The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-08-30T18:37:28Z 5 Smart Tips For Every Novice Golfer 2018-08-30T18:37:28Z 5-smart-tips-for-every-novice-golfer-1 Golf is a sport for everyone. Old and young can play this beautiful sport in open-air golf courses using different kinds of golf clubs and golf balls. The primary objective is to hit the ball and shot it at a series of holes in the fewest attempts possible. The best thing about golf? Your speed, height, strength, and weight which are essential in other sports are not the things you need to excel in this sport. This very reason is what makes golf appealing to everyone. If you are still at a beginner’s level when it comes to playing golf, then there are things you should know before you hit the club. Here are some of them. Learn The Basic Golf Rules Every sport has its rule, and golf is not an exemption. Learn the basic rules for playing golf, the dos, the don'ts, how to score, what the penalties are and how to avoid them. Different golf courses have different membership fees and rules to follow which can include golf wear restrictions. It is best to check out the guidelines set by the golf course of your choice before walking in and hitting the ball. Wear Appropriate Golf Wear Different clubs have their preferences, so make sure to check what’s allowed and what is not. Generally, the usual attire includes collared polo shirts, comfortable golf pants, professional golf shoes or tennis -style trainers for men. Women, on the other hand, can wear collared dresses or skirts that are not shorter than 2 inches above the knee. For accessories, polarised sunglasses, waterproof watches, golf gloves and a cool cap are allowed. When wearing pieces of jewelry, keep it minimal and avoid dangling accessories. Make Smart Decisions When It Comes To Equipment Your golf club purchase will depend on how often you’re going to practice golf and your current player level. Some stores let you rent golf clubs monthly. You can also choose to buy second-hand golf clubs instead of brand new ones but manage your expectations. If you wish to purchase new ones, invest in high-quality clubs like Callaway Golf Clubs. Consider Practicing On The Range Before Swinging In The Field Taking up lessons before playing the actual game will give you a better grip on how to start with a great game. Play at the driving range, learn at your own pace and no one will care. Having a solid foundation where you can hone your skills is an excellent way to start your new hobby. Have Fun! No one expects you to play so well if you are beginning to play the game, so just put your game face on and enjoy the game. So what if it took you a couple of swings before you hit the ball? You are still in your baby years in golf, and everyone starts at the beginner's stage. Before you take up golf be it as a hobby or as a career, the best thing you can do is to prepare beforehand. Considering this list will make sure you are off to a good start. Invest time to research, spend wisely, practice and just let go and have fun. Businesses Are Investing in Technology to Improve Customer Experience, but Many Are Still Falling Short of Giving Customers What They Want 2018-06-06T22:06:57Z businesses-are-investing-in-technology-to-improve-customer-experience-but-many-are-still-falling-short-of-giving-customers-what-they-want Nearly two-thirds (60%) of respondents in Australia say more work is needed by companies to improve their online experience Customer experience (CX) ratings vary by vertical with hospitality leading the way globally More than half of all respondents think machine-to-people interactions will improve CX Australian consumers still believe they will have the better customer experience in a physical location than an online store A new Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) survey of 5,000 adults from Australia, the United States, UK, France and Germany indicates a measurable disconnect between the advancements organisations think they are making to deliver exceptional customer experience and how customers actually view their commercial interactions. Specifically, less than half of respondents believe the technology needed to deliver the perfect online buying experience is available. This stands in stark contrast to findings of a previous Mitel survey in which 90 percent of IT decision-makers optimistically reported progress in improving customer experience through the use of technology. While a clear sign of the growing pains associated with digital transformation initiatives underway globally, the new survey also uncovers an opportunity for technology to play a key role in defining and keeping pace with changing buyer behaviour and preferences. In fact, over half of those surveyed believe machine-to-people interactions will positively transform the customer experience (51% in Australia). Vertical Visionaries, Leaders and Followers As customer experience becomes increasingly critical for businesses to remain relevant and compete, Mitel’s survey shows differences in customer satisfaction across vertical industries. Growing use of cloud communications and applications, combined with emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), are creating new ways for companies to nurture and build customer relationships. Winning companies will be those that are able to differentiate their brands by delivering seamless experiences across physical and digital environments, devices and channels. Currently, some segments are doing better than others. Hospitality leads the charge: Hospitality management knows the first stop on the itinerary for today’s travellers are online review sites. Before booking a trip, consumers want to hear what others have to say. In fact, it’s a near-universal activity. Given the impact reviews can have on average daily room rates, it’s no surprise this industry takes customer satisfaction seriously, receiving top marks among those surveyed. Australians also responded with high satisfaction rates (41%) with regards to their online experience with hospitality providers. Physical retail isn’t dead, but the customer experience is: More than 60 percent of shopping done by respondents still takes place in a physical store, though that number is shifting. When asked about the challenges faced by today’s brick-and-mortar retail outlets, three out of five respondents say the fact retail stores are struggling has more to do with the customer experience they provide, not products. While Australians are currently shopping in physical stores at much higher levels (74%) they agree with their global counterparts that customer service just doesn’t exist anymore. A seamless omnichannel approach is critical for this market, where more than one-third (36%) of Australian respondents note they make purchasing decisions based on the experiences brands provide versus the products and services offered. Chatbots can be used to manage simple tasks, while IoT and team collaboration tools open up new avenues for communications across media, whether it’s voice, email, SMS, web chat, social media or a website. Speed is the game in sports and entertainment: In the fast-paced world of sports and entertainment, immediate and clear communication is a necessity. Forty-nine percent of Australian respondents point to simplicity and speed as the most important factor in a good customer service experience, slightly higher than the global average (45%). Availability vital in healthcare: Healthcare organisations receive the lowest marks from respondents in all countries when it comes to customer service. Australian respondents, in particular, say availability and 24/7 service (40%) is the most important feature they look for from healthcare services, followed by simplicity and speed (36%). Additional insights from the data indicate: Bots, AI and machines can fill the customer service gap: Consumers appear to be increasingly comfortable with machine-to-people interactions when shopping online, with over 78 percent of Australian respondents saying they are satisfied dealing with automated processes. Most do not want to interact with a person while shopping online unless the service is very complicated, or they are having trouble finding the product or service they need. Half of Australian consumers and over 60 percent of U.S. respondents say if they could shop without speaking to a person, it would be a good thing. Even so, physical retailers need to balance the use of technology. Consumers do expect people to efficiently help them when shopping in a physical storefront. Mobile reigns supreme in the United States; Australia favours in-store: Of all respondents, U.S. and Australian consumers shop most frequently during a typical week. There are also notable differences by country regarding how and where consumers shop. U.S. respondents reach for their smartphone and use apps; Britons like shopping online via their tablets; French shoppers most often use their laptops; Germans are more likely to use a desktop computer; and Australians prefer a physical store location (74%). In Australia, brands can’t be complacent about improving their online presence. While more Australians still prefer buying goods and services in physical stores, more than two in five (42%) say they want to shop even more online, and just one in ten Australians (9%) say they don’t like shopping online at all. Seven in ten Australians (71%) say overall, shopping online is more convenient than shopping in a store. To meet this growing demand for online services, and the change taking place in consumer behaviours and expectations, brands need to consider a greater level of consistency across both the online and physical experience for their customers. Mitel’s study is the latest in its Business Insights Survey Series, which builds on previous research from August 2017 where more than 75 percent of IT decision-makers said they planned to tie together devices, emerging technologies, and communications and collaboration capabilities within two years to enable machine-to-people interactions to improve customer experience. This body of work expands on the concept established by Mitel in 2016 of “Giving Machines a Voice” to enable IoT and other machine triggers to launch real-time communications workflows that can improve how companies work and collaborate. Exploring a different angle, this survey examines how consumers view customer experience in shopping for goods and services across market segments, including retail, hospitality, sports and entertainment, health care, financial services and utilities. For more results and a closer look at regional or country-specific data, download the white paper. Quotes “As physical and digital worlds begin to seamlessly intersect, how effectively a company serves its customers across both domains determines tomorrow’s winners and losers,” said Jon Brinton, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Solutions at Mitel. “By supplementing existing applications and investments with new technologies such as AI, team collaboration and IoT, companies can better communicate and collaborate internally and externally and begin to proactively deliver the level of customer experience buyers expect.” “The data shows no matter where you are in the world, customer experience matters—bottom line,” said survey administrator Regina Corso of Regina Corso Consulting. “In order to truly connect with customers on their own terms, organisations must look for new ways to balance technology investments with personalised customer service. Those that are able to navigate this balance will go on to build strong brand loyalty with their customers, helping them succeed in today’s highly competitive purchasing environment.” Additional Facts Mitel has been recognised as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications for four consecutive years. Synergy Research Group has confirmed Mitel’s position as the #2 unified communications as a service (UCaaS) vendor worldwide. Mitel hosted cloud solutions are trusted by more than one million global subscribers. Related Materials Download the “Giving Machines a Voice” white paper Download the "Customer Experience for Dummies" e-book. Read the guide on "5 Steps to Increase Revenue Through Customer Experience." Download the "Digital Transformation for Dummies" e-book. About Mitel A global market leader in business communications powering more than two billion business connections, Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) helps businesses and service providers connect, collaborate and provide innovative services to their customers. Our innovation and communications experts serve more than 70 million business users in more than 100 countries. For more information, go to www.mitel.com/en-au and follow us on Twitter @Mitel_AU. Contact Information PR agency contact Martin Aungle Explore Communications +61 (0)415 917 381 maungle@explorecomms.com.au Media – EMEA & APAC Sandrine Quinton +33 (0)130-964-301 sandrine.quinton@mitel.com PGA Tour - 2018 Genesis Open Preview 2018-02-14T05:55:23Z pga-tour-2018-genesis-open-preview 2018 Genesis Open Preview Tiger Woods headlines an already star-studded field this week at the Genesis Open. Last year, Dustin Johnson cruised to a five-stroke victory; after a T2 in last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, it would be no surprise to see him in contention again. Notables in the field include Rory McIlroy, 2017 Player of the Year Justin Thomas, and two-time Genesis Open Champion Phil Mickeslon. Riviera Country Club will be hosting the event for the 55th time of the tournament’s ninety-one year history, and has been the host course exclusively since 1999. Players to Watch: Dustin Johnson: Not only is he the defending champion, he’s also finished in the top-4 the last four seasons. It should be no surprise to see him contend this week. Marc Leishman: Playing some great golf this year, with six top-10 finishes in his last ten tournaments across the globe. Bubba Watson: Although not in the greatest form as of late, he’s still a two-time winner of this event, and this could easily be the week he finds a spark in his game. By Mike @ The Golf Society Respected Australian journalist and editor, Michael Court, joins Inside Golf 2017-01-12T02:39:09Z respected-australian-journalist-and-editor-michael-court-joins-inside-golf Inside Golf is proud to announce that respected Australian journalist and editor Michael Court has joined the team as Staff Contributor for the NSW and ACT region. Court brings a wealth of golf knowledge and a strong media background to the Inside Golf team, with past positions including Sports Editor of Sydney Daily Mirror, NSW editor at The Golfer newspaper, Editor at Australian Golf Digest and Editor in Chief at Harness Racing Weekly and National Trotguide. In addition (like the entire Inside Golf Team) Court is a fanatic for the game of golf, playing off a 13 handicap at Roseville GC in Sydney. “We’re thrilled to have Michael join the team,” says Sam Arthur, Publisher. “He is an extremely talented writer with a solid knowledge (and love) of golf. In addition, he is highly respected in the Australian golf industry. He will make a great addition to our award-winning, passionate editorial team.” ABOUT INSIDE GOLF Inside Golf is Australia’s highest audited circulation (CAB) publication, with the most recent CAB-audited circulation of 41,883 copies per month (April 2016 to September 2016) representing an estimated reach of approximately 104,707 readers.  In addition to its flagship print product, Inside Golf’s highly-successful online channels (website, tablet app and interactive digital version) generate over 1.2 Million pageviews per year. Since 2010, Inside Golf has consistently been named “Australia’s Most-Read Monthly Golf Magazine” by independent surveys of Australian golfers. Distributed free at Australian golf courses, driving ranges and golf retailers across Australia, Inside Golf has “bucked the trend” of many other print publications (most of which have seen significant declines in readership), and has become the undisputed favourite publication of Australian golfers. The Inside Golf readership base has grown to one of Australia’s most diverse and passionate communities in the industry. The magazine’s recent Readership demographic survey reflects an extremely wide reach of golfers across all ages, skill levels, occupations, regions and income. Inside Golf’s readers are an exceptionally loyal group who read the magazine each and every month, and use the magazine extensively to make golf purchasing decisions. They also play a tremendous amount of golf, with the vast majority considered “Avid Golfers—the highest possible level of play as defined by the golf industry.   Inside Golf editor wins esteemed media award 2016-12-05T00:02:31Z inside-golf-editor-wins-esteemed-media-award The Australian Golf Media Association (AGMA) recently announced the winners of the 2015-2016 Australian Golf Media Awards, honouring excellence in golf media. Inside Golf Group Editor Richard Fellner took top honours in the “Best Opinion” category, receiving the illustrious award for work in his Page 5 Starters Box column. Fellner’s editorial, Suited to a tee: going beyond the Red White and Blue (March, 2016, available here), was praised by the judges for its progressive insight into helping golfers and golf clubs adopt a “colour blind” attitude to help foster greater enjoyment of golf.  “Richard’s prolific output of editorials on all facets of golf have been read by many,” the judges’ comments said. “This insightful comment piece urged Clubs to make greater use of a variety of tee boxes and remove the stigma of hitting off shorter tees to encourage greater enjoyment, faster play and better variety for every golf course.” This is Fellner’s third Australian Golf Media award, following his 2011-2012 “Best Column” award, and his 2006-2007 award for “Best Photojournalism”.  “I am tremendously honoured and humbled to receive this award,” Fellner said. “An award like this represents a team effort; I’m fortunate to have a highly-supportive group at Inside Golf. Our publisher, Sam Arthur, regularly encourages the editorial team to ‘push the boundaries’ with progressive and passionate articles like these. I would also like to thank the many readers of Inside Golf. Their feedback, ideas and support over the years has been instrumental in helping us to craft innovative content, and produce what has become Australia’s Most-Read Golf Magazine.” The award ceremony was held at the AGMA annual dinner at Sydney’s Bonnie Doon Golf Club during last month’s Emirates Australian Open.  AGWA 2016 Honouree Peter Senior presented the awards in front of dignitaries from the International and local golf scene including Mr John Hopkins OAM  the Chair of Golf Australia and Mr Keith Macintosh the Captain of the R&A. Other winners included Brett Robinson (Australian Turfgrass Journal) who captured two awards, “Best News Report” and “Best Visual Medium”; Bruce Matthews (Golf Victoria Magazine) for “Best Feature”, Bruce Young (iseekgolf) for “Best Reportage, Women’s Golf”; and CHANNEL 7 for “Best Electronic Media.” The Australian Golf Media Awards were created for media professionals who cover Australian golf and golfers in the print, internet, radio, television and photography sections of the Australian Media. The judging panel is led by former Melbourne Herald editor Bruce Baskett and representatives from Golf Australia, the PGA of Australia and the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Inc.  Getting Ready for a Golf Game 2016-06-10T02:20:36Z getting-ready-for-a-golf-game Getting Ready for a Golf Game - How to Conduct Yourself on the Golf Course by The Golf Society Like many other sports, golf has its own etiquette and set of expectations. Whether you are new to the game or not, it is always a good idea to brush up your golf etiquette. Knowing how to conduct yourself on the course will help your reputation and allow everyone you play with to get more out of every round. Here are a few tips you should follow every time you hit the local links: .   Learn about the game before you start. Knowing the rules of golf is important, whether you are playing a big tournament or just enjoying a round with friends. .   Take lessons. You do not have to be an expert golfer to enjoy the game, but having a basic level of competence will help everyone around you. Take a few lessons with the local pro and prepare yourself before you join a foursome. The other three players will thank you. .   Try not to be the slowest player. There is nothing wrong with a casual game of golf, but consistently being the slowest player in your group is just bad form. Keep the game moving as much as possible and try not to slow down the other people on the course. .   Repair the ground as you go. Keeping the course is good shape is the responsibility of every player. Fixing small divots and putting the ground back the way you found it is one of the best ways to show your consideration to the course and your fellow players. .   Keep your temper under control. No one wants to see a golfer throwing a tantrum. Even if you are having a bad day, you need to keep your temper under control. .   Stick to your commitments. Emergencies happen, and when they do, you will need to cancel your golf date. But barring an emergency, you should strive to keep your commitment to the game. Cancelling at the last minute is bad form, and it wastes the valuable time of the other players in your group. .   Try not to comment too much. There is nothing wrong with complimenting a fellow player on a great swing, but try to stay as silent as possible on the course. Other players are trying to concentrate, and the excessive noise could throw off their game. .   Be a considerate driver. When you use a golf cart, try to make it as unobtrusive as possible. Stick to the accepted areas of the course and be careful to avoid damage to the course as you drive. .   Keep your phone in your pocket. No one wants to hear you chatting on your cell phone as you play. Keep your phone off and in your pocket. If you must leave your phone on, set it to silent mode to avoid disturbing other players. .   Be helpful to others. Whether it is carrying a golf bag for a player whose back is hurting or offering a few tips to a new player, strive to be as helpful as you can. Everyone will appreciate your helpfulness and dedication to the game you love.   Whether you are a scratch player or just an average one, a day on the links should be fun and relaxing. Knowing the rules and following the expected etiquette is the best way to keep the game moving and allow those around you to have as much fun as you are.  Introducing The Golf Society 2016-06-01T05:16:57Z introducing-the-golf-society-1 www.thegolfsociety.com.au There's been a dramatic and very welcome shift in the golfing world in the area of fashion over the past 5 years but unfortunately for the Australian golfer it's been all too hard to get our hands on the brands designing and manufacturing beautiful, modern and innovative golf clothing. The Golf Society delivers golf's greatest brands into Australia, some for the first time into Australia, many with an expanded range into Australia. Where possible we'll be releasing our seasons in-line with European and US seasons so that you're wearing the absolute latest fashions and every item is guaranteed 100% authentic as we're an authorised retailer for every brand we present. The Golf Society's business model will always be a concept store focus and every product stocked MUST embody at least one of the following principles: The latest fashion or golf collection releases from the worlds best brands Game-changing innovative product Performance based products - 'as seen on the Tour' We'll be continually sourcing the best products from around the world and will always stock everything in our own warehouse for immediate delivery to your front door. The Golf Society isn't just for the fashion-focussed golfer it's also for the golfer who just wants to feel confident standing on the first tee. Shop Golf Shirts, Golf Shorts, Golf Pants, Golf Knits, Golf Outerwear & Golf Shoes From Hugo Boss, J.Lindeberg, KJUS, Peak Performance, Travis Mathew, Cross & More THE GOLF SOCIETY - 'PLAY YOUR OWN GAME' Procular Australia Explains What a Monocular Is 2016-01-06T02:03:17Z procular-australia-explains-what-a-monocular-is Over the past couple of years Procular has risen to become one of the preferred choices  for buyers of optical products. The company sells products from over 20+ international brands across various product categories including but not limited to binoculars, monocular, spotting scopes, night vision goggles, telescopes, microscopes, digiscoping products etc.One of the prime reasons for the company doing so well in terms of product range and sales is because the company's website has informative buyers guide pages that carry not just product information but also carry how to choose products.Guides that helps buyers understand which product choices are best suited to beginners, amateurs and professionals. The company has recently added a range of monoculars to the exiting range of already available for sale monoculars and have also updated the buyers guide page - https://procular.com.au/accessories/monoculars/ that now carries better information on how to choose a monocular. As per information available on the website it says, " Monoculars are basically small, lightweight, mini-telescopes. Monoculars are easy to carry around with you and are a great option for bird watching, hunting, golfing, sports and events as well as general outdoor viewing. In general monoculars will have a magnification of 6x, 8x or 10x. Monoculars with higher magnifications (8x or 10x) are good for long distance viewing but can sometimes be hard to stabilise."Hundreds of customers have liked this feature  about Procular's store and have even recommended others to try shopping for products on this website. The 'how to choose' buyers guide definitely makes great sense for anyone wishing to purchase an optical product because once one is aware of the features and purpose of use of that particular product the shopper is more likely to know how to use the product and the underlying reason for what the product is used.So the next time when one is planning to buy a monocular it is highly recommended that one visit procular.com.au and check out the buyer guides before placing an order for a product.Contact DetailsHarry Golden (Marketing Head)3 Osborne RoadManly, NSW - 2095 Tiger Turf Nz Have Golf Greens For Home Gardens 2015-12-18T02:38:43Z tiger-turf-nz-have-golf-greens-for-home-gardens For golfing enthusiasts TigerTurf supply low maintenance synthetic golf greens for home gardens, Home golf putting is becoming increasingly popular. As golfing enthusiasts have discovered they can easily convert part of their garden into an all-weather putting green. TigerTurf is committed to providing their customers with high quality short-game practice facilities and the workmanship and design skills of their experienced design and installation team are well respected and appreciated by their many satisfied customers. Tiger Turf supply true and consistent synthetic golf greens, chipping turfs and driving mats, making an unused area an attractive feature of any garden, transforming unusable areas into a fun golf putting area. One of the biggest advantages of having a synthetic golf green is that they are virtually maintenance free, making for a hassle-free entertainment for family and friends on summer evenings. A Tiger Turf synthetic golf green, with its pristine appearance is perfect as part of a larger landscaping project, embellished with Tiger Turf landscape grass, and incorporating attractive and well placed shrubs and even flowering plants to create a really stunning addition to the garden landscape. Tiger Turf can also create bunkers and other hazards if space is available.  Tiger Turf’s home garden golf greens are free draining meaning greens can be played in any weather, all year round and require no watering or mowing, so that home golfers can relax and enjoy themselves, knowing that their greens will be consistent at all times. Tiger Turf have a range of turf styles for chipping and putting.  TigerTurf’s Tiger Putt is a short-pile turf designed to be glued onto hard base surfaces, such as wooden decks, concrete or asphalt and is perfect for mini putt courses. Pure Putt is TigerTurf’s premium short-pile golf turf which is specifically designed for residential golf greens, providing both a true roll and a speed that is ideal for smaller home greens. Very little maintenance is required for their turfs, so golfers can spend more time on their putting game. Synthetic turf putting greens need far less maintenance than natural turf greens, but, some maintenance will not only improve how the synthetic turf surface plays but will also extend its life span. Maintenance on a putting green is quite minimal and includes keeping greens and fringe clean from leaves, grass clippings and sticks and using TigerGuard on any weeds that may appear. Putting cups should be cleaned to avoid sand and organic material building up. For more information on Tiger Turf home greens and their maintenance please visit the website at http://www.tigerturf.com/nz . 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. Seachange Emerald Lakes Advocates Active Lifestyle for Seniors 2015-06-17T02:17:44Z seachange-emerald-lakes-advocates-active-lifestyle-for-seniors Emerald Lakes, QLD, 17 June 2015 - The owners of Seachange Emerald Lakes pride themselves on offering what they feel is one of the finest active adult retirement resorts in Australia. Their business model is based on friendship, fun and fitness. They offer an active lifestyle for seniors who want to enjoy their retirement years and remain healthy enough to do so. Along the way, they have found out that an active lifestyle can extend the length and quality of life for their residents.In a recent blog post called “9 Benefits of an Active Lifestyle,” Managing Director David Pradella provided a summary of nine well-known benefits enjoyed by those who stay active in their later years. Mr Pradella is an advocate of the principles on which Seachange Emerald Lakes was founded and he keeps a close watch on research concerning over 50’s quality of life.According to Mr Pradella: “We are providing a world class facility that encourages our residents to establish social connections. Those social connections make it easy for them to lead an active lifestyle that includes some kind of exercise every day. There will be structured activities, but a lot of our residents choose to create their own structure.”Established Benefits of Exercise for the ElderlyThere are numerous studies and academic papers on the subject of the effects of an active lifestyle on lifespan and quality of life. The following benefits are well-established and are provided by as little as 30 minutes of walking per day.Stronger HeartThe cardiovascular benefits of exercise are well-documented. The risk of stroke is diminished by as much as 27% by a half hour of walking every day. Exercise lowers blood pressure and “bad cholesterol” levels while raising “good cholesterol” levels.Stronger MindExercise has been shown by observational studies to lower the risk of dementia by as much as 40%. One of the more important mechanisms may be the prevention of brain shrinkage.Stronger BodyExercise strengthens and tones the muscles. A stronger, more toned body is much healthier and less likely to sustain serious injury from an accident or a fall.Stronger BonesWeight bearing exercise strengthens the bones by helping them retain their calcium. This prevents osteoporosis and makes them less prone to breaking in a fall.More EnergyThose who exercise have more energy. The body adapts to the demands placed upon it. When someone expends more energy on a daily basis, the body responds by providing more energy to expend.Less WeightExercise burns calories and raises the metabolism. In addition, muscles that are stronger and more toned use more energy, even when sitting. This causes the body to use more calories each day instead of storing them as fat.Mr Pradella concludes: “We promote an active lifestyle because it helps our residents stay healthy and happy. A look around Seachange Emerald Lakes proves that we are right.”Seachange Emerald Lakes is an active adult lifestyle resort in Emerald Lakes. They are an over 50’s gated resort based on the principles of friendship, fun and fitness. The completed property will offer a plethora of world class facilities, including a 5-Star country club, 13 km of walking paths, a pool and tennis court. To learn more or to arrange a visit, call 1800 559 669 today or visit their website: http://www.seachangegoldcoast.com.au/emerald-lakes/. Artificial Grass Manufacturer Reveals Manufacturing Process 2015-04-02T03:34:11Z artificial-grass-manufacturer-reveals-manufacturing-process Perth, WA, 02 April 2015 - Green Planet Grass is a manufacturer of “new generation” artificial grass in Perth. They are known for their professional service and high-quality products. Director Justin Everley has handled a lot of requests for information himself and noticed that the general public doesn’t really know what goes into making a high quality artificial grass. Mr Everley was generous enough to provide information on how artificial grass is manufactured and how current artificial grass is different from previous generations of artificial grass. He provided this information in the form of a post on his company blog. Materials in Modern Artificial GrassGreen Planet Grass uses 100% recyclable materials to make all of their varieties of artificial grass. They are committed to having a neutral “carbon footprint” as soon as possible and having minimal impact on the environment in the present. Their backing is made of high-quality polyester: the same type used for tyre cords. To make the grass fibres or blades, Green Planet Grass uses a polypropylene or polyethylene to create a form of synthetic yarn. These materials help them make artificial grass that looks and feels like natural grass, but has the added benefit of being stain resistant.Manufacturing Modern Artificial GrassGreen Planet Grass is made by using a tufting technique that is similar to carpet, but the end result is much different. First, the backing is assembled. Then, the ingredients to manufacture the fibres are mixed in a hopper with environmentally safe chemicals and dyes that provide colour and help break the ingredients down into a paste.It is then put in a mixer and mixed until it is similar to the consistency of taffy. It is fed into a machine called an extruder, which turns it into fine strands. Those strands are then woven into the grass fibres. The fibres are then attached to the backing by a machine called a carding machine. This is like a giant sewing machine with hundreds of needles. Then, pads are attached to the backing, coated with latex and cured in heat. The grass is then put onto a machine that levels off the grass blades. The finished product is rolled up and ready for shipping.According to Mr Everley: “A lot goes into the process, but it is worth it because we know we are manufacturing some of the best artificial grass in Perth.”Green Planet Grass is a manufacturer and installer of artificial grass in Perth. They offer a full range of residential, commercial and sport solutions. They proudly display the Australian Made logo and are committed to producing high quality artificial grass with minimal environmental impact. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Research Shows Overwhelmingly: Artificial Sports Turf is as Safe as Natural Grass 2015-04-01T08:26:07Z research-shows-overwhelmingly-artificial-sports-turf-is-as-safe-as-natural-grass Perth, WA, 1 April 2015 - For years, traditionalists and other opponents of artificial sports turf have claimed that it causes more injuries than natural grass. Twenty years ago, on first and second generation artificial turf, they may have been right. Recently, though, volumes of research have appeared, all with the conclusion that artificial sports turf carries no greater risk of injury than natural grass.Why the Dogma Still ExistsOriginal first generation “AstroTurf” was extremely hard. It was basically a thick carpet placed on cement. It didn’t even look very much like grass. It was used for indoor stadiums in the US that were unable to sustain and maintain a natural grass field indoors. When second generation artificial turf came out, it was better, but still not enough like real grass.  Researchers compiled statistics showing that players were more likely to injure their knees on second generation artificial turf. The Changing Face of Sports TurfThe artificial grass industry changed their product to make it more safe. By the third generation, they made a quantum leap. Concrete had been replaced by soft sand and crushed rock, compressed into a firm but giving surface. The old “carpet” designs had been replaced by backing, fibres as soft as natural grass and infill made of rubber pellets and sand. FIFA liked third generation sports turf so much that they would commission the development of their 1 Star and 2 Star sports turf systems. 1 Star is for amateur and club level competition and 2 Star is for elite or professional competition. The 1 Star and 2 Star quality concept has been a success on all levels.What the New Studies SayJustin Everley is the director of Green Planet Grass, a sports turf supplier in Perth. His company is one of a select group that installs 1 Star and 2 Star FIFA sports turf. Recently, on his company blog, Mr Everley cited numerous studies indicating that third generation artificial turf, now abbreviated as “3GAT,” carries no greater risk of injury than natural grass or “NG.” The studies come from the US Journal of Sports Medicine, the British Journal of Sports Medicine, FIFA and the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. They cover male and female players from the junior to the elite level. Every single study concludes that 3GAT carries no greater risk of injury than NG. According to Mr Everley: “For too long, proponents of natural grass have misinformed the public. We were very happy to find studies that debunk all rhetoric about artificial grass causing more injuries. Synthetic sports turf is as safe as natural grass, but it can take far more play and the surface is always perfect, even in the Perth climate.”Mr Everley concluded, “Depending on the individual requirements, there are many compelling reasons why some times it is favourable to install artificial sports turf as opposed to natural grass.”Green Planet Grass supplies sports turf and other varieties of artificial grass. Their office is in the Perth area and their manufacturing facility is in Australia. They have completed over 4,000 artificial grass installations in the Perth area. To learn more or for an obligation-free consult, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Synthetic Grass Gains Popularity in Perth: This Comparison Tells Why 2015-03-03T07:38:49Z synthetic-grass-gains-popularity-in-perth-this-comparison-tells-why Perth, WA, 03 March 2015 - Recently, Justin Everley compared synthetic grass to natural grass on his blog. He compared it in three areas: cost, appearance and maintenance. Mr Everley is one of the Directors of Green Planet Grass, who provide synthetic grass landscaping systems for a comprehensive range of residential, sport and commercial applications. CostsThe costs for natural grass are ongoing. An initial installation can be done by spreading grass seeds and using fertiliser, but many people choose to go with roll on for their initial lawn. Throughout the life of a natural grass lawn, money must be paid for ongoing maintenance costs and materials, including water.Synthetic grass has a higher initial cost, but there are almost no ongoing maintenance costs and the only water costs are when water is used to clean a spill or a “trouble spot.”AppearanceNatural grass is attractive when it is expertly maintained. When it is at its best, most people agree that natural grass is beautiful. However, it is affected by summer, winter and excessive wear and tear, all of which can turn it brown and riddle it with bare spots.Synthetic grass looks the same every day of the year; the extremes of the Perth climate have no effect on it. “New generation” forms of artificial grass, such as Green Planet Grass, look and feel so much like perfectly maintained natural grass that most people can’t tell the difference unless they are standing on it.MaintenanceNatural grass needs a high amount of maintenance to keep it in its optimum condition. Too much sun, rain or foot traffic all degrade the surface, affecting both appearance and performance. Natural grass must be watered, mowed, weeded, re-planted and otherwise maintained on a regular basis.Synthetic grass needs almost no maintenance. It is unaffected by the Perth climate. Artificial grass needs to be kept free of debris and “trouble spots” need to be cleaned. Water is usually enough to clean artificial grass; “trouble spots” occasionally need soap and water. Synthetic grass also needs brushing from time to time if a path begins to wear into a high traffic area. Comparing Natural Grass and Synthetic GrassMr Everley is of the opinion that a growing number of Australians are beginning to favour synthetic grass over natural grass, especially in the Perth area. According to Mr Everley: “When you put all of the factors together, synthetic grass comes out on top every time, especially a new generation grass like Green Planet Grass. Australians seem to be placing a higher premium on their time than at any era in history. We don’t want to spend time or money each week on lawn maintenance when we don’t have to.”Mr Everley concluded: “Most of our customers recoup their initial investment between three and six years after installation. After that, Green Planet Grass is money in the bank.”Green Planet Grass manufactures and installs synthetic grass in the Perth area. They are Australian owned and their range of artificial lawns are also manufactured in Australia. They carry a wide range of artificial grass landscaping solutions for commercial, sport and residential applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Artificial Grass Manufacturer in Perth Commits to Helping Prevent Concussions in Children 2015-02-26T04:32:29Z artificial-grass-manufacturer-in-perth-commits-to-helping-prevent-concussions-in-children Perth, WA, 26 February 2015 - Justin Everley, owner of Green Planet Grass, an artificial grass manufacturer and installer from the Perth area, is committed to creating safer residential, playground and sport surfaces for children. Their child-specific landscape system is called GPG Play Grass. Green Planet Grass has installed Play Grass in numerous residences, playgrounds and parks. According to Mr Everley, GPG Play Grass was specifically created to cater to the needs of children. One of those needs is a safe surface that doesn’t cause concussions. Mr Everley refers to AS/NZS 4422:1996, which covers a concept called Critical Fall Height (CFH). CFH is a standard to which every playground must adhere. Mr Everley believes that artificial grass should not only meet CFH standards, but exceed them.According to Mr Everley: “Critical fall height is a great concept. It mandates that any playground surface must be safe for a child to fall from the highest piece of playground equipment without causing undue injury. It is determined by dropping an object meant to simulate the human head onto a surface and measuring the impact. When the impact reaches a certain threshold, the height that caused it is the critical fall height of that surface.”Mr Everley continued, “We think critical fall height is a great law, but we would rather supply a product that exceeds the standards whenever possible.”Due to extensive feedback from customers, Green Planet Grass created the GPG Play Grass System specifically for children. The system starts with a set of variables that are adjusted according to the needs of the customer. The amount of “give” in the surface can be controlled by variables such as the pile density, infill and the use of one or more shock pads. This same technique is used for all purpose athletic fields and surfaces for various sports such as Australian football, soccer, cricket and rugby. With sports, Green Planet Grass reproduces the field characteristics of a perfectly maintained pitch, striking a balance between safety and “playability.”When Green Planet Grass installs GPG Play Grass at a playground or a residence, they don’t have to worry about making a soccer ball bounce to a perfect height and they can focus more on child safety. For a child care centre, for example, they may use extra shock pads and a softer infill to make impacts as low as possible. For a playground, the challenge is to make the surface as low-impact as possible without producing a trampoline effect.Green Planet Grass is slowly putting together a track record of success with the GPG Play Grass system. According to Mr Everley: “We have produced one of the safest artificial grass surfaces in the Perth area. We have found a near-perfect balance between quality of play and reduced chance of injury.”Green Planet Grass is an artificial grass manufacturer and installer serving the Perth area. They offer a wide range of landscaping systems for residential, sport and commercial use. Their Green Planet Grass Play Grass system is renowned for its safety, durability and overall high quality. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/.