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RP DATA ACQUIRES FOR ANALYTICS

RP DATA ACQUIRES FOR ANALYTICS

RP DATA has enhanced its offering and acquired two new services from its strategic partner.

RP Data chief executive officer Graham Mirabito says the company has acquired a comprehensive intellectual property portfolio relating to Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) and Indices from Rismark International.

This includes domestic and internatio...

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TOP 12 ONLINE LINKS FOR START-UPS

TOP 12 ONLINE LINKS FOR START-UPS

QUEENSLAND is home to more than 410,000 small businesses and these are at the core of every industry sector. They are found in every community in every region, represent 96 per cent of businesses across the state, and employ 50 per cent of all private sector workers. Small businesses – defined as businesses with less than 20 emp...

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WATPAC'S $29M DEAL

WATPAC'S $29M DEAL

WATPAC Limited (ASX:WTP) has secured a $29 million contract with Hanking Gold Mining to provide mining services at its Cornishman Pit. Work is expected to commence this month, based at the centre of Hanking Gold’s Southern Cross Operations. Watpac CEO Martin Monro (pictured) says the contract will boost the group’s civil a...

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SEARCH FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

SEARCH FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

AFTER a year marked by growing confidence and a rise in business activity, the search is on to find the Gold Coast young entrepreneurs who have capitalised on the opportunities offered in 2014. Gold Coast Business News has launched the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards with a host of new categories that will highlight the brighte...

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NO PIN, NO PAY

NO PIN, NO PAY

PIN officially becomes the main form of card payment authorisation today, with the Australian Retailers Association reminding consumers of ‘no PIN, no pay’. Executive director Russell Zimmerman says people must memorise their credit and debit card PINs to avoid being stranded at the check-out. “The ARA is urging all ...

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BUCHAN MAKES ROOM TO GROW

BUCHAN MAKES ROOM TO GROW

IN ANOTHER sign that the Gold Coast development market is on the rebound, architecture firm The Buchan Group has expanded its base with a move into bigger premises at Southport.
The firm, which has been responsible for shaping some of the Gold Coast biggest projects over the past four decades, including Q1 and the Hilton Surfers Paradi...

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HOW TO RAISE A QUICK $20,000

HOW TO RAISE A QUICK $20,000

THE power of crowdfunding has given a massive leg-up for Gold Coast based Willi Footwear Company, which has ignited interest in its unique take on the humble thong. Willi founder and managing director Brad Munro has managed to raise $20,000 in five days to help launch the company’s new-age thongs across the Australian and US markets...

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PIN CHANGES NO PROBLEM, SAYS EFTPOS

PIN CHANGES NO PROBLEM, SAYS EFTPOS

THE new era of PIN-only credit card transactions kicked off today, but eftpos CEO Bruce Mansfield says retailers have 38 million reasons not to worry about the transition. Mansfield says while some consumers may not remember their new credit card PIN numbers, they almost certainly will recall their eftpos card PIN number. Mansfield sa...

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HOTEL DUO FOR BRISBANE AIRPORT

HOTEL DUO FOR BRISBANE AIRPORT

A BIG brand hotelier has announced two big-ticket projects for the Brisbane Airport precinct as part of a job-boosting $150 million development.

Australia’s largest hotel operator, Accor, will develop a new Pullman and ibis hotel in the Domestic Terminal Precinct at Brisbane Airport.

Pullman will operate as a 5-star hotel and ibis ho...

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SUNLAND'S $1B GOLD COAST PIPELINE

SUNLAND'S $1B GOLD COAST PIPELINE

SUNLAND Group continues to ramp up its development activities on the Gold Coast with plans for a $136 million medium-rise apartment project at Palm Beach. The project marks a growing interest in high-density construction by Sunland, with a particular focus on the mid-rise sector.

It also brings to about $1 billion the value of new de...

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BOQ FINALISES ACQUISITION

BOQ FINALISES ACQUISITION

THE sale of Investec’s private banking business to Bank of Queensland (ASX: BOQ) has been completed, signalling a new direction for both companies.

BOQ’s offering will be diversified through the acquisition, particularly geographically, while Investec’s focus will change to core niches.

With today’s finalisation, BO...

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PORT GETS $110M BOOST

PORT GETS $110M BOOST

PORT OF BRISBANE has received a $110 million upgrade in response to the hub’s growing contribution to the economy. 

The announcement of final stage improvements to the major road network is a welcomed project for construction workers, as well as the local economy which will benefit from improved efficiency.

A daily workforce of ...

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SMES AT RISK OF COLLAPSE

SMES AT RISK OF COLLAPSE

DESPITE being most critical to Australia’s economic performance, SMEs have the highest corporate insolvency levels.

This is detailed in Jones Partners’ Insolvency Report 2014, which gauged the correlation between insolvency levels, economic conditions, business environments and major industries at risk for insolvency in the future...

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STAMP DUTY SLOWS PRODUCTIVITY

STAMP DUTY SLOWS PRODUCTIVITY

ABOLISHING stamp duty will lead to a more flexible and mobile workforce, according to the Property Council of Australia. The industry association has backed the Building Australia’s Comparative Advantages report released by the Business Council of Australia, suggesting the removal of stamp duty would allow more workers to relocate h...

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ARDEN BOOSTS APARTMENTS IN ALBION

ARDEN BOOSTS APARTMENTS IN ALBION

ARDEN Group is looking to the suburbs, with the launch of the $200 million Jade apartment development in Albion. Neighbouring Ascot, Clayfield and Hamilton, the first stage of the master planned community will include 150 apartments over two six-level buildings. Arden Group director Steven Walsh says Albion is one of the fastest growi...

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SURFSTITCH FLOAT GATHERS MOMENTUM

SURFSTITCH FLOAT GATHERS MOMENTUM

SURFWEAR group Billabong says it has yet to decide the fate of its majority shareholding in SurfStitch, with market rumours pointing to a buyout by its founders who are planning a public float of the online retailer. Media reports have suggested that fund managers are meeting with SurfStitch executives on the Gold Coast this week to asses...

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CUDECO CLOSING IN ON THE MAGIC MILLION

CUDECO CLOSING IN ON THE MAGIC MILLION

COPPER miner CuDeco is closing in on the magic million mark as it continues to stockpile ore at its Rocklands project in north-west Queensland. The Gold Coast-based company says it has stockpiled 866,065 tonnes of ore since preliminary mining activities began late last year and it expects this stockpile to breach one million tonnes over t...

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NEW CEO FOR COLLINS FOODS

NEW CEO FOR COLLINS FOODS

COLLINS Foods Limited (ASX: CKF) has appointed Graham Maxwell as chief executive officer effective 29 September 2014.

Maxwell is currently the company’s chief operating officer and group chief financial officer and will succeed Kevin Perkins (pictured).

Perkins has been with the CFK for 35 years, 29 of which in the capacities of mana...

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BARTERCARD LAUNCHES $58.5M FLOAT

BARTERCARD LAUNCHES $58.5M FLOAT

THE ranks of Gold Coast listed companies have just been given a boost following a $58.5 million public float launched by Bartercard today. The trade-exchange operator, which has been in private hands for more than 20 years, is offering 28 million shares at $1 each in an IPO that opens on July 31. The new entity, BPS Technology, is exp...

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GOLD COAST DIRECTOR FACES FRESH ASIC CHARGES

GOLD COAST DIRECTOR FACES FRESH ASIC CHARGES

A HOPE Island man is due to appear in court in September charged with two counts of managing a corporation while disqualified. James Kwok appeared for mention in the Brisbane Magistrates Court last Friday following charges brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Kwok was banned from managing a corporation afte...

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DEGANI BREWS EXPANSION PLANS

DEGANI BREWS EXPANSION PLANS

MELBOURNE cafe chain Degani has charted ambitious growth plans across the nation, with Brisbane the next stop. Entrepreneur George Pezaros redeveloped a small cafe in Clifton Hill in 1999, to include a gourmet food brand and new store design. Operating under a license model Degani has since grown to 70 cafes, mainly in metropolitan Me...

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MARSHALL WINS FAIRWAY ISLAND APPEAL

MARSHALL WINS FAIRWAY ISLAND APPEAL

A LONG-running dispute over the waterways surrounding Fairway Island at Hope Island has taken another turn with the Supreme Court of Queensland upholding an appeal by developer John Marshall.
Chief Justice Paul de Jersey and Justices Hugh Fraser and Robert Gotterson set aside the orders made by Justice David Jackson in July and August ...

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GC600 BOSS REVS UP 'PARTY TOWN'

GC600 BOSS REVS UP 'PARTY TOWN'

THE GC600 is going back to its roots this year, with promoters unashamedly heralding the event as the city’s biggest party in a bid to lure tourists in droves to the Gold Coast this October. V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton, in announcing that oil giant Castrol has taken naming rights for the event over the next three years, says th...

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'MINI BOOM' FOR WYNDHAM SURFERS PARADISE

'MINI BOOM' FOR WYNDHAM SURFERS PARADISE

IF Wyndham Surfers Paradise is any indication, the end of the nightmare created by the light rail construction has led to a rapid revival for hotel operators in Surfers Paradise.

Wyndham says it has experienced an “occupancy boom” since work finished on the $1.2 billion light rail in Surfers Paradise at the start of July with...

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ROBINA FAST-TRACKS NEXT STAGE OF CITYVILLAGE

ROBINA FAST-TRACKS NEXT STAGE OF CITYVILLAGE

THE pace of residential development in Robina’s city heart continues to lift, with Robina Group bringing forward a new release of homes at its $200 million CityVillage development.
The developer has notched up close to $62 million in sales across its CityVillage and Riverlily projects since the beginning of the year.
The p...

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DEVELOPMENT DROUGHT PUTS PRESSURE ON CHEAPER SURFERS RENTALS

DEVELOPMENT DROUGHT PUTS PRESSURE ON CHEAPER SURFERS RENTALS

A LACK of new developments in the middle market is creating pockets of rental property shortage on the Gold Coast, according to LJ Hooker Surfers Paradise director Rick Graham (pictured).
Graham says the problem appears to be more acute in central Surfers Paradise for unfurnished apartments under $450 a week.
He says this is put...

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MANTRA SEASONS CANBERRA WITH PEPPERS

MANTRA SEASONS CANBERRA WITH PEPPERS

PEPPERS has officially pushed into its first CBD market, prompting Mantra Group (ASX: MTR) to explore further opportunities to expand the hotel brand which, until now, has traditionally been linked to resort properties.
“It has always been our objective to take the Peppers brand to CBD locations and it is great to see Peppers in ...

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FITNESS TRAINER STRETCHES HIS REACH NATIONALLY

FITNESS TRAINER STRETCHES HIS REACH NATIONALLY

IT MAY have taken him 15 years, but Gold Coast personal trainer Scott Hunt has finally made the leap to expand his business nationally by securing the first franchise for his business,  Fitness Enhancement.
The Nerang-based Hunt, a 2013 finalist in the Gold Coast Business News Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, has extended hi...

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JETSTAR GIVES GOLD COAST A 'DREAM' RUN

JETSTAR GIVES GOLD COAST A 'DREAM' RUN

BUDGET carrier Jetstar is doing its bit to boost traffic through the Gold Coast Airport following departure today of the first flight to Tokyo serviced by a 787 Dreamliner.
The move marks a major milestone for the Tokyo-to-Gold Coast service which Jetstar has been operating since 2008 with the lower-capacity A330-220 aircraft.
J...

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BAYSIDE BOOMS, DEVELOPMENTS FLOURISH

BAYSIDE BOOMS, DEVELOPMENTS FLOURISH

THE property market in Redcliffe has grown significantly within the last year, earning the suburb a badge as one of Queensland’s top property hot-spots.
Local developments are feeling the upturn, including luxury waterfront complex Mon Komo which recorded a $10 million sales surge since January.
TOTAL Property Group managi...

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