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Government offers $500,000 loans to drought-hit farm businesses

Government offers $500,000 loans to drought-hit farm businesses

The Federal Government will be offering loans of up to $500,000 to help small farmers affected by drought pay for operating expenses and refinance existing debt. Minister for Drought and Rural Finance David Littleproud says the new Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) loan for farm-dependent small businesses will be availa...

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Tourism body calls for positive campaign to counter $4.5 billion booking shortfall

Tourism body calls for positive campaign to counter $4.5 billion booking shortfall

Softened bookings from international tourists due to the bushfires could have an estimated $4.5 billion impact on the industry.  The main body representing the tourism export sector has called for a positive messaging campaign highlighting that Australia is 'open for business' as international tourism wanes. The ongoing b...

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F45 Training files for US IPO

F45 Training files for US IPO

An Australian group workout class franchise that attracted an investment from Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg is now one step closer to listing in the US.  Anonymous sources close to F45 Training told Bloomberg the company had confidentially filed for an initial public offering that could take place as soon as the first half. Founde...

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Guzman y Gomez returns 'home' with launch in the US

Guzman y Gomez returns 'home' with launch in the US

Australian Tex-Mex restaurant chain Guzman y Gomez has launched its first ever restaurant in the United States. The Illinois store is the group's 135th restaurant globally, with the chain's footprint extending from Australia to Singapore, Japan, and now the US. But for the founders of Guzman y Gomez, launching in the US is som...

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Hotel SaaS SiteMinder joins unicorn club

Hotel SaaS SiteMinder joins unicorn club

The Australian tech scale-up scene is getting points on the board early this year after a recent equity raise lifted the valuation of SiteMinder to $1.1 billion. The accommodation guest acquisition software outfit processed 105 million bookings for more than 35,000 hotels in 2019. Founded in 2006 by Mike Ford (pictured) and Mike Roger...

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Makeover for Brisbane industrial site post $26m sale

Makeover for Brisbane industrial site post $26m sale

A 16.22 hectare industrial property in the Brisbane suburb of Runcorn is set to be transformed into a mixed-use precinct after being acquired for $26 million. The site, previously owned by global engineering business Bradken, is presently zoned as an industrial block but is uniquely positioned and surrounded by residential dwellings and o...

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'LinkedIn for music' Jaxsta hits play on groundbreaking deal

'LinkedIn for music' Jaxsta hits play on groundbreaking deal

The volume has been turned up a few decibels for music-tech start up Jaxsta (ASX: JXT) after signing a commercial deal with Australian music royalties association APRA AMCOS. The milestone is the first revenue-generating commercial deal for the company's Jaxtsa Pro platform - a comprehensive music credits site where industry...

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Carly moves up a gear into New Zealand

Carly moves up a gear into New Zealand

Car subscription company Carly has inked a deal with listed automotive company Turners Automotive Group (ASX: TRA) to launch the platform in New Zealand by March 2020. The deal, between Carly's parent Collaborate (ASX: CL8) and Turners, will see the New Zealand company commit to supply 200 vehicles for their own stock within six month...

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Will online boost and lab-grown diamonds mean a glistening future for Michael Hill?

Will online boost and lab-grown diamonds mean a glistening future for Michael Hill?

Sales rose by 3.3 per cent for iconic jeweller Michael Hill International (ASX: MHJ) in the second quarter while new initiatives in e-commerce and synthetic diamonds set the scene for potential future growth opportunities. Online sales still only accounted for 3.3 per cent of the company's $203.5 million in revenue, but Michael H...

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Jeanswest appoints voluntary administrators

Jeanswest appoints voluntary administrators

Classic Australian clothing retailer Jeanswest faces a possible restructure after voluntary administrators KPMG stepped in today. KPMG's Peter Gothard and James Stewart have been appointed as voluntary administrators for the brand which first opened its doors in Perth in 1972. The announcement will only impact Jeanswest's...

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Pegasus secures $28 million investment from US firm Accel-KKR

Pegasus secures $28 million investment from US firm Accel-KKR

Newcastle-based safety and competency tech company Pegasus has secured a $28 million capital injection from Silicon Valley investment firm Accel-KKR. The Australian company, which offers competency management, training, and site safety services for a variety of industries intends to deploy the funds to expand rapidly in the UK, Europe, an...

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Smoothie Bombs' 'cybersquatting' case is a lesson for every business owner

Smoothie Bombs' 'cybersquatting' case is a lesson for every business owner

In this modern era, having a good product and a strong sales plan in place is just one part of the equation for retail success. As marketing, sales, promotion and products are more online than ever before, ensuring your intellectual property is in place and sufficiently protected is essential. One Australian founder learned this the h...

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Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers hit again by bushfires

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers hit again by bushfires

The bushfires on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, which have ravaged a large swathe of the western part of the island continue to cause problems for farmers in the region. In particular Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (ASX: KPT) has felt the heat, with the fires forcing the company into voluntary suspension from the ASX while the dama...

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Lease default kicks Gold Coast Innovation Hub out of the nest

Lease default kicks Gold Coast Innovation Hub out of the nest

Businesses involved with Gold Coast Innovation Hub have found themselves scrambling for space after one member defaulted on the lease at Robina Group's commercial centre The PC in CBDRobina. The incubator's CEO Sharon Hunneybell claims 42 Innovations, which was in charge of providing the lease for the workspace, defaulted and fail...

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Former Guvera CEO banned from managing companies

Former Guvera CEO banned from managing companies

Darren Herft, the former CEO of music streaming platform Guvera, has been banned from managing corporations for a period of two years by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Herft's ban follows the failure of four companies within the Guvera group which collapsed in June 2017. Guvera was founded in 2008 by ...

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Ailing Evans Dixon US property fund reports further woes

Ailing Evans Dixon US property fund reports further woes

Evans Dixon's (ASX ED1) US Masters Residential Property Fund (ASX: URF) has been on rocky ground of late, and its woes have continued to worsen into the new year. The company has been forced to reduce its net asset value (NAV) by up to 30 per cent as a result of a struggling New York City housing market, an unfavourable exchange rate,...

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Thredbo resort back in business after bushfire closure

Thredbo resort back in business after bushfire closure

Event Hospitality & Entertainment (ASX: EVT) has reopened its summer operations at Thredbo after bushfires in and around the Kosciuszko National Park forced a closure at the start of the year. All in-resort operations including mountain biking were expected to resume today, however areas in the park outside Thredbo remain closed ...

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The Iconic mega-facility opens doors for bushfire donation storage

The Iconic mega-facility opens doors for bushfire donation storage

Donors wanting to chip in for bushfire relief are often encouraged to give cash rather than physical goods, thus avoiding the potential for charities to be overwhelmed with blankets, clothes and assorted paraphernalia. But online retailer The Iconic may have a solution to this logistical problem thanks to its upgraded fulfilment centre in...

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Medicinal cannabis clinic company to list on the ASX

Medicinal cannabis clinic company to list on the ASX

Emerald Clinics, a company that specialises in cannabinoid treatments, has launched a $6-8 million IPO ahead of a launch on the ASX next month. The company has four clinics in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Northern Rivers region of NSW, providing safe access to cannabinoid medicines for qualified patients in collaboration with referrin...

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Girl Geek Academy launches in Samoa

Girl Geek Academy launches in Samoa

Melbourne-based Girl Geek Academy has launched in Samoa, further extending its mission to inspire women to develop skills in technology. The launch in Samoa is the first Pacific program for the Australian educators and saw nearly 50 women and girls learn how to code. Dubbed #MissMakesCode, the Samoa program was piloted free of charge ...

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Corporate Travel Management completes $26.5m US acquisition

Corporate Travel Management completes $26.5m US acquisition

Corporate Travel Management (ASX: CTD) has successfully acquired a Texas-based travel services provider for USD$18 million (AUD$26.5 million), bolstering its position as a Top 10 player in North America. The transaction to buy Corporate Travel Planners Inc (CTP) comprises 90 per cent cash and 10 per cent CTD stock, and is expected to...

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Zip records strongest quarter to date

Zip records strongest quarter to date

Buy-now pay-later (BNPL) platform Zip Co (ASX: Z1P) has capped off its strongest quarter to date in Q2 FY20, with record transaction volumes and an influx of new customers. The listed fintech recorded transaction volumes of more than $200 million in a single month for the first time during the December quarter. Zip was certainly given...

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Apollo sees bushfire fallout on the horizon for bottom line

Apollo sees bushfire fallout on the horizon for bottom line

Motorhome company Apollo Tourism & Leisure (ASX: ATL) faces a slowdown on two fronts as bushfires take their toll on domestic customer numbers and forward bookings from overseas. In a trading update today, the Brisbane-based group announced it would be challenging to reach the underlying FY19 net profit of $14.7 million again in ...

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NSW announces extended support for bushfire affected farmers

NSW announces extended support for bushfire affected farmers

The NSW Government is extending its support for farmers affected by the devastating bushfires as the number of livestock confirmed to have perished exceeds 13,000. Government staff are currently on the ground assisting fire-impacted landholders with livestock assessment and burial of dead animals. Minister of Agriculture Adam Marshall...

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Companies dig deep for wildlife rescue and recovery

Companies dig deep for wildlife rescue and recovery

With a University of Sydney researcher estimating more than one billion animals have been killed in Australia's devastating 2019-20 bushfire season, businesses have pledged to lend a helping hand. Woolworths Group (ASX: WOW) yesterday joined the likes of Cadbury and Crown Resorts (ASX: CWN) by pledging to donate at least $250,000...

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SeaLink lodge hit by Kangaroo Island bushfires

SeaLink lodge hit by Kangaroo Island bushfires

Kangaroo Island's leading tourism and transport business SeaLink (ASX: SLK) is assessing the impact of bushfires on its business as one of its major hotels has reportedly been destroyed. The company confirmed on Friday afternoon that its popular holiday lodge at Vivonne Bay sustained "significant damage". However, as rep...

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Bega returns to business as usual post-bushfires

Bega returns to business as usual post-bushfires

Australian dairy producer Bega Cheese (ASX: BGA) hopes to get the business back up and running as soon as possible following the disastrous Australian bushfires. The company says while the bushfires have had a "significant impact" on its farmers and employees there has been minimal direct impact to the company overall or its ong...

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Photo Auction to take emerging Australian artists to the world

Photo Auction to take emerging Australian artists to the world

With its launch into Australia last November, Photo Auction hoped to add yet another market to its fast-growing footprint. While sales are one thing, what the retailer is really interested in is uncovering new talent. Based in South Korea, New York and Hong Kong, Photo Auction is an art retailer specialising in photography. The gr...

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ECS Botanics scores Woolworths distribution deal for hemp-based soups

ECS Botanics scores Woolworths distribution deal for hemp-based soups

Hemp food company ECS Botanics (ASX: ECS) has landed a distribution deal with Woolworths that will see a range of hemp-based soups stocked on the supermarket's shelves. While the total revenue expected to be generated from the deal is still uncertain, the company will ramp up manufacturing runs to meet the anticipated first order from...

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Bushfire season slams Suncorp with $519m natural hazard cost

Bushfire season slams Suncorp with $519m natural hazard cost

The destructive bushfires witnessed over the end of 2019 and into the beginning of the 2020 have proven costly for Suncorp's (ASX: SUN) insurance arm, with natural hazard costs in 1H20 topping out at $519 million. Since September 2019 the Queensland-based company has received more than 2,600 bushfire-related claims, with a total estim...

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