The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-09T22:25:43Z Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T22:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T06:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 Brando ‘Wildboy’ Yelavich embarks on a new adventure walking the coastline of Stewart Island 2016-10-18T21:30:00Z brando-wildboy-yelavich-embarks-on-a-new-adventure-walking-the-coastline-of-stewart-island Brando Yelavich aka Wildboy, is set to embark on his next challenging adventure circum-nagivating his way around the wild coast of Stewart Island, south of New Zealand.   Setting off on November 10, this solo journey is estimated to take 60 days to complete and will see the 22-year-old trek through more than 400km worth of pure wilderness and stopping at over 27 remote locations across the island.   Just over a year ago, Brando became the first person to walk the entire coastline of New Zealand, an expedition that spanned 8700km and took him 600 days to complete. “Stewart Island is the missing link to my epic coastal adventure and I’m coming back to finish the job,” he says.   Brando just joined the GoPro ANZ team as a content creator, with the globally recognised camera brand supporting his Stewart Island expedition with all the latest accessories, as well as Absolute Wilderness who will be providing Brando with freeze-dried meals.   Tourism agency Venture Southland are another major supporter and are excited to see another young adventurer exploring the wonders of Stewart Island, following a visit from Prince Harry in 2015. Tourism and Events Manager Warrick Low says it’s “great to have someone with Brando’s adventurous spirit and technological know-how to go on this trip, so that we can all get a feel for the outreaches of New Zealand. As he gets to the Southern half, his only company will be natives like the kiwi, great white sharks and whitetail deers.”   After being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia in his school years, Brando was on a path to self-destruction and his transformational journey changed his perspective on the world and the people in his life. He wrote a NZ best seller titled ‘WILDBOY’ and forged a new future.   “I have a hunger for exploration and to inspire others to live their dreams, which is why I’m tackling Stewart Island. I love stepping into the unknown and facing challenges where the outcome is yet to be determined.”  -ENDS-  For media enquiries, contact: Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry or Jenny Hua P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com or jenny@holysmokeagency.com ESL & WarGaming announce World of Tanks Asia-Pacific Finals for the Wargaming.net League 2016-10-14T03:44:42Z esl-amp-wargaming-announce-world-of-tanks-asia-pacific-finals-for-the-wargaming-net-league The Wargaming.net League (WGL) Asia-Pacific (APAC) Season I 2016-2017 Finals will see the best 4 teams from the Gold Series battle it out in a live studio event held at the ESL Studios in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, October 22. With $50,000USD up for grabs as a first place prize, and $25,000USD for the runner up, the stakes are high. The top two placing teams from the finals will get the chance to compete against the world's best teams in the WGL Grand Finals and a share at an even larger prize pool. Both the 3rd and 4th place teams will go home with $12,500USD for their efforts, making for a total finals prize pool of $100,000USD. What is the WGL? In World of Tanks eSports, teams of 7 players jump into WWII-era, historically accurate tanks on-screen and fight it out in a simulated tank battle, until one team’s tanks are destroyed, or one team captures another’s base. These teams have been battling it out over an intense 10-week season, and the top four teams – B-Gaming, EL Gaming, Meltdown, and Team Efficiency – are flying over to Sydney to settle the score live, on-stage. Watch live or online The WGL APAC Season I 2016-2017 Finals are open for attendance. Any World of Tanks enthusiast is welcome to register on EventBrite and come down to the ESL Studio from 11:30am to join in and watch the first international esports league hosted in Australia come to a climax. The WGL APAC Season I 2016-2017 Finals will also be broadcast in English, Japanese, Mandarin and Korean on the official Twitch channels: EN: http://wgl.gg/watch JP: http://wgl.gg/WatchJP KR: http://wgl.gg/WatchKR ZH-TW: http://wgl.gg/watchTW Road to The Grand Finals The 1st and 2nd place teams from the the Wargaming.net League APAC Season I 2016-2017 finals will qualify for the Challengers’ Rumble, to face off against the top teams from the EU, NA, and CIS regions. The top 2 teams from the Challengers’ Rumble will go through to the Champions’ Rumble, where they will face off against The Grand Finals 2015 winners, Natus Vincere. The winner of the Champions’ Rumble will then qualify for The Grand Finals 2017. Finals Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsiwL2THh9E Hit Ball Australia Launches Website to Attract New Players 2016-05-11T05:19:28Z hit-ball-australia-launches-website-to-attract-new-players The dynamic, fast paced sport of Hit Ball is alive in Adelaide and word is spreading about this fun and energetic activity. To help Australians learn more about the international game, Hit Ball Australia have launched a website to highlight the basics while showing locals how much fun it can be. Developed in Italy, Hit Ball is a mixture of volleyball and squash, and the game has even been likened to Quidditch (from Harry Potter fame) but without the brooms. Hit Ball is played on an indoor court, where the walls and roof can also come into play. Each team consists of five players, with goals at both ends of the court. The entire body can be used to hit the ball, whilst only the upper limbs may be used in any attacking strike. The new website has been designed by Growth Worx to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed information and videos about the sport with the option to share things across all major social networking sites.   To help make the website findable online, current search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques have been utilised. This includes easy to read information for players to understand Hit Ball and to know how to sign up for free trials and competitions. Alessandro Gavello is the Managing Director of Hit Ball Australia. He said, “Hit Ball is great way of improving co-ordination, reflexes and agility. People who play really enjoy it and can’t wait to play again. With our new website, we are hoping we can attract a new variety of players to the sport. Thank you to Sam and the Growth Worx team for making a great site for us.” Robin Sands, Director Client Engagement at Growth Worx, noted, “This is an exciting game and we look forward to hearing how Hit Ball has been discovered by more people in Adelaide through the website. We wish Alessandro all the best with the growth of this sport in Australia.” About Growth Worx: Growth Worx access capabilities of the latest technology to give Small to Medium Enterprises the ability to capitalise on solutions which will help grow their business. The digital arm of the Adelaide based business focuses on all things relating to an organisations online presence. Websites, SEO, social media management, mobile applications, online advertising, lead generation campaigns, and more. Allow us to take care of technology while you focus on what you do best. Growth Worx - implementing powerful strategies and integrated solutions to grow your business. www.growthworx.com.au About Hit Ball Australia Hit Ball was born in Italy 20yrs ago and is now available to be played in Australia. It’s main characteristics are the simplicity of the game play, the use of natural gestures, the involvement of the whole body during the game (including both right/left sides), the non-existence of any physical contact/impact and the continuous play (the game rarely stops), making it an ideal choice as its own discipline as much as the alternative choice for off-seasonal training. www.hitball.com.au SCA Junior Soccer Camps Announce Sydney Soccer Camps Schedule 2016-03-24T20:30:36Z sca-junior-soccer-camps-announce-sydney-soccer-camps-schedule Sydney Olympic Park, NSW – Sports Camps Australia will continue to provide soccer camps in Sydney at 4 separate locations during the Easter holiday break. Camps will commence during the second and third weeks of April. Directing the SCA Junior Soccer Camps will be John Doyle, former Australian Socceroo and Tim Cahill’s mentor, along with Paul Wade who is the former Captain for the Australia Socceroo’s. Both Camp Directors have been with Sports Camps Australia for a number of holiday camps and are thrilled to continue offering the youth of Sydney with the opportunity to enhance their soccer skills at the exceptional facilities of Bernie Mullane Sports Complex in Kellyville and The Tonkin Oval in Cronulla. Paul Wade spent 8 seasons playing for South Melbourne FC where he helped them to a NSL title in 1991 and in 1988 was named NSL Player of the Year. Coach Wade played a total of 345 games during his NSL career. John Doyle was a forward during his club football career, which included playing for a number of teams in the Sydney area. Coach Doyle won a single cap for Australia men’s national association team in 1970 and he also was the coach for the Australia women’s national football team in 1988.  SCA Junior Soccer Camps will be offering discounts to siblings who attend any of the soccer camps. The discount is 10% off the camp tuition amount and can be applied to your camp by calling 1-800-753-127 or by visiting http://www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au/soccer/sca/full/ and selecting the camp location nearest you. About Sports Camps Australia Sports Camps Australia (SCA) was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. SCA have partnered with US Sports Camps, the largest and most successful sports camps operators in the world. US Sports Camps are responsible for running all Nike Sports Camps as well as other sponsored programs in this market. SCA partners with the country's best coaches to direct our camps and provides them with valuable administrative and marketing support. SCA continues to grow thanks to an outstanding community of Camp Directors and the dedication of the entire SCA staff. Football fans to be treated to original yesteryear Balfours Pie Floater recipe 2016-03-24T01:47:35Z football-fans-to-be-treated-to-original-yesteryear-balfours-pie-floater-recipe It might nearly be Easter, but Christmas is expected to come early for local football fans, who will get an exclusive tasting of original Balfours pie floaters using the same historic recipe in front of the iconic Norwood Oval on March 24 at the first game of the season. The opportunity is made possible from a partnership forged between the Norwood Football Club and Balfours, to offer an advanced taste test of the original curb-side culinary delight before it makes its official debut at the new-look Parade Pie Cart to be launched next month. Norwood Football Club CEO, Mr Geoff Baynes, said the long-established relationship with Balfours had allowed football fans inside the grounds to enjoy the much-loved range of pies, sausage rolls and snacks, and this special event outside of the oval lets the wider community also enjoy the range of tasty treats. “Balfours has kindly shared its original pie floater recipe, so fans will be able to have an authentic trip down memory lane and experience this genuine and iconic piece of Adelaide history against the backdrop of the picturesque Norwood Oval,” Mr Baynes said. “Generations of South Australians have fond memories of eating a pie floater, and we are proud to ensure that future generations also get to enjoy a traditional Balfours meat pie sitting in a bowl of thick pea soup and topped off by a generous amount of tomato sauce,” he said. The official unveiling of the Parade Pie Cart by the Norwood Football Club is planned for mid-April, after which locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the culinary delight of an original Balfours Pie Floater, iconic Frog Cake, or Custard Tart – along with freshly-brewed coffee. ### Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing 2016-02-24T06:05:17Z professionals-in-the-construction-sector-and-every-day-australians-have-a-lot-to-lose-from-the-proposed-changes-to-negative-gearing 24/2/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing With the federal budget set for release in May and the federal election set for the latter part of 2016, reducing the deficit is high on the agenda. With a raise in GST now off the agenda, proposed changes to tax depreciation schedules is currently being discussed in order to return to surplus. With tax depreciation often forming a large part of those working in the built environment and associated industries such as Quantity Surveying, proposed changes in legislation could have a high impact on industry and every-day Australians including: Construction Cost Managers; Building and Engineering Economists; Financial, Resource and Contractual Managers; Dispute Resolution Professionals; Quantification of Material and Labour Professionals; and Every-day Australian looking to invest or rent property. "The building and construction sector is currently playing a big role in re-balancing the Australian economy due to the retraction currently being experienced in the mining sector. With demand in Asia slowing and the cost of oil, mining and gas at significant lows, the building and construction sector is currently helping to stabilise Australia’s economy." The proposed changes could have a big impact on the demand for tax depreciation schedules that poses a risk of lower investment in infrastructure and construction by industry and could therefore limit the jobs available for every-day Australians. Every-day Australian’s will also be impacted by this change if implemented. Without investors being able to fund losses through negatively gearing their property, the average person may see a rise in rent; due to this increased cost no longer available to be offset through tax depreciation schedules. The current Government is considering a cap on deductions, which will include deductions on rental properties. If the Coalition wins and deductions are capped (the plan is to cap work related deductions and rental property deductions to a percentage of the taxpayer’s income), then there will also be a reduction in the need for tax depreciation schedules. If elected, Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased buildings (excluding new buildings) from 1 July 2017. Under the Labor model, if the interest costs, rates, management fees on the rental property washes out most or all the rent, a tax depreciation schedule is no longer required as deductions cannot go above rent - therefore it cannot be negatively geared. AIQS will be actively lobbying and liaising with both parties, in order to highlight the impact these policy positions will have on the Quantity Surveying profession. For more information, contact Lee Edmondson (AIQS Marketing & Communications Manager) on (02) 8234 4004 or ledmondson@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute is a national organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. Associated industries to Quantity Surveyors include; Cost Planners, Cost Estimators, Project Managers, Developers, Building and Professional Services. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au SCA BEN KNIGHT 2016 SYDNEY BASKETBALL CAMP LOCATION ANNOUNCED! 2015-12-24T02:09:13Z sca-ben-knight-2016-sydney-basketball-camp-location-announced Media Release – Sydney, NSW 24 December, 2015 SCA Basketball Camps supported by Nike are hosting their Sydney basketball camp at the Auburn Basketball Centre this holiday season. “We are thrilled to bring boys and girls the SCA Ben Knight Junior Basketball Camp at Auburn Basketball Centre, an indoor basketball centre located in Lidcombe,” says Ben Knight, camp director. “Players will receive top notch instruction from myself and other pro players in all areas of basketball: shooting, passing, defence, ball handling and rebounding. By improving and understanding the 5 key fundamental areas of the game, campers are guaranteed to walk away at the end of camp as a better ball player. It’s going to be the highlight of the summer for many kids!” Sandon Stolle, managing director of Sports Camps Australia, asserts, “With a decorated professional playing and coaching career with teams such as the Sydney Kings and Norths Bears, as well as a loyal camper following of young up and coming ball players, we are excited to bring this great opportunity to a new part of the city during the January school holiday. I’m positive this camp will help kids stay productive and help them tune up their skills while on school break.” This full day basketball camp will be held over three days (17, 18 and 19th of Jan) from 9:00am – 3:00pm and is open to players of all skill levels. Designed for players ages 6-16, every boy and girl is going to have Serious. Fun, improve their game and meet new friends. Registration for the camp is now open and presents the perfect Holiday present for any young player. Get into camp today and see why hundreds of kids just like yours are taking their games to the next level! About Sports Camps Australia Sports Camps Australia (SCA) is partnered by US Sports/Nike Camps, bringing camps in over 15 sports to the Australian market in an effort to get kids active and healthy. SCA teams up with the country's best coaches and clubs to direct camps and provides them with valuable administrative and marketing support. LexisNexis Congratulates Peter Greste 2015-12-13T23:53:26Z lexisnexis-congratulates-peter-greste Sydney, 14 December 2015: LexisNexis Pacific congratulates Peter Greste on winning the prestigious 2015 Australian Human Rights Medal, sponsored by LexisNexis. Peter was selected as this year’s winner for his advocacy for freedom of speech and a free media following his arrest and detention for 400 days in Egypt on a charge or terrorism-related offences that was widely criticized around the world for the lack of evidence and political issues involved in the case. Since his release, Peter has made numerous public appearances campaigning for the release of his colleagues and speaking about the importance of a free and unencumbered media in properly functioning democracy. Chosen from a shortlist of five inspiring individuals including Maha Krayem Abdo, Rodney Croome, Professor Pat Dudgeon and Adam Goodes, the Human Rights Medal recognises individual Australians who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to freedom, justice and equality. Jo Beckett, General Manager of LexisNexis Australia says: “We would like to congratulate Peter on his tireless drive to advocate for freedom of speech and a free media around the world. His willingness to use such a terrifying personal ordeal to advance this cause and help his colleagues is very honorable. We would also like to congratulate all finalists who show incredible commitment to advancing human rights in Australia and across the world”. LexisNexis has also won an Australian Business Award this year for its commitment to advancing the Rule of Law across the Pacific, a comprehensive program of support which includes partnering with governments and non-profit organisations to make justice systems more efficient and transparent; as well as documenting and making accessible local, national and international laws to citizens and professionals, essential to the proper administration of justice in the region.  In addition, as a founding member of the United National Global Compact, LexisNexis led contributions to the new Business for Rule of Law Global Framework. For more information about LexisNexis Rule of Law program please visit http://www.lexisnexis.com.au/rule-of-law/ #### Media Contact:   Louise Nealon, CallidusPR T: +61 2 9283 4114 E: louise@calliduspr.com Daphne Kavassilas, LexisNexis T: +61 2 9422 2901 E: daphne.kavassilas@lexisnexis.com.au   About LexisNexis Legal & Professional LexisNexis© Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading–edge technology and world–class content, to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 175 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries. LexisNexis® Pacific is the leading provider of local and international news, business, tax and legal information, using leading-edge technology, tools and digital solutions. Both in Australia (www.lexisnexis.com.au) and New Zealand (www.lexisnexis.co.nz) LexisNexis Pacific works in close collaboration with its customers to provide content enabled-workflow systems for professionals in law firms, corporations, government, law enforcement, tax, accounting, academic institutions and compliance assessment.   Pepper joins forces with St Kilda Football Club 2015-11-26T22:17:47Z pepper-joins-forces-with-st-kilda-football-club MEDIA RELEASE  27 November 2015 St Kilda Football Club has spiced up its corporate partnerships by announcing financial services provider Pepper Group Limited (‘Pepper’) as its new principal partner.     As one of Australia’s leading non-bank lenders, with a growing global presence, Pepper offers a range of consumer finance products and services, including home and car loans, and complements St Kilda Football Club’s existing line-up of exciting brand partners. Pepper’s relationship with ‘The Saints’ is in place for the next three years.   Patrick Tuttle, Co-Group CEO of Pepper, said: “As a founding club of the Victorian Football League, St Kilda has a strong heritage in the AFL and Pepper is excited by the opportunity to be associated with such an iconic Australian sporting organisation.    “As a club, The Saints proudly supports ambition, celebrates achievements and encourages all who are connected with it to aspire to its philosophy of ‘How I Want To Be’. These values are mirrored in Pepper’s culture, where we believe that everyone deserves the help and guidance necessary to realise their personal and financial goals.”    St Kilda Football Club CEO, Matt Finnis, welcomed Pepper Group to The Saints: “There is so much positivity surrounding our club and having an international business like Pepper join us and commit to being part of the journey we are taking is fantastic.” Pepper is seeking to boost awareness of its brand in key AFL states nationally and in particular, Victoria. The loyal St Kilda fan base represents the type of customers Pepper typically works with to help them get ahead in life, whatever their circumstances.    As part of the partnership announcement, Pepper will also unveil its new consumer-facing brand ‘Pepper Money’, which will be introduced over the course of 2016.     Commenting on the new brand, Pepper’s Co Group CEO, Mike Culhane said: “Following an extensive, and ongoing, period of acquisition, growth, and an ever-expanding suite of lending products, Pepper is embarking on a comprehensive rebranding exercise to better explain what products we offer to consumers.”   “To be named principal sponsor of St Kilda is a defining moment in Pepper’s story, bringing our brand to a wider audience of sporting fans in Victoria and across Australia, as well as expanding on our existing sporting relationships with the Western Sydney Wanderers and as naming rights sponsor of Pepper Stadium.”   Pepper is the only financial services brand to be associated with St Kilda and shares the principal partnership role with Dare Iced Coffee.    Ends    For more information, please contact DEC PR on behalf of Pepper Group: Joanne McIntosh or Sarah Bullen  02 8014 5036 | pepper@decpr.com.au    About Pepper Group Pepper Group (“Pepper”) is Australia’s largest non-bank residential mortgage lender (as measured by total assets under management), is a leading provider of specialty residential mortgage and consumer financing, and a highly experienced third-party loan servicer and asset manager. Pepper is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:PEP) Worldwide, the Group currently has approximately A$36.8 billion of loan and lease assets under management (comprising prime and specialist residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, equipment leases, small business loans, consumer loans and car loans).  Pepper Group now comprises approximately 1,400 employees worldwide and has offices in Sydney, Parramatta, London, Dublin, Shannon, Madrid, Singapore and Seoul. Since establishing itself as a specialist residential mortgage lender in the Australian market in March 2001, Pepper has originated more than A$5.7 billion of specialist residential mortgages in Australia. It also commenced originating commercial auto & equipment finance in April 2013. In August 2011 Pepper acquired GE Capital’s Australian and New Zealand mortgage lending businesses, which comprised a portfolio of approximately A$5.0 billion of Australian and New Zealand residential mortgages. This transaction was one of the largest whole loan transactions in Australian history. Pepper’s current wholesale funding partners in Australia include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. In addition to lending and servicing its own residential mortgage and consumer finance portfolio, Pepper provides third party primary and special servicing across various types of mortgages, leases and unsecured loan products. Pepper is jointly led by Co-Group Chief Executive Officers, Mike Culhane and Patrick Tuttle. Mike and Patrick are focused on ensuring Pepper continues to leverage its core credit underwriting and loan servicing expertise both in its home market of Australia and other underserved markets in Europe and Asia. Pepper is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in Australia. Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) in Ireland. Pepper Savings Bank is regulated in South Korea by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). Pepper is ranked by S&P as a “STRONG” Residential Loan Servicer and is included on S&P’s Global Select Servicer List.