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WATPAC BRACES FOR $50M CONTRACT FALLOUT

WATPAC BRACES FOR $50M CONTRACT FALLOUT

WATPAC Limited (ASX:WTP) has forecast a flat profit result this financial year amid uncertainty surrounding one of the company’s major clients. Iron ore miner Pluton Resources Limited went into administration on October 31, with a potential flow-on effect for the construction company’s services contract at Cockatoo Island. ...

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FRIZELLE'S LIFTS A GEAR WITH BRISBANE PUSH

FRIZELLE'S LIFTS A GEAR WITH BRISBANE PUSH

JAMES Frizelle’s Automotive Group is shifting up a gear laying plans to push into the Brisbane market with two new dealerships in 2015. The Gold Coast-based group has acquired a site at 3389–3397 Pacific Highway, Slacks Creek, where it will locate two of its prestige marques – Audi and Jaguar Land Rover. The Audi Cen...

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SMALL BUSINESS SECTOR LACKING CONFIDENCE

SMALL BUSINESS SECTOR LACKING CONFIDENCE

A NEW survey released by CPA Australia has found slumping confidence in the nation's small business industry. The sixth annual Asia Pacific Small Business survey found 34 per cent of Australia’s small businesses reported growth over the past 12 months with less than half expecting growth over the following 12 months. This is...

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IT'S COMPLICATED: GETTING ON TOP OF SOCIAL MEDIA

IT'S COMPLICATED: GETTING ON TOP OF SOCIAL MEDIA

MOVE over Mark Zuckerberg, Gold Coaster Mitch Pierias is about to make social media a lot easier to manage.

Pierias, a Bond University graduate, has been developing an innovative social media start-up, known as Sprout, over the past year.

This week, he presented his business case virtually before more than 300 of the Gold Coast’s top...

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FEAST OF INSPIRATION

FEAST OF INSPIRATION

SIMON Gloftis’ journey to restaurant royalty hasn’t exactly been smooth.

The serial restaurateur of Hellenika and The Fish House fame has a colourful business background, including trying his hand at lawn mowing and selling second-hand furniture.

The recent winner of Gold Coast Business News' 2014 Gold Coast You...

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SICK DOG PUTS COUPLE ON WAVE OF SUCCESS

SICK DOG PUTS COUPLE ON WAVE OF SUCCESS

A SICK dog, a stack of surfboards and one big idea has seen a Gold Coast couple’s dream turn into a major business success story.

Today, Tim and Avalon Beban employ more than 30 staff, manage four retail outlets and their business, Surfboard Warehouse, is among the biggest suppliers of surfboards and stand-up paddle boards in Australia....

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BUYERS FLOCK TO BRENTWOOD FOREST

BUYERS FLOCK TO BRENTWOOD FOREST

CONSTRUCTION is expected to commence on Investa Land’s latest residential project, following strong buyer demand. Brentwood Forest is comprised of 75 lots at the Bellbird Park development, located in the greater Springfield growth corridor. Investa Land Queensland general manager Bruce Harper says buyer activity is heating up, w...

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UNITED COLOURS OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

UNITED COLOURS OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

PUBLIC relations heavyweight Red Agency will merge with Brisbane-based agency Graymedia to expand its reach in Queensland. Graymedia was established in 2009 and is expected to introduce key resources in health, mining, tourism, education, sport, technology and finance. Red Agency Australia and Havas PR Asia Pacific managing director J...

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NORTHLINE EXPANDS INTO BRISBANE

NORTHLINE EXPANDS INTO BRISBANE

NORTHLINE, one of Australia’s fastest growing logistics operations, has started running from its $21 million Brisbane facility.

The new facility, located within the Goodman Group’s 62 hectare Redbank Motorway Estate, will provide more than 12,500 square meters of warehousing and undercover freight operations space.

The move fol...

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EMERCHANTS TO JOIN FORCES WITH BET365

EMERCHANTS TO JOIN FORCES WITH BET365

EMERCHANTS Limited (ASX: EML) has signed an agreement with corporate bookmaker bet365 to provide customers with reloadable winnings cards.

The cards are planned for roll out in the first half of 2015, pending approval from EML’s sponsoring Authorised Deposit-Taking Institution (ADI).

EML managing director Tom Cregan has spoken recent...

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CELEBRATE THE PGA IN STYLE

CELEBRATE THE PGA IN STYLE

THE Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce (GCCCC) is offering the business community front row seats to the PGA to witness some of the world’s best player’s tee off for the prestigious Kirkwood Cup. A joint initiative with Business News Australia, the ‘Champions of Business’ marquee will give attendees all day acc...

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VILLA WORLD SET TO BLITZ PROFIT TARGET

VILLA WORLD SET TO BLITZ PROFIT TARGET

VILLA World is heading for a bumper 2015 after upgrading its profit forecast by 14 per cent to at least $27 million. The result should also mean a significant boost for investors with the Gold Coast-based housing developer affirming its plan to target dividend payments of between 50 and 75 per cent of after-tax profits. The company re...

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BRAVEHEARTS ATTRACTS LEGAL DOYEN

BRAVEHEARTS ATTRACTS LEGAL DOYEN

HIS Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, has joined national child protection advocate Bravehearts as Patron-in-Chief.

Mr de Jersey will support the organisation by attending functions and promoting the work Bravehearts does in the community to educate, empower and protect children from sexual assault.

Brave...

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CHINA - AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY

CHINA - AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY

THE free trade agreement with China provides Australia with a huge global competitive advantage, and a historic opportunity to grow and diversify our economy over the next decade, according to Business Council of Australia. CEO Jennifer Westacott (pictured) says the historic agreement is a transformative moment for the economy. &ldquo...

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UQ MOOTERS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

UQ MOOTERS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

STUDENTS from the University of Queensland have won the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition for the fourth time in seven years. This achievement also marks the fourth major mooting title this year to be taken out by law students at UQ. The team consisted of Nathan Lindsay (pictured center) and Eloise Gluer (pi...

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RESOURCE SECTOR SET FOR BOOST THROUGH CHINA FTA

RESOURCE SECTOR SET FOR BOOST THROUGH CHINA FTA

THE bruised resource sector is seen as a big winner of the free trade agreement between Australia and China. The deal will give Australian businesses easier access to China’s $10 trillion economy and open up new markets for exporters. National resource employer group AMMA has welcomed the agreement with Australia’s largest...

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SURFSTITCH GAIN IS BILLABONG'S LOSS AS FLOAT LOOMS

SURFSTITCH GAIN IS BILLABONG'S LOSS AS FLOAT LOOMS

THREE months after breaking free from the shackles of Billabong’s (ASX: BBG) ownership, online surfwear retailer SurfStitch Group may be about to reap a bonanza for its founders Lex Pedersen and Justin Cameron (pictured left to right). The company could be worth as much as 700 per cent more than the duo had paid Billabong in the Aug...

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BACK IN FULL SWING

BACK IN FULL SWING

THE BRISBANE International will be in full swing again this January with a stellar line-up of global superstars.

Tournament director and CEO of Tennis Queensland, Cameron Pearson, says the tournament has gone from strength to strength over the years thanks to a draw of big names and great sporting atmosphere at the Pat Rafter Arena.

A vari...

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APARTMENT DEVELOPERS HEADING WESTWARD IN 2015

APARTMENT DEVELOPERS HEADING WESTWARD IN 2015

THE Gold Coast beachfront is poised to take a backseat as a property development hotspot early next year as the coastal fringe from Arundel to Varsity Lakes emerges as the preferred target for new apartment projects.

The latest Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Insights report has found the coastal fringe accounts for 1094 apartments either approved...

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GOLD COAST LIFTS GAME TO LURE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

GOLD COAST LIFTS GAME TO LURE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

THE push to expand the Gold Coast’s education sector has been given a major shot in the arm with the city’s three universities taking a unified approach to attract a bigger share of the Australian market.

The initiative is being led by Study Gold Coast, a city council and industry-funded organisation that has just been rebranded a...

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80 MILLION CHINESE GET A TASTE OF AUSSIE LUXURY

80 MILLION CHINESE GET A TASTE OF AUSSIE LUXURY

UPMARKET property owners looking to sell may get an extra 80 million Chinese looking over their offering thanks to an agreement struck by an Australian company and an Asian online property portal. Loganholme-based Connect MyProperty, through a partnership with Chinese real estate giant E-House (China) Holdings Limited, has struck a deal t...

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NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR PANAUST

NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR PANAUST

PanAust Limited (ASX:PNA) has promoted Fred Hess to the role of managing director, succeeding long-time boss Gary Stafford with 18 years at the helm. Hess has been with the copper and gold producer for nine years in numerous executive roles, most recently in charge of EGM project development and operational improvement. He has more th...

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WILLIS LAUDED AS QUEENSLAND'S TOP YOUNG PLANNER

WILLIS LAUDED AS QUEENSLAND'S TOP YOUNG PLANNER

GOLD Coast Young Entrepreneur finalist Nicole Willis has taken out a major Queensland award by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Willis has taken out the Robert Swider Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Young Planner in the PIA’s 2014 Awards for Planning Excellence for her contribution to the planning industry.

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SURF CLUBS BENEFIT FROM A RACY AFFAIR

SURF CLUBS BENEFIT FROM A RACY AFFAIR

A BOOZY lunch has reaped rewards for the Surfers Paradise and Southport Surf Lifesaving Clubs.

The Gold Coast clubs shared in almost $40,000 raised at the Ray White Surfers Paradise (RWSP) V8 Supercars in Business lunch last month.

The October 23 event drew more than 600 guests who opened their wallets for a number of big-ticket auction it...

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RAY'S VISION GETS AN OVERHAUL, AND A SEAL OF APPROVAL

RAY'S VISION GETS AN OVERHAUL, AND A SEAL OF APPROVAL

WHEN Brian Ray developed the East Quay Corporate Park at Robina in the 1980s, he may have been considered a visionary, or maybe just another developer with stars in his eyes.

Tom Ray (pictured left with brother Jack), the eldest son of the late developer, reckons it was the former that led the developer to the city’s western wilderness ...

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AUSENCO REFINANCES

AUSENCO REFINANCES

AUSENCO Limited (ASX: AAX) has agreed to the key terms of the refinancing extension of its borrowings and security facilities with two of the major banks.

The agreed refinancing extension incorporates Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) and National Australia Bank Limited (NAB).

It involves the rolling over of $33 ...

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RFG RIPS UP CONTRACT TO BUY LA PORCHETTA

RFG RIPS UP CONTRACT TO BUY LA PORCHETTA

RETAIL Food Group (ASX: RFG) has ripped up an agreement to buy Italian restaurant chain La Porchetta after the vendors failed to meet the terms of the agreement. In a brief statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, RFG says the share purchase agreement (SPA) for La Porchetta has been terminated. While it appears talks are conti...

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G20 TO ENHANCE BRISBANE'S BUSINESS REPUTATION

G20 TO ENHANCE BRISBANE'S BUSINESS REPUTATION

PREMIER Campbell Newman says the G20 Summit is a chance to build on Queensland’s global reputation as an exciting business destination and a hub for innovation and science. Newman welcomed the first international leaders to the city this morning including South Africa’s President His Excellency Jacob Zuma, who is just one of m...

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ALCHEMIA'S CEO DEPARTS

ALCHEMIA'S CEO DEPARTS

ALCHEMIA (ASX: ACL) is getting a new face.

The drug discovery and development company has announced the departure of Thomas Liquard as CEO.

In the interim, former ACL CEO Tracie Ramsdale will step up from a non-executive director role into an executive director capacity.

The company noted in an announcement that Ramsdale’s leaders...

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SUCCESS 'ALWAYS LEAVES A GAP TO FILL'

SUCCESS 'ALWAYS LEAVES A GAP TO FILL'

NO MATTER how successful, lucrative or innovative a business might be, there is always an identifiable gap to fill, says corporate strategist Daniel Want. “The most powerful things in the world are usually the most simple,” says Want, whose talent lies in finding modern solutions for age-old business problems including exit st...

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