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DOMINO'S EXTENDS DEALS

DOMINO'S EXTENDS DEALS

DOMINO’S Pizza Enterprises (ASX:DMP) is looking to take a bite out of competitor’s sales, after announcing plans to extend discount days. The company will roll out its promotion Cheaper Every Day after the initial success of Cheaper Tuesday followed by Cheaper Two Days, which included Monday. DMP will offer pizza for $4.95...

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QUIETLY CONFIDENT

QUIETLY CONFIDENT

WHILE still tinged with an element of conservatism, a positive air is surrounding the Brisbane legal market in light of this year’s salary review.

A CBD full of cranes and the movement of interstate firms to the region are positive signs – but improvements are coming in patches and this year’s salary bands are testament...

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THE MCCULLOUGH ROBERTSON EDGE

THE MCCULLOUGH ROBERTSON EDGE

    "A BIG firm without the big attitude" is how McCullough Robertson is described and it transpires when you speak to its Brisbane practitioners. Dylan Kerrigan and Liam Davis of Queensland's largest law firm spoke to Brisbane Legal about taking their work seriously but not themselves, emerging trend...

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GADENS' CREATIVE TOUCH

GADENS' CREATIVE TOUCH

CORPORATE and culture have united with Gadens’ announcement of a partnership with the Museum of Brisbane.

The firm is lending another hand to the city’s creative community, while the other continues to support the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

Gadens Brisbane chairman Paul Spiro (pictured) says the partnersh...

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GAIN BEFORE PAIN FORECAST FOR BRISBANE HOME MARKET

GAIN BEFORE PAIN FORECAST FOR BRISBANE HOME MARKET

HIGHER supply levels and rising interest rates are poised to hurt residential property prices in Brisbane, but the good news is that home owners are in line for healthy gains over the next two years. Economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel says it expects Brisbane’s price growth momentum experienced last year to continue until 2016, when i...

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'GIVE ME BRISBANE ANY DAY'

'GIVE ME BRISBANE ANY DAY'

‘GIVE Me Brisbane Any Day’ is the catchphrase of a new interstate marketing campaign set on luring Sydneysiders up north to warmer temperatures.

The campaign positions Brisbane as the more comfortable city in the winter season and with a thriving entertainment and events scene.

“Brisbane offers something for even the most...

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ECHO'S BIG BID

ECHO'S BIG BID

ECHO Entertainment Group (ASX: EGP) has announced a strategic joint venture for Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development project.

The company has signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with investment holding company Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (CTF) and property developer Far East Consortium Australia (FEC).

Based on complimenta...

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MANTRA LISTS AT A SMALL PREMIUM

MANTRA LISTS AT A SMALL PREMIUM

SHARES in Gold Coast based accommodation provider Mantra Group (ASX: MTR) opened at a small premium today as they debuted on the Australian Securities Exchange.
The $1.80 shares, which were issued in a quickfire IPO launched just two weeks ago, opened at $1.85 but they hit a low of $1.73 before settling at $1.78 by the close – va...

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CEOS HIT STREETS FOR HOMELESS

CEOS HIT STREETS FOR HOMELESS

SOME of Brisbane’s top business leaders braved the cold overnight to experience the struggle facing thousands of homeless Australians every day.

The St Vincent de Paul Society invites hundreds of company bosses and government representatives across Australia to participate in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout each year.

Celebrating its...

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TATE SPOTS FAST TRACK FOR LIGHT RAIL

TATE SPOTS FAST TRACK FOR LIGHT RAIL

GOLD Coast Mayor Tom Tate has backed suggestions that the state government should extend the guaranteed return to GoldLinQ if it means getting the next stage of the project off the ground sooner. “Right now the private company that did stage one are happy to extend stage two at no cost to the State Government - just give them a long...

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NINTH TIME'S A CHARM

NINTH TIME'S A CHARM

IT’s the dream of many 20-something’s to launch a successful start-up and tick that winning business venture off their bucket list.

Brisbane duo Nic Blair and Michael Bell, 28 and 30 respectively, are making that dream a reality.

However, their journey hasn’t been without setbacks – eight to be exact.

Mo...

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CARMODY CRITICS SLAMMED AS 'PETULANT''

CARMODY CRITICS SLAMMED AS 'PETULANT''

CRITICS of Tim Carmody have been slammed as “petulant” and compared to workplace bullies by a leading CEO.

Backlash over the new chief justice appointment has been described by Bravehearts founder and CEO Hetty Johnston (pictured) as “unconscionable behaviour by our so-called learned elite”.

“These critics sta...

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PRIORITISE PRIVACY OR FACE BIG FINES

PRIORITISE PRIVACY OR FACE BIG FINES

SMALL to medium sized businesses (SMEs) must be versed in the new privacy laws even if they exempt, or they will be subject to hefty fines according to Holding Redlich Brisbane partner Michael Grosser (pictured).

SMEs with an annual turnover of less than $3 million are exempt from laws in the updated Australian Privacy Principles but could fi...

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VULY TRAMPOLINES SPRINGS UP IN U.S.

VULY TRAMPOLINES SPRINGS UP IN U.S.

VULY Trampolines is springing up, opening its first US office and signing a deal with Toys R Us.

Brisbane-based CEO and founder Joe Andon has received financial backing from local investors Cyril Jinks and Joseph Barakat to seal the deal.

“This type of stabilising investment gives us the ability to commence major operations in the US...

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CHILDCARE DUO WORTH $1.7B

CHILDCARE DUO WORTH $1.7B

THE Gold Coast is fast gaining a reputation as Australia’s corporate childcare capital with Affinity Education Group (ASX: AJF) this week settling on more than half of an $80 million acquisition it mapped out earlier this year.

The deal caps of a burst of acquisition activity over the past year by Affinity and established Gold Coast pla...

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BRUCE LYNTON BALL HITS $1.5M

BRUCE LYNTON BALL HITS $1.5M

THE Bruce Lynton Charity ball has reached a milestone this year, clocking up $1.5 million in funds raised for worthy causes over the past 14 years.

This year, the ball raised $118,000 for Cancer Council Queensland, Guide Dogs Queensland, Surf Life Saving, Youngcare and this year's new beneficiary, Men of Business.

“The Bruce Lynt...

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DOMINO'S HITS THE MILLION MARK

DOMINO'S HITS THE MILLION MARK

DOMINO’S Pizza Australia (ASX: DMP) has reached a major milestone on the social media front, clicking over one million Facebook fans.

The company, which has an active social media policy, says it has even taken the time to thank each fan for the feedback and suggestions.

Earlier this year the pizza group launched its People Powered P...

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LUXURY APARTMENT MARKET 'NOT DEAD'

LUXURY APARTMENT MARKET 'NOT DEAD'

THE multimillion-dollar apartment market is not dead on the Gold Coast, but it’s not the Chinese who are leading the charge, according to CBRE’s Chris Litfin. Litfin, who is marketing the $85 million Sanbano Coolangatta project where the entry price is $1.025 million, says interest in the project has been strong from Gold Coas...

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THIRD SANBANO TOWER GETS NOD

THIRD SANBANO TOWER GETS NOD

CHINESE developer Sanbano Group Capital is poised to make a start on a $78 million twin-tower project at Southport after company principal Mr Yang was personally handed the development approval by Mayor Tom Tate yesterday morning. The Zhen by Sanbano project will bring to three the developments that Sanbano has planned for the Gold Coast,...

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GREENCROSS SECURES CITY FARMERS FOR $205M

GREENCROSS SECURES CITY FARMERS FOR $205M

GREENCROSS Limited (ASX:GXL) has strengthened its grasp on the pet care sector, after acquiring Western Australia-based retailer City Farmers for $205 million. Quadrant Private Equity and other shareholders agreed to the deal, which consists of 42 locations and opportunities to expand the veterinary brand in-store. City Farmers is for...

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BRISBANE LAWYERS TAKING PRIDE IN DIVERSITY

BRISBANE LAWYERS TAKING PRIDE IN DIVERSITY

THE FIGHT for unqualified acceptance of diversity in the workplace has always been an important yet difficult uphill battle, however more organizations are now stepping up to the plate and embracing heterogeneity.
International legal practitioners Herbert Smith Freehills have shown their commitment to the highest standards of Lesbian, ...

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JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

TIM CARMODY JUDGE Tim Carmody has been announced as Queensland’s new chief justice. Carmody brings a myriad of experience to the Supreme Court, having worked up the ranks from positions in both the general and legal community. He is regarded as the leader of the campaign to make Queensland the safest place to raise a child, ...

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CORPORATE TRAVEL LANDS IN NORTHWEST USA

CORPORATE TRAVEL LANDS IN NORTHWEST USA

CORPORATE Travel Management (ASX: CTD) is growing its United States presence, acquiring a large travel company based in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

CTD says the acquisition, effective July 1, is born out of strategic alignment with USTravel (UST), a known leader in corporate travel management in the region with an 80 per cent corporate ...

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MANTRA GROWS AHEAD OF FLOAT

MANTRA GROWS AHEAD OF FLOAT

MANTRA Group, which is just weeks away from listing its shares on the Australian Securities Exchange, has made a concerted push into the Australian CBD market with news of acquisitions in Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra.

The Surfers Paradise-based company, which is Australia’s second-largest accommodation provider, has acquired two pro...

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CONSTRUCTION TRAINING FOR A NEW GENERATION

CONSTRUCTION TRAINING FOR A NEW GENERATION

A SURGE in popularity of the share economy has prompted one specialist training company to apply the concept to its business model. The principle, also known as collaboration economy, utilises assets or facilities to their full capacity and avoids wasting valuable resources while idle. Brisbane-based Construction Training Centre (CTC)...

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STATE TOPS FOR JOBS

STATE TOPS FOR JOBS

QUEENSLAND has emerged as the nation’s employment engine room with 18,200 full-time jobs created in the state during May.

The seasonally adjusted figure reveals that Queensland accounted for four out of every five full-time jobs created across Australia.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the national unemployment rate ...

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SHINE EXTENDS ITS REACH

SHINE EXTENDS ITS REACH

SHINE Lawyers (ASX: SHJ) has extended its reach both north and west with two key acquisitions worth up to $35.5 million. The expansionary move comes as the Brisbane-based legal group says its full-year EBITDA forecast will be at the lower end of its current guidance of $34 million to $37 million. Shine has acquired Emanate Legal and S...

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BLUE SKY FUND SECURES $60M

BLUE SKY FUND SECURES $60M

BLUE Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) has beaten the low end of its target by raising $60 million for its new “fund of funds” vehicle, the Alternatives Access Fund.

Blue Sky had sought to raise a minimum of $50 million, and up to $100 million, through the IPO which the company says gives retail investors access to alternativ...

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DISPELLING THE FEAR OF CHINESE MONEY

DISPELLING THE FEAR OF CHINESE MONEY

RAY White Surfers Paradise has reported a 50 per cent increase in sales to Asian buyers over the past 12 months, but the agency has moved to allay concerns of that this is could fuel a market bubble on the Gold Coast.

Andrew Bell (pictured), the Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO, says his agency chalked up 202 sales to Asian buyers in the past y...

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DEVINE LOCKS IN ANOTHER APARTMENT DEAL WORTH $150M

DEVINE LOCKS IN ANOTHER APARTMENT DEAL WORTH $150M

DEVINE Limited (ASX:DVN) has secured a $150 million construction contract, to develop Walker Corporation’s new apartment project in Brisbane. In-house team Devine Constructions will develop Westmark Milton, two towers up to 20 storeys tall at Railway Terrace. The deal comes off the back of two other external client projects, inc...

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