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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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How this influencer took on the fashion world with The Blonde Republic

How this influencer took on the fashion world with The Blonde Republic

The template for social media success is ever changing and always competitive, but Brisbane-based influencer Sapphiroula Pelecas is keeping ahead of the curve. This last year has been busy for Pelecas, who, in the period from August from September, launched her own fashion line, got married, went on a Honeymoon and presented at New York F...

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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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Dexus to snap up $230m worth of Melbourne CBD properties

Dexus to snap up $230m worth of Melbourne CBD properties

Sydney-based real estate investment trust Dexus (ASX: DXS) is on track to making $230 million in transactions for two adjoining properties on Collins Street in Melbourne's CBD. The company today announced it had exchanged contracts to acquire 60 Collins Street for $160 million, and had also entered into an agreement to buy the ad...

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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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How Blackbook is trailblazing the world of AI and automation

How Blackbook is trailblazing the world of AI and automation

For Thuy Lam, founder of Blackbook.ai, problem solving has always been the name of the game. After working in professional services for close to ten years, Lam felt he had enough experience to be able to create his own company. With a history in process optimisation and data-science ("when data-science wasn't sexy," he a...

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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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Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate Melbourne Cup in style

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate Melbourne Cup in style

Punters will kick off race day with a glass of moet or chandon on arrival at the Gold Coast Convention Center, followed by a four-course luncheon and beverage package. Cup day will be hosted by Charli Robinson with live entertainment by Funk N stuff sure to get guests on their feet. Race sweeps will support the Gold Coast Hospital Fou...

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Tanda clocks up big-name clients as live wage tracker goes global

Tanda clocks up big-name clients as live wage tracker goes global

"Our biggest problem is innovator's dilemma where we've built something that works and it's so far beyond the curve that people just don't realise it exists," says Tanda co-founder Tasmin Trezise. Have you ever been to a bar where the queue spills out like that beer you just can't seem to order? Only one...

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TPG beats guidance despite NBN rollout 'eroding' profit

TPG beats guidance despite NBN rollout 'eroding' profit

Internet and mobile phone service provider TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) saw its margins decline in FY18 as broadband subscribers moved to NBN bundles, pushing net profit after tax (NPAT) down 4 per cent to $396.9 million. However, underlying NPAT rose 3.6 per cent to $432.6 million and EBITDA ended up $41 million higher than FY18 forecasts made...

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Elixinol is the latest Australian cannabis company to list on US stock exchange

Elixinol is the latest Australian cannabis company to list on US stock exchange

Australian cannabis player Elixinol (ASX: EXL) is the second company in as many weeks to list on a specialised United States stock exchange. The business, which operates in the industrial hemp, dietary supplements and emerging medicinal cannabis sectors, will list on the OTCQX market under the symbol ELLXF. Trading on the OTCQX will o...

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Aussie drone defender to join international 'Night Hawk' military exercise

Aussie drone defender to join international 'Night Hawk' military exercise

Sydney-based drone defence company DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has been selected by Danish Special Operations Command to participate in the annual international 'Night Hawk' initiative. DroneShield will take part in the major military training exercise which is run annually by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).and atte...

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Hometown tennis hero Millman to serve up a storm at Brisbane International

Hometown tennis hero Millman to serve up a storm at Brisbane International

After causing one of tennis history's greatest upsets earlier this month by defeating 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the US Open, John Millman has booked his place to compete in the Brisbane International to kick off the 2019 season. With 100 days to go before the start of the tournament, Millman has confirmed he wi...

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Relaxed cup day at the Marriot

Relaxed cup day at the Marriot

Marriot Brisbane's award winning Motion Bar and Grill is the perfect venue to enjoy the Melbourne Cup day without the hassle. A relaxed setting is the backdrop to enjoy a delicious two or three course plated menu of indulgent cuisine. Watch the race that stops the nation from large TV screens, and sit back and soak in the atmosphe...

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Dover Financial director taken to court for misleading clients

Dover Financial director taken to court for misleading clients

Terry McMaster (pictured) famously collapsed during a royal commission hearing in April. His company, Dover Financial Advisors, followed suit only weeks later after turning in its financial advisory license to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) as part of an enforceable undertaking. Now, the watchdog has commenced...

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Aged care providers tank in wake of royal commission announcement

Aged care providers tank in wake of royal commission announcement

After Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a royal commission into Australia's aged care system the preeminent providers of the service on the ASX saw their shares take a tumble. At 12.20pm AEST Aveo is down 4.28 per cent to $2.16, Estia is down 18.3 per cent to $2.41 per share, Japara is down 14 per cent to $1.44, and Regis Health...

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ANTG forms partnership to export Aussie cannabis to Germany

ANTG forms partnership to export Aussie cannabis to Germany

As the global cannabis market continues to expand at a serious pace, Aussie cannabis companies are reaching out globally to form a powerhouse export market. Australian Natural Therapeutics Group (ANTG)  has recently announced a partnership that will allow it to export its cannabis for German patients. In partnership with Cannamed...

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ASIC to take second bite of the pie in ANZ cartel scandal

ASIC to take second bite of the pie in ANZ cartel scandal

Back in June, ANZ, Citigroup, and Deutsche Bank got caught up in a widely publicised scandal relating to alleged criminal cartel charges. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission laid charges against the banks and several senior personnel from each of the financial institutions. Today, ASIC has once again gone after ANZ fo...

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Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

The Scurr family and their company Piñata Farms have invested substantial sums to develop some of Australia's most advanced strawberry operations, including high-tech hydroponic substrate farming, new varieties and even metal detectors in the packhouse. But the latter was done to avoid stray rocks or jewellery, not needles like...

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CBDRobina's medical precinct continues growth with healthy $2.9m sale

CBDRobina's medical precinct continues growth with healthy $2.9m sale

M-Space QLD has purchased a 2,621sqm site from Robina Group with plans to deliver a new office and medical facility in CBDRobina. The building, to be called Vicinity Robina, is due to be completed in the second quarter of 2020. Located at 18 Campus Crescent, the site will offer 3,037sqm of net lettable area over three floors with inte...

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Healthia outstretches expectations with early lift after IPO

Healthia outstretches expectations with early lift after IPO

With Dr Glen Richards of Greencross (ASX: GXL) fame at the helm as chairman, physiotherapy and podiatry business Healthia (ASX: HLA) has had a glowing first week on the stock market with shares up by almost a third on the prospectus price. The new company formalises a merger between two allied health companies - My FootDr Podiatry an...

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Crowdfunding reforms bolster investment pool for Aussie businesses

Crowdfunding reforms bolster investment pool for Aussie businesses

"It's almost creating Shark Tank for the public, or be your own Shark Tank, which is phenomenal from an innovation perspective in Australia," says Crowdfunding.com.au founder Chaz Prezident (pictured). Private Australian businesses will soon no longer need to become public companies if they want to access crowdfunding to rai...

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Corporate Travel Management launches SMART Corporate Travel platform

Corporate Travel Management launches SMART Corporate Travel platform

As more professionals travel frequently across the country and the globe for business, the small-to-medium enterprises (SME) they work for often struggle to keep track of cost. Finding the best rates and knowing the exact financial impact of travel is becoming a serious business consideration, one which Corporate Travel Management is supp...

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Capilano beekeepers back $190m takeover honeypot

Capilano beekeepers back $190m takeover honeypot

Twists and turns continue as Capilano Honey (ASX: CZZ) prepares to sell to a China-focused private equity group. The honey producer this morning announced it has received support from foundation shareholder Capilano Beekeepers Limited to go ahead with the sale to Wattle Hill. The transaction, worth $190 million, would see 100% of the ...

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Tammy Hembrow's Saski Collection impresses at New York Fashion Week

Tammy Hembrow's Saski Collection impresses at New York Fashion Week

Her athleisure brand has only been around for just over a year, but already Tammy Hembrow is wowing crowds at New York Fashion Week. As the premier destination for fashion designers of all stripes and backgrounds, securing a runway at New York Fashion Week is a covetable moment. Hembrow showed her latest collection alongside other Aus...

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Yellow Brick Road revives $300m facility hopes with new bank

Yellow Brick Road revives $300m facility hopes with new bank

Financial services company Yellow Brick Road (ASX:YBR) is paving the way for a long-desired securitisation programme as negotiations for a $300 million loan facility get back on track. In late August the group's negotiations with a big four bank were short-lived, but yesterday chairman Mark Bouris announced YBR had entered an exc...

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Why emotions are the secret weapon for successful leadership

Why emotions are the secret weapon for successful leadership

In business there is a saying- 'it's more important to think with your head than your heart'.

But, as modern research shows, this statement couldn't be further from the truth.

Professor Neal Ashkanasy of The University of Queensland Business School has built an academic career in the field of organisational beha...

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