Sowerby stood down as managing director in August 2016, he was looking to spend more time with his growing family after years of long hours away from home.

But he'd barely packed his cardboard box and said h...

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HOW TO MANAGE OFFICE MOVES: FIVE ESSENTIALS TO PUT INTO ACTION

HOW TO MANAGE OFFICE MOVES: FIVE ESSENTIALS TO PUT INTO ACTION

IF YOU own a business, you will know that the decision to move premises isn't made lightly. Once your business starts to grow, on the one hand it's very exciting, yet on the other it can present a problem for the ill-prepared.   Relocating to a larger space often requires months of planning, and the costs of moving particular...

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WHY EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES ARE BEATING ASX200 SHARE PRICES

WHY EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES ARE BEATING ASX200 SHARE PRICES

EMPLOYEE-owned companies command a higher share price than their publicly listed peers, reaping a 17 per cent premium over the ASX200, a new index has found. The Employee Ownership Australian Index (EOAI) reveals that companies which are at least 30 per cent owned by employees tend to have better environmental, social and governance stand...

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SCREEN QUEENSLAND CEO TRACEY VIEIRA RESETS THE STAGE FOR FILM SUCCESS

SCREEN QUEENSLAND CEO TRACEY VIEIRA RESETS THE STAGE FOR FILM SUCCESS

TRACEY VIEIRA has led Screen Queensland to three of its best years since taking over as CEO in 2014, bringing the organisation out of a malaise that had set in amid bullying claims and the resignations of two CEOs.

Its renewal culminated in FY16 when the organisation secured a direct economic spend of $218 million through international p...

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SUPERYACHTS OFFER UNTAPPED POTENTIAL AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

SUPERYACHTS OFFER UNTAPPED POTENTIAL AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

SUPERYACHT Australia has devised a strategy to attract more superyachts to Queensland and capitalise on revenue opportunities ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The peak body has put together a working group to focus on uniting stakeholders and share the benefits of engaging with the superyacht community as part of the Super...

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RED ROOSTER CONTINUES TO CLUCK UP A STORM

RED ROOSTER CONTINUES TO CLUCK UP A STORM

THE age-old saying, 'winner winner, chicken dinner' encapsulates the fondness that Australians have for a good old roast chicken. It is this widespread sentiment and the numerous growth initiatives undertaken by chief executive Chris Green (pictured) which keeps Australian franchise, Red Rooster holding strong despite a wave of di...

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2016 TOP YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DRIVING THE GOLD COAST

2016 TOP YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DRIVING THE GOLD COAST

THE millennial work ethic isn't always cast in a positive light when compared to older generations, but these young professionals are proving otherwise. From multimillion-dollar transactions to civic advancement, five ambitious men and women are driving success for their employers and ultimately the Gold Coast. As finalists in the...

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SINK OR SWIM: HOW JEFF ROBINSON OVERCAME DEPRESSION TO INSPIRE OTHERS

SINK OR SWIM: HOW JEFF ROBINSON OVERCAME DEPRESSION TO INSPIRE OTHERS

FOR Jeff Robinson, the phrase 'sink or swim' is a mantra he once imbibed as a high-flyer in the business world, but it soon became a stark reality when, floating out to sea, he fought the will to live.

The former Gold Coast General Manager of AE Smith, the largest privately-owned air-conditioning and engineering firm in Australia, now...

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PLAN TO PROVIDE 'PURPOSE' AND 'INTENT' FOR QUEENSLAND ECONOMY

PLAN TO PROVIDE 'PURPOSE' AND 'INTENT' FOR QUEENSLAND ECONOMY

FIVE areas vital to the future growth of the Queensland economy have been identified in an upcoming Deloitte Access Economics report.

The Shaping Future Cities report, to be released in April 2017, will outline a master plan for the restructure and revamp of the economy over the coming decade.

The initiative enlists the help of a co...

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SPRINGBOARD TO REVEAL NATIONAL BUSINESS HEAVYWEIGHTS

SPRINGBOARD TO REVEAL NATIONAL BUSINESS HEAVYWEIGHTS

POWERHOUSE Australian companies iVvy, Mentorloop and Canva all share a common thread. During their respective growth phrases, these companies joined a host of other successful women-led ventures through the Springboard Australia Business Accelerator, a program which is once again hot on the search for its next big disruptor. With nomi...

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PRIMARY OPINION ROLLS OUT MAGGIE BEER PLANS

PRIMARY OPINION ROLLS OUT MAGGIE BEER PLANS

PRIMARY Opinion (ASX:POP) has cooked up plans to expand the Maggie Beer Products line. The Melbourne-based technology company acquired a 48 per cent stake in the celebrity chef's food range for $15 million in July. Beer (pictured) and her husband Colin run the company in Barossa Valley, with a range of oils, sauces, ice cream and ...

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MERGER PROVES A TONIC FOR TERRY WHITE PROFITS

MERGER PROVES A TONIC FOR TERRY WHITE PROFITS

CHEMIST retailer Terry White Group has posted a healthy doubling of underlying earnings over the past year, aided by the acquisition of the Chemplus network in 2015. The Brisbane-based Terry White Group, which is close to finalising an even bigger merger with rival chain Chemmart this month, has revealed a 107 per cent surge in earnings b...

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SOWERBY THE ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A PROFESSOR

SOWERBY THE ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A PROFESSOR

AFTER spending a decade building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX:BLA) into one of Brisbane's biggest listed companies, founder Mark Sowerby is now poised to share his secrets to success with budding entrepreneurs. Sowerby, who announced last month that he was resigning as CEO of the Brisbane-based investment group to spend more ...

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