The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-23T23:48:30Z Local Illawarra Builder Beats Big Nationals for Coveted Award 2017-06-23T23:48:30Z local-illawarra-builder-beats-big-nationals-for-coveted-award Shellharbour 23 Jun 2017   Local, family-run home-builder Mincove Homes has picked up a Master Builders Association Award for Best Display Home. Known as “Oakwood” it was the only home in the Lend Lease CalderwoodValley Display Village to win an accolade. Owners Shayne and John Howle received the honour at SE Region Awards the awards ceremony held in the Ulladulla Civic Centre on Saturday the 17th of June.     Left: Shayne and John Howle with their recent Master Builders Association Award for Best Display Home. Right: Mincove General Manager David King receives the award in Ulladulla on behalf of Mincove Homes presented by Gavin Reynolds from Harvey Norman Commercial Nowra (right)   Mincove Homes are no strangers to industry recognition, having received a similar award in 2015 for their impressive display home in Shell Cove.   A local business success story, Mincove homes has been building homes in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions for over 18 years.   Mincove General Manager Mr. David King said “The reason people choose to build with Mincove Homes, is the quality of the finishes. Mincove employ all their major trades such as Bricklayers and Carpenters and this ensures a high-quality finish on every home that we build” King also said, “Shayne and John are very proud to win this award and they believe the quality of our tradies are a key to the success of this business”.   The Award-winning 4 Bedroom Display Home “Oakwood”   The “Oakwood” delivers the ultimate in spacious family living for anyone looking to build a single storey home on a standard building site. This clever design even has a spit built into it, so it will also suit a sloping site. This design has come about through listening to what Mincove Homes’ clients are looking for in an affordable home.   The official judges’ comments on the Oakwood were clear about the superior design and build of this home.   Judges’ Comments: This was a well-constructed display home with different materials and textures utilized to give a pleasing effect. Face brick to outside faces with part portal frame construction to include a built in gas barbeque with its wood supply was a nice touch. The rear fence incorporated vertical sleepers to give a rugged warm feel which offset the neat merbau decking.   The Mincove team have chosen a number of key elements to create a home with some great character that is also an affordable family home.   The Oakwood features a generous master suite complete with his and hers walk-in robes and ensuite, three additional double bedrooms, and an open plan kitchen, dining and living area flowing onto an alfresco area that is sure to inspire a year-round indoor-outdoor lifestyle.   The whole family will relish the notion of a dedicated home theatre room, while the children’s activity area ensures that kids have their own space for games, crafts, reading and more.   The “Oakwood” display home is only one of the two homes that are on display at the Calderwood Valley Display Village. The second home is a double storey called the “Ridgewood” and was designed specifically for narrow blocks.   Mincove homes has built its business by specialising in custom and sloping site builds and with the opening of these two homes at Calderwood, it now has a range of affordable housing to suit anyone who is looking to enter the market. Mincove homes also have a range of narrow block designs and double storey designs specifically suited to the Calderwood valley precinct.   Mincove’s Display Homes are open 7 days in Calderwood Valley or Shell Cove Calderwood Valley Display Homes 73-75 Brushgrove Circuit, Calderwood NSW 2527 Ph: (02) 4243 8841   Shell Cove Display Home 4 Windjammer Crescent, Shell Cove (off Apollo Drive) Ph: (02) 4296 0007   Or visit the Mincove website for more details www.mincovehomes.com.au   ENDS   For more information please contact: Media contact Mincove Homes   David King – General Manager(02) 4256 0222  david@mincove.com.au Media packs including high-quality photography of the display homes is available on request Media contact Master builders Association   Contact Lynn Smith – Manager Master Builders Association of NSW – Ulladulla office T: 02 4454 1955 Email and Website lsmith@mbansw.asn.auwww.mbansw.asn.au \ Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 ZETTA IS THE FIRST WEST AUSTRALIAN ICT COMPANY ON MICROSOFT GLOBAL SKYPE OPERATIONS FRAMEWORK 2017-06-20T02:52:09Z zetta-is-the-first-west-australian-ict-company-on-microsoft-global-skype-operations-framework PERTH, 19 June 2017 – As a leading Microsoft Partner with numerous Gold Competencies, Zetta is pleased to announce that we are the first and only ICT organisation in Western Australia to have successfully been included in Microsoft’s Global Skype Operations Framework (SOF).      SOF is designed to streamline and accelerate your Skype for Business transition by providing industry tried and tested tools and processes, delivered by Zetta’s highly skilled Microsoft Certified Engineers. SOF has been developed using the input of industry experts from around the world, each sharing the common goal of providing a framework for customer success.      Zetta Cloud Voice is a flexible solution that will enhance your existing telephony or complement legacy telephony systems to improve communication within your workforce. The solution is built on Microsoft’s Skype for Business Cloud PBX and PSTN Conferencing, ensuring businesses benefit from true mobility and connectivity from anywhere with internet access.    With Skype for Business as a single client for voice, video, instant messaging and conferencing, businesses realise value from lower operational costs and better collaboration between their customers, staff, partners and suppliers. Zetta makes it even easier for businesses to access these benefits by managing the implementation and ongoing maintenance on behalf of their customers.    “Zetta has been leading the way for cloud voice in Western Australia, migrating clients to the Microsoft Unified Communications platform for almost ten years”, said CEO, Nathan Harman. “Zetta’s Cloud Voice makes telephony so much easier for organisations. With our extensive experience in managed ICT solutions leveraging Microsoft’s market-leading technology, organisations in WA can say goodbye to expensive and inefficient traditional telephony.”     Ian Heard, Modern Workplace Lead, Microsoft Australia said “Zetta is an important partner for us, with a strong heritage in serving the Western Australian market. We’re pleased to include them in the Skype Operations Framework and look forward to working with them to streamline their customers’ journey with Skype for Business, paving the way for digital transformation in Western Australia.”     Discover more at https://www.zetta.com.au/services/transformation/zetta-cloud-voice/     Brisbane Marriage Celebrant Celebrates 100th Wedding Ceremony 2017-06-20T02:29:39Z brisbane-marriage-celebrant-celebrates-100th-wedding-ceremony A Brisbane marriage celebrant and “mumpreneur” known for her unforgettable performances and non-traditional charm is about to reach the milestone of officiating 100 weddings. Alana Salm, who marries couples across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Harvey Bay, Gladstone, even the Blue Mountains NSW, offers meaningful, personalised weddings to couples looking for a ceremony that is anything but traditional.   The busy mother and entrepreneur is also the founder of the website Whiz Bang Weddings Club, a one-stop resource that lists honest and modern wedding celebrants in one place, allowing couples to select a celebrant that matches their personal style. Alana Salm said she is most passionate about designing her ceremonies to suit the couple that she is marrying. “My wedding ceremonies are so personalised I often have guests approach me after the ceremony and ask me if I am a friend of the newlyweds,” Salm said. “People tell me I have a flair for storytelling, a wicked sense of humour and the energy of a children’s entertainer – and I don’t do boring or normal. “The weddings I craft are super happy and fun occasions, I make everyone involved feel relaxed and included, setting a vibe that is totally stress free,” she said. Salm became a wedding celebrant after an 18-year career as a hairdresser well known for doing bridal work. Her entertaining qualities and charisma preceded her, and soon she decided to shift gears into another area of the wedding industry: performing weddings. Next week Salm will be hosting her own web series with a wedding industy panel in collaboration with Picturehouse Collective. ENDS   An Interview and photo opportunity with Alana Salm is available upon request.  About Alana Salm: Alana Salm is a marriage celebrant and professional party starter. She regularly contributes to publications such as Groom and Guy magazine and produces photo and film shoots that creatively promotes the wedding industry. Alana lives on the north side of Brisbane with her husband and two children. KLIKA EXPECTS PROFITS TO SOAR WITH AMAZON 2017-06-14T20:28:44Z klika-expects-profits-to-soar-with-amazon MELBOURNE, June 15, KLIKA- Australia’s top 20 pure play e-tailer refuses to jump on the hysteria bandwagon and contrary to most other Australian retailers expects its profits to soar through its planned partnership with Amazon. As the local online retail industry prepares for the next wave in retail revolution to sweep across the country, Klika, expects the “Amazon Effect” to grow its business and awaits eagerly for the world’s largest e-tailer to land in Australia. “Whilst many local businesses are under a real threat of becoming irrelevant, we’re excited and welcome the entrance of Amazon into the Australian market.”, says Klika’s Director of Commercial Operations and Internet Retailing 2017 top rising star, Leo Zaitsev Unlike many players in the market, Klika notes that it has complete control of the entire supply chain of its private brands across thousands of products and is not restricted to being a mere website for local distributors to offload their excess stock. “Our private brands and products have a mass following, and are already entrenched in every online marketplace in Australia which naturally diversifies our business, and we forecast the same to occur with Amazon Marketplace. We know who we are and have a good customer proposition.” The rising star continues Zaitsev expects the current 7% online market penetration in Australia to double over the next few years with Amazon’s marketing power and for Klika to leverage off the traffic Amazon will command to promote its suite of products, and increase Klika’s market share through an entirely new demographic Amazon is likely to capture.  “We are able to be more innovative than just compete on price as our customers still look for a quality provider that gives them individual attention. Our customers have the option of shopping online, over the phone or the more traditional way in our physical store. In addition to nationwide delivery, we also offer on-demand delivery in Melbourne metro, as well as click and collect, to provide a more holistic shopping experience”. Zaitsev said Klika’s attentive customer service approach makes the online giant a serious player to take notice off. Offering for sale more than 10,000 products, with its Melbourne store trading 7 days a week and longer hours, means customers opting for click and collect have the flexibility of picking up their purchases before or after work, and on weekends. “We are a genuine omni channel e-Tailer and we don’t believe any other e-tailer in Australia comes even close. We are excited with the prospect of growing even more by partnering with Amazon as another platform to market our brands and products,” Zaitsev concluded. About Klika Founded in 2005, Australian owned and operate Klika has grown to become one of Australia’s leading online department stores. Awarded as Top 20 Online Retailers in Australia, in addition to Power Retail Top 100 Retailers list, Klika offers over 10,000 products to shoppers covering everything from fitness equipment, tools, home living, music instruments and outdoor furniture, with a flat shipping rate nationwide for $9.95.  Trading 7 days a week Klika provides nationwide delivery even for its largest products, as well pickups and same day delivery in Melbourne. As a genuine omni-channel e-tailer, Klika customers can shop online, over the phone, select the click and collect option, or the traditional way of buying over the counter. In addition to this Klika offers home installation services for its more sophisticated and bulkier items.   Klika operates out of its 15,000 sqm central facility in South Oakleigh, Victoria with satellite offices in two other countries. Klika customers are not only spoilt with a wide range of product categories to shop from, but also with Klika’s range of private labels as well as global brands such as, Sony, Breville, Apple, Huawei, educational toys from Colorific, Disney licensed toys and bedding, VTech, Uniden, Belkin, to name a few. For more information, please visit www.klika.com.au   -ENDS-   AGL New South Wales Price Increases: The Devil Is In The Detail 2017-06-14T05:16:06Z agl-new-south-wales-price-increases-the-devil-is-in-the-detail   AGL New South Wales Price Increases: The Devil Is In The Detail ·       Very High users to see over 50% increase when they use over 2000 kWh a quarter ·       Off Peak and Controlled Load users across the state to see increases ranging from 21.7% to 63.5% ·       Average increase for Sydneysiders 14.4% ·       Western Suburbs hardest hit with average increases up to 17.7% for High Users AGL price increases announced on Friday 9th June 2017 provide NSW consumers warning signs that the devil is truly in the detail. Whilst the signal is that prices are increasing by the most the state has ever seen in one change, the detailed signs could be much worse for some NSW energy customers Average Increases:   Sydney and Surrounds (Ausgrid) Western Suburbs - Parramatta, Penrith etc (Endeavour) Country (Essential) Low 13.0% 15.0% 6.7% Medium 14.3% 16.6% 8.3% High 15.8% 17.7% 9.9% * Low user is 2750 kWh/year, Medium user is 5500 kWh/year, High user is 8250 kWh/year (Anytime usage customer) ** Comparison between Standard Rates last published on 27th April 2017 compared to rates effective from 1st July 2017  For very high users in Sydney, if they pay anything over $600 per/qtr they will see rates 52.6% higher.  Looking at those extremes here are increases mapped to quarterly bill sizes: Ausgrid Anytime Usage Customers Bill Increases Current Qtr Spend (rounded) % Increase Annual usage (kWh) Current Annual Spend $600 13% 7480 $2,400 $800 23% 11300 $3,200 $1,000 29% 15120 $4,000 $1,200 33% 18950 $4,800 $1,400 36% 22780 $5,600   Controlled Load users across the state will see rates rise anywhere from 21.7% up to 63.5%.  A controlled load tariff is a dedicated circuit that might be in place for customers with underfloor heating, pool pumps, electric hot water heating systems and reverse cycle air conditioning units. Tim Wolfenden, Managing Director at Energy Bill Doctor (www.energybilldoctor.com.au) “The energy market is not a ‘one size fits all’ environment – and these increases will impact everyone differently and uniquely.  Retailers pricing in the past has provided more competitive rates for higher users – that trend appears to be coming to an end – which means those users currently spending more than $600 a quarter will get hit hardest by this round of increases. We’ve also identified that Controlled Load users will see up to a 63.5% increase – and if this is a trend across the Big 3 retailers, those customers are going to have to look hard about when, how and why they are using their energy tied to the tariff, and do everything they can to minimise usage. It’s imperative that users start using less and paying less – make sure you have a discount or a fixed price deal with no lock in fees with your current retailer, or switch to one who will – then focus everyone in your home to use less and employ some sensible energy saving measures” All press enquiries to: Tim Wolfenden (Managing Director): tim@energybilldoctor.com.au 0430 641 786 About Energy Bill Doctor Energy Bill Doctor creates Happiness through Healthy Electricity Bills. Energy Bill Doctor delivers a 100% accurate online bill healthcheck and switching service (no need to chat on the phone for 30 minutes) – we’ve removed all data entry (that a traditional switching service has) and take care of all the paperwork, making it quick (switch in under 60 seconds), simple and easy for you to switch to a cheaper, healthier energy deal in just a matter of minutes. Energy Bill Doctor helps consumers Take Back Control of their energy bills. With Energy Bill Doctor you can health check your bill anytime, if it’s healthy, there’s no need to switch – plus you will have the peace of mind that you are on a great deal www.energybilldoctor.com.au   Walking Can Save a Marriage 2017-06-13T02:30:56Z walking-can-save-a-marriage MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA — Walking is a low intensity exercise with great benefits, but did you know that by jointly participating in physical activity (outside the bedroom, that is) that couples also claim feeling more satisfied with their relationship?   According to Mind Body Green, “Pushing your physical body to the limit of what you believe is possible and sharing the moment with your partner is a great gift to treasure.” It’s positive reinforcement at its best and ripples throughout your relationship, fostering closeness and intimacy.   Walking daily increases your energy and self-confidence, gets you out in nature, improves your mood, adds years to your life, and gives you a more positive outlook on life. Each of these can also bolster a marriage. Why? Because due to its low intensity, talking simultaneously is an easy task and lends itself well to communication—the cornerstone of any good marriage. Walking gets you talking.   “Doing this can be a transformative process, it is so simple, yet again and again, I get reports of reconciled marriages and relationships due to the time the couple spend walking together. It can also bring romance into a relationship “ says Julia. “Think of long walks along the beach at sunset, bare feet on the soft grass in a park. You both receive the mental boost of physical activity, plus the renewed connection via communication in a gorgeous setting away from modern-day distractions like television and cell phones that can take attention away from our significant others during conversation.”   Walking takes a couple out of the normal day-to-day environment, where conversation tends to naturally flow—no expectations, no pressure. “I have seen firsthand the results of couples who walk together, talk together, and stay together,” says the Melbourne therapist who dedicates her life to transforming the lives of many in positive and long term ways.   About Julia Lorent   Julia is the owner and principal practitioner at The Melbourne Clinic of Hypnotherapy and The Melbourne QUIT Smoking Clinic. Julia not only offers hypnotherapy for quitting smoking, but she is a very successful therapist.   Having used hypnosis, and other complimentary modalities for many years through her private clinics, Julia has aided people in their efforts to quit smoking, lose weight and gain control of their eating habits, become self-confident, and increase their self-esteem. Julia is also a supervisor and mentor at The Australian Academy of Hypnosis (AAH) in Melbourne, where she is dedicated to ongoing training and enhancement. JIM'S SELF STORAGE® EXPANSION TO OPEN JULY 1 2017-06-09T05:43:16Z -359 - First 150 new units of major 300 unit expansion to open July 1st - Wide range of unit sizes for all customer needs - Units featuring 24hr access, individual alarms, CCTV and more. June 8, 2017 – JIM'S SELF STORAGE® is proud to announce an exciting new expansion of its award-winning self-storage facility in Williamstown, Victoria. Father-and-son founded JIM'S SELF STORAGE® has proudly served the local community for over 20 years, not only through its state of the art short and long-term storage solutions but with keen sponsorships, participation and fundraising in support of local sports and life saving clubs, schools and community groups. With a strong commitment to the local community, Jim and Ivor Morgan have been steadily growing, improving and expanding JIM'S SELF STORAGE® since 1996.  Now offered are state of the art services for personal and residential storage, commercial, document and business storage, boat and wine storage, packaging supplies and more. In 2011, JIM'S SELF STORAGE® added the Self Storage Association of Australasia's Best Facility Upgrade/Expansion award to its suite of honours, and is confident this latest major expansion will be just as successful. Jim and Ivor Morgan commented: "Our solid commitment is not only to providing the very latest in security technology and equipment, but also close engagement with Williamstown and the western suburbs at large.  We are proud of our local sponsorships and involvement with community activities, and are confident this latest expansion further demonstrates our eagerness to grow along with the people we serve." Learn more about JIM'S SELF STORAGE®, its award-winning storage services and solutions and Jim and Ivor's commitment to the local community at jimsstorage.com.au. Workplace health solutions provider appoints new regional manager for ACT / Southern NSW 2017-06-01T05:45:17Z workplace-health-solutions-provider-appoints-new-regional-manager-for-act-southern-nsw Konekt has appointed Suzanne Schultz to the role of regional manager covering the ACT, Southern Highlands and Riverina-Murray regions. Schultz joins Konekt with over 20 years’ experience as a senior business leader, having held CEO, board and senior management roles in the health, education and community sectors. Suzanne is a Fulbright scholar, pharmacist, psychologist and successful businesswoman. Konekt’s Head of Care Michelle Hay said Schultz had developed a strong reputation for building relationships and delivering health services in partnership with communities. “We are confident that Suzanne’s broad experience will ensure Konekt provides exceptional workplace health services for the ACT and the surrounding regions” Schultz said she was excited to join the company at such an important time of growth. The Adecco Group Appoints Australia’s Young ‘CEO for One Month’ 2017-06-01T04:52:04Z the-adecco-group-appoints-australia-s-young-ceo-for-one-month SYDNEY, Australia – June 1, 2017: The Adecco Group, the world’s leading recruitment agency, has appointed 22-year-old Roy Hanna as its latest Australia apprentice CEO for one month. In its fourth installment, the company’s annual global ‘CEO for One Month’ program aims to bolster youth employability and their career prospects through highly effective work-based training.  The 2017 edition drew a record 2,100 applicants aged 18 to 26 from across the country, more than doubling last year’s 852 applicants. Globally, the program attracted almost 120,000 applicants from around the world, from which 48 in-country apprentice CEOs were selected.  As part of the program, the Macquarie University undergraduate will work alongside The Adecco Group Australia CEO Ger Doyle, learning on the job and gaining rare insight into leadership and management of a complex, global organisation. Roy, who’s pursuing a double degree in commerce and law, will have the opportunity to join internal operations reviews and external meetings with clients, national and international institutions, as well as shadow team leads across finance, marketing and HR, among others.  “Growing up in Western Sydney, a lot of youths tend to be at a disadvantage when it comes to access to higher education and job opportunities,” said Hanna. “Many do not get to attend university and may not even have a chance to apply for an opportunity like this, because they have other issues to worry about at home. Being able to do all of that makes me feel incredibly fortunate; it also makes all the hard work worth it.”  “I’m thrilled and can’t wait to kick start the experience with The Adecco Group. There is so much to gain just by interacting with the leadership team and being able to watch and learn directly from them,” he added. “I believe this will go a long way in building my confidence when speaking with senior executives in the future, as well as enabling me to better plan my progression up the corporate ladder.”  CEO for One Month was launched to equip candidates with the skills and knowledge not offered in the traditional model of education. The program’s goal is to complement students’ studies and give them an edge that few will possess by the time they leave university. At the end of the program, the top performing apprentice will get to work alongside The Adecco Group Global CEO Alain Dehaze for a month.  According to The Adecco Group, the decision to offer the role to Roy was unanimous and based on a combination of three key factors – specifically his soft skills, volunteer work with the Western Sydney Community Legal Centre, as well as his determination to go against all odds to get to where he is today.  “Throughout every stage of the selection process, Roy has managed to consistently impress the entire Executive team – he is intelligent, articulate and confident, and to top that all off, he displayed high emotional intelligence, drive and had an engaging nature that stood out,” said Doyle.  “The ongoing digital innovations and disruptions in the market are creating a perpetual shift towards in-demand skills. This means traditional skills are becoming outdated very quickly – what we need and are fostering today may no longer be relevant for the jobs of tomorrow,” he added. “In this endless cycle, soft skills are more vital than ever. Someone with a great attitude and a curious mind will be able to adapt to new technical and hard skills anytime.”  ‘CEO for One Month’ is part of Way to Work TM, launched in 2013 to tackle youth unemployment and skills shortages, develop young people’s employability, and help them prepare for the workplace of the future. Through the initiative, The Adecco Group provides young people with internships and apprenticeships (over 10,500 between 2015 and 2017), career guidance and training, and an opportunity to be the ‘CEO for One Month’.  Adecco Way to Work™ resources Website: www.adeccowaytowork.com/ceo1month-en  Facebook: www.facebook.com/AdeccoWaytoWork  Twitter: www.twitter.com/AdeccoWayToWork    For further information, please contact:  Red Agency for The Adecco Group  Daphne Chuah, daphne.chuah@redagency.com.au  Tasha Nabila, tasha.nabila@redagency.com.au  +61 (2) 9963 7840  About the Adecco Group  The Adecco Group is the world’s leading provider of workforce solutions, transforming the world of work through talent and technology. Each year, The Adecco Group provides approximately 700,000 people around the world with career opportunities. The Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services that includes temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group partners with employers, candidates, colleagues and governments, sharing its labour market expertise and insights to boost prosperity through the power of work. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company, based in Zurich, Switzerland, with more than 33,000 FTE employees and approximately 5,100 branches in 60 countries and territories around the world. Adecco Group AG is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).  “Local Legend” Martin Ram recognised for his dedication to Logan's elders 2017-05-31T10:25:34Z local-legend-martin-ram-recognised-for-his-dedication-to-logan-s-elders Logan local Martin Ram has been recognised as a ‘Local Legend’ for his dedication to the betterment of the elder community in Logan. The Local Legends awards was founded by Federal MP Jim Chalmers four years ago as a platform to recognise people offering outstanding services, and actively bettering the community of Logan. “I am frequently amazed by the selfless acts which help make ours a community which looks out for each other and looks after each other,” said Mr Chalmers. As an Envigor Home Care Community business partner, Martin spends his time running a team of qualified caregivers to ensure their services enable elder residents to continue to live with dignity and independence in their own homes. “When the opportunity came up to be a business partner with Envigor Home Care, I couldn’t turn it down,” said Mr Ram. “It’s what gives me the most satisfaction; helping the vulnerable in our community and making a positive change in their lives.” Martin’s understanding of the diversity of the Logan community and his passion for service has set his team apart from all other home care providers within the region. Always aware of the cultural diversity of his clients, Martin’s team caters for the many different backgrounds of people Logan is home to. “I can proudly say we are one of the very few home care providers who are equipped to deal with the multicultural diversity of Logan,” said Martin. Working with the large Muslim community and understanding their unique cultural needs is just another example of Martin’s tireless goal of bringing affordable and inclusive care to everyone. His team has strived to make the home care experience as comfortable as possible for every member of the community. For example, when the team recognised English was a second language for some of their clients, and not commonly spoken at home, Martin expanded his team to include caregivers who can communicate in Hindi, Arabic, Sudanese and Samoan. Martin was honoured to have been named a 2017 recipient of the “Local Legends” awards, and said he was chuffed to be voted for by the people of Logan. He said that the award showed him, and his team, that the level of care and dedication to service they provide is evidently resounding throughout the community. Martin welcomes members of the community to meet him and his team at the Free Aged Care Help Sessions held every second Wednesday from 10am to 12pm at St Paul's Catholic Church, at 3 St. Paul's Drive, Woodridge, There is also a specialist available at each session to assist with everything from filling out age care forms, to accessing MyAgedCare online services. Envigor offers round the clock client focused care from one to twenty-four hours per day. Priding themselves on their flexibility to accommodate the needs and wants of each and every individual client, Envigor will happily tailor a care package to suit every need and budget. “We pride ourselves on our punctuality,” said Martin. “If our client needs a shower at a certain time of day, we will be there on the dot that time and day. “We work around what the client wants, and we co-ordinate a care plan in conjunction with the client.” Clients also benefit from an increase in care hours compared to many other home care providers who receive government subsidised home care packages, due to Envigor’s unique administration fee cap of 10 percent, allowing Martin and his team to provide more assistance to the clients they passionately care for. For more information regarding Martin and Logan’s Envigor team, phone Martin Ram on 0437 058 514 or email mram@envigor.com.au. Or you can visit the Envigor website here: http://www.envigor.com.au.Kind regards Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau 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.   Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Xpresso Mobile Cafe strengthens its franchising system value with Budget One's business support programme 2017-05-30T02:15:07Z xpresso-mobile-cafe-strengthens-its-franchise-value-with-budget-one-s-business-support-programme Over the past two years, we at Budget One, have been formalising our own business model to better support franchisors in their challenge of creating an enhanced franchising value system that protects their brand and positioning in the market place. Our Start Up Success and Business Success programme is centred on providing franchisees with a 3rd party business planning and advisory service that is flexible and responsive to the ever-changing nature of business, supporting franchisee owners in anticipating customer trends and tracking performance to build on their success. Managing Director, Jonathan Payne from the franchise Xpresso Mobile Cafe, firmly believes “People seeking a franchise are reluctant to jump ship from the safety of a paid position into a self-employed business. They are seeking a franchising system and process to follow and leverage off someone else’s experience for assured success. Potential franchisees essentially want a predetermined formula.  By building in Budget One’s Start Up Success and Business Success programme into our model, our franchisees now have a dedicated business planning expert available to mentor and help them avoid making mistakes and minimise the many pitfalls of business ownership to find success sooner.” Read more on our success story Fire & Rescue NSW bake, shake and educate with Knafeh Bakery to promote kitchen fire safety 2017-05-24T04:00:32Z fire-amp-rescue-nsw-bake-shake-and-educate-with-knafeh-bakery-to-promote-kitchen-fire-safety Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW), together with the bearded bakers from Knafeh Bakery, will shake and bake their popular Middle-Eastern dessert at Campbelltown Arts Centre this coming week to educate the public about the importance of FRNSW’s ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ message.  The Knafeh Bakery is a popular pop-up bakery, housed in an old shipping container, which travels to different locations across NSW. This week, the boys from the bakery will be sharing their love for cooking with FRNSW to highlight the dangers of leaving cooking unattended. The community will have the opportunity to meet with local firefighters, who will be conducting live cooking demonstrations in an effort to educate the public about what to do in the case of a kitchen fire.  Members of the community will also receive a specially-designed wooden spatula to serve as a constant reminder to ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ in the kitchen.  Kitchen fires have the highest incidence rates in homes. On average, FRNSW firefighters respond to around 3,865 house fires a year. There are on average 21 house fire fatalities each year and around 502 people injured. Already this year five people have died as a result of an accidental fire in their home in NSW and FRNSW does not want to see this number increase. FRNSW urges the public to call Triple Zero in case of a fire and once you get out, stay out. What: FRNSW and Knafeh Bakery shake and bake their popular Middle-Eastern dessert to educate the                  public about the importance of FRNSW’s ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ message.  When: Thursday, 25 May and Sunday, 28 May 8.00pm – 9.00pm Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre 1 Art Gallery Road Campbelltown For more information on kitchen fire safety, visit FRNSW’S ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ website.