The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-10-28T04:34:11Z Splend expands the ride with Rent-to-Own 2016-10-28T04:34:11Z splend-expands-the-ride-with-rent-to-own Evolution of the taxi driver Innovative vehicle provider shakes up ride share launching Rent-to-Own Australia’s consumer transport market is experiencing significant transitions as a power shift from the taxi plate owners, formerly holding the monopoly, to the driver regaining power by becoming their own boss. Recognising this transition phase, innovative on-demand vehicle-subscription provider, Splend, continues to disrupt who is in the drivers seat, launching Rent-to-Own – a first-to-market service enabling ride share drivers to own their vehicle, while freeing taxi drivers from working for the plate owners gain. “Of the 68,000 taxi drivers in Australia most work for a ‘network’, ‘owner’ or ‘operator.’ According to Roads and Maritime Services of NSW in 2012, on average these drivers were paying a lease of up to roughly $1250 per week to rent a licensed taxi because they could not afford a previously inflated $400,000 taxi plate. The plate owner claims 60-65 per cent of the shift takings while drivers endure poor working conditions and unfriendly shift hours,” says Chris King, CEO of Splend. High fares and the skyrocketing value of taxi plates ensures big returns for the big players who own multiple taxi plates, but taxi passenger numbers are in decline and drivers' wages have collapsed with the introduction of ride sharing. With the shift toward a cashless society, the earnings from taxi driving isn’t as attractive anymore and a transition is occurring to ride share where drivers now have a chance to succeed independently as their own boss. A leader in compliant vehicle supply for on-demand services, Splend launched Rent-to-Own in response to the increasing number of ride share drivers who are eager to work towards ownership of their greatest asset – their vehicle, but who do not want to go into debt by financing a car through a bank or broker. The big appeal for drivers to shift into Splend Rent-to-Own is no lock in contracts meaning members can walk away at any time as opposed to feeling trapped into long term financing. The vehicle-as-a-subscription fee for Splend Rent-to-Own starts at an average of $279 per week over four years covering registration, compulsory third party and full comprehensive insurance, scheduled servicing as well ride share training courses. The weekly subscription cost decreases by $50 each year, helping members achieve car ownership sooner. Over four years, this is an added saving of $6,349 with zero interest compared to car financing through a bank or broker. According to the August 2016 Transport Affordability Index by the Australian Automobile Association, in 2013-2014 motorist road related taxes and charges totaled almost $28billion including purchasing costs and expenses of running a car over its lifetime such as registrations, insurance and stamp duty. “The vehicle finance landscape in Australia is expensive and outdated for aspiring ride share drivers. The latest vehicle ownership index figures have huge impacts to the average household income and Australian’s are looking for alternate ways to efficiently earn a living and own a car, making value for money Splend’s main consideration in its Rent-to-Own offering,” said Mr King. As platforms like Uber become more accepted, Splend Rent-to-Own will be an attractive option for drivers looking to build a long-term career in the on-demand economy while saving thousands of dollars in interest charges. In Australia there are currently 31,000 Uber drivers enjoying flexible working hours - 868 of those Splend members who enjoy greater earnings compared to their taxi driver counterparts who are losing out. “I predict a large exodus of taxi drivers who will become disgruntled with low wages, long shift hours, high leasing fees and no equity to show for it. Why should the plate owners who earn money in their sleep undercut drivers? Splend have created an encouraging community of motivated, small business individuals who are all working toward owning their own vehicle while driving for ride share,” says King. Visit www.splend.com.au to become your own boss, work your own hours and own your car outright for total independence. See below comparison chart on driver earnings from our case study, a former Sydney taxi driver who has converted to Splend and been driving for ride share for 6 months. Data collected on 30 September 2016 and represents a Splend member driving for Uber at 40 hours a week compared to the same taxi driver previously driving 60 hours per week. ENDS For more information contact Maggie Elliot maggie@frontleft.com.au or +61 418 744 479. FACT SHEET Start-up company Splend has become Australia’s leader in vehicle supply for on-demand services, providing new employment opportunities for over 868 Australians (as at September 2016) and a fresh take on vehicle management. For small business individuals who can’t afford to finance their own vehicle Splend is a fully serviced vehicle solution that comes with a mentoring team to help Members become their own boss. Benefits of owning a vehicle from Splend: Full service vehicle provider with no lock in contracts: From $279 per week on average over four years, Splend members have access to a new 5-star ANCAP rated vehicle that is in line with ride sharing regulation including registration, stamp duty, insurance and servicing of a vehicle they will own after four years. Easy entry - To be eligible, drivers are required to be a rideshare driver for just a minimum of eight weeks. Ready to ride pack: On top of the brand new vehicle, this includes; 12 replacement tyres, 3 front and rear wheel alignments, 12 replacement brake pads, 12 replacement brake discs, 9 replacement windscreen wiper blades, 2 replacement sets of replacement headlight globes, 1 replacement battery. Member Benefits and Rewards: Members are incentivised with rewards for referrals and if they are measured the safest driver by utilising the latest telematics technology installed throughout the Splend fleet. The Member Support Centre offers a mentoring program to help achieve the highest ratings plus 24×7 Car Breakdown Assistance. Flexible lifestyle: Becoming their own boss means building their own business on their own flexible working hours and working toward car ownership. Mysterious fun rally raised over $760k for Cancer Council 2016-10-11T22:00:00Z mysterious-fun-rally-raised-over-760k-for-cancer-council Mystery Box Rally 2016 has marked an end for another year in Adelaide, raising an incredible $760,315.02 to date for Cancer Council. 300 courageous participants from all across Australia embarked on a 5-day mysterious, round-trip adventure from Adelaide on 24 September, with no idea where they were heading or what cars they would be driving, all to raise much-needed funds for cancer research initiatives. Engines humming, coughing and spluttering, the teams engaged in an epic battle to bid on their dream Mystery Box car based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000) at a private auction the night before the convoy ventured into the unknown. Decorated in creative motifs, glitter, stickers and piñatas, the 150 colourful cars bid farewell to Adelaide and explored outback South Australia. With daily destinations only revealed each morning before the convoy hit the road, teams travelled west to Wudinna, then north to Kingoonya, north-east to William Creek on the Oodnadatta Track, and onto Blinman in the Flinders Ranges before returning to Adelaide. Alongside the breakdowns, river crossings and stunning scenery, participants were treated to a night of live music by an indigenous band in Kingoonya followed by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kick up some dust and dance the night away on the Oodnadatta Track at William Creek. Fully supported by the local community, the rally enjoyed some classic Aussie rock from a live band whilst dancing under the stars in the middle of the highway blocked off by the local police. In a town of only 6 residents, it was the biggest party in the township's history. “This year’s rally was one of the most memorable for teams and towns alike. The breathtaking scenery along the route was incredible. The untamed beauty of the South Australian wilderness won over everyone’s hearts, especially when we drove through the Gammon and Flinders Ranges,” said James Freeman, Box Rallies Founder. “Of course we also faced some enormous challenges, but I am proud to say we pulled through the tough times together and created an unforgettable, fun-packed adventure.” Mystery Box Rally 2016 proved to be a miracle for both teams and their beloved vehicles. Not only did the convoy return to Adelaide just before the immense winds slammed the state mercilessly, but only two out of the 150 Mystery Box cars did not make it to the finish line in Wingfield, Adelaide. “The rally is a unique way for us to raise awareness and critical funds for the fight against this terrible disease, all done with humour and laughter whilst seeing amazing parts of this incredible country. A big thank you to our well-deserved teams and everyone who has supported this year’s rally,” said Mr Freeman. Mystery Box Rally is hoping to bring the funds raised up to $800,000 in a post-rally car auction on 18 October at Manheim Adelaide (75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013), where the public can secure their very own Mystery Box cars, full of character. For further information or to support the cause with a donation, visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Victoria. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August 2016, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total of over $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com MEDIA ALERT: Mystery Box Rally kicks off in Adelaide for the first time 2016-09-20T22:30:00Z media-alert-mystery-box-rally-kicks-off-in-adelaide-for-the-first-time-1 MEDIA CALL: FRIDAY 23RD SEP – MYSTERIOUS PRE-RALLY AUCTION With no prior knowledge on the route they will be taking or the vehicles they will be driving, 300 courageous Mystery Box Rally participants from all across Australia gather in Adelaide for a private auction the night before the rally starts, to bid on their dream Mystery Box car based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000).   The total funds raised for Cancer Council is currently more than $630,000 and increasing every day. Join us at Manheim Adelaide this Friday afternoon to watch the 300 participants gearing up for an epic and mysterious 5-day road adventure!  WHEN:                                   4.30pm onwardsWHERE:                                 Manheim Adelaide, 75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPP:  Local and interstate teams, support crew, and Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman will be available for interviews and photos before and after the auction about the rally.      MEDIA CALL: SATURDAY 24TH SEP – RALLY DEPARTURE MANHEIM ADELAIDE Witness the colourful convoy of 150 Mystery Boxes kick-start in Adelaide for the very first time! Creative motifs, glitter, stickers and crazy car accessories, it will be a picture perfect send off as the 300 participants bid farewell to Adelaide and head out to quintessential towns and off-the-beaten tracks for an unknown 5-day round-trip adventure, all in the name of raising critical funds for Cancer Council.  WHEN:                                   7.30am arrival for 9.30am departureWHERE:                                 Manheim Adelaide, 75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPP:  Local and interstate teams, support crew, and Box Rallies Founder, James   Freeman will be available for interviews and photos prior departure. Their penchant for fancy dress and creatively decorated cars will provide unique visual content.  ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Melbourne. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Manheim helps bring a mysterious element to fundraising rally 2016-09-16T06:56:47Z manheim-helps-bring-a-mysterious-element-to-fundraising-rally-1 Cars are undoubtedly one of the most crucial elements in a rally, especially for a fundraising rally where participants have no idea what cars they will be driving. This is when famous automobile auction company Manheim comes to save the day.   Armed with duct tape and cable ties, 300 participants of Mystery Box Rally will kick off an epic 5-day road adventure from Adelaide in September. Not knowing where they are heading and what vehicles they will be driving, the courageous teams are taking a big leap in faith all in the name of raising critical funds for Cancer Council’s research initiatives.   Could it be a vintage Beetle? Or perhaps a much loved convertible that is full of character? With no knowledge of the vehicle or what’s under the bonnet, teams will bid on their dream mystery box based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000) at a private auction the night before the rally starts. All of the cars for the rally are provided by Manheim Auctions Australia who ensure they are registered and ready for an adventure.   Box Rallies Founder James Freeman explains this unique arrangement takes the pressure of cars sourcing off participants, and allows everyone to focus on fundraising all whilst having fun.   “Manheim has been a long-term partner of the rally,” says Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman, “We are grateful for their continuous support, and are thrilled to have them back for this year’s Mystery Box Rally.”   Starting in Adelaide on Saturday 24th September, Mystery Box 2016 will embark on a 5-day round trip adventure to explore destinations unknown along some of Australia’s most deserted and scenic roads. Destinations are kept secret with the daily destinations unveiled just before the convoy hits the road each morning to ensure it is a truly unique challenge.   To support the rally or to find out more information, please visit http://www.mystery-box.com.au/  ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Melbourne. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Fathers converge on Explore Australia Expo 2016-09-08T03:00:47Z fathers-converge-on-explore-australia-expo Thousands of 4WD enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers converged on the Doomben Racecourse Father’s Day weekend for the annual Explore Australia Expo. Director and Event Manager of Explore Australia Exhibitions, Paul Morgan, said they moved the Expo from Manly Boat Harbour to Doomben Racecourse this year to accommodate more exhibitors and outdoor interactive displays. “Spectators loved The Adventure Track, where they could see 4X4 Winch Trucks in action, along with Argo ATV’s, FWD QLD, Extreme Buggies, and Austruck demonstrations,” Paul said. Motorcycling Queensland, in conjunction with Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle Club (Gold Coast) and Kilcoy Motocross Club (Kilcoy), also held a special demonstration with some of the club’s rising young stars. “The kids provided an incredible demonstration of motocross and flat track skills on a range of off-road motorcycles and quad bikes,” Paul said. The hands-on event also offered tutorials on everything from safe winching, diff locks and suspension, to snatch strap and driving techniques. “Fisherman were also catered for, with the spectacular Berkley Super Fishing Tank, showing visitors a real ‘fish’s eye’ view of different fishing techniques,” Paul explained. “The world’s largest mobile fishing tackle store, Rod Train, was there and provided plenty of inspiration for fisherman, with a huge display of quality gear available.” TV presenter, Penny Wells from Top of Down Under, had her impressively-set-up Land Cruiser and XTERRAN camper on display at the Ultimate Campers stand. “Dr Glen Richards, from Channel Ten’s hit television show Shark Tank, also attended the Expo as a guest of TJM 4x4 Megastore and happily chatted to attendees at their stand,” Paul said. Kris Humphrys is the Director TJM 4X4 Megastore and Roof Rack City and said the Expo was a huge success for them, with sales, orders and quotes up on last year. “We feel that the stand size, layout, range and genuine offering of show specials is a proven recipe for success, combined with the support that we have received from the show organisers,” Kris said. “This is our second year at Explore Australia Expo and I pleased to say that we will be back for a third year.” Paul said 80 high quality exhibitors attended this year and offered some great specials. “Evakool offered some great prices on their fridges and iceboxes, New Age Caravans threw in free solar on all caravan purchases and Tuff Bullbars Australia and Opposite Lock offered plenty of alternatives to socks, with their great Father’s Day deals,” Paul said. There were some fantastic prizes up for grabs at this year’s expo, with M. Hickey from Townsville taking home the Explorers Pack valued at $6,000, thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore, and A. Nelson from Nambour winning the Ironman Deluxe Bullbar, valued at $1,300, thanks to Adventure Offroad. The XXXX Gold Beer Garden was a popular watering hole, offering some shady places to relax. “Kids were well catered for as well, with the Scouts Australia climbing wall, Argo ATV rides, jumping castles and free entry for children under 15 years of age,” Paul said. Attendees will have a chance to road test their purchases, with the organisers holding their next event in Henty, New South Wales. The Henty 4WD & Outdoor Adventure Expo will be the biggest expo of its type held in regional NSW. “Henty is located between Wagga Wagga and Albury and is the home on the Henty Machinery Field Days, which is where the Expo will be held in March 2017,” Paul said. “It’s a massive and impressive site, so we are really looking forward to hosting the Expo there next year and offering exhibitors and attendees even more opportunities to see and road test an incredible range of camping, fishing and adventure equipment.” For enquiries regarding the Henty 4WD & Outdoor Adventure Expo and Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2017, contact Paul Morgan on paul@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au or phone 03 5255 1517. For more info, visit Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or follow us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube. <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Get set for outdoor action and adventure at the Explore Australia Expo this Fathers Day Weekend 2016-08-31T23:00:30Z get-set-for-outdoor-action-and-adventure-at-the-explore-australia-expo-this-fathers-day-weekend Explore Australia Expo, the premier outdoor and adventure event is about to give visitors an experience like no other, with an action-packed 3 days at the Doomben Racecourse this weekend, from 2-4 September 2016. The expo brings together the best of Australia’s outdoor industries in an event featuring a host of activities, educational platforms and challenges, delivering a truly interactive experience – all of which are designed to satisfy your thirst for adventure! Last year, over 18,000 visitors at Manly Boat Harbour experienced 3 days of non-stop action – and this year, exhibitors will be on hand at Doomben Racecourse to showcase the latest products, services and destinations for 4WD, camping, fishing, adventure and more. The amazing Argo Amphibious ATV will be put through its paces on the Adventure Track, offering live demos and rides to the public. After recently travelling 8,000 kilometres in 10 weeks through Arnhem Land for her latest series, TV presenter Penny Wells from Top of Down Under will showcase her impressively-set-up Land Cruiser and XTERRAN camper at the Ultimate Campers stand. And a range of standard, modified and extreme 4wd vehicles will perform a range of demos, with tutorials on everything from safe winching, diff locks and suspension, to snatch strap and driving techniques. Additionally, Motorcycling Queensland, in conjunction with Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle Club (Gold Coast) and Kilcoy Motocross Club (Kilcoy) will hold a special demonstration with some of the club’s rising young stars, as they demonstrate motocross and flat track skills on a range of off-road motorcycles and quad bikes. Paul Morgan, Director and Event Manager, Explore Australia Exhibitions reckons this event is shaping up to be one of the best outdoor and adventure expo’s in QLD this year. “We have so much on offer this year. The adrenaline-charged Adventure Track will have demonstrations by Motorcycling Queensland, the Enduro Club as well as ‘off-road’ racers, and a range of 4x4 tutorials. Rod Train, an 18m Prime Mover set up to showcase a huge display of quality fishing gear, is the world's largest mobile fishing tackle store! And we also have the spectacular Berkley Super Fishing Tank, which will give visitors a real ‘fish’s eye’ view of different fishing techniques. The 2016 Expo will also see the return of the TJM 4x4 Megastore 4WD Club Corner, where visitors have the chance to meet local 4x4 club representatives, and the popular XXXX Gold Beer Garden. “There’ll be plenty of activities to keep the kids amused, and visitors will have access to heaps of great deals at exhibition stands as well,” says Paul. As part of the show, Evakool will be offering specials on their entire range of portable refrigeration and iceboxes, and New Age Caravans will be offering incredible specials on all caravans, stock or orders, with factory rebates available. They’re also offering free solar on all caravan purchases. Tuff Bullbars Australia, and Pocket Power Australia have some great Fathers Day deals on offer, and Southern Cross Fabworks have a tonne of giveaways as part of the show, with prizes for most of the popular 4x4 vehicles. Every visitor through the gate will have the chance to enter major prize draws, including a TJM Explorers Pack valued at $6,000, thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore, and an Ironman Deluxe Bullbar, valued at $1,300, thanks to Adventure Offroad. Tickets to the Explore Australia Expo, Brisbane are on sale now, and can be purchased online here: Tickets for Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2-4 September 2016. For more info, visit Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or follow us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube. <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Do you know what is the Best Thing to do With an Old Car 2016-04-08T01:47:38Z do-you-know-what-is-the-best-thing-to-do-with-an-old-car For most of the people out there, their cars are part of their lives and of their families. Many people do not change their cars for decades and not necessarily because they cannot afford a new one, but simply because they are very much attached to their old one. And even so, there is a time when an old car will become simply too old to be functional and a mechanical part breaks without the option of fixing at a reasonable price. What happens with the old car, then? Keeping it in the garage just for the sake of the good times gone is not an option (and even much less of an option if you want to buy a new car and accommodate it in your garage). Giving it away is not an option simply because nobody wants cars that cannot be used. As for selling it, there is almost no chance at all that someone will want to buy a very old car that needs serious replacements and repairs. Nevertheless, there is yet another option: Selling the old car to a company dealing with scrap cars. There are numerous advantages associated with using a scrap car company: ·         You will get to remove the car from your garage ·         You will get rid of the car within a very short amount of time ·         You will hardly have to invest work at all ·         You will receive a nice sum of money for your old car ·         You will be interacting with professionals ·         You will be helping the recycling process in your area The number of advantages is overwhelming and clearly outweighs the downsides of the transaction. However, do make sure that you are truly ready to let go of the car that has served you well for so many years. Having to call off the pick up shortly before, is annoying and may cause you to miss out on a great deal. Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T23:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au   About BSI Supply Chain Solutions BSI Supply Chain Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs. Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychainsolutions.com      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: marc.barnes@bsigroup.com    First company certified by BSI Australia to revised Quality Management standard 2016-03-09T01:56:27Z first-company-certified-by-bsi-australia-to-revised-quality-management-standard SYC is the first company to achieve certification to ISO 9001:2015 under independent assessment by BSI Australia. The standard, which was published in September 2015, has been updated to ensure that it continues to help organizations manage quality, reduce risk and ensure organizational resilience.Gordon Wilckens, Head of Quality, Compliance and Risk, SYC comments  “As a long-standing client, BSI has supported us throughout the transition, keeping us informed of changes and providing a wealth of information via various platforms in order to help our senior leadership team understand the benefits of this new standard.”SYC believes that certification to ISO 9001:2015, which has been created with service providers in mind, demonstrate their commitment to upholding the highest standard of governance and transparency in a highly competitive market.SYC is a not-for-profit organization, centred on employment, training and youth services. Last year, SYC helped more than 55,300 Australians in the areas of Home, Wellbeing, Learning and Working. With certification to the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) standard already in place SYC wanted to see if the new ISO 9001 version could be aligned to deliver efficiencies and streamline business operations. They were interested to see if the revised standard would reflect the needs of a service company more than previous versions.Marc Barnes, Managing Director at BSI Australia, commented: “SYC should be really proud of their achievement. Certification to ISO 9001:2015 helps organizations to prioritize their business needs whilst enabling them to their manage quality, improve efficiency and become more resilient.”ISO 9001, the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard, has benefited millions of organizations globally - with users reporting increased growth and productivity and significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention. Manheim Invests in Customers and the Auto Industry with Acquisition of Dealer Solutions 2016-03-02T06:08:23Z manheim-invests-in-customers-and-the-auto-industry-with-acquisition-of-dealer-solutions Strategically combines two automotive industry leaders known for innovation, customer focus and delivering results Creates broader suite of open solutions that provide greater value to the wholesale and retail automotive sectors Dealers, vehicle manufacturers, fleet managers and vehicle sellers to benefit Manheim, a division of Cox Automotive Inc., has today announced it has purchased Dealer Solutions. The combination of Manheim and Dealer Solutions, under the Cox Automotive umbrella, will create a broader suite of open solutions that deliver greater value to dealers, manufacturers, fleet managers, vehicle sellers and the overall automotive industry.   Dealer Solutions’ broad solution set for dealers and vehicle manufactures is an excellent complement to Manheim’s vehicle remarketing services that serve the wider automotive ecosystem. Together, Manheim and Dealer Solutions will be well positioned to help customers grow their businesses and increase efficiencies as they navigate a rapidly changing global automotive industry. With the move into Cox Automotive, Chris Vening, former CEO and owner of Dealer Solutions has retired. Moving forward, former Chief Operating Officer of Dealer Solutions, Damian Jones will be the new Chief Executive Officer. Damian will report to Campbell Jones, CEO of Manheim Australia and New Zealand. As the previous Chief Operating Officer and having been with the company since 1999, his expertise, experience and impressive credentials made him the natural selection for this new position. His Executive team is comprised of Mark Butler (Chief Sales Officer) and Martin Clarke (Chief Technology Officer) who are stalwarts of the company. John Bailey, Executive Vice President, Cox Automotive International, said “This is a great investment in our customers and in the auto industry. Cox Automotive has identified Australia and New Zealand as growth markets and as a sign of our confidence in Manheim, Dealer Solutions and our people, have made this significant investment in the future growth of our group of companies.” “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris and acknowledge the outstanding contribution he has made to the automotive sector through his ownership of Dealer Solutions. Chris should be very proud of his achievements and we wish him all the best for the future. I would also like to thank him for his work in making this deal come to fruition.” Campbell Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Manheim Australia and New Zealand said, “Dealer Solutions is one of the most trusted and respected automotive services brands in Australia and they have an impeccable record of service and customer commitment. They are an industry leading, innovative and technology driven company which makes them an outstanding addition to our family.” “There are many fabulous synergies in play between the Manheim and Dealer Solutions businesses. Operating in similar markets and servicing similar customers, we have little overlap between the products and services we both offer. As such there is massive potential to work together and provide our customers with the most comprehensive range of products and services available in the wholesale and retail sectors in the automotive market.” Campbell continued, “I am confident Damian and his team will ensure Dealer Solutions continues on its successful path and is well placed to maximise the exciting opportunities for growth under the Cox Automotive umbrella.” Damian Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Dealer Solutions, said, “Having been with the company since 1999, it is clear to me that the time is right and this move is a natural progression for the future of the Dealer Solutions business. Becoming part of Manheim and Cox Automotive will provide Dealer Solutions with access to global resources, new products and services and the support of the world’s leading automotive services company. It will provide us with opportunities to even better meet the needs of our customers and the industry as a whole.” “Clearly there are immediate opportunities for the synergies between our companies to be explored for the benefit of our customers and to fuel our business growth. Work has already commenced on how we will best collaborate and not only maintain our excellent levels of customer service at Dealer Solutions and Manheim, but build, strengthen and collectively improve our customer focused approach.” “This move will allow us to bring more of the services and products within the Cox Automotive stable internationally, into our local markets. I am extremely enthusiastic about our future with Manheim and Cox Automotive.” Ends/- For further information please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations Mobile: +61 400 875 686 Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au About Manheim (www.manheim.com.au) As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives. Based in Melbourne, Manheim employs approximately 650 team members across all states in Australia as well as in New Zealand. A short company overview can be accessed via this link. Manheim is owned by Cox Automotive, Inc., a division of Cox Enterprises which is one of the largest privately owned companies in the US. About Dealer Solutions (www.dealersolutions.com.au) Dealer Solutions is a major player in the wholesale and retail automotive sectors, with a client base of well over 3,000 dealerships in addition to a number of automotive digital publishers and vehicle manufacturers. They offer a comprehensive range of modular software and online based services, including building and managing Manufacturer and Dealer websites, inventory management, digital marketing strategies, lead management programs and photography services. Based in Brisbane, Dealer Solutions employs approximately 95 team members, located at head office and in offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. About Cox Automotive (www.coxautoinc.com) Cox Automotive, Inc. is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. Committed to open choice and dedicated to strong partnerships, the Cox Automotive family includes Manheim®, Autotrader®, Kelley Blue Book®, Dealertrack®, vAuto®, Xtime®, NextGear Capital® and a host of other brands. The global company has nearly 30,000 team members in more than 200 locations worldwide. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., an Atlanta-based company with revenues of more than $17 billion and approximately 55,000 employees. Cox Enterprises' other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com. Cyber-attack top business threat for second year running 2016-02-10T01:06:08Z cyber-attack-top-business-threat-for-second-year-running Cyber-attack is the top threat perceived by businesses, according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in association with BSI. Similarly, the threat of a data breach rises to second in the list, up one place from 2015. The annual BCI Horizon Scan assessed the business preparedness of 568 organizations worldwide and shows that three quarters (85%) of Business Continuity Managers fear the possibility of a cyber-attack, with 80% worried about the possibility of a data breach similar to those suffered by Carphone Warehouse and Sony. A recent industry report[1] highlights the annualized cost of cyber-crime per UK company now stands at £4.1 million, a 14 per cent increase in mean value since last year. Concerns over supply chain disruption remained in the top ten, but fell two places from fifth last year to seventh this year.  Almost half of those polled (47%) identified increasing supply chain complexity as a trend, leaving their organization vulnerable to disruption from conflict or natural disasters. Concerns over the availability of talent and key skills entered the top ten for the first time this year, with 13% indicating they are ‘extremely concerned’ and 34% ‘concerned’ about the threat. This year’s global top ten threats to business continuity are:1.Cyber-attack – static2.Data breach – up 13.Unplanned IT & telecom outages – down 14.Act of terrorism – up 55.Security Incident – up 16.Interruption to utility supply – down 27.Supply chain disruption – down 28.Adverse weather – down 19.Availability of key skills – new entry10.Health and Safety incident – new entry Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI, commented: “2015 saw a number of high profile businesses across the world hit by cyber-attacks, so it’s reassuring to see that so many are aware of the threat it poses. Our research finds it to be the top concern in six out of the eight regions surveyed. “However, we remain concerned to see that businesses are still not fully utilizing the information available to them to identify and remedy weaknesses in their organizational resilience. “It is difficult to conceive that either investors or employees will be reassured that the leaders of the organizations they trust are making strategic decisions without an effective evaluation of risk. “Ultimately, organizations must recognize that, while there is risk, and plenty of it, there is also opportunity. Taking advantage of this means that leaders can steer their businesses to succeed by not just surviving, but thriving.”  The report also measures sentiment towards specific business trends and uncertainties. The use of the internet for malicious attacks remains on top this year, with 83% indicating their concern. Increasing supply chain complexity also features in the top ten and on the radar of 47% of respondents. Despite growing fears over the resilience of their firms, the report records another fall in the use of long-term trend analysis to assess and understand threats, down 3% to 70% this year. Of those carrying out trend analysis, a worrying third (33%) are not using the results to inform their business continuity management programmes. Globally, business preparedness shows variations with 9 out of 10 (94%) organizations in Canada utilising trend analysis, while just 3 in 10 firms (29%) in the Caribbean and Latin America do so.  Small businesses, evaluated for the second time in this year’s report, continue to lag behind with only 58% compared to 74% of larger businesses. The report provides the strong recommendation that the rising costs of business continuity demand greater attention from top management. Encouragingly, adoption of ISO 22301, the business continuity standard, appears to be a common framework, with more than half (51%) of organizations now relying upon this. David James-Brown FBCI, Chairman of the Business Continuity Institute, commented: “The need perceived by organizations to identify and build resilience to this range of threats reveals the importance of this survey for business continuity professionals, the Horizon Scan’s reputation and reliability make it one of the most popular reports in the industry on a global scale. It is indeed crucial for practitioners to advise organizations on what to prepare for and adjust their recovery plans accordingly. “The industry landscape is rapidly changing, and so should our discipline in order to keep up with both traditional and modern challenges. At the top of the list this year we continue to see threats such as cyber-attack, data breach and unplanned IT outages. More traditional threats such as terrorism continue to be ’front-of-mind’ for organizations. Given the rise of new challenges and the fact that old ones remain, horizon scanning techniques are even more valuable in assisting organizations to be prepared to the best of their potential.” To download a copy of the report: ‘Horizon Scan Report 2016’, please click here. CEO concerns over global economy deepen 2016-01-29T00:05:52Z ceo-concerns-over-global-economy-deepen Three fifths of global CEOs believe continuing economic uncertainty will lead to compromises in the ability of their organization to maintain high standards, threatening trust in their business and the companies they supply.  Independent research[1] commissioned by BSI, the business standards company, explores the top threats to organizational resilience[2], with macroeconomic uncertainty ranked top ahead of disruptive competition and information security. The 120 CEOs polled from around the globe, reveal how fragile modern operations with global supply chains are. Two thirds (64%) of bosses admit that the concept of organizational resilience is inconsistently understood across their business, despite 70% believing it to be vital to the long-term viability of their operation. Encouragingly 28% of CEOs are confident they secure an advantage in the market from organizational resilience, almost half (49%) claiming it enhances their company’s reputation and 39% suggesting it has improved their organization’s competitiveness through quicker and better targeted responses to opportunities. The research also found that North American firms are more than twice as likely as European firms to have boosted the quality of their products and services through organizational resilience, something that is most commonly held back by short-term financial thinking, a lack of skills and a failure to focus on the management of resilience. Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI commented: “CEOs may become so risk averse that they’re not only missing out on opportunities, but potentially undermining the long-term resilience of their organizations. Leaders need to have confidence in the ability of their team to remain agile and adaptive, while maintaining robust processes in the face of uncertainty. Ultimately today’s challenging conditions offer an opportunity to forge stronger team dynamics and delivery.” Product quality control scandals at more specialist organizations/suppliers have led to serious repercussions for the firms they supply.  For example, Honda was recently forced to recall almost 25 million cars due to issues with faulty airbags. The BSI research reveals the consequence of such activities and shows that the majority of firms both large and small worry about compromising standards. Just a quarter (24%) of CEOs at firms with revenues under $500 million per annum are totally satisfied with their organization’s quality control processes, while this rises to only a third (31%) at larger firms. Worldwide more than half of CEOs (52%) attributed failures in organizational resilience to a lack of skills amongst their workforce. In a signal as to the importance of the issue, more than half (57%) of CEOs take personal responsibility for driving organizational resilience across their business. Just a quarter (25%) entrusted responsibility to colleagues below C-level in their seniority. Kerr concluded: “Change must be led from the top. Organizations can be surprisingly naive, ignoring advice and best practice until they experience a setback themselves. CEO resignations aren’t just token sacrifices; they are a symptom of a wider malaise. Adapting and coping with change is a team effort, based on a culture of excellence across people, products and processes. True leaders recognize that Organizational Resilience is a strategic imperative across the whole business.” [1] Organisational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise, Economist Intelligence Unit, November 2015 [2] BS 65000 – Guidance on organizational resilience defines Organizational Resilience as ‘the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and thrive.’  Notes to Editors: The polling was carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the BSI commissioned Organisational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise report published in November 2015. It surveyed 411 business executives, 61% of whom were heads of departments, SVPs or CEOs. Of these, 20% represented companies more than 100 years old, and 16% worked for companies less than ten years old. One-half of these organizations had more than US$500m in annual revenue, while 10% had an annual revenue of US$10bn or more. Respondents were drawn primarily from Europe (29%), North America (30%) and Asia-Pacific (30%). For a full copy of the research, please contact the press office. About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With over 80,000 clients in 172 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au Just one third of CEOs believe their organization has the resilience to succeed 2015-11-30T05:50:31Z just-one-third-of-ceos-believe-their-organization-has-the-resilience-to-succeed A new report released today (November 30th) by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of BSI identifies a worrying gap in the capability of firms to maintain long-term growth. The global study of business leaders[1] reveals that just one third (29%) trust that their firms have fully embedded resilience practices, and less than half (44%) expect it to be the case in three years’ time. This is despite 88% believing that resilience is a priority for their organizations, and indispensable for long-term growth (80%). The study, “Organizational resilience: Building an enduring enterprise”, finds that achieving the resilience to survive and prosper in the long-term is held back by a lack of skills and knowledge, insufficient leadership commitment and short-term financial considerations. It also highlights that cultural resistance and skills silos create weak-points and bottlenecks within an organization. Two fifths (39%) of business leaders struggle to secure business support for essential resilience measures such as information security, supply chain efficiency and corporate governance. Just one in five (19%) European organizations have succeeded in fully embedding resilient processes, compared to a third in North America (37%) and Asia Pacific (34%). Worldwide, a third (33%) of larger organizations have resilient processes embedded across their business, compared to a quarter (26%) of those with revenues of less than $500 million. Smaller businesses are held back by a lack of knowledge, whereas larger firms cite financial issues. Older organizations are found to be more likely to see the connection between resilience and long-term growth. Resilience as a driver of business success is defined by the report from the avoidance of operational failures to a strategic enabler. Three fifths (61%) see it as a source of competitive advantage, with more than half seeing a very strong link between investment in this area and long-term financial performance. Firms interviewed for the report, including Fiskars, the 366 year old Finnish consumer goods company, explained that achieving organizational resilience is vital for long-term financial success. True resilience is found to come from strategic adaptability across all aspects of operations. Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI commented: “Navigating today’s fast moving and ever-changing world requires companies to be agile, robust and adaptive in order to defy corporate mortality and pass the test of time. That two out of three business leaders believe their organizations may fail this test, shows just how fragile and vulnerable company structures are. This is further reinforced by high-profile examples regularly appearing around the world.” The report identifies six key features of resilient organizations: Proactive approach – a willingness to adapt before being forced to Dynamic leadership – support from the top of organization to embed process, CEO down Responsiveness to change – a willingness to listen to market needs Strong corporate culture – holistic inclusion and recognition of everyone’s responsibility and contribution to the business Keeping focused – possessing a clear vision, purpose and identity Long-term view – avoiding responding solely to short-term financial goals Victoria Tuomisto, editor of the report from the Economist Intelligence Unit concludes: "The apparent gap between the intention and action in companies' approach towards resilience suggests that businesses are facing a host of challenges in embedding resilience in a changing and volatile marketplace. These, in turn, will be different for every company. But a resilient organisation by definition is one that is constantly shifting and adapting; there is no ‘finish line’ when it comes to implementing a culture of resilience” To download a copy of the report: ‘Organizational Resilience: Building an enduring enterprise’, please click here. [1] Survey of 411 business executives drawn from Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific together with in-depth interviews with business leaders and industry experts. BSI nominee, Dr. Marie Yee wins Richard Stanton Award 2015-11-12T05:10:22Z bsi-nominee-dr-marie-yee-wins-richard-stanton-award BSI is delighted that Dr. Marie Yee from Forestry Tasmania was chosen as the worthy recipient of the inaugural Richard Stanton Award. Dr. Yee was nominated by Mr Ross Garsden, BSI’s Forest Management Systems specialist. Ross audits the majority of Australia’s larger forest managers and is in the box seat when it comes to seeing the extensive innovations and improvement in forest management being achieved by many organisations throughout Australia. Ross said, ‘Marie’s work on the development of Forestry Tasmania’s Landscape Context Planning System prompted the nomination. Supported by a team of dedicated specialists, Marie has developed a system of forest management planning that provides a high level of certainty that biodiversity is being managed effectively within the forest at a landscape scale. This is fundamental to the principles of sustainable forest management. The technology has immediate applicability elsewhere for any organisation responsible for sustainable management of native forests.’ The award was presented by the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, at the Australian Forestry Standard Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on 21 October 2015. The award honoured the life of Richard Stanton, the former Executive Officer of AFS Ltd who was killed in a tragic accident earlier this year. AFS Ltd chair Kate Carnell said Mr. Stanton’s knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm for the Australian Forestry Standard was extraordinary. “He had always been devoted to expanding sustainable forests,” she said. "Richard was a wonderful colleague, a dear friend, and well respected within the PEFC family. We appreciate that this award keeps his memory and his dedication to responsible forestry alive," said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. The award, jointly sponsored by BSI, aimed to recognise those who have made a significant and valuable contribution to sustainability though their innovation, improvement or excellence in forest management. Marie’s work is underpinned by Forestry Tasmania’s commitment to the AFS certification scheme and sustainable forest management. Employing ADF Reservists Makes Good Business Sense For Global Firm 2015-10-30T05:24:01Z employing-adf-reservists-makes-good-business-sense-for-global-firm BSI (British Standards Institution) is a company that works with businesses to equip them with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence.  With more than 80,000 clients in 172 countries, BSI believes they are an organisation whose standards inspire excellence across the globe. BSI Group ANZ General Manager Sales & Marketing John Krnel said employing Defence Force Reservists made “good business sense”. “What we have found over the years is that many of the skills developed within a Defence Force context directly translate to the corporate environment,” Mr Krnel said. “Defence Force Reservists demonstrate excellent leadership qualities. We find they bring a myriad of skills to the workplace.” Leadership, initiative and teamwork are just some of the personal attributes Defence Force Reservists bring to the BSI Group ANZ workplace, he said. Mr Krnel said an excellent example of the benefits of employing a Reservist was BSI Group ANZ Business Development Manager Andrew Moore. Mr Moore is Squadron Sergeant Major, A Squadron, with the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers (1/15 RNSWL) Light Cavalry Regiment located at Parramatta, NSW. “Andrew applies his Defence leadership skills in managing his team,” Mr Krnel said. “In return for all of the skills developed in the Defence Force we offer Reservists with flexible working arrangements and support through the BSI Group ANZ Defence Leave Policy.” Mr Moore said he appreciated the support he received from BSI Group ANZ. “BSI Group ANZ has a number of mechanisms in place to ensure employees who are Defence Force Reservists are supported,” Mr Moore said. “Like any employer there has to be give and take, giving BSI as much as possible notice has always helped me in being able to be released to attend courses and training for extend periods of time. “As well as the leadership benefits employees bring to the workplace, employers of Defence Force Reservists are eligible for a range of benefits provided through the Defence Reserves Support organisation”. Financial incentives such as the Employer Support Payment Scheme and ‘Reservist Experience’ programs such as Exercise Executive Stretch and Exercise Boss Lift are two examples of support provided to employers. Earlier this year Mr Krnel got a first-hand taste of military life when he took part in the Defence Reserves Support VIP Challenge held at the Australian Army Recruit Training in Kapooka, NSW. The aim of the challenge, which is held annually, is to provide employers the opportunity to observe and experience the personal, technical and professional skills Reservists receive as a member of the Navy, Army or Air Force Reserve. “Activities included leadership and survival skills training as well as team building exercises and physical challenges,” Mr Krnel said. “It really was a great experience -especially the confidence course.” Defence Reserves Support Head of Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division Major General Iain Spence, CSC, RFD will address the upcoming Western Sydney Business Connection Greater Western Sydney Employer Forum on 12 November.