CEOs rake in a record haul by sleeping rough

CEOs rake in a record haul by sleeping rough

Australia's business leaders did what they do best overnight by making big bucks, although this time it was for a worthy cause in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Funds raised nationally from the charity event have reached a record $6.3 million, edging closer to the $6.42 million target set for 2018. However, the funds raised are ...

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Liberal MPs to pursue a bill to phase out live export trade

Liberal MPs to pursue a bill to phase out live export trade

Liberal MP Sussan Ley has proposed a private members bill to phase out the cruel live export trade despite the Turnbull government's position on the matter. Whilst Labor wants to see the practice banned, the party's leader, Bill Shorten, is yet to decide if Labor will support Ley's bill. However, as Fairfax Media reports, ...

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Business News Australia joins the Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Business News Australia joins the Vinnies CEO Sleepout

For more than a decade Vinnies has run the annual CEO Sleepout, a national campaign to fight the issue of homelessness. Each year on the longest night of winter, many of the nation's top executives sleep out on the concrete to raise much needed funds for Aussies who desperately need it. For participants, it is one night of discomf...

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More women than men appointed to the ASX 200 during 1Q18

More women than men appointed to the ASX 200 during 1Q18

Female appointments to ASX 200 companies surged past 50 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, with more women than men appointed during the period. It's a historic moment for Australia's top companies and marks the first time that female appointments have exceeded male appointments since the Australian Institute of Company Direct...

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Progress your career with an online post graduate degree

Progress your career with an online post graduate degree

There's a digital revolution happening in tertiary education. Engaging and immersive online learning is becoming more accessible especially for busy, mid-career professionals who are looking to take the next step in their careers. There are numerous benefits to studying online and it's become extremely attractive to professionals ...

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Female board appointments spike during first months of 2018

Female board appointments spike during first months of 2018

The percentage of female appointments to ASX 200 boards has spiked in 2018, according to a new report released on International Women's Day by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Women accounted for 47 per cent of ASX 200 board appointments in the first two months of 2018, up from 36 per cent in 2017. The AICD Qu...

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Playing to your strength: how Michael Ramsey built an international fitness brand

Playing to your strength: how Michael Ramsey built an international fitness brand

Uninspired by a career in the oil & gas industry, Michael Ramsey decided to pursue his dreams. Having previously worked as a personal trainer, the fitness industry fit Ramsey like a boxing glove. With his mind made up, Ramsey resigned from his career as a marketing manager, opened his first F45 Studio, and hasn't looked back. ...

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MATT BLATT FOUNDER ON HOW TO SUCCEED IN RETAIL WHILE STICKING TO YOUR ROOTS

MATT BLATT FOUNDER ON HOW TO SUCCEED IN RETAIL WHILE STICKING TO YOUR ROOTS

FED up with the furniture options open to Australians, which he describes as "bland", Adam Drexler (pictured) and wife Deborah took it upon themselves to provide something entirely different. Their creation, under pseudonym Matt Blatt, is one of the most exciting and Instagrammable furniture stores in the country. The duo pride ...

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SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

TO RETAIN the best and brightest employees it sometimes seems like a good idea to offer more money, but recent research suggests that cash doesn't always talk. A study, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half surveying 160 chief financial officers in Australia, shows more than 94 per cent of Australian CFOs have extended cou...

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QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

HE SPENT a decade conceiving and building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) into an ASX top 300 company and when Mark Sowerby stood down as managing director in August 2016, he was looking to spend more time with his growing family after years of long hours away from home.

But he'd barely packed his cardboard box and said h...

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HOW TO MANAGE OFFICE MOVES: FIVE ESSENTIALS TO PUT INTO ACTION

HOW TO MANAGE OFFICE MOVES: FIVE ESSENTIALS TO PUT INTO ACTION

IF YOU own a business, you will know that the decision to move premises isn't made lightly. Once your business starts to grow, on the one hand it's very exciting, yet on the other it can present a problem for the ill-prepared.   Relocating to a larger space often requires months of planning, and the costs of moving particular...

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WHY EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES ARE BEATING ASX200 SHARE PRICES

WHY EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES ARE BEATING ASX200 SHARE PRICES

EMPLOYEE-owned companies command a higher share price than their publicly listed peers, reaping a 17 per cent premium over the ASX200, a new index has found. The Employee Ownership Australian Index (EOAI) reveals that companies which are at least 30 per cent owned by employees tend to have better environmental, social and governance stand...

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PRIMARY OPINION ROLLS OUT MAGGIE BEER PLANS

PRIMARY OPINION ROLLS OUT MAGGIE BEER PLANS

PRIMARY Opinion (ASX:POP) has cooked up plans to expand the Maggie Beer Products line. The Melbourne-based technology company acquired a 48 per cent stake in the celebrity chef's food range for $15 million in July. Beer (pictured) and her husband Colin run the company in Barossa Valley, with a range of oils, sauces, ice cream and ...

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NEW ACCREDITATION HIGHLIGHTS FLEXIBLE EMPLOYERS

NEW ACCREDITATION HIGHLIGHTS FLEXIBLE EMPLOYERS

SOCIAL enterprise Diverse City Careers (DCC) has launched a new accreditation to recognise employers offering flexible workplaces. The Flex Able Certification was initially developed by employment agency Flex Able Jobs, with co-founder Christina Smerdon on hand to oversee the process. Companies advertising with DCC are eligible to go ...

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUILDS UP BIG IN AUSTRALIA

GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUILDS UP BIG IN AUSTRALIA

GENERAL Assembly is going big in Australia and laying groundwork in our Sunshine State.

The digital literacy business, with campuses all around the world, has just opened in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Geelong.

Already the New York company has campuses in Melbourne and Sydney offering design, marketing, technology and data cour...

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HOW STAN GORDON WOULD SAVE EAGLE BOYS

HOW STAN GORDON WOULD SAVE EAGLE BOYS

STAN Gordon has stepped forward as a suitor for embattled pizza chain Eagle Boys. "Are we the right guys? I think we are," Gordon, the owner of Melbourne-based Franchise Food Company, tells Business News Australia. NBC Capital, which bought the business off founder Tom Potter in 2007, called in receiver SV Partners on Thursday 14 ...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

DELOITTE Access Economics released its monthly Business Outlook today. It puts Brexit in perspective for Australia and explains how Australia is growing, despite some strong headwinds. Business News Australia has broken the Deloitte report down to seven points:

China matters more than Brexit

"Although a renewed burst of credit ...

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ENTREPRENEUR GROUP EYES VENTURE CAPITAL

ENTREPRENEUR GROUP EYES VENTURE CAPITAL

A LEADING networking community has announced plans for a venture capital raise to develop its first app.

The League of Extraordinary Women plans to connect female entrepreneurs with likeminded women anywhere in the world through a new technology platform.

Previously The League has only operated in Australia through networking events includ...

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FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

A FAST-PACED game of whack-a-mole often evolves as a business begins to scale up.

Based on my past experience with Greencross (ASX: GXL) and my work these days on a number of companies including Shark Tank startups, it seems the faster you grow, the more chaos occurs.

For the unacquainted, whack-a-mole is the game you sometimes play as lit...

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FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

JAMIE Pherous, the founder of Corporate Travel Management (market cap $1.4 billion) said it well at the Brisbane Business News breakfast last week: "Business is simple, don't overcomplicate. Learn the rules of the game and play hard". 

Business is a little like a game of rugby, where you pass the ball backwards an...

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TOY ENTREPRENEUR ON TOP OF THE WORLD

TOY ENTREPRENEUR ON TOP OF THE WORLD

MANNY Stul of Melbourne-based toy company Moose Enterprise has become the first Australian to be named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year. Stul was crowned the winner at an awards ceremony held in Monaco overnight, beating out 55 finalists from across 50 countries. After establishing Skansen Giftware as a successful retailer which list...

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FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

IT ALWAYS intrigues me that nirvana for entrepreneurs seems to be the big IPO that's supposed to deliver oodles of cash.

An IPO is a complex exercise that includes months of preparation, due diligence and the construction of a conscientious prospectus that states a clear reason for listing and how the funds will be used. Cashing out ...

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FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

A DECADE ago I faced an important career decision which could have changed the course of my life. 

Option one, pack our bags and head to Brisbane to head up Greencross as we finalised plans to list on the ASX. Option two, seek endorsement by a political party to run for State or Federal Government in the local Townsville area. Lisa, my w...

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STRANGE PHONE CALL THAT FIRED UP AN ENTREPRENEUR

STRANGE PHONE CALL THAT FIRED UP AN ENTREPRENEUR

HOLLY Ransom recalls a 'really strange phone call' in 2013 from then Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The 26-year-old social entrepreneur was asked to lead the G20 Youth Summit.

At that time, Ransom never could have pictured one year later she would be challenging political and business leaders at a table which seated the likes o...

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FAIRFAX NEWSROOMS ROCKED AS JOURNOS WALK OUT

FAIRFAX NEWSROOMS ROCKED AS JOURNOS WALK OUT

FAIRFAX Media newsrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra were rocked today by an angry walkout of journalists in protest at the latest round of job cuts by the newspaper publisher. The journalists have stopped work until Monday following a series of meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra where journalists vented their frustration ove...

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THE FUTURE OF PHILANTHROPY

THE FUTURE OF PHILANTHROPY

PHILANTHROPY is much more than donating 10 per cent of profits to a red-taped charity for these two Australian businesses; it's about building entire villages from the ground up in developing parts of the world.

Melbourne-based architecture firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke and the Gold Coast's Bond University are taking an innovative app...

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TECHIES: 'STOP CREATING FOR THE TOP 5 PER CENT'

TECHIES: 'STOP CREATING FOR THE TOP 5 PER CENT'

WE need to return to the old internet if humanity has any chance, according to American tech veterans Anil Dash and Mike Monteiro, who give businesses a couple of tips on how to do so.

Dash (pictured right) says he feels a 'deep grief' mourning the internet of just 10 years ago which in his view was a more amicable place.

Th...

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STRAIGHT TALK: BUILDING THE WORLD'S MOST LIVEABLE CITY

STRAIGHT TALK: BUILDING THE WORLD'S MOST LIVEABLE CITY

MELBOURNE-BASED architects ROTHELOWMAN have helped raise the city's reputation as the best-planned city in Australia.

The firm's new principal, Stuart Marsland, is now wanting to push the boundaries even further.

Marsland has recently worked on a number of high profile and high-rise proposals for Melbourne's CBD includin...

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THE FAIRER SEX NOT PLAYING FAIR IN WORKPLACE DEBATE

THE FAIRER SEX NOT PLAYING FAIR IN WORKPLACE DEBATE

THE debate around workplace diversity is missing a key element - chromosome Y, says leadership specialist Sonia McDonald. The CEO of LeadershipHQ says while the diversity debate is being framed with the best intentions, it is hanging crooked on the wall. McDonald has likened the workplace to an eco-system where balance is critical to ...

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