The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z Beware of headlines promising lower electricity prices 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z beware-of-headlines-promising-lower-electricity-prices-1 Since the Finkel review was released late last week, there have been headlines stating that electricity prices would fall if the recommendations of the review were adopted.   Here’s a warning: These headlines are misleading.   While I am not in disagreement with the review or the recommendations put forward, what I take issue with is how they are falsely being framed and fed into mainstream media.   Based on my extensive knowledge of the electricity industry, a more accurate headline should be:  “Despite Finkel’s recommendations, prices will still rise for most”.   The review actually states that relative to ‘Business as Usual’ (the ongoing and unchanging state of the energy market operating within the present policy vacuum), wholesale electricity prices can somewhat improve from a forecasted ‘worst case scenario’, provided Finkel’s recommendations are adopted.   But here’s the catch: prices for most will not be lower than what we’ve seen to date. Because despite Finkel’s recommended solutions, we’re continuing to operate within the existing policy vacuum, which is pushing prices up.   Additionally, many businesses and residential users have not yet felt the full impact of the increases we have had over the last 12-18 months in the wholesale market. These increases will filter through over the next year or so as larger businesses re-contract and as retailers adjust their pricing for their other customers.   Some of this we are already starting to see with retailers announcing significant increases in pricing for residential users and small businesses from 1 July 2017. Ouch.   In short, for most us, prices are likely to go up before we experience any relief produced from Dr Finkel’s recommendations. ends * Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd. Rod is an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod has been a member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) since 1995 and served on the EMANZ board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002). Over the past six years Rod has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various groups including the Frequency Standard Working Group, Policy Procurement Working Group and the Metering and Reconciliation Working Group.  Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was in May at Vic Water's 2017 Future State of Electricity conference. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. www.smartpowerenergy.com.auMedia enquiries: Rod Boyte can be contacted on 0420 266 866. Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 664 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au We are Expanding in Sunny Brisbane Queensland 2017-06-11T13:29:07Z we-are-expanding-in-sunny-brisbane-queensland Welcome Sandra Ryan who is our Exclusive Agent in Brisbane who took up our home business opportunity We are pleased to announce Sandra Ryan will be looking after Memory Keepsakes in the Brisbane area.  She lives locally and will be attending the Southbank Markets.  She decided she was interested in a home business opportunity around her family. She is based in sunny Brisbane and will be available to show pieces, do in home parties and also attend the Southbank Market in the heart of Brisbane.  She will mainly be working on weekends as this allows her the flexibility to work around her family commitments.  She is a lovely very busy lady.  We are so pleased to have her on board, as we have many clients visit us from Brisbane and they love our work, and now they will have a regular contact in Brisbane.  Sandra will be very happy to help you select your desired piece as she will have all our pieces on offer on her display. Memory Keepsakes are looking for other people who are looking for a home business opportunity.  The big plus this business provides is flexibility.  The products are unique and loved and we provide our clients with loving keepsakes of their special memories.  A very simple concept that is loved by many. http://www.memorykeepsakes.com.au/expanding-sunny-qld-welcome-sandra-ryan/ Peel St Market Tamworth 2017-06-10T12:36:39Z peel-st-market-tamworth Peel St Market - Tamworth Tee Sheridan did her first market at the lovely Peel St Market in Tamworth NSW.  There was so much interest.  She took extra brochures and ran out!  That is always a good sign.  The people of Tamworth loved our unique hand made personalised gifts and wanted to know how it was done etc.  Fortunately, we are a regular fixture at the Peel Street Market.  Tee Sheridan is also happy to do in home parties, which means you get to view our range of products in the privacy of your own home.  We call them Photo Parties, so all you need to do is bring along your favourite photo, (either on your phone or you can email the photo to tees@memorykeepsakes.com.au)  You just need to get a few friends together, have a nice cup of tea and Tee will come to you.  You can contact Tee directly on 0403 184 784.  She is taking christmas orders up until tomorrow Monday 18th December, so if you are looking for unique christmas gifts that will how the WOW impact on christmas day, and you are in the Tamworth area please call Tee! Pet Memorials - Pets are like family 2017-06-05T05:55:30Z pet-memorials-pets-are-like-family Pet Memorials - Our pets are like family We meet so many people grieving over the loss of their beloved pet on a regular basis.  The see our display and immediately go through their phone to find a suitable photo of their beloved pet.  They are going through the grieving process and are looking for pet memorials, to remember their best friend. I recently had a lady come up to me and she wanted to order a piece for her daughter as she had lost her beloved dog only very recently.  She showed me the photo, and I explained it would be fine.  She then started to tear up herself as the dog had clearly left a paw print on this families heart.  She quickly took my brochure and said she would call me.  It was still very raw for her, and this clearly showed.  I see many other clients who order their piece and quickly come and collect it and leave quickly.  I am sure they too are feeling emotional at loosing their beloved pet and need to go away and have a bit of a cry.  They then call me and thank us for the lovely keepsake they have of their beautiful much loved pet. To find out more  www.memorykeepsakes.com.au SKIP GIVES SYDNEY HALF PRICE COFFEE 2017-05-31T05:16:16Z skip-gives-sydney-half-price-coffee From now until Sunday 11th June, Skip is offering Sydneysiders 50% off all coffee orders – with zero waiting time – at participating cafés.      According to the latest data from online coffee and food ordering app Skip, Sydneysiders are paying on average $3.91 for a medium coffee, which is over $1,000 a year per coffee drinking Australian for a 5-day working week.   Skip General Manager, Bill Bizos, says: “We are looking to revolutionise the way Sydneysiders order their morning coffee by offering you half price coffees for the next two weeks, plus no more waiting in queues! All you need to do is download the Skip app via the App store of Google store, pre-order and pay, enter promo code SYDNEY at the check-out, then once it’s ready you can skip the queue to pick it up – it’s that easy!”   Skip is a smartphone app that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and pre-paying for coffee and food. People can order in advance and pick up at a pre-arranged time at a Skip café in Sydney. Skip was developed in response to the trend for on-demand services for time-poor consumers and the growing cashless society Sydney is becoming.  Bill Bizos is available for interview and can discuss the following: How Australia is becoming a cashless society, and apps like Skip support this this shift in the way we transact in 2017 A step by step guide on how Australians can use Skip to increase productivity (from a consumer and small business perspective) How Sydneysiders can get in on the action How else Skip is making Australians’ lives easier  ENDS                For more information on Skip, interviews with Bill Bizos or images, please contact:  Olivia Meena (02) 8353 5746 or 0403 646 259 olivia.meena@hausmann.com.au     About Skip Skip is an online ordering and payment app for smartphones that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and prepaying for coffee and food at hundreds of venues nationally. Visit www.skip.com.au.   Survey shows preference for casual employment 2017-05-26T04:55:55Z survey-shows-preference-for-casual-employment Numerous opponents to the increase in part-time jobs voiced their concerns last week when the unemployment figures were released showing that while the overall jobs market is running stronger, most of the gains in April were driven by part-time jobs, which rose by 49,000 for the month.  However, following a survey among its 2,500 workforce, Australia’s premier sales, merchandising and marketing solutions provider to the retail industry, the Blueprint Group, has found that 83 per cent of its employees is happy with casual or part-time work. The company has a casualised workforce of 84 per cent with the survey also finding that 70 per cent of employees find their position suitable for maintaining a work/life balance and providing the flexibility they desire around their working hours. Caroline Trenfield, Blueprint Group’s new General Manager of Human Resources, said casual and part-time employees are also provided with a promotional path offering long term careers for those who seek it.   “As evidence of the experience of our workforce, more than two in every three employees have been involved in the FMCG environment for more than 10 years.   “While most of the positions we offer in retail are casual, it’s clear that there is a huge cohort who recognise the many benefits of being casual and actively seek this type of employment to suit their lifestyle needs.   “I believe our environment contributes to Blueprint Group having an engaged workforce when working in the field representing our clients.”   Ms Trenfield attributes a 78 per cent field retention rate of Blueprint’s workforce to the extensive sales and merchandising skills training provided, both online and via 30 dedicated trainers around Australia.   “We have developed an online portal for field teams to allow the sharing of field-to-field best practice where everyone can learn from each other.   “The results from our latest survey, when combined with an employee satisfaction rating that is 20 per cent above the industry average, demonstrate that staff are enjoying their work, they feel valued, understand end-user customers and are engaged with their client portfolios.   “All this leads to quality in the field and success for our clients,” she added.   Blueprint Group has a commitment to their employees of being a ‘Great Place to Work’ and invests heavily in the training and coaching of its large team. The company conducts regular surveys of employee satisfaction and has achieved outstanding levels of engagement, which reflects the success of the many programs that make up its Great Place to Work agenda.  www.blueprintgroup.com.au   Ends  Note to Editor: 550 respondents completed the online survey in March 2017.   About Blueprint Group: The Blueprint Group is Australia's premier sales, merchandising and marketing solutions provider to the retail industry. The Group’s five companies deliver a comprehensive range of services that are all designed to help its clients convert shoppers into buyers. Clients comprise manufacturers, food producers, FMCG brands and retailers in numerous industries including grocery, hardware, consumer electronics and liquor. The market-leading Blueprint Group companies are: Ausrep, CCS, Extravert, Powerforce and Retail Insight. Each company has strong retailer and supplier relationships and unmatched national coverage of experienced staff. Key services include: in and out of store sampling and demonstrations; experiential events; sales and merchandising; auditing; relays/planograms; vendor replenishment planning; point of sale production and data insights. Our mission is to ‘unlock value for our clients through our integrated range of big data, sales and marketing solutions’. www.blueprintgroup.com.au   Bartercard Works With Your Accounting System 2017-05-11T21:33:21Z bartercard-works-with-your-accounting-system As we are now well into the new financial year, Bartercard has some ideas on how they can work with your accounting system and, as they say, business finances don’t need to be a complicated process. Bartercard makes it easy and straightforward to keep your finances on track, by fitting into members’ existing accounting systems without the hassle. Bartercard’s simple-to-use system means business owners can spend less time on their accounting and more time focusing on business growth strategies, and they discuss here how they can work with your accounting system, and how it can benefit you and your business.    What makes Bartercard’s system so simple to use is that, in addition to integrating with a member’s current financial system, there are a number of other aspects of Bartercard that make its accounting processes simple to use. When considering business finances, members treat funds in the same way they would cash. There are no special tax considerations when using Bartercard, and this means when funds are in a Bartercard account, tax is paid in the same way it is for a cash amount in a normal bank account. Similarly, the accounting treatment of assets bought on Bartercard is identical to that of assets bought in cash. The depreciation rates and methods remain the same. Bartercard understand what matters most to business owners - increasing cash flow, and growing your business. All you need to do is set up Bartercard as another bank account in your system, allowing you to focus on what is more important in your business. Bartercard works supplementary to cash business. At no point is any member obligated to take on Bartercard business over cash-paying business, giving them complete control. All members also have the ability to choose which products and services they sell through the Bartercard network, and they can adjust offers to the Bartercard community as it suits their business at any time. A benefit of a member using Bartercard for their business is that it encourages other members to utilise their goods and services. This in turn will help them gain new business, create customer loyalty and increase profits. Further, unlike loyalty programmes and daily deal sites, Bartercard Trade Dollars never expire. All Bartercard members sign up to trading terms and the community is self-regulated. It’s therefore important that members are transparent and promote services and goods fairly to the network and customers. If you would like to know more about Bartercard you can download their free ebook by going to their website at http://www.bartercard.co.nz . Geoscape Offers World-First Decision Making Capabilities to Australian Organisations 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z geoscape-offers-world-first-decision-making-capabilities-to-australian-organisations Locate17 – Sydney, Australia – 5th April, 2017: PSMA Australia, a provider of the nation’s location datasets, today officially launched its award-winning innovation in location intelligence, Geoscape. In a world-first, Geoscape enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that were previously too costly or time consuming for most businesses to access. This is the first time location information and data analytics have been combined and made available in this way, on a national level. PSMA also confirmed the much-anticipated Sydney dataset will be released on 5th April, 2017, with the national rollout due for completion by early 2018. To download a sample of Geoscape, visit: www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ “Geoscape is a breakthrough in location-based intelligence that provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy, and puts Australia on the world map as a leader in this technology,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a business intelligence tool, Geoscape gives organisations the opportunity to improve services and increase revenue through evidence-based decision making. It will be used by governments to improve Australia’s future planning, development and management, including everything from building smarter cities to keeping people safe during fires, floods and other natural disasters. There’s also a vast range of applications in the private sector, with particular interest coming from the telecommunications, insurance and utilities sectors.” DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, uses a range of geospatial technologies to deliver core components of the Geoscape dataset. By connecting the world's highest quality commercial satellite imagery and an ecosystem of analytics partners on the Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), DigitalGlobe is able to automatically and accurately extract many types of features about the built environment at continental scale. "The convergence of high-resolution satellite imagery, cloud computing, and machine learning technologies has created some incredibly exciting opportunities for organisations to analyse man-made and natural environments at country and continent scales more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” said Dr. Walter Scott, DigitalGlobe Founder, CTO, and EVP. “We are proud to partner with PSMA Australia to harness these innovations and create a digital index of Australia’s built environment that will benefit a wide range of industries, including business intelligence, insurance, and telecommunications.” How Geoscape works PSMA has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to create the Geoscape dataset, which uses a combination of satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and machine learning to capture attributes of the built environment and link each building to a geocoded address. Organisations can see and analyse this data to gain new insights and improve the way they plan and operate. The data includes building footprints and heights, roof construction, land cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panel installations and swimming pools, and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. New opportunities for enhanced service delivery As Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems evolve and smart cities become a reality, Geoscape can underpin them by linking a wide range of information generated about the lifecycle of the built environment. Data from a rich mesh of sensors can be tied to a location, an address, a legal land parcel and an area, ranging from a single building, to a few streets, to a planning zone or a region. Geoscape creates a wide range of opportunities for improved service delivery including in: Risk management (flood modelling, fire risk modelling, wind impact assessment) Geoscape provides information about the size and roof construction of buildings, their proximity to vegetation and other buildings and a model of terrain to support the assessment of risk. Market assessment For businesses providing property related services Geoscape provides information about buildings, solar panel installations, swimming pools, roofing material, surfaces and vegetation. Telecommunications Geoscape supports the rollout of wi-fi and 5G networks by providing a model of the terrain and information on the shape and heights of buildings and tree cover to support blackspot analysis. Natural disaster impact assessment Preliminary post-event assessment of the likely impact of natural disasters on building infrastructure and vegetation. Valuations Provides building sizes, number, roofing information, vegetation location, heights and basic land use for the valuation process. How Pitney Bowes uses Geoscape Pitney Bowes has been a partner of PSMA Australia for over 15 years. Geoscape is the main dataset used by Pitney Bowes to create its GeoVision product. The data captured in Geoscape is taken and combined with Pitney Bowes location intelligence platforms to create unique and leading edge solutions, which are capturing world-wide recognition. For more information, please see a case study www.geoscape.com.au/showcase/. Australia's ground-breaking Geoscape is rolling out, region by region, across Australia. For progress on the national rollout of Geoscape, view the release schedule at www.geoscape.com.au/rollout/. Download your free trial To download a sample of Geoscape to see how it could be used in your organisation, visit www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ Want to know more? If you’re interested in speaking with PSMA to learn more about Geoscape, you may visit them at Booth 110 and 112 at Locate17 or contact marketing@psma.com.au. For more information: www.geoscape.com.au/ About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia’s goal is to facilitate broad and sustainable access to high-quality location data by offering foundational national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver their location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA is able to collaborate beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: www.psma.com.au/ About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, DigitalGlobe’s imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management and navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. For more information visit: www.digitalglobe.com/ Media Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group psma@spectrumgroup.is +61 2 9469 5700 UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T12:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at http://utrc.com.au/open-letter-to-stawell-residents/ and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. News and invitation: Economic Enquiry Brings Accountants, Government And Technology Together To Grow The Economy 2016-11-03T02:07:19Z news-and-invitation-economic-enquiry-brings-accountants-government-and-technology-together-to-grow-the-economy Sydney, November 3 2016 – Accountants and finance professionals will have the opportunity to influence policy at a State and Federal level, to leverage the new technology and data to become the accountants of the future and to help grow the Australian economy while they are at it at an economic enquiry hosted by Unstoppables Founder, Julio De Laffitte alongside guest speaker the New South Wales Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, The Honourable Victor Dominello MP. The NSW Minister of Innovation is working alongside industry to free up silos of public agency data to give businesses access to information that will drive new innovation. By working across industries, accountants in a prime position to being an incredible amount of value to their clients. This opening of data will change industries, fuel disruption and propel innovation. This exclusive event on Wednesday November 23 at NSW Parliament House, will give attendees the opportunity to to air and share their views in open discussions and to gain insights from a panel of Australia’s greatest business minds about the importance of the relationship between accountants and business success. The aim of this discussion is to learn how accountants and are in the perfect position to take advantage of the changing landscape to grow business and be an invaluable partner to clients. Speakers include Tim Reed, CEO of MYOB, Jane Stanton, Vice President of CAANZ, Nicholas Adamo, CEO of Bright Sparke and John Peterson, Founding Director of Best Practice Program, as well as Julio De Laffitte, Founder of Unstoppables, and The Honorable Victor Dominello MP, Minister of Innovation. The inaugural event saw more than 120 senior professionals attend. “The second in its series, this wonderful event unites the industry and brings fresh ideas and consideration about new practices, technologies and trends impacting the profession. We’re delighted to welcome the Minister and look forward to some serious insights into the unfolding future of the economy from those driving the change,” said Julio De Laffitte, Founder of Unstoppables. For more information, and to register, please visit www.unstoppables.com.au/accountingparliament or email info@unstoppables.com.au. About Unstoppables In 2014, Julio De Laffitte, a successful entrepreneur and businessman who started his business journey over 20 years ago, formed the idea for Unstoppables - A movement for business leaders and entrepreneurs to collaborate, define and action new economic potential for Australia and beyond. In 2015, Unstoppables took over 100 Australian entrepreneurs to Antarctica on an 8-day collaborative think tank. Out of this, many alliances were formed between start-ups, established businesses and different industries to create new economic opportunities for Australia. All in all, 98 businesses were formed and $47 million was invested. In 2016, Unstoppables took 50 Australian entrepreneurs to the Amazon for a 10-day collaborative think tank. The results were the same in comparison. Many new businesses and alliances are being formed through effective collaboration. In all Unstoppables collaborations, accountants and their unique perspective of multiple industries have played key roles in the formation of new opportunities. This observation has seen Unstoppables working closely with accountants and associated industries to leverage further growth in the Australian economy. http://unstoppables.com.au For more information, please contact: Jo Balfour / Shuba Paheerathan Progressiva Public Relations jo@progressiva.com.au / shuba@progressiva.com.au +61 (0)405 541 018 / +61 (0)438 606 424 New Alliance Give Franchisors A Unique, Comprehensive Marketing Package 2016-10-24T01:10:39Z new-alliance-give-franchisors-a-unique-comprehensive-marketing-package Gold Coast, Queensland, October 21, 2016 – Top Snap and Franchise Buyer signed a strategic alliance to offer the Australian Franchise sector a comprehensive marketing package for presenting brands and business opportunities, that now includes professional photography as a standard inclusion. As part of this alliance, Franchise Buyer will now be able to offer its clients a unique marketing package that includes: Professional photography ‘packs’ as standard On location shoots that were previously considered ‘out of reach’ cost wise A seamless approach to coordination and managing the production of images via the Top Snap custom tools ‘Office based’ portrait and other professional imagery on an ‘as needs’ basis This new offering is an integral part of Franchise Buyer’s support package for franchisors who expect more value added to their franchise marketing. The franchise group Top Snap is a natural fit, having been in the professional photography business for more than 10 years. Top Snap understands the importance of visual content impact and has a network of professional media service providers across most major metropolitan areas. Ralf Barschow, Owner and CEO Top Snap says, “We are excited about our new partnership with Franchise Buyer as we are naturally passionate about franchising, especially on a Franchise-to-Franchise (F2F) basis. In today’s cluttered media world where potential customers are constantly bombarded with marketing messages, professional visual content is critical to stand out from the crowd.” Glenn Walford, Franchise Buyer Founder says, “Since day one my vision has always been to play an integral role in presenting businesses to the market in a way that does justice to the investment owners make. It’s always baffled me, and really defies logic, why the business and franchise sales market has not lifted its game and properly invested in professional photography to present such enormous assets for sale. If we all expect professional photography when we buy and sell a house, why on earth don’t we have the same expectations for a business? This alliance with Top Snap has come at the perfect time for us to continue to build on and implement our broader national vision: To most effectively and comprehensively connect buyers to sellers, and vice versa, and all that this entails at every touch point.” Franchise Expert Launches One of the UK’s Fastest Growing Franchises in Australia 2016-10-06T00:18:34Z franchise-expert-launches-one-of-the-uk-s-fastest-growing-franchises-in-australia Based on the highly popular Moo Music UK franchise model, Maggie Moo Music Australia will wow Aussie 0-5 year olds with its infectious songs, cute farmyard characters and sensory ‘moosical’ format.   Franchising professional Carolyn Dufton, from franchisingplus and Hire For Baby, came across the franchise in early 2016 when Moo Music UK franchisor Ant Parker asked her to help develop a strategy for expansion in Australia.   So impressed with the Moo Music franchise model, Ms Dufton decided to become the Australian franchisor (or head farmer).   “Over the years I have been offered many franchise business opportunities and nothing has tempted me, until now. Moo Music was just too good an opportunity to pass up,” Ms Dufton said.   “Parker had developed a low-key, low-cost franchise model that had grown to 160 franchises in just two years. That’s so impressive by any standard,” she said.   Maggie Moo Music Australia has already been successfully piloted in Australia by Gold Coast ‘Farmer’ and mother-of-one Kristy Imrie. Expressions of interest are currently being taken from potential farmers throughout Australia.   Ms Dufton has enlisted the support of marketing strategist and coach Belinda Jackson, who has bought the State Licence for New South Wales and the pair are now seeking expressions of interest from potential farmers throughout Australia.   “We have set an ambitious goal of opening 20 franchises in Australia by Christmas. Considering the interest we’ve had pre-launch, I’m really confident that Maggie Moo Music Australia is going to take off with a turbo boost down under,” she said.   Maggie Moo Music Australia runs fun, interactive music and movement sessions for 0 to 5 year olds and their parents, carers or grandparents. With more than 125 original songs, the program’s interactive ‘moosical’ sessions have been designed with early learning specialists to help young children gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in a fun multi-sensory way.   “I love the humour and warmth in the brand, but most importantly the fact that there is a range of over 125 songs for children that have been written by a professional songwriter and early learning educators really demonstrated the integrity of the brand,” Ms Dufton said.   The Moo Croo includes the franchise’s namesake Maggie Moo and her farmyard friends Henry Horse, Ollie Oink, Doris Duck, Holly Hen and Barry Baa who all love to sing, dance and make music. Other activities include ‘Moo Doos’ (parties) and ‘Messy Moo’ sessions (hands-on messy play), with the latter particularly beneficial for children who find it difficult to express their emotions, such as children on the Autism spectrum.   Find out more about Maggie Moo Music by visiting www.maggiemoomusic.com.au. To express your interest in becoming a farmer visit www.maggiemoomusic.com.au/australia. AUSTRALIAN BEEF PRODUCER, JACK'S CREEK RETAINS THE WORLD'S BEST STEAK TITLE 2016-09-22T23:56:49Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-retains-the-world-s-best-steak-title The competition was tougher than ever with 17 countries and 83 of the world’s top beef producers entering the competition Held in London last night in a bid to win the title. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 75% aged for 30 months and grain fed with judges noting it won on it's all round top quality. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's creek said of the win, “We spent considerable time selecting the entry and this win confirms that we’re the best in the world again. Winning last year was one of the biggest things to happen to us and our brand awareness rocketed and it’s been great for business. This is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” He also added. “We will be going for the hat trick next year!” Chair of judges and butcher Keith Boxley said, “Every gold medal winner was worthy of winning the top prize but the overall winner was outstanding. It scored highly on appearance, quality, taste and tenderness.” He also added, “People are getting more selective about the meat they eat and they want something more prepared. As a butcher judging this competition, I'm looking for something that looks and tastes nice that has no gristle.” Jack’s Creeks’ award winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, black by EZARD, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and Catalina’s Executive Chef, Mark Axisa, commented: "Jack's Creek beef is of the highest quality and the fullest flavour. It is a pleasure having the Jack's Creek dry-aged ribeye on my menu; it just flies out the door!" Jack’s Creeks’ 150+ days Grain Fed 100% black angus also won the Silver award. For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. Birenda J Bhandari welcomed to Jim's Building Inspections team 2016-09-21T22:39:56Z birenda-j-bhandari-welcomed-to-jim-s-building-inspections-team The already impressive experience in the local Jim’s Building Inspection team has been bolstered with the announcement that Birenda J Bhandari (commonly known as BJ) is the latest franchise owner in South Australia. Jim’s Building Inspections Regional Franchisor, Mr Andrew Skinner, said Mr Bhandari comes to his new role after working more than 25 years on a broad range of construction, manufacturing, engineering, project management and industrial projects across Australia and India. “The number of our South Australia franchise owners continues to steadily grow with outstanding candidates, and BJ’s arrival to the team at the start of the busy Spring selling season is great news for potential home buyers and investors looking for a building inspector with a wealth of experience,” Mr Skinner said. “As a family man in his own right, BJ understands need to have a safe and secure investment, which when combined with his impressive career means that he perfectly complements our team of high-quality franchise owners that people can engage with confidence,” he said. “Regardless of whether it’s in in a region, the Adelaide Hills, or across the metropolitan area, buyer interest remains strong in the local property market, and when combined with record-low interest rates there has never been a better time to invest in the South Australian housing market.” Mr Bhandari welcomed the opportunity to support local, national and international buyers and investors in his new role – particularly those wanting to secure property in Marion and the adjoining south-western suburbs. “Whether it is to live in or rent out, buying a home is a major purchase decision – which is why it is critical to make an informed purchase decision by having a building inspection done by an experienced building consultant before signing on the dotted line,” Mr Bhandari said. “It is near impossible for a buyer to look beyond any recent painting or repairs to get a truly accurate picture of the condition and maintenance of a property, so I look forward to working with clients to identify any underlying issues that need to be considered, such as termite damage, salt damp, structural issues, and old or dangerous electrical work.” Migrating to Australia from India with his family in 2005, BJ is a qualified builder with a full builders licence for Residential, Commercial, Industrial & Civil. He also has a Master’s Degree in Management Science, Diploma in Business Management, Bachelor of Commerce, and a Diploma in Mechanical Design and Cert IV- Building & Construction (Building & Site management) as part of his impressive list of formal credentials. His career in India and Australia has seen him employed in senior management and project roles with a number of engineering and construction companies, as well as running his own building consultancy business prior to joining the Jim’s Building Inspections Group. Jim’s Building Inspections provide an easy to understand report within 24 hours of an inspection, which identifies safety hazards, such as suspected Asbestos or structural damage, major and minor defects, and a brief description of work required. To request a quote, or to arrange an inspection call 131 546 or visit https://www.jimsbuildinginspections.com.au/ MEDIA CONTACT: Adam Thomson, Leverage PR, M 0430 420 120, E adam@leveragepr.com.au  AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au