The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-07-30T09:11:00Z LevelOne introduces new range of advanced IP surveillance cameras 2014-07-30T09:11:00Z levelone-introduces-new-range-of-advanced-ip-surveillance-cameras The new range will offer a selection of PoE 802.3af cameras, packaged to suit a wide variety of situations. The cameras will offer features such as IR lenses, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), day/night viewing and a resolution of up to 10 megapixels, with a range of form factors to suit all conditions and deployments. The FCS-3093 Panoramic Dome Network Camera for example will offer 5-Megapixel resolution for outdoor deployments, PoE 802.3af, WDR, and a vandal-proof and vibration-proof casing.  The FCS-3094 Panoramic Dome Network Camera sports a resolution of 10-Megapixels, again with PoE 802.3af, Day & Night viewing and WDR.  The cameras will be complemented by an upgraded software package, the OneSecure solution. The high-end freeware offers advanced features such as Missing Object and Foreign Object, whereby the camera can detect if something is missing from a regular image and sound an alarm, or if something is added to a viewing area that should not be there such as a bag, box car or person.  LevelOne CEO, Amanda Chen, stated: “The new freeware bundle is at least as good, if not better than the previous professional version. Our OneSecure software now supports up to 64 channels, has best-in-field features and can be controlled remotely by a phone or tablet. We also now offer a free Central Management Software.”  The freeware version of OneSecure can be upgraded to support 100 channels for a small subscription fee.  The Central Management Software (CMS) included in LevelOne’s freeware bundle allows users to link and manage a network of NVRs. By purchasing additional CMS licences and connecting multiple NVRs, users can scale a network up to any size required.  Marketing Director at LevelOne, Troy Chen, said: “The software bundle will offer end-users real flexibility. A single PC with OneSecure downloaded can act as an NVR managing up to 64 cameras, or two, three or more NVRs can share the workload using the CMS. If the total number of cameras exceeds the 64 provided by the freeware, the network can simply be extended by buying a cheap CMS licence and linking more NVRs together.”  Other capabilities include H.264 compression to reduce the storage bandwidth of megapixel cameras, Pan/Tilt/Zoom functions and 2-Layer E-Map to identify the location of all cameras in the network, whereby an E-Map will pop-up on the host computer with the exact location of a security breach. LevelOne’s security solutions can also be monitored remotely via iOS and Android apps. LevelOne has won multiple awards all over the world for their IP cameras. The company also provides a range of networking accessories such as web smart switches and NVR to support their cameras. LevelOne is a part of the DDC group, with headquarters in Dortmund, Germany, and representation in over 70 countries worldwide. The company specialises in high quality networking equipment including surveillance, PoE, digital signage, SMB and industrial networking. For more information, please contact: Luke Frost luke.frost@prdeadlines.com.au 0407 271 064 Michael Hill wins 2014 ORIA for Best Multichannel Retailer 2014-07-30T06:07:44Z michael-hill-wins-2014-oria-for-best-multichannel-retailer Sydney – 28th July, 2014 – The winner of the 2014 ORIA Awards, Best Multichannel Retailer was announced this week with prestigious jeweller Michael Hill, receiving the coveted award for its online offering created by digital commerce agency, Amblique. Michael Hill International was one of seven finalists in their category along with Harvey Norman, David Jones, Dan Murphy’s, Masters Home Improvement, Shoes of Prey and Woolworths Online. As voted by industry experts and the online retail community, The Multichannel award was given to the retailer demonstrating best practice in integrating traditional retail with online retail in an innovative, effective way to grow the overall retail business. Judging was based on efficiency, ingenuity, dedication to customer experience and return on investment. Michael Hill International was recognised for having a superior online experience that not only increased sales online but also translated to more sales in-store. Working with their local partner, Amblique, content was implemented such as shoppable videos, interactive catalogues, build your own charm bracelet and a dedication to customer education.  On acceptance of the award, James Johnson, Group Digital Manager, says that the award was “absolutely won as a result of our sole dedication to customer service and the customer experience. A big thanks to the whole Michael Hill digital team, as well as our partner Amblique.” Mike Parsell, CEO, reaffirmed that providing an online experience to compliment the instore experience is paramount to the brand’s growth. “Michael Hill International are setting the pace for innovation and performance in the retail industry, they have created a superb online customer experience that rivals their in-store experience.” said Lisa Powell, Head of Retail Practice at Amblique “We are proud to be working with Michael Hill International to help make their visions and ideas a reality. They are certainly on a roll after winning the Demandware Commerce Pacesetter Award in Miami earlier this year and Michael Hill and the entire digital team should be congratulated!” About Michael Hill Michael Hill International exist to craft distinct and appealing jewellery, and it's been that way since their founding in 1979. Michael Hill remains one of the few jewellery retailers that have an in-house team of master craftsmen – dedicated to creating future heirlooms and keepsakes while continuously perfecting their craft. For over 30 years MHI has shared their vision locally and globally with customers in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States, and earned the reputation for quality jewellery along the way. For more information, visit www.michaelhill.com.au    About Amblique Amblique is a digital commerce consultancy providing retail strategy, ecommerce platform implementation and optimisation services. We work with retailers and brand owners to deliver a consistent and engaging brand experience across all channels enabling your customers to shop where they want, when they want. Established in 1999, Amblique has the benefit of experience. Our team of digital commerce professionals have delivered global solutions for clients including Cotton On Group, Michael Hill International, Apparel Group and Mecca Cosmetica.  Amblique is part of STW Group, Australasia’s leading marketing content and communications group. Consistently outperforming market growth rates by 3X, Amblique Clients SELL MORE. For more information, visit www.amblique.com Canstar Blue launches Innovation Excellence Awards 2014 2014-07-30T02:37:08Z canstar-blue-launches-innovation-excellence-awards-2014 Does your business stand right at the forefront of modern innovation? Has your company designed and developed an outstanding product or feature helping to make the lives of busy Australian consumers that little bit easier, or just putting smiles on faces? Canstar Blue is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural Innovation Excellence Awards in order to recognise and celebrate the latest and greatest of revolutionary concepts, designs and products making their way into homes right across Australia. “We’re on a mission to find the most innovative appliances and electronic products on the market – and applications are now being received,” said Megan Doyle, Canstar Blue Business Unit Leader. “We’re looking for the most innovative products and features now attracting the attention of Australian consumers. We are going to asses both the degree of innovation and the overall impact the product could make. No product or feature is too big or too small to be considered. “So, if your business has demonstrated true innovation to enhance an existing appliance or electronic product, or even developed a new one, in the last 12 months, then we want to hear from you.” Canstar Blue applauds excellence in products and services on behalf of Australian consumers and is well known and trusted for providing professional customer satisfaction ratings through a five-star review system. “We compare consumer and small business segments across a range of relevant purchase decision criteria and issue awards based on overall satisfaction with a product or service,” added Mrs Doyle. “We launched the innovation awards in the financial services arm of CANSTAR more than three years ago, and with a tried and tested model, it is now time to launch the Canstar Blue innovation awards. These will be added to our suite of awards to acknowledge and showcase products and services displaying outstanding innovation in the consumer market.” Objective and subjective measures have been carefully developed by Canstar Blue researchers to identify key measures of product innovation. This will ensure there is fair comparison of all products that are eligible for these awards. Canstar Blue also has external industry and consumer specialists on the award’s judging panel in order to ensure that the decisions made are robust and reflect the market conditions. “We’re looking forward to seeing what fantastic new products are making their way into the Australian market and exciting consumers,” added Mrs Doyle. “This is your chance to be recognised as a truly innovative company and to showcase the products you are particularly proud of.” Companies wishing to nominate a product can do so by completing Canstar Blue’s innovation questionnaire at www.canstarblue.com.au where further details, as well as terms and conditions, are available. Applications close on August 15, 2014, with the release of winners in September. Epson announces ANZ partners and dealers for new SureColor F2000 Direct to Garment printer 2014-07-30T02:06:35Z epson-announces-anz-partners-and-dealers-for-new-surecolor-f2000-direct-to-garment-printer Epson has announced its partners and dealers for the new SureColor F2000 Direct to Garment printer across Australia and New Zealand. The F2000 is a Direct To Garment (DTG) printing platform for work involving cotton based shirts, caps, bags, and promotional itemsand is part of the Epson SureColor Fabric series of printers.   The list that contains specialists in their fields across both countries has been carefully selected to give customers the best possible experience when purchasing the printer.   Epson Australia National Business Development Manager - Sign & Display Terry Crawford said, “We have carefully chosen dealers that specialise in their relevant markets, who understand direct to garment technology, have excellent technical abilities and experience and are well known in the industry. There are many companies who mechanically alter printers not specifically made as direct to garment machines and then run into trouble afterwards. With the SureColor F2000 the industry now has a purpose built Epson Direct to Garment printer and with these new partners on board an excellent dealer network to support it.”   The full list of dealers for the SureColor F2000 Direct to Garment printer across Australia and New Zealand is: Aarque NZ (contact Paul Smith at Paul.Smith@aarque.co.nz or on +64 2 184 4357) GJS Machinery (contact Greg Stone at greg@gjs.co or on 02 9790 1649) Graphic Arts Supplies (contact Cheryl Cope at cheryl@graphicarts.com.au or on 08 8363 4466) Kayell Australia (contact Andreas Johansson at andreas@kayell.com.au or on 0411 5000 56) SW Graphics (contact Steven Woods at steven@swgraphics.com.au or on 0413 732 509) Tajima Australia (contact Gary Chisholm at gary@premiumsolution.com.au or on 0418 392 029)   Commenting on their appointment GJS Managing Director Greg Stone said, "As one of the original distributors of direct to garment printing technology in Australia, we're really excited about the release of the Epson SureColor F2000 DTG printer and having it in our range. Having experienced it in our showroom for the last week, we're really impressed by the quality of the output and its speed and we know that it will make an excellent addition to the direct to garment landscape locally.”   Steve Woods from SW Graphics commented, "We welcome representing Epson Professional Imaging products in Tasmania and are excited about the new SureColor F2000 DTG platform. Tasmania now has local supply, service and support for businesses looking to enter into the profitable opportunities of Direct-To-Garment printing."   Cheryl Cope from Graphic Arts Supplies in South Australia added, “Representing the new Epson SureColor F2000 DTG printer further enhances our position as leaders in inkjet solutions that already include pre press graphics, SOHO, photography, signage and dye sublimation. The F2000 is the comprehensive one stop DTG solution the industry has been waiting for. It has many advantages over other DTG printers not the least of which include its Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for safe inks, the fact that you can upgrade the already comprehensive standard one year warranty to three years and its fast and efficient operation. South Australian customers of the F2000 will now also benefit from Epson’s excellent service and support as well as our own locally based team.”   For more information on the SureColor F2000 DTG printer contact any of the Epson dealers listed above or go to: www.epson.com.au/textile New Aussie start-up allows anyone to become a headhunter 2014-07-29T22:32:19Z new-aussie-start-up-allows-anyone-to-become-a-headhunter COULD EVERYONE BECOME A HEADHUNTER AND GET PAID FOR IT?   This was the question the team behind a brand new Sydney based tech start-up asked themselves before embarking on a quest to revolutionise the way companies find talent. The answer is a resounding YES!   PeerBriefis a new crowdsourcing website and internal candidate referral management system that seeks to harness the power of people’s personal networks to help them become headhunters and earn a slice of the multi-billion dollar global recruitment industry.     PeerBriefrewards people for referring a friend or peer in their social networks to jobs. If the candidate is successful, the referrer gets $1,000 or more for themselves (or they can donate it to a charity). It works for both individuals and for companies of any size.   “We believe PeerBrief will revolutionise the way people and companies source talent,” said Rob Fanshawe CEO and Founder, PeerBrief. “Like attracts like and PeerBrief will enable anyone to refer a friend or peer for a role and most importantly be paid for the introduction if the candidate lands the job.   “PeerBrief works the way any headhunter would work, by asking for referrals from people who are likely to know someone relevant for the job. The difference is that we use the power of the crowd to streamline the process and drastically increase the scale. Employers can now have hundreds of referrers taking a few minutes to recommend the best people they know for any given job. This saves employers an enormous amount of time and money, and directly rewards the person who referred the successful candidate.”   With powerful gamification features built into the platform users will also be able to build their profile ranking, earn points and rewards and compete on leaderboards. In addition to the public platform, businesses can use PeerBrief Enterprise to organise their internal candidate referral programs, of which many are still manual and offline.   “Having spent more than 14 years in the recruitment industry, it’s fair to say that most companies struggle to manage and organise their candidate referral programs,” said Fanshawe. “They generally exist on email and referrers and internal talent managers can easily lose track on who referred what, chewing up lots of hours, driving down productivity and ultimately leaving referrers frustrated because they have to chase their employer for their fee.”   PeerBrief, as an online platform, organises everything through the simplicity of a browser and can seamlessly integrate into any other HR solution. Companies can see who their top referrers are and the referrers can see how their candidates are tracking through the interview process. It is all automated and much more cost effective.   “PeerBrief is set to smash the cost of recruiting talent and disrupt the way businesses currently find talent,” said Fanshawe.   PeerBrief has just gone live and is currently invitation only. Potential referrers can request an invitation through www.peerbrief.com.   The power of recruiting via our social network is about to be unleashed by PeerBrief!   Most serious charges yet under new workplace safety laws 2014-07-29T02:14:30Z most-serious-charges-yet-under-new-workplace-safety-laws WorkSafe Canberra says the charges are the most severe to come before a court under the new nationally harmonised occupational health and safety laws. The treatment of this case intends to send a clear message to employers around Australia, that workplace health and safety can no longer remain a back seat issue.Mr Catanzariti was killed when he was struck by the boom of a concrete pouring machine on a building site, in July 2012. The boom had recently undergone a full six-year inspection and the charges of ''category-one reckless conduct'' are against the company that undertook the maintenance as well as the engineer who was supposed to do the job.WorkSafe commissioner Mark McCabe emphasised that workplace safety is a responsibility not to be taken lightly by employers and concluded by saying, “every worker has the right to return home safely at the end of the day.”Under the new occupational safety and health laws, the maximum penalty for a category one offence is $3 million for the company and $300,000 and up to five years' imprisonment for the individual worker.This is where WHS Solutions can help safeguard you against workplace ruin. Our highly trained team of consultants provide assessment and certification to meet all our applicable workplace health and safety regulations.This ensures that your employees are fully covered and working in the safety possible environment. Enlisting WHS Solutions to manage your occupational health and safety is the smartest way to avoid not only workplace incidents but also big money losses. Real Estate in Carrum Downs, Frankston & Seaford: Buyers & Sellers Look to Agent Elle Connolly 2014-07-28T11:14:52Z real-estate-in-carrum-downs-frankston-amp-seaford-buyers-amp-sellers-look-to-agent-elle-connolly Jul. 28, 2014 - Whether buying a house, selling a unit or leasing a flat – Elle Connolly of Donovan Real Estate Partners in Carrum Downs is here to help. The young agent has her full estate agent's licence, four years of professional experience and a lifetime of local knowledge under her belt; having grown up in Langwarrin/Skye and residing in Frankston with her partner Clint and young daughter Bella in recent years.Her family has a long history in the real estate industry – her grandfather, father and two of her brothers also enjoying successful careers in real estate. When asked to elaborate on her history and experience however, Connolly gave a slightly more matter-of-fact response:“I grew up just down the road and have been in real estate for four years now – but at the end of the day, none of that really matters. As a real estate professional, the service I offer is backed up by my 'runs on the board' – without a proven track record in local sales and a growing list of satisfied clients, my childhood address and family history are irrelevent. Sure, its a nice story, but it's the value that I deliver to my clients that really counts”.In Elle Connolly's view, the main drivers behind her recent success are a mixture of her natural ambition and the ability to personally relate directly with her market:“Clint, Bella and I are saving to buy our very first house – it's our main priority. I'm excited to go to work every day because I'm able to concerntrate on, and assist others with something that is personally important to me”.Going by her (in Ms Connolly's words) 'runs on the board', the young agent has clearly earned the respect of her market – this is mirrored by the words of her long list of satisfied clients."Elle was polite and professional from the beginning.  She made my partner and I feel very comfortable as we began the steps on purchasing our first home. Elle was very honest and helpful with suggestions during the offering stage. I found Elle reliable and easy to contact with any questions which she was always able to answer.  I would highly recommend Elle to purchase a house from as she made it an enjoyable and simplified experience" - Brianna Leslie - purchaser of 4 Augusta Court, Skye. “I am happy to confirm you provide excellent professional service. Your personal approach gave me reassurance and confidence through the process of selling my home" - Ann Gerakis - vendor of 5/93 Allied Drive, Carrum Downs.Contact Elle Connolly of Donovan Real Estate Partners Carrum Downs on 0415 398 907 or visithttp://www.donovanrealestate.com.au Carrum Downs Real Estate Agent Elle Connolly. Regional Real Estate Outperforms Capital Cities 2014-07-28T05:36:14Z regional-real-estate-outperforms-capital-cities Geraldton, WA, 28 July 2014 - A recent report that regional real estate markets, including Geraldton, had outperformed Perth for the month of May surprised a lot of economists across Western Australia, but not those in Geraldton. In fact, regional real estate markets outperformed capital cities in the Northern Territory, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria as well as in Western Australia. Superior NumbersWhile the market flattened in most parts of Australia during the month of May, regional WA saw an increase of 2.38% for the best performance in Australia. Madeleine McErlain, Marketing Manager for 4Land Property Group, who are developing a master planned estate called Geraldton Heights Estate in Geraldton, is not the least bit surprised and continues to be excited at how lively the property market is in Geraldton. According to Ms McErlain, “We love the Geraldton market because it represents the best of both worlds for first home buyers, young families, those who want a sea change and retirees.” The properties cost much less than they do in the capital cities, but are experiencing capital growth at a higher rate. Since even the most conservative estimate projects 42.8% population growth in Geraldton by 2026, we can’t see the growth rate going anywhere but up.”4Land Property Group develops land estates in the Perth market and Geraldton Heights Estate is their first real estate venture in the regional areas. They have been very successful in the Perth market and are experiencing success in Geraldton that is similar to what they have achieved in Perth suburbs such as Pearsall, Munster and Mandurah. Low Regional PricesOn the Geraldton Heights company blog, Ms McErlain recently noted that the median price of a home in Pearsall is $500,000 while it is only $360,000 in Geraldton. According to Ms McErlain, “We have helped many first home buyers and young families in the Perth market purchase homes when they thought they couldn’t. Sadly, though, we can’t help everyone in Perth because even with our low prices, Perth prices too many people out of home ownership.”Ms McErlain continued, “In Geraldton, the entry threshold is much lower than in Perth, providing younger families and first home buyers more opportunity to break into the market and have their own homes. Better yet, once they buy in Geraldton, they will find that they experience much more capital growth than they would have in Perth because Geraldton is undergoing such a growth cycle.”Investors AgreeMany Perth investors are investing in Geraldton property because they perceive the prospects for capital growth to be the best in WA. According to Ms McErlain, “Just as it is for young families, Geraldton real estate is attractive to small investors, too. They can enter the investment market for a lower price and their investments have the potential to experience a much higher percentage of capital growth.”Ms McErlain concluded, “The Australian Dream is alive and well in Geraldton.”Geraldton Heights Estate is a planned real estate community overlooking the Geraldton CBD and the Indian Ocean. For information on any property they have for sale, visit their website: http://www.geraldtonheights.com.au/ or give them a call on (08) 9301 4445. HOW TO HANDLE SUCCESS 2014-07-27T10:54:30Z how-to-handle-success 13 Concepts deals with many successful companies and one thing we have seen over the years is the unpredictable nature for some entrepreneurs not being able to handle their own success.  This is a quick review of our blog on the topic. For more information please view our sites: www.13concepts.com.au www.13blog.com.au How To Handle Success So you have done it.. You have turned that idea into a money making machine and you have succeeded… It is as if your life has played out perfectly, the years of studying, the late nights working away have all paid off… You are living your dream and all of the effort you have put in has led you to this moment. That moment of being self-dependent, and in here is where the problem lies… We go to school to learn and educate ourselves. Some of us then move onto further studies to specialise in a particular industry. So much effort and attention is put on how to be successful that no one really addresses perhaps one of the more important issues… How to handle success? Might sound silly, but we have all heard of the stories. That lucky lottery winner that came from humble beginnings and all of a sudden is worth millions of dollars, only to somehow spend it all and be left in a worst position than before they won. Or the sports star worth millions, living it large during their career, but by the time they retire off the field all they are left with are memories of past days… We all sit there and say how could this be? If it was us there is no way we would do that; but truth be told there are too many cases of these situations to be ignored… We need to look at why this occurs, is it the sudden surge in popularity? The attention that is bought on yourself buying exotic luxury items? Or is it that confidence that we would feel of being on top of the world. Whilst some forms of education can help with these issues and help address how to invest money wisely, ultimately the best advice that can be given for when your business hits the big time is “GET A MENTOR”…And this isn’t a situation that you look up Google and search for a mentor. No disrespect to anyone in the mentoring industry, you all do a fantastic job… Your industry does a lot of good work in assist people but unless you yourself are a self made millionaire there is no way you can guide an individual on the pressures of running a multi-million dollar business, as you haven’t experienced what it is like for yourself. So where do you find this mentor? Odds are that if you are extremely successful you will more than likely be in business with other entrepreneurs that help support your product or service. You will meet successful entrepreneurs at functions or industry events. As the famous saying goes: “To be successful you need to surround yourself with successful people…” Well now that you are successful you now need people around you that know how to keep the success and wealth… They will teach you the “real world” lessons that no MBA ever could. Learn from the past so that you can better affect the future and always remember, Luck Has Nothing To Do With It… Mark Abbott, Director 13 Concepts 1300 650 695 202/566 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004 mabbott@13concepts.com.au GREEN CREATIVE attends the Pacific Northwest Utility Lighting Summer Summit 2014 2014-07-25T13:07:10Z green-creative-attends-the-pacific-northwest-utility-lighting-summer-summit-2014 South San Francisco, July 25, 2014 -- Principal and co-founder of GREEN CREATIVE, Cole Zucker, attended the Pacific Northwest Utility Lighting Summer Summit 2014 as a guest speaker. Held in Portland, OR, this annual conference brings together LED industry professionals and utility personnel with the aim of broadening communication and encouraging information exchange between the two parties. Regional utility groups in attendance included the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the Northwest Lighting Network and the Bonneville Power Administration. Representing GREEN CREATIVE, Zucker resided on a special guest panel comprised of both LED and LED controls manufacturers chosen for their first-hand knowledge of the manufacturing process. Guest panelists provided unique perspectives on LED technology trends, focusing largely on fast moving LED product cycles and the impact of utility programs. Zucker stressed the importance of improving communication between the utility and the manufacturing sides in order to make incentivized measures less of a reactive process and more of a proactive one. This will also lead to products being released that conform more closely to the prevalent standards of the time and region. Additionally, Zucker touched upon the lack of regularity in incentive programs by stating, “While it is impossible to provide uniformity in utility measures among the various utilities nationwide, there should be consistency in product types on a nationwide basis. ENERGY STAR does a great job in promoting high standards of LED technology and pushing efficiency and CRI. However, the adoption of other internal standards makes it a challenge in designing new products because there exists a lack of consistency in certain utilities.” Overall, the event proved an extremely effective forum for promoting the exchange of ideas between the utility and manufacturing communities. About GREEN CREATIVE GREEN CREATIVE is a major solid state lighting development and manufacturing company based in the Bay Area, CA. The company specializes in retrofit lighting for the commercial market, offering a comprehensive line of LED lighting solutions. GREEN CREATIVE is fully integrated with strong R&D capabilities to constantly offer the latest technology available. For more information on GREEN CREATIVE please visit www.gc-lighting.com. For all of the latest updates follow GREEN CREATIVE on Twitter and LinkedIn. Contact: Matthew Leonard GREEN CREATIVE South San Francisco, CA 94080 Tel: (866) 774-5433info@greencreative.comhttp://www.gc-lighting.com FRESHEN UP THE FACTS AT CLEANSCENE SYDNEY 2014-07-25T06:56:27Z freshen-up-the-facts-at-cleanscene-sydney Presented by the National Cleaning Suppliers Association (NCSA) CleanScene will be held at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park from Tuesday 2nd – Thursday September 4th 2014.   Co-located with Safety in Action Sydney, the largest exhibition dedicated to workplace health and safety in its region, CleanScene promises to be the trade event of the year for managers, directors, contractors and owners involved in the cleaning, hygiene and safety industries.   This year is a particularly special one for the NCSA as it is the association’s 40th anniversary. “We’re inviting our members, past and present, to join with us and representatives from the industry to celebrate,” said Terry Fraser, the CEO of NSCA.   “Our industry, on both the supply and services sides, has seen some giants born and made over the last 40 years. Individuals who have, from very humble beginnings in many instances, built million-dollar businesses,” Fraser said. The achievements made over 40 years will be celebrated at a Gala Dinner event on the first night of CleanScene.   CleanScene will feature over 50 exhibitors and 100's of new products catering for cleaners, facility managers, government agencies, and purchasing officers. Not only will this event showcase the latest cleaning equipment and supplies, but also a hygiene component relevant to industries beyond the commercial cleaning sector such as health care and hospitality.   Australia’s leading wholesaler in commercial vacuum cleaners Cleanstar will be at Sydney showcasing the lightest and quietest GHIBLIT1 vacuum backpack on the market. Australia’s largest specialist brush manufacturer Industrial Brushware will be exhibiting their latest innovative custom made products. And International Software Company CleanTelligent will also be unveiling their latest software inspection tools to Australia for the very first time!   Not only will the three-day expo be a golden opportunity to network with fellow key members of the industry, there will also be a number of free seminars available for visitors. These seminars will be held by industry experts and will reveal powerful and practical insights on how to reduce costs, utilise cutting edge technologies to achieve amazing results, better manage your businesses, and ensure regulatory compliance.   The nine industry seminars will cover everything from the potential benefits and problems of digital marketing for your business to the dos and don’ts of doing business with federal, state and local governments.  Paul Morrall, General Manager of M-learning at the Lennox Institute, will conduct a seminar entitled Practical Training for Profit, Productivity and Potential. Morrall explains that, “combining media elements with well-designed, interactive exercises enables learners to extend their experience to discover on their own, so that they are no longer passive while information is "fed" to them.”   While Morrall updates attendees on the latest training methods available today, Bill Basset, the Managing Director of Interclean Australiasia will offer up a radical approach to time and labour management in the healthcare industry. It’s called the C.H.I.P. course (Cleaning Hygiene Improvement Process). “For over 10 years, I have dreamed of a training centre where Australia’s best cleaning managers could come together and create better cleaning systems,” Basset says. This seminar will explain how the C.H.I.P. course can more effectively manage labour without compromising levels of hygiene in healthcare facilities.   Also speaking at the expo will be Jenny Boymal, Managing Director of Jena Dyco on The Building Blocks of a Better, More Profitable Business in the Service Industries. Using actual industry related case studies, Boymal will provide a practical examination of how even the smallest start up can grow into a highly viable business within 18 months.   Attendance at CleanScene is free, so secure your place at this unmissable event now!   To register or for more information, go to www.cleansceneshow.com.au or call the visitor hotline on 1300 656 184For images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cardinalspin/sets/72157645879571991/MEDIA ENQUIRIES:  Specialist INTERVIEWS availableMatt Fraser matt@cardinalspin.com.au P: 02 8065 3504, M: 0401 326 007Amy Owen amy@cardinalspin.com.au M: 0404 977 338 Building customer confidence 2014-07-25T03:23:38Z building-customer-confidence Achieving this high level of certification provides WHS Solutions with identifiable external recognition of operational excellence and compliance. Best Practice Certification is a third party company that provides auditing and certification services to organisations in Australia that have elected to implement the international ‘Best Practice’ models. Incorporating these models into our business ensures the continual improvement in quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management.  WHS Solutions has been accredited in both the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Requirements and the Environmental Management System Requirements standards. Having these qualifications reaffirms WHS Solution’s outstanding ability to identify client’s current OHS compliance status, install OHS system frameworks, provide implementation support and run ongoing OHS system maintenance. Attaining these Best Practice certifications sets us apart from our competitors, as it demonstrates the international standard of commitment we have to offering the highest possible quality services to clients. ABOUT WHS SOLUTIONS WHS Solutions can help safeguard you against workplace ruin. WHS Solutions is an outsourced team of health and safety consultants, we work side-by-side with you manage your occupational health and safety systems with our WHSS Safety System. WHS Solutions provides you with a proper OHS management system and compliance certification so you can operate with reassurance, which in turn allows your employees to feel safe in their workplace. When your company has these qualifications it will not only increase in value but also solidify its workplace health and safety reputation in the industry. Contact WHS Solutions today for a free initial assessment and quote, with confidence in the experience and superior services that we can offer. For more information regarding WHS Solutions, please contact: Email: enquiries@yoursafetysolutions.com.au Telephone: 08 9427 1788 Or visit http://yoursafetysolutions.com.au/ WHS Solutions has attained Best Practice Certification in both Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Requirements and the Environmental Management System Requirements!! Read more about our commitment to excellence on our new blog:   Silver Anniversary of Phenomenon Creative Event Services: Something to Celebrate! 2014-07-25T01:39:19Z silver-anniversary-of-phenomenon-creative-event-services-something-to-celebrate Perth, WA, 25 July 2014 – Now beginning their second quarter century in the events industry, Phenomenon Creative Event Services are considered Western Australia’s go-to event styling and theming professionals.Phenomenon’s Director, Paul Cumming says “Now is as good a time as ever to look back at our journey during the past twenty-five years. We’re enjoying reminiscing, but also looking ahead into the future and wondering what ‘will be’.”The Phenomenon story began in a humble garage in Perth, by founders Paul Cumming and his business partner Steven Power. They hit upon the idea of a mobile disc jockey business that would service anything from parties to large scale corporate events and other celebrations.Eventually, both gentlemen brainstormed with ideas on how to expand the business beyond simple disc jockey talent. What they needed to find was a reliable team of hardworking, talented and creative people who could help them grow the business into something ‘phenomenal’.Cumming says, “The resounding message coming through on this point in time is that our current success is based on brilliant people doing equally brilliant work even in the early days.”In 2000, “Phenomenon Creative Event Services” was officially born, when Cumming and Power expanded the business to include photography, videography and event theming. In more recent years, the DJ, photography and videography arms of the business were sold and our primary focus became what it is today, to specialise in four key areas - event theming & styling, furniture hire, corporate branding and prop hire. Phenomenon do however work in tandem with other like-minded professionals to deliver event services such as entertainment, photography, videography, audio visual, lighting and the like."After so many years, Phenomenon has witnessed trends and changes come and go. What remains, they say, is their commitment to excellent customer service and delivering superior events in Perth and the surrounding area.“If you’ll forgive us and let us brag for a bit, we are proud of the evolution of our company,” Cumming says. “Each one of the changes and tweaks we have made means that we are never still and never complacent.“Looking ahead, our end goal is still no more solid than it was 25 years ago. Every year, we adjust our mindsets to pursue new looks and new markets and to become more efficient and deliver more creative options to our clients.” he says.When asked what exactly has changed in the last quarter century, Cumming stands firm with his answer.“Many, many things have changed, but not our attention to detail and customer service. Creating amazing events and ensuring people leave an event having had an experience is what we enjoy doing the most.” he says.“We have phenomenal clients who have pushed us to achieve more, and awesome vendors and suppliers, who have helped us realise our needs and goals. We couldn’t have achieved this without them because it’s definitely teamwork all the way round.”“And we never forget that even if it’s a business, we have to have fun,” he adds.Cumming says, “To our equally phenomenal clients who have pushed us to achieve more with each coming year. To our vendors and suppliers, who have helped us realise our clients dreams and needs, and of course, to the staff who have worked so hard at meeting and exceeding this dream. Thank you - we wouldn’t have achieved any of this without you!”Phenomenon Creative Event Services has earned its reputation for excellence in the Perth area. Now twenty-five years strong in the industry, the Phenomenon team will make your next event one to be remembered for years to come. Visit their website at http://www.phenomenon.com.au, or phone them on 1300 33 9000. Epson wins Canstar Blue 2014 Most Satisfied Customers Award – Printers, Small Business 2014-07-24T03:07:50Z epson-wins-canstar-blue-2014-most-satisfied-customers-award-printers-small-business In the latest Canstar Blue survey of small business owners and the printers they use Epson has won the prestigious Most Satisfied Customers Award – Printers, Small Business award for 2014.   Canstar Blue is one of the leading customer satisfaction research and ratings businesses that launched in July 2010 with the core purpose of helping consumers make better purchase decisions. Based on independent research conducted by Colmar Brunton, so far over 90,000 Australians have rated their customer satisfaction across more than 100 different categories. Canstar Blue is focused on product and service excellence.   In the Most Satisfied Customers Award – Printers, Small Business award, according to Canstar Blue Epson not only won the award but, “stood out in these 2014 results, achieving five stars in many areas; such as reliability, value for money, features, and overall satisfaction.”   Per category Epson received a five star rating for overall customer satisfaction, performance, reliability and value for money. Epson customers also gave the company five stars for satisfaction with their printer’s range of features such as scanning, printing different sized pages and printing photos.   How Canstar Blue rated office printers Canstar Blue commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey 855 small business owners and decision makers (i.e. the main decision maker for a small business) across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction with products and services related to their business. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who currently have an office printing device (including multifunction printers) that is used for work purposes – in this case, 749 small business owners/employees. Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey.   For the complete list of results please go to: http://www.canstarblue.com.au/small-business/office-printers/   For more information on the full range of Epson business printers go to: http://www.epson.com.au/products/printers_all_in_ones/Printers_For_Business/index.asp     Western Stainless Continues to Dominate Market for Stainless Steel 2014-07-23T03:08:59Z western-stainless-continues-to-dominate-market-for-stainless-steel Perth, WA, 23 July 2014 - Western Stainless Solutions proudly calls themselves "the foremost stainless steel fabricators in Perth.” Their projects range from standalone bars or restaurants to extremely large hospitals. They feel that their track record of success in providing stainless steel products in Perth and WA makes them uniquely qualified to inform the public what to look for when they need stainless steel products made for them.Paul Bartlett, Managing Director of Western Stainless Solutions, recently devoted a blog post to teach people how to use Internet research to find the right stainless steel fabricator for the job. Paul is so confident in his firm’s ability to provide the best workmanship, products and timeliness for any project, large or small, that he encourages potential clients to do their “due diligence.”According to Paul, “We love it when people do their research. We want anyone with a pending project to do their homework and find the firm that can provide the best solutions for their needs. That is because we know we will come out on top if an executive or project manager conducts sufficient industry research.”Paul recommends many different questions to ask, but he asserts that the two most important factors to research are a firm’s experience and their resources, which translate to their ability to get the job done correctly and on time.According to Paul, "A fabricator can have all the resources in the world, but if they don’t have industry experience and talent, those resources are rendered irrelevant. At the same time, a firm with industry experience and talent but no resources is going to fare equally badly."Paul continued, "The bottom line is that neither firm will get the job done right or on time. A stainless steel fabricator must have the hardware, the software, the experience and the ability to provide the appropriate set of solutions for any given project."Paul makes a series of recommendations for any prospective client or account. This includes going to their website first to see if it presents the firm in a professional manner. If the website indicates professionalism, it is then time to find out as much information as possible from the website. This would include a list of some finished projects, a short bio including industry experience and company ethos, a summary of available products and a list of testimonials.Paul also places a lot of weight on referred projects. According to him, "We are big on referred business. We have obtained some major hospital projects through referrals, which is a huge accomplishment. The medical field is the most demanding because of the stringent sanitation requirements. We challenge any other stainless steel fabricator in Perth to match our record when it comes to medical industry referrals."Paul concluded, "Every referral represents another project that we executed to perfection."Western Stainless Solutions are stainless steel fabricators located in Perth. They provide bespoke stainless steel solutions for a variety of sectors including the hospitality, mining, construction, medical and mechanical services industries. To learn more about what they have to offer, call 1300 794 647 or visit their website: http://www.westernstainless.com.au/.