The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-28T06:35:26Z SLR Announces Expansion of Advisory Services 2017-02-28T06:35:26Z slr-announces-expansion-of-advisory-services Leading environmental and advisory firm, SLR Consulting has recently announced the expansion of services in its Asia Pacific region with the introduction of a Highways and Transportation Planning team.       Previously only serviced from the European region, SLR’s local team of traffic engineers and transport planners have extensive experience in the planning and design of transport projects for public sector, private and commercial clients.  The team have a detailed knowledge of design standards, assessment techniques and procedures relating to transportation planning and have a proven track record in providing prompt strategic level advice with a sound commercial understanding. Transport Engineer Shane Healey has been appointed as Technical Discipline Manager and will be based from the company’s Brisbane Office.   Commenting on the new technical capability in the region, Shane remarked: “I am excited to establish SLR’s transport advisory services in Asia Pacific and offer new and existing clients a comprehensive technical advisory solution.  Our aim is to provide clients strategic support in maximising the benefits and managing the risks associated with investment in transport infrastructure through the provision of innovative expertise in the fields of traffic engineering and transportation planning.  Shane is joined in Brisbane by former colleagues Jeff Baczynski, Brett McClurg and Kris Stone who together have an impressive 75 years combined experience. Asia Pacific Regional Manager Paul Gardiner added: “The addition of our Highways and Transportation Planning team aligns with the company’s strategy of strengthening and diversifying existing services in other geographies.  It’s a very exciting time for SLR’s technical growth and we are thrilled to welcome Shane and his team to the APAC operations”. SLR’s clients in this market cover the full scope of infrastructure owners, sponsors, funders and operators in both the public and private sector, together with the supporting investment, contracting and advisory community. Adelaide Scholarship Search for Executive/Personal Assistant Seeking a Challenge 2017-02-28T04:09:40Z adelaide-scholarship-search-for-executive-personal-assistant-seeking-a-challenge behind closed doors is on the search for an Adelaide based Executive/ Personal Assistant (EA/PA) who is seeking an opportunity to both challenge and stretch herself in her career to receive its 2017 Executive Assistant’s Scholarship. Since 2013, behind closed doors has offered the annual scholarship of a 12-month EA membership in Adelaide that provides opportunities to develop professional skills and networks. The 2016 scholarship was awarded to Jemma Buck, EA to the Director and Chief Executive, Adelaide Fringe.  Applications are now open for 2017. In launching the scholarship search, behind closed doors Managing Director, Donny Walford said, “EA and PA roles within an organisation are demanding, highly influential and they represent the thoughts and views of the Executive they support. Success as an EA doesn’t come easily.” “To thrive within the upper echelons of an organisation, you must be able to work effectively with all kinds of people and forge strong business relationships.” The scholarship takes the form of a 12-month behind closed doors Executive Assistant’s membership and is valued at more than $3,500. The group meets 10 times a year with each morning session running for two hours at an Adelaide CBD boardroom. Facilitated by Susan Raphael, who draws on extensive experiences working in senior management roles, members receive a unique opportunity for group mentoring amongst peers employed in a variety of industries. Regular guest speakers provide members an opportunity to build on and expand the skills required specifically for a highly effective EA. As part of the eligibility criteria, applicants must be businesswomen currently working in an Executive Assistant or Personal Assistant role who aspire to extend themselves further to achieve and succeed in their environment. A 1000 word application must be submitted by 5pm, Friday, 31 March 2017, with the winner to be announced at the behind closed doors Administrative Professionals Day Morning Tea on Friday, 5 May 2017. Managers are encouraged to nominate their EA/PA to be considered for the scholarship. More information on the scholarship can be found at: http://behindcloseddoors.com/bcd-executive-assistants-scholarship/ ENDS Issued by: Penny Reidy, behind closed doors Marketing Manager, penny@behindcloseddoors.com (08) 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791. 2016/2017 Global Resilience Diagnostic Report 2017-02-28T03:14:56Z 2016-2017-global-resilience-diagnostic-report The report provides detailed insight into resilience at all levels of the human function, as well as employee performance.   Of the many findings, the report shows that 55% of professionals worry excessively, 50% are hyper vigilant, 45% experience distress symptoms, 30% have impulse control problems, 35% are unable to relax, and 30% experience excessive work intensity.   “The research shows that the state of the modern workforce isn’t conducive to organisations being as innovative, adaptive and successful as they could be.  This is an anxious and overloaded workforce that suffers from absenteeism, presenteeism, conflict and attention loss. Resilience in an organisation works to mitigate against these issues. Fortunately resilience is proven to be a learned quality that can be taught,” said Stuart Taylor CEO of Springfox.   DATA HIGHLIGHTS   We are changing over time   Considerable changes occurred in our workforce from 2010 to 2016 with peoples’ levels of relaxation, fitness, intensity and impulse control declining over the six-year period. This means people are not relaxing and recovering as well as they once were. In fact, data shows a 30% reduction in our daily practice of relaxation, which is the foundation for physical, emotional and cognitive resilience. Conversely, factors including one’s connection, health awareness, biological insight, engagement and values alignment improved over time.    Age matters   The data shows that resilience tends to increase with age, especially in the train mind category, led by focus and decisiveness. Significant life events we experience as we get older impact our levels of resilience and our ability to adapt, change, and grow. Women show most improvement during their younger and older years, whilst men between the ages of 31-50 display the highest increase in resilience.   Gender counts   The report illustrates that gender plays a role in one’s resilience levels and that men and women have different needs and solutions. Overall, male resilience ratios (2.31:1) are higher than female ratios (2.11:1) and men improve more with training. Females tend to score poorly in distress, vulnerability and withdrawn categories. Having said this, women are more engaged and positive, eat better, and score higher on EQ factors (positivity, connection, empathy, insight).   The CEO must lead - leadership must shape, promote and model resilience   The data reveals that a stress based culture typically stems from the top at the c-suite level. The most resilient organisations are those that have a leadership team that takes a systematic   and active approach to participating in and modelling resilience. When leadership fails to demonstrate resilience, this is reflected in the organisation at large resulting in an underperforming workforce.   “This highlights that it’s critical for leadership to commit themselves to practices that will lead their teams to be more resilient. Leaders drive culture, and culture drives performance,” said Mr Taylor.     Resilience is not innate; it’s learnt – resilience training delivers   With intervention, every category and factor of resilience improves, with data showing a clear increase in resilience ratios after resilience programmes. The average improvement is 25%, with some subjects even doubling their level of resilience.   Global diversity   Resilience is globally relevant and locally distinct. While there is little difference in resilience starting points between regions, responses to resilience interventions do vary by region. The Americas have the greatest increase in resilience ratio after resilience programmes, whilst South East Asia has the lowest.   Download the full report here: http://bit.ly/2ml8Gok   -ENDS-     About the Resilience Delivers - Global Resilience Diagnostic Report 2016/2017   The Global Resilience Diagnostic Report 2016/2017 is an analysis of 26,099 Resilience Diagnostic Assessments over six years. The Resilience Diagnostic is a self-assessment tool that assesses the resilience of individuals, teams and organisations. The diagnostic measures five asset categories (resilience strengths) and six liability categories (resilience vulnerabilities). Each category is built from an average of five questions exploring people’s actions and experiences.   About Springfox   Springfox is the Australian leader in resilience. Founded in 2002 under the name of The Resilience Institute in Australia, Springfox provides evidence-based resilience programmes to individuals and organisations. The Learning Labs are delivered in five different languages on all continents. Drawing from modern preventative medicine, positive psychology, neuroscience, emotional intelligence and cognitive behaviour therapy, the training is proven to improve individuals and organisations’ resilience by an average of 25%. MarkLogic Positioned as Sole Visionary in Gartner® Magic Quadrant® for Data Management Solutions for Analytics 2017-02-27T23:05:29Z -337 SYDNEY -- MarkLogic Corporation, a leading Enterprise NoSQL database provider, today announced that Gartner placed MarkLogic as the sole company in the Visionaries quadrant of the February 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics. This recognition follows on the heels of the October 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems in which Gartner placed MarkLogic as the highest for ability to execute in the Challengers quadrant. [For a complimentary copy of the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, please click here.] While the market has seen pure-play Hadoop vendors as vision leaders in the past, this most recent Gartner report shows MarkLogic positioned as the Sole Visionary. “Despite the rise of Big Data, the Internet of Things, and rapidly changing industry demands and shifting business models, organisations are being asked to meet new data and application challenges with tools that haven’t fundamentally changed in decades,” said Gary Bloom, Chief Executive Officer and President at MarkLogic. “As the sole visionary in a market that we feel has largely failed to innovate, we believe MarkLogic delivers a best-in-class enterprise database platform that can solve current data warehouse challenges, and anticipate an enterprise’s future data needs, accelerating business growth and reducing time-to-value simultaneously. We will continue to deliver a clear vision and overall solution for how data is used, analysed, managed, searched, and secured to achieve real business outcomes.” As noted in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics, “Customers now expect solutions that support all types of data for analytics and that take a coordinated approach. This demands different types of integrated solutions and an interoperable services tier for managing and delivering data.” MarkLogic continues to deliver an industry-leading vision and solution for solving the decades-old challenge of integrating data silos without the need for traditional Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) or data warehouse tools. As the industry’s most trusted Enterprise NoSQL operational and transactional database for over a decade, MarkLogic has more than 1,000 global enterprise and government customers relying on the MarkLogic database to integrate data and build new applications on a 360-degree view of their data, driving innovation and clear competitive advantages. About the Magic Quadrant Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About MarkLogic Corporation For over a decade, organisations around the world have come to rely on MarkLogic to power their innovative information applications. As the world’s experts at integrating data from silos, MarkLogic’s operational and transactional Enterprise NoSQL database platform empowers our customers to build next generation applications on a unified, 360-degree view of their data. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, MarkLogic has offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia. For more information, please visit www.marklogic.com. Epson Launches New 2000-Series Business Projectors 2017-02-27T21:28:59Z epson-launches-new-2000-series-business-projectors Epson has launched its new 2000-Series business projectors. The series features six projectors that are ideal for business meetings, large boardrooms, lecture halls, classrooms and houses of worship. Designed for ease-of-use, the 2000-Series produces up to 5,500 lumens of both colour and white brightness1, and features full HD 1080p support, built-in enterprise level Wi-Fi security, and a full interface for multiple connections and installation flexibility. General Manager, Business Division, Epson Australia Craig Heckenberg said, “The 2000-Series offers an unbeatable combination of brightness, a rich feature set and a portable design, making it ideal for nearly any room. The series delivers a wide range of options, from resolution and brightness to connectivity options, so customers can find the solution that best suits their installation needs.” The 2000-Series leverages HDMI connectivity to easily project digital content, including video and audio, from the latest laptops, Blu-ray Discs®, DVDs, and other media players. Leveraging a wireless LAN module2, the 2000-Series projectors also offer security features such as WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA-EAP, WPA2-EAP wireless encryption to help prevent information leakage in an enterprise environment. In addition, the DICOM Simulation Mode3 (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) provides the ability to reproduce images with an advanced grayscale level that simulates DICOM Part 14, ideal for viewing grayscale medical images, such as X-rays, for training and educational environments. The flagship models – EB-2265U and EB-2165W – feature wireless screen mirroring with Miracast® that allows 2000-Series users to stream Full HD movies, videos, photos, and music from a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC directly to the projector. Miracast® wirelessly mirrors and streams content from Android™ mobile devices or Windows® PCs to the projector. These models also include innovative HDBaseT connectivity for easy installation. The new 2000-series supports Multi-PC projection, which allows up to four individual PC screens to be displayed simultaneously over the network with up to 50 connected to the same projector. The projectors also include Screen Fit, an auto-sensing feature that adjusts the image size to fit within a frame, whether it’s a screen or a board, with the push of a button. The entire range of projectors can also be used with the Epson iProjection™ App to display content from iOS® or Android™ mobile devices with wireless or network capabilities4. Additional Features on the new 2000-SeriesThe new Epson 2000-Series projectors deliver a range of colour brightness and white brightness and features to meet a variety of small-to-mid sized business needs: • Versatile, Compact Design – Includes multiple connectivity options; ideal for taking from room to room, or installing in small to medium-sized spaces • Enterprise-Level Wireless Security – The wireless LAN module2 (sold separately on EB-2250U) supports robust wireless security network protocols that help keep information safe • Wireless Screen Mirroring with Miracast® – Stream Full HD 1080p content and mirror wireless Android device screens • Remote Management and Control Tools – Included software allows for remote monitoring and control of Epson networked projectors; also compatible with Crestron®Room View®  • Long-Lasting Lamp Life – Up to 10,000 hours in ECO Mode5 EB-2265UColour Brightness1 - 5,500 lumensWhite Brightness1 - 5,500 lumensResolution - WUXGAFeatures - HDBaseT, Screen Mirroring, Wi-FiPricing* - $2,799 EB-2250UColour Brightness1 - 5,000 lumensWhite Brightness1 - 5,000 lumensResolution - WUXGAFeatures - Wi-Fi (optional)Pricing* - $2,229 EB-2245UColour Brightness1 - 4,200 lumensWhite Brightness1 - 4,200 lumensResolution - WUXGAFeatures - Wi-FiPricing* - $1,949 EB-2165WColour Brightness1 - 5,500 lumensWhite Brightness1 - 5,500 lumensResolution - WXGAFeatures - HDBaseT, Screen Mirroring, Wi-FiPricing* - $2,499 EB-2155WColour Brightness1 - 5,000 lumensWhite Brightness1 - 5,000 lumensResolution - WXGAFeatures - Wi-FiPricing* - $1,999 EB-2055Colour Brightness1 - 5,000 lumensWhite Brightness1 - 5,000 lumensResolution - XGAFeatures - Wi-FiPricing* - $1,499 Epson projectors offer 3x higher colour brightness6 than competitive 1-chip DLP models to ensure vivid colourful images. All Epson projectors feature the latest 3-chip 3LCD technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life colour and detail for powerful presentations. Availability and supportThe 2000-Series is available now through national resellers and direct on epson.com.au. The projectors are also available through pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, and distribution. Epson projectors come with a three-year limited warranty and 12 months lamp warranty. * MSRP including GST1 Colour brightness (colour light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Colour light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.2 LAN Module sold separately on the following model: EB-2250U3 These projectors do not meet the DICOM standard Part 14 and should not be used as a medical diagnostic device.4 To use Epson iProjection, the projector must be configured on a network. Epson projectors can be networked either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specifications for availability) or via a wireless connection. Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable wireless connection on your Epson projector. Not all Epson projectors are able to be networked. Availability varies depending on model. Not all files and formats are supported. See www.epson.com for details.5 ECO Mode is up to 10,000 hours. Normal mode is up to 5,000 hours. Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions, and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.6 Colour brightness (colour light output) measured in accordance with ISMD 15.4. Colour brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. The projectors used by a third-party lab for measuring colour brightness were leading Epson 3LCD business and education projectors and the leading 1-chip DLP projectors, based on NPD sales data for June 2013 through May 2014 and PMA Research sales data for Q1 through Q3 2013.  Home Renovation Specialist in Perth: “Don’t Try This at Home.” 2017-02-27T06:18:07Z home-renovation-specialist-in-perth-don-t-try-this-at-home Perth, WA, 27 February 2017 - Home renovation specialists in Perth and across Australia are paying close attention to a new study being conducted by the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland, conducted by Dr Rob Eley. The study is designed to find the causes of DIY home renovation accidents.Dr Eley believes there are four probable causes for most DIY home renovation accidents: inappropriate use of tools, insufficient training for using the tools, using the wrong tool for the wrong job or failure of the tools to function correctly. Dr Eley has noticed, as have many others studying DIY home renovation accidents, that they have increased sharply since DIY home improvement TV shows became popular. Some may tend to trivialise DIY home improvement accidents because so many are minor in nature, but some result in hospital visits, detached limbs and even death. At the very least, many accidents can be life-threatening, such as a nail gun to the head or an angle grinder hitting the abdominal wall. Previous studies have centred upon those who were admitted to hospitals. According to Dr Eley, the previous studies ignored those who were injured seriously enough to visit an emergency room. Approximately 75% of DIY home improvement accident victims are treated in emergency rooms, making this a significant number.Consequently, Dr Eley intends to study at least 200 victims of DIY home improvement accidents. One example is an architect in Queensland who lost four fingers due to a power saw accident. The architect said the accident “happened in a split-second;” he looked down and his fingers were gone. He didn’t even feel it happen.What Home Renovation Specialists ThinkCraig Johns is the director of Next Level Extensions, a home renovation specialist in Perth. According to Mr Johns:“We think one of the main reasons so many more accidents are happening is that people without enough experience are using dangerous tools without taking the proper safety precautions.  DIY enthusiasts tend to think they can do anything, thanks to all of the DIY home improvement TV shows. They think they can do the same job a professional has been doing for 30 years because they watched a 60 minute TV show. Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.”Mr Johns continued: “When professionals do a job, they are doing it every day. Tradies get to be good and develop experience by working with more experienced crew members until they are able to do the job themselves. If you pull your tools out of the garage a few weekends a year, you aren’t going to have the experience level of professional builders.”Mr Johns concluded: “Our recommendation: do the small stuff yourself but always leave the heavy lifting to professionals.”Next Level Extensions are home renovation specialists located in Perth. They offer home renovations, home extensions, second storey additions and new home construction They have more than 40 years’ combined experience and an award winning home renovation designer, Max Sardi. To learn more or for a free consult, call 1300 948 094 or visit their website: http://www.nextlevelextensions.com.au/. Neto banishes supply chain breakups with Advanced Inventory for retailers 2017-02-27T05:35:28Z neto-banishes-supply-chain-breakups-with-advanced-inventory-for-retailers Sydney, 27 February 2017 – Neto, Australia’s first fully-integrated commerce platform, today launched its Advanced Inventory module to help customers end costly breakups between online sales channels and supply chain management. Advanced Inventory allows e-tailers to manage purchase orders, adjust stock levels, and complete stocktakes all from within Neto, complementing the platform’s existing inventory management functions including real-time stock tracking, low stock alerts, and warehouse and suppler management. Recent Neto research found that 17% of Australian SMBs use pen and paper or Excel to manage inventory, with 16% relying on sight. Neto consolidates all inventory management processes on the same control panel that runs retailers’ online, retail, and eBay stores, minimising the need for costly external integration with third-party platforms. “Recent data from our customers showed that over 53% of retailers are spending multiple hours managing inventory each week. Before Neto, these retailers had to manage a raft of relationships between their stores and numerous third-party platforms for things like purchasing, stocktake, and warehouse management,” said Ryan Murtagh, CEO - ‎Neto. “And if just one of these relationships went sour, or the retailer wanted to take things up a level in terms of volume or market reach, the resulting breakups would disrupt the entire supply chain. “At Neto, we don’t see why inventory should be run separately to all other parts of the retail process, which is why we’ve always allowed retailers to manage their stock from start to finish through our platform, in total harmony with the rest of their sales, marketing, and compliance. Advanced Inventory completes the omnichannel value chain, allowing retailers to sell anywhere and manage everything without paying for and managing the upkeep of numerous external service providers.” Additional new functions within Advanced Inventory  include instant stock valuation, real-time stock adjustments, and one-click Purchase Order creation for both Australian and overseas suppliers. Despite its all-in-one approach to sales channel and inventory management, Neto also comes with full integration to Xero, the financial platform of choice for Australian SMEs, with compatibility set to extend to other cloud-based accounting platforms like Quickbooks and MYOB AccountRight in future releases. “A messy relationship between sales channels and supply chains will inevitably spill over into lost profits and reduced growth potential,” said Murtagh. “By consolidating inventory management with all other parts of the omnichannel value chain, we’re helping Australian retailers to put cross-platform breakups in the past and focus on cultivating a perfect match between their stock and their customers.” Neto Advanced Inventory is available to all customers on large plans and above. Neto’s standard inventory features – including real-time stock tracking, reporting, and warehouse and supplier management – are available to all customers. The Faith Agency Boosts Retail Sales with Successful Marketing Campaigns 2017-02-27T00:50:13Z the-faith-agency-boosts-retail-sales-with-successful-marketing-campaigns Brand campaigns need to stand out from the crowd during crucial trading period for retailers, such as Christmas and the broader festive season. For creative and brand marketing company The Faith Agency this means thinking outside the box. Faith was recently appointed to work with the Homewares Group.  It was important for The Homewares Group and its retail brands Minimax, Your Habitat and General Trader, that they are the destination of choice for quality cookware, homewares, appliances and great brands. Faith utilised the traditional retail campaigns that covered television, radio, press and catalogues for their clients, to send a distinct message and broaden target audience. This was supported with extensive eDM programs and exclusive offers to ensure customers were engaged during a fiercely competitive period. The results were very strong with each of the brands significantly contributing to a growth in market share for the group. Premium retail brand Minimax is a household name for quality homewares in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, with stores in Toorak, Kew and Brighton. Faith used the Christmas catalogues, POS and event materials to boost Minimax presence. Minimax believes in gaining customers for life by treating them with respect and genuinely caring for their purchasing decisions by providing superior product lines based on style, design, brand and uniqueness. Faith captured this ethos in their attractive Christmas cooking and entertaining catalogue. Since 2003, Faith has enjoyed a close relationship with the Australian retail industry. It stands out from other agencies in having their own in-house media specialists who work collaboratively with the strategy and creative teams. With full access to a range of media research tools, including Roy Morgan data, Faith is able to influence buying decisions and this has been invaluable to clients. Melbourne-based Faith is an advertising agency which covers brand strategy, design, social media management and website design. Faith specialises in holistic consumer strategies that ensure the ‘path to purchase’ – from television and digital, through to LAM, CRM and merchandising. – are all complemented in a highly integrated manner. Faith’s retail clients also include Thrifty-Link Hardware, Homyped, Prahran Market, Continental Tyres and City Jeep.   The Faith team can be contacted on the phone by calling +61 3 8646 0100 or sending an email to info@thefaithagency.com.au To find out more about Faith: http://www.thefaithagency.com.au/ Air quality: ACOEM Group merges with Indo-Australian company Ecotech 2017-02-24T17:13:16Z air-quality-acoem-group-merges-with-indo-australian-company-ecotech ACOEM Group (EUR 62 million revenue, 450 employees) announces its merger with Ecotech, Indo-Australian specialist in air quality monitoring (EUR 24 million revenue, 220 employees). ACOEM Group's mission is to help companies and public authorities limit their environmental impact, offering products and services that enable them to prevent noise and vibration pollution, improve air quality, and increase the productivity and reliability of industrial machines. Leveraging this merger as well as its positioning in the high-growth market for monitoring environmental parameters, ACOEM Group seeks to double its sales revenue by 2020. "The extensive expertise Ecotech possesses in air quality complements our well-established know-how in acoustics and vibration, making the ACOEM Group the world's first company to position itself in the measurement, analysis, and control of all types of environmental parameters," says Fabien Condemine, CEO, ACOEM Group. "Our merger with Ecotech also enables us to speed up our international growth, notably by opening markets in Australia, India, and Southeast Asia." "Joining the ACOEM Group is an opportunity for Ecotech to continue its growth, participating in the international success of a group that shares our vision and common values," says Nicholas Dal Sasso, Managing Director at Ecotech. This external growth operation is consistent with the ACOEM Group's strong growth over the past five years (from EUR 40 million revenue in 2011 to EUR 62 million in 2015), and it supports a development strategy that seeks to make ACOEM Group the worldwide leader in monitoring environmental parameters. This merger will enable both companies to leverage their expertise and positioning: - Ecotech will develop its expertise in air quality over all the zones covered by ACOEM Group, notably Europe, North America, and Brazil. - ACOEM Group will develop its expertise related to noise and vibration pollution in all the zones covered by Ecotech, notably Australia, India, and Southeast Asia. About ACOEM Group Founded in 2011 following the sale of Areva's 01dB-Metravib business, the ACOEM Group specializes in measuring, analyzing, and controlling environmental parameters. The ACOEM Group offers products and services that prevent noise and vibration pollution, improve air quality, and increase the productivity and reliability of industrial machines to help companies and public authorities reduce their environmental impact. The ACOEM Group is based in Limonest, France, and has four subsidiaries around the world, in Brazil, the United States, Malaysia, and Sweden. The Group generated EUR 62 million in revenue in 2015, 70% of which was from international markets, and currently employs 450 people around the world. www.acoemgroup.fr, www.acoemgroup.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/Acoemgroup LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/acoem?trk=tyah Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACOEM-207065082718000/?fref=ts YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/acoemTV About Ecotech At Ecotech, problem solving is in our DNA. For over 40 years we have pioneered innovative solutions in environmental monitoring for air, water, gas, blast, particulate and dust. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia we now operate in more than 80 countries, manage over 440 real-time environmental monitoring sites certified to internationally recognized quality standards. With two world-class manufacturing facilities in India and Australia both certified to ISO 9001 Quality Management standard, Ecotech generated EUR 24 million in revenue in 2015 employing 220 people around the world. Ecotech is part of ACOEM Group. www.ecotech.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/EcotechPtyLtd LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ecotech-pty-ltd Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecotechmonitoring YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EcotechPtyLtd Press contacts - Amalthea Claire Faucon - cfaucon@amalthea.fr - +33 (0)4 26 78 27 13 Floriane Gouache - fgouache@amalthea.fr - +33 (0)4 26 78 27 15 ISO 45001 - THE NEW GLOBAL STANDARD FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY IS COMING 2017-02-24T08:25:23Z iso-45001-the-new-global-standard-for-health-and-safety-is-coming There have been significant changes in the certification landscape to meet current market best practice.  The recent release of the draft OH & S Management Systems (ISO 45001) in 2016, and the new revision of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 feature various amendments from previous versions. WHAT IS ISO 45001 ISO is the product of collaboration between more than 70 countries, and is designed to work for any size business.  The framework identifies and controls health and safety risks, reduces potential accidents, aids legislative compliance, and improves overall performance. The standard also demonstrates how to develop and implement a policy with the right objectives for organizations of all types and sizes. Increasingly companies now want detailed information about their suppliers’ occupational health and safety practices to protect their brands. The standards described in the draft are not new or even tough to implement. It provides a systematic approach that ensures all aspects are considered when directing operations in the workplace.   EXPLANATION AND STRATEGY SEMINAR Bureau Veritas and myosh, both global leaders in the Health & Safety Industry have teamed up to provide expert knowledge and guidance to help businesses and management make sense of the new standards and well as showing how the use of technology can help streamline some of the more time consuming aspects of staying compliant. This information seminar in Sydney is aimed at educating businesses - it is free, and can help organisations adapt to the new ISO standards and create a safer, better-regulated working environment.  Directors of both companies will be on hand to answer any questions that may arise from these changes. For more information or to book for this seminar click here How Organisations Can Use Software To Improve Workplace Mental Health 2017-02-24T08:22:32Z how-organisations-can-use-software-to-improve-workplace-mental-health Mental Health Issues in the workplace cost Australian Business 10.9 Billion Dollars a year and, is one of the leading causes of sickness, absence and long term work incapacity in Australia.   Employers are legally required to manage mental Wellbeing in the workplace and Workers are also required to take reasonable care for their own health and safety. A Price Waterhouse Coopers study reported that for every dollar spent on successfully implementing an appropriate action, there is on average $2.3 in benefits to be gained.   Workplace mental health is critical but how do we identify issues, reduce stigma and improve outcomes?  myosh spokesperson, Sarah O’Leary said “We were aware of the impact that mental health has in the workplace.  We are involved in a lot of safety seminars, and the topic kept coming up but we realised that managers and leaders just did not know what to do or how to identify and manage the issues.   But it was when an existing client approached myosh with a specific requirement that the synergy became fully apparent.  That client was Melbourne IT, one of Australia’s largest online solutions providers with a workforce of 680 people spread across three states.   Tony Jackson is Internal Audit Manager at Melbourne IT. He confirms that he was reviewing the company’s OH&S procedures and had identified several gaps in compliance, mostly around the area of mental wellbeing.  “We were aware of the psychological hazards associated with our type of business, but we didn’t have any mechanisms in place to deal with them,” says Jackson. “It was clear that people didn’t like coming forward with these sorts of problems, and we had no way of reviewing the situation if they did. So we approached myosh to see if they could help.”.   myosh is a global provider of HSEQ solutions.  In consultation with experts and clients, myosh have developed the Wellbeing platform to Manage Workplace Mental Health.  MyWellbeing is an innovative set of cloud based tools and resources that make it easy for managers to Identify, Nurture and Improve Workplace Mental Health.   Learn more at the Sydney 2pm Wed 1st March in Sydney.  For more information, email sarah.oleary@myosh.com To attend the launch or register interest, visit http://myosh.com/wellbeing/ A recent article written by myosh on the real cost of psychosocial safety at work, can be found here: http://myosh.com/blog/the-real-cost-of-psychosocial-safety-at-work/ Search Engine Optimization Is Important Says In2town Public Relations 2017-02-24T07:08:26Z search-engine-optimization-is-important-says-in2town-public-relations In2town Press Release, who help small business owners gain exposure online through their low-cost press release writing and distribution service, is concerned at the number of small business owners who ignore SEO techniques. According to a recent report, just over 50% of businesses around the world have a website. According to In2town Press Release, with over 1 Billion searches being performed each day, that number is very low. A spokesman for In2town (uk.fiverr.com/in2town/write-you-a-sbwire-press-release-including-distribution) said every type of business should have a website to generate exposure, customers and sales. However, many of those that do have a website are not gaining the traffic and customers they should be due to ignoring SEO techniques and online promotion. Geoff Tims from In2town Press Release said: “There are over 1 Billion searches made each day and 20% of them are from people looking for local products and services. It is vital that small business owners have a website and one that can be found in search engines.” A lot of small business owners believe SEO is very expensive, but many of those people do not understand that they can learn and perform the techniques themselves. 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To learn more about In2town Press Release and to have a press release written and distributed, please visit https://uk.fiverr.com/in2town/write-you-a-sbwire-press-release-including-distribution About In2town Press Release In2town Press Release provides an affordable press release writing and distribution service from twenty-five dollars Prospa secures $25M in funding led by AirTree Ventures; Passes $250 Million in Loans to Small Business 2017-02-24T00:03:45Z prospa-secures-25m-in-funding-led-by-airtree-ventures-passes-250-million-in-loans-to-small-business-1 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 24 February 2017 – Prospa, Australia’s leading online lender to small business, has secured $25M in growth funding led by AirTree Ventures – Australia’s most successful tech-focused venture capital firm. Joining the financing were Entrée Capital and Ironbridge Capital who have backed Prospa since its inception.   The deal is the largest fintech venture capital investment in an Australian business. Prospa also announced it had passed $250 Million in total loans to small businesses in Australia. The investment comes after a period of significant growth for Prospa who is now the clear market leader for online lending to small businesses in Australia.   Prospa will use the funds to accelerate its market leadership: boosting technology, product expansion and distribution, ramping up talent acquisition and building a world-class brand.   Greg Moshal, Founder and joint CEO of Prospa said continued interest from top technology investors like Airtree, and the scale of their investment, recognises the difficulties small businesses have in accessing finance, and will support Prospa in its growth phase.   "We’re driving a fundamental change in the way 2 million small business owners in Australia access finance.    “We’ve now provided over 10,000 loans and put over $250m into the Australian small business economy. All the while maintaining our ability to wow our customers, which continues to be proven through a stellar customer satisfaction score of over 90%.   AirTree Ventures’ managing partner, Craig Blair, said “Greg and Beau have built a world class team and are obsessing over how to solve customer problems in a better, faster way. They are exactly the kind of founders we want to partner with.”   "This is a coming of age of the fintech sector in Australia. Prospa is a real business solving a real problem, winning awards with tremendous customer and market feedback while achieving profitability from the very early days,” Mr Blair said.   Prospa passed $250 million in loan originations and has added a series of strategic partnerships with Westpac, Reckon and Mortgage Choice coming on board to offer Prospa’s small business loans to their customers.   Co-Founder and Joint CEO Beau Bertoli said “strong partnerships are key to Prospa’s rapid growth and future success.   “To reach more small business owners, we’ll continue to invest in partnerships with trusted brands who share our values of putting their small business customers first.   “Small businesses are the driving force of the Australian economy. We’ve solved a huge challenge of access to finance for them by building the best local lending platform, making it faster and easier to get a small business loan than it ever has been,” Bertoli said.  About Prospa Prospa is Australia’s leading online small business lender, committed to helping small businesses access the funds they need to grow. Using a proprietary technology platform and a fast, simple online application process, Prospa can approve loans and provide funding within 24 hours. Since 2011, this Australian-owned, high growth company has helped thousands of small businesses, won the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast50 Australia and the #1 Smart Company 2016, was placed fifth in AFR’s Fast Starters 2016 and is a 2015 and 2016 Telstra Business Award finalist. Prospa holds an Australian Credit Licence: no. 454782 issued by ASIC. More information can be found at www.prospa.com  About AirTree Ventures AirTree, partnering with world-class Australian entrepreneurs to build the businesses of the future. AirTree provides early and growth stage financing, advice, connections and operational know how to technology companies around the globe. AirTree is the only Australian venture firm with a globally top decile track record.www.airtree.vc  About Entrée Capital Entrée Capital is an European based venture firm that provides multi stage funding for innovative seed, early and growth stage companies all over the world.   www.entreecap.com  About Ironbridge Capital Ironbridge Capital is a private equity firm specializing in management buyout, expansion capital, middle market, and industry consolidation investments in private companies, typically in Australia and New Zealand. www.ironbridge.com.au  Media Contacts Cameron Donovan Espresso Communicationsprospa@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200   Julia French AirTree Venturesjulia@airtree.vc +61 411 175 587 Vivier & Co Announces Launch of New Online Banking System 2017-02-23T23:25:42Z vivier-amp-co-announces-launch-of-new-online-banking-system AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND and DELHI, INDIA--(21 February 2017) Vivier and Company Limited, Chief Executive officer – Luigi Wewege is pleased to announce that the company has commenced operations of its new online banking system, following completion of the IndiaT4T - Team for Technology’s cloud based service for financial institutions.   “We have placed significant resources into providing more efficient banking services for our clients, and spent many months developing a real-time functioning online platform. The innovative system will enable Vivier clients to make and receive payments, check their current balances, as well as to view and download statements at any time.”   “There are further pioneering projects currently being developed by Vivier, and we are looking forward to bringing you more exciting news in future,” says Wewege, CEO of Vivier.   If your financial needs aren’t being addressed by your current retail bank, then Vivier may provide you with just the solution you’re looking for. The company aims to build a long-term partnership, founded on trust and discretion with client’s, and to become their trusted advisor on all financial matters.   To get started with a financial institution that values transparency, customer service, and strong relationships, visit their website today at: www.vivierco.com.   No Offer or solicitation: This communication is intended for information purposes and may only be distributed in countries where this is legally permitted. The information contained within is not directed to any person in any jurisdiction where (by reason of that person’s nationality, residence or otherwise) such publication is prohibited. This press release does not constitute an offer or an invitation to purchase or sell financial instruments and/or financial services.   About India T4T: IndiaT4T is a computer software company which is a world leader in delivering technology solutions to businesses worldwide, and in eCommerce and travel technology solutions.   About Vivier & Co: Vivier is a boutique financial services business offering a complete banking package which includes: current accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, an online platform, and international money transfers. The company maintains an insurance policy with Standard and Poor's A+ rated insurers, providing a NZD 10,000,000 indemnity on any one claim/loss in the aggregate.   About Luigi Wewege: Luigi is the CEO of Vivier, and outside of the financial service firm he serves as the Non-executive Chairman of Nikau Global an international trade firm, and as Partner/Director of Palmetto Global Ventures a financial management consultancy. Luigi is also the author of: The Digital Banking Revolution book which is available for purchase in audio, kindle and paperback versions through all major online bookstores in over fifty countries.   Contact information: Press at Vivier Group Media Relations Managerpress@viviergroup.com +64 9 889 3989www.viviergroup.com $80,000 For Heart Kids NZ, Thanks to Bartercard Foundation 2017-02-23T21:39:42Z 80-000-for-heart-kids-nz-thanks-to-bartercard-foundation The Bartercard Foundation is delighted to announce its partnership with Heart Kids NZ, the only not-for-profit organisation supporting Kiwi kids and their families who are affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), right through their life. Each week, 12 babies across New Zealand are born with a heart defect. While there are surgical procedures that can improve the heart's function, there is no cure for CHD. Heart Kids NZ receives no government funding, has no affiliation with the Heart Foundation and must fundraise for all of its services. The Bartercard Foundation is thrilled to be able to step in and help support those fundraising efforts. And it has wasted no time in raising funds. Already more than $80,000 trade dollars have been raised - $32,000 trade dollars of it in just one day, thanks to a fundraising event which encouraged Bartercard members to ‘Gift a gift of giving at Christmas’ to friends and family in lieu of a physical gift. It’s not just donations the Foundation is looking to assist with. It is also keen to get involved in events around the country, all of which will be advertised on the Heart Kids website throughout the year. The Bartercard Foundation is made up of three trustees who oversee its operation, on a voluntary, unpaid basis. They are Raymond Goubitz, Bartercard Trustee, Ted Midlane from Legal Consultants Ltd and the recently appointed Carmel Clark from Telephone Market Research. Raymond Goubitz says: “The Trustees of the Bartercard Foundation are delighted to support Heart Kids with the valuable support services they provide to the families of Heart Children. Using Bartercard Trade Dollars, the Foundation will assist their cashflow and help raise their profile. We’re thrilled by the initial support of our member community and their generosity – it goes to show what can be raised in just a day for something so worthy.” He adds: “The Bartercard Foundation chose to collaborate with Heart Kids after consideration of many different charities which do not receive government support. It was felt Heart Kids were best placed to utilise Trade Dollars to assist them in achieving their objectives for the forthcoming year.” If you would like to donate to Heart Kids, go to https://donate.HeartKids.org.nz/ or visit heartkids.org.nz to find out more about this worthy cause. For more information on Bartercard and its services visit: bartercard.co.nz The Bartercard Foundation was established in April 2010 and is a registered charity to support charities which require wider national prominence for their great cause. 100% of the donations raised go to the chosen charity. Unlike most other charities which aim to pass on 80% of their donations with 20% covering expenses and other costs, all of the Foundation’s operating costs are paid for by Bartercard. These costs are increasing due to additional financial reporting obligations and information required to be supplied to the Charities Commission. Ends-