The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 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 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 World’s first boat and beach long-range shark deterrents 2018-05-30T19:13:00Z worlds-first-boat-and-beach-long-range-shark-deterrents Ocean Guardian (which opened applications for an ASX IPO on 10th May) has announced the world’s first innovative long-range shark deterrent products designed specifically for leisure boats, fishing boats and beaches, the LR10, FP15 & LR10S. Powered by Shark Shield Technology, the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical deterrent, users will have the confidence they need to get in the water anywhere. First available will be the LR10, shipping late 2018 / early 2019 with a target RRP starting at $2,499. Easy to deploy off the back of any vessel, the new LR10 is based on the proven design of the Ocean Guardian FREEDOM7 dive product and is powered by Shark Shield Technology. The new model provides a large and powerful protective area for swimming of up to 10 meters in depth and over six meters wide through two user-changeable antenna options, depending on the depth of the water. Lindsay Lyon, Ocean Guardian (formerly Shark Shield) CEO says, “The LR10 is the first of our long-range shark deterrent systems to be launched around the world. Over the next 12 months we will launch further products in the range to give both boat and beach users worldwide the confidence to get in the water. With optional solar power these devices will be very low maintenance” Amanda Elizabeth, Shark Scientist says, “Thanks to the Shark Shield Technology, swimming off the back of the boat with the family will never feel so good knowing that everyone is protected by tested and effective shark deterrent technology. Plus, our marine life will be safe from drumlines, nets and culling, enabling all to safely enjoy the ocean.” Ocean Guardian LR10 Key Features: Powered by proven existing Shark Shield Technology Deploy off any vessel, beach, private jetty, fish farm or in aquaculture Optional mobile phone app control and management through Bluetooth Daisy chain up to five devices together to build a “virtual net” Provides a large and powerful protective safe swimming area up to 10 meters (D) Two user-changeable antenna options, depending on the depth of the water Powered from Lithium battery, 12/24DC or 110/240 Solar power accessory for unattended use at beach, lifesaving, boat, jetty, fish farms, etc. Navigation light and stainless steel threaded dive flag holder standard Available in two colours, safety buoy yellow and silver grey Ocean Guardian Holdings Limited (ASX: OCG) opened applications for its IPO on May 10th, 2018 to raise a minimum of $5M with funds allocated to developing new products using existing and new technology to expand into the boat and beach markets. The offer closes on the 7th of June 2018 or earlier. Download a copy of the prospectus from the Company’s website. About Ocean Guardian: In 2018, the Shark Shield company became Ocean Guardian®. The change of name reflects our bigger ambition – to make you safe whatever you enjoy doing in the Ocean – while also protecting the planet we call home. Ocean Guardian, powered by Shark Shield Technology, is the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Government approved and developed over two decades of research, Ocean Guardian’s patented technology creates a powerful three-dimensional electrical field which causes safe but unbearable spasms in shark’s short-range electrical receptors, turning sharks away - including Great Whites. Nothing is more effective. Ocean Guardian safety products are the ultimate ocean guardian – providing peace of mind for surfers, divers, and ocean lovers around the world, while supporting the conservation of marine life by removing the need for shark nets and culling. ocean-guardian.com Ocean Guardian creators of Shark Shield lodge supplementary prospectus 2018-05-28T23:06:16Z ocean-guardian-creators-of-shark-shield-lodge-supplementary-prospectus Ocean Guardian creators of Shark Shield lodge supplementary prospectus Media Release - 29 May 2018 Ocean Guardian Holdings Limited today lodged a supplementary prospectus updating the market on significant Q3 revenue growth of 78%, new research commissioned by NSW Department of Planning and Industry (DPI), an announcement by the WA State Government adding the company’s FREEDOM+ Surf to the Shark Deterrent Rebate Program, and the launch date of the new boat, beach and hand-held range of products. Increase in Revenue Growth for Q3 FY18 of 78% FREEDOM+ Surf added to WA State Government Rebate Program New Independent Scientific Research on the effectiveness of the FREEDOM+ Surf Long Range Boat & Beach Product Concept Completed, Launch Date Nov 2018 Hand Held Consumer Product Concept Completed, Launch Date Nov 2018 Flinders University released independent testing results showing that Ocean Guardian’s FREEDOM+ Surf was the only shark deterrent tested which was an effective deterrent against great white sharks for surfers. As a result of this research, the FREEDOM+ Surf was added to the Western Australian Government Shark Deterrent Rebate program where consumers receive a $200 rebate. The company has completed final design concepts for the worlds first long-range boat and beach shark deterrent products with a starting target price of ~$2,500. These new designs (LR10, FP15, LR10S) allow for a target of approximately 10% of RRP as an annual service maintenance charge for maintaining safety equipment, in the same revenue model associated with annually certifying fire extinguishers and life rafts. Features include an innovative solar powered accessory for unattended 24/7 protection for segment such as surf lifesaving, private jetties, canals, fish farms, etc. Lindsay Lyon, Ocean Guardian CEO says, “The company’s funding plan after listing on the ASX is to launch these new boat, beach and handheld products simultaneously at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) and The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA). METS in 2018 is to be held in November in Amsterdam and is the world’s biggest business to business leisure marine equipment show, and DEMA in 2018 is held in November in Las Vegas and is considered the world’s largest dive equipment show. These shows provide exceptional global launch platforms”. The IPO launched on the 26th April 2018, Ocean Guardian are seeking to raise up to $5,000,000 (before costs) issuing 25,000,000 new Shares at an Offer Price of $0.20 per Share (Offer), with an oversubscription to raise up to a total of $6,000,000. Watch the interview with CEO Lindsay Lyon on Proactive Investors here which provides a detailed overview of the IPO and business strategy. Click here to download a copy of the prospectus. The prospectus for the Offer is currently available and can be obtained by visiting Ocean Guardian’s website, www.ocean-guardian.com or contacting 1 800 132 009. The Offer was open on the 10 May 2018 and expected to close on 7 June 2018, with expected date of quotation of Shares on the ASX 28 June 2018. The Offer will be made in Ocean Guardian’s prospectus. Any person deciding whether to participate in the Offer should consider the prospectus. Any person who wants to acquire Shares under the Offer will need to complete the application form contained in the prospectus. Any applications made during the exposure period will be processed by Ocean Guardian once the exposure period has expired. Key Dates Prospectus Date – Lodgement of Prospectus with ASIC 26 April 2018 Opening Date for Applications (9:00am AEST) 10 May 2018 Supplementary prospectus lodgement 28 May 2018 Closing Date for Applications (5:00 PM AEST) 7 June 2018 Issue and allotment of Shares 14 June 2018 Expected despatch of CHESS statements 21 June 2018 Expected date of quotation of Shares on the ASX 28 June 2018 ASX Code OCG NOTE: This timetable is indicative only. Unless otherwise indicated, all times are in AEDT. Ocean Guardian, in conjunction with the Lead Manager, Emerald Capital Australia Pty Ltd, reserves the right to vary the dates and times of the Offer, including to close the Offer early or to accept late applications, either generally or in particular cases without notification. Investors are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. About Ocean Guardian In 2018, the Shark Shield company became Ocean Guardian®. The change of name reflects our bigger ambition – to make you safe whatever you enjoy doing in the Ocean – while also protecting the planet we call home. Ocean Guardian, powered by Shark Shield Technology, is the world’s only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent. Nothing is more effective. Sharks have short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for finding food, Ocean Guardian’s government approved, and patented technology creates a powerful three-dimensional electrical field which causes unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors turning sharks away, including Great Whites. Ocean Guardian has worked tirelessly over 20-years in partnership with the world’s leading experts in sharks, including the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board in South Africa and independent universities, resulting in peer reviewed science journals confirming the technologies effectiveness in deterring sharks. Ocean Guardian safety products are trusted by surfers, divers, and ocean lovers around the world and are recommended safety equipment in professional industries such navies and abalone diving. With no known permanent harm to sharks, the products directly support the conservation of sharks and other marine life by removing the need for shark nets and culling, ensuring the ocean can be shared – safely and in harmony with nature. They are the ultimate ocean guardian. www.ocean-guardian.com For further information or to request an interview with Lindsay Lyon, CEO of Ocean Guardian, please contact 360 PR: Rachel – 02 9571 4448 or rachel@360pr.com.au Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T22:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from www.sharkshield.com. The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au Jeremy Cotter wins the INAMO 5000 FIRST ACROSS THE LINE in the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach 2017-02-26T05:10:58Z jeremy-cotter-wins-the-inamo-5000-first-across-the-line-in-the-manly-wharf-bridge-to-beach Sydney, Australia – 26 February 2017 – Jeremy Cotter today won the INAMO 5000 FIRST ACROSS THE LINE as part of the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach ocean paddling competition. The 11km course started at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finished at Manly Wharf. Mr Cotter, aged 37, was paddling in an ocean ski and finished in 46.17 minutes. Today’s event was a new category and it was the first time anywhere in the world ocean paddlers across the four paddling disciplines (ocean ski, outrigger canoe or OC1, prone, and stand-up paddleboard) raced across the codes and genders to be the FIRST ACROSS THE LINE. The competition was handicapped at the start, with eight separate starts accounting for the different paddling disciplines and genders. Mr Cotter received an INAMO CURL loaded with $5,000 in prizemoney, the largest prize in the history of this race and currently the largest prize purse in the world for ocean paddling. The CURL is a waterproof wearable payments device that can be attached to most watch bands, fitness bands or other items such as a keyring. The wearer can enjoy the freedom and convenience of tap-and-go payments wherever Visa payWAVE is accepted. Mr Cotter, who is a paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service, has previously won the ocean ski category in the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach on four previous occasions. “I’m pretty stoked to be first across the line today. I was racing in good company and it’s satisfying to know I can still achieve big things and that all the training and hard work pays off,” he said. “It’s pretty awesome receiving this kind of prize money. Having the handicapped start and the prize for first across the line definitely changed the way I raced. The ocean ski started last and I was still catching up to people in the last kilometre while holding Cory off.” Second place went to Cory Hill, also in an ocean ski, who finished in 46.49 minutes and third place when to Michael Booth, in an ocean ski, who finished in 47.01 minutes. INAMO founder and CEO, Peter Colbert, said it was exciting to see the paddlers competing for first across the line. “The INAMO 5000 changed the dynamics of the race, creating an exciting finish where it was possible for anyone from any paddling discipline or gender to win,” he said. “Congratulations to Jeremy for paddling a great race. He demonstrated both incredible strategy and stamina and his win was well deserved.” IMAGES: Jeremy Cotter finishes first across the line in the INAMO 5000 as part of the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach ocean paddling competition. INAMO founder and CEO Peter Colbert, left, and INAMO ambassador and former Ironman Guy Leech, right, present Jeremy Cotter with first prize in the INAMO 5000 FIRST ACROSS THE LINE. About INAMO INAMO was established in 2016 and is one of the founding members of Sydney fintech hub, Stone and Chalk. INAMO stands for ‘In a Moment’ and its mission is to move your wallet to a wearable. Its first product is a multi-functional wearable called the CURL, which will initially give people on the go a way to pay without having to carry around or worry about the whereabouts and security of their wallet or phone. For more information: www.inamo.com. About Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach The Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach is one of Australia’s largest open water paddling events and is regarded as one of the most spectacular in the world. The 11km event starts at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and competitors paddle past some of Sydney Harbour’s most spectacular sights before finishing at Manly Wharf. It is the final event of the Australian Ocean Racing Series and supports The Fragile X Association of Australia. For more information, please contact: Joanna Stevens Kramer BLiNK COMMUNICATIONS joanna@blinkcomms.com.au Tel: 0408 466 410 ALERT: World first ocean paddling competition – INAMO 5000 - runs this Sunday as part of Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach 2017-02-24T00:41:42Z alert-world-first-ocean-paddling-competition-inamo-5000-runs-this-sunday-as-part-of-manly-wharf-bridge-to-beach This Sunday 26 February, ocean paddlers across the four paddling disciplines (surf ski, outrigger canoe or OC1, prone, and stand-up paddleboard) will for the first time ever - anywhere in the world - race across the codes and genders to be the FIRST ACROSS THE LINE. The INAMO 5000 FIRST ACROSS THE LINE is the newest concept in ocean paddling competition and will be a new race category in the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach. The competition will be handicapped at the start and the first across the line in the 11km Bridge to Beach course will take home the prize. The winner will receive an INAMO CURL loaded with $5,000 in prizemoney, the largest prize in the history of this race and currently the largest prize purse in the world for ocean paddling. ***EDITOR’S NOTE:*** It is anticipated the winner of the INAMO 5000 will cross the line at Manly Wharf at approximately 8:30am – 8:45am on Sunday 26 February. Prizes for the INAMO 5000 and other categories will be awarded at the Bavarian Bier Café at Manly Wharf at around 11:00am on Sunday 26 February. About INAMO INAMO was established in 2016 and is one of the founding members of Sydney fintech hub, Stone and Chalk. INAMO stands for ‘In a Moment’ and its mission is to move your wallet to a wearable. Its first product is a multi-functional wearable called the CURL, which will initially give people on the go a way to pay without having to carry around or worry about the whereabouts and security of their wallet or phone. For more information: www.inamo.com. About Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach The Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach is one of Australia’s largest open water paddling events and is regarded as one of the most spectacular in the world. The 11km event starts at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and competitors paddle past some of Sydney Harbour’s most spectacular sights before finishing at Manly Wharf. It is the final event of the Australian Ocean Racing Series and supports The Fragile X Association of Australia. For more information, please contact: Joanna Stevens Kramer BLiNK COMMUNICATIONS joanna@blinkcomms.com.au Tel: 0408 466 410 INAMO to sponsor new race category - First Across the Line - in Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach ocean paddling race 2017-02-17T00:39:43Z inamo-to-sponsor-new-race-category-first-across-the-line-in-manly-wharf-bridge-to-beach-ocean-paddling-race The INAMO 5000 marks a world first in ocean paddling competition $5,000 for winner the largest prize in the history of the race and largest prize purse in the world for ocean paddling SYDNEY, 17 February 2017 – Australian start-up INAMO (www.inamo.com) is sponsoring the newest concept in ocean paddling competition with a new race category called First Across the Line in the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach ocean paddling competition on 26 February. Named the INAMO 5000, it is the first time in any ocean race anywhere in the world the four ocean paddling disciplines (surf ski, outrigger canoe or OC1, prone, and stand-up paddleboard) will race across the codes and across genders. The competition will be handicapped at the start and the first across the line in the 11km Bridge to Beach course will take home the prize. There will be eight separate starts to cater for the four disciplines and the two genders in each. The handicap and start times for The INAMO 5000 will be determined based on the fastest ever times for the famous annual Molokai2Oahu event in each of the four disciplines. The winner will receive an INAMO CURL loaded with $5,000 in prizemoney, the largest prize in the history of this race and currently the largest prize purse in the world for ocean paddling. Twenty other participants in the event will also win an INAMO CURL with $100 loaded on each through lucky draws, category wins and spot prizes. The CURL is a waterproof wearable payments device that can be attached to most watch bands, fitness bands or other items such as a keyring. The wearer can enjoy the freedom and convenience of tap-and-go payments wherever Visa payWAVE is accepted. The INAMO 5000 coincides with the general availability of the INAMO CURL, which was announced in December 2016 and is currently being piloted in Australia. INAMO’S association with the event was born out of founder Peter Colbert's love of water sports and how intrinsic they are to Australian culture. “This is one of the great ocean paddling events in the world and INAMO is proud to be involved,” says Colbert. “The CURL frees people from needing to carry a wallet or phone to make payments, which is very appealing to those who want to do activities such as paddle, swim, run or cycle. We are bringing innovation to payments and we wanted to do the same with ocean paddling.” Race director Dean Gardiner has had a long association with Colbert through ​ocean paddling. "The event is really looking forward to this innovation to the race. Pete likes to challenge the status quo, so we wanted to create a new concept that was consistent with his philosophy; between us we came up with what we think will change the way people look at ocean paddling events," said Gardiner. ***EDITOR’S NOTE*** It is anticipated the winner of the INAMO 5000 will cross the line at Manly Wharf at approximately 8:30am – 8:45am on Sunday 26 February. Prizes for the INAMO 5000 and other categories will be awarded at the Bavarian Bier Café at Manly Wharf at around 11:00am on Sunday 26 February. About INAMO INAMO was established in 2016 and is one of the founding members of Sydney fintech hub, Stone and Chalk. INAMO stands for ‘In a Moment’ and its mission is to move your wallet to a wearable. Its first product is a multi-functional wearable called the CURL, which will initially give people on the go a way to pay without having to carry around or worry about the whereabouts and security of their wallet or phone. For more information: www.inamo.com. About Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach The Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach is one of Australia’s largest open water paddling events and is regarded as one of the most spectacular in the world. The 11km event starts at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and competitors paddle past some of Sydney Harbour’s most spectacular sights before finishing at Manly Wharf. It is the final event of the Australian Ocean Racing Series and supports The Fragile X Association of Australia. For more information, please contact: Joanna Stevens Kramer BLiNK COMMUNICATIONS joanna@blinkcomms.com.au Tel: 0408 466 410 Tickets on sale now for QLD's elite 4WD and outdoors expo 2016-07-19T03:55:05Z tickets-on-sale-now-for-qld-s-elite-4wd-and-outdoors-expo Tickets to the much-anticipated Explore Australia Expo on Fathers-Day weekend, 2 – 4 September 2016, are on sale now. The event, which is considered one of the best outdoor leisure exhibitions in the country promises exhibitors and visitors alike an unparalleled combination of entertainment, education, products and services at its new home, Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane. Paul Morgan, Director and Event Manager, Explore Australia Exhibitions says “we have created the ultimate ‘spy, try and buy’ experience for seasoned travellers, novice adrenalin junkies, well-travelled 4 x 4 and outdoor adventure lovers and mad-keen fisherman alike and we have put this all together to create the perfect Fathers-Day weekend.” “Visitors will be able to see, handle, compare and buy the best products and accessories around. They will also get to hear from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable outdoor adventurers, witness products and services in action and have access to special offers and amazing deals right along the way.” Explore Australia Exhibitions will be offering regular giveaways and promotions via its Facebook page and every visitor through the gate will have the chance to enter major prize draws including a TJM Explorers Pack, valued at $5,000 thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore and an Ironman Deluxe Bullbar valued at $1,295 thanks to Adventure Offroad. With over 17,000 people attending the inaugural event in 2015, Explore Australia Exhibitions encourages people to get their tickets early. “Last year we were overwhelmed with visitor numbers, so this year we are encouraging people to purchase their tickets online, and take advantage of our online ticket discount,” says Paul. In addition, online ticket purchasers will be offered extra chances to win, with every online ticket purchase entering the draw to take home a fishing and outdoor package valued at $1000. “Online ticket holders will still be able to enter the major prize draws, but we’ve added the extra incentive to purchase online so visitors can avoid the queues and spend more time spying, trying and buying,” says Paul. The overwhelming attendance in 2015, was part of the decision for Explore Australia Exhibitions to move the event to the iconic and exciting Doomben Racecourse for 2016. “The site not only offers more usable exhibition space but is only 7kms from Brisbane city and has the added advantages of direct road access, free parking and nearby public transport,” Paul said. With increased exhibition and interactive display space, a revitalised program of events and the opportunity to take home some incredible prizes Paul says the show is the perfect place to find inspiration for outdoor adventure and the perfect place for dads this Fathers-Day. “There will be five highly integrated and functional precincts at the event including; a dedicated 4x4 showcase area with key 4x4 accessory exhibitors; a dedicated fishing and boating showcase area with key fishing and marine manufacturers and accessory exhibitors; medial areas with vehicle manufacturers, adventure pursuits and sites offering combined auto/camping/outdoor displays and products; a main-stage featuring free seminars, guest appearances, presentations and competition draws; and an entertaining, informative, and interactive 4WD and ATV test and display track, offering off-road stunts and racing, new vehicle test drives and key 4WD and off-road demonstrations.” Explore Australia Expo’s refreshing layout offers unique experiences and unprecedented access to some of the best brands all in one location and is shaping up to be the best outdoor leisure expo in Queensland this year. Further information on the Explore Australia Expo, Brisbane can be found at Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or by following us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube For exhibitor enquiries call the Explore Australia Expo Sales Team on 03 5255 1517 or e-mail info@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au For ticket purchases head to Tickets for Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2-4 September 2016 <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 0438 197 559 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. Australia’s largest electronics manufacturer launches first product on global crowdfunding platform 2015-11-21T01:21:14Z australia-s-largest-electronics-manufacturer-launches-first-product-on-global-crowdfunding-platform E3 Style the country’s largest product developer of consumer electronics has announced they will launch their first product, the MiGear ExtremeX Shot 5 action camera, via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo this week.Founder of the company Vanessa Garrard says the move makes sense on many levels. “We see crowd funding as a fantastic platform for us to reach out directly to early adopters of tech products and obtain valuable feedback during the product development phase.” The Brisbane based company has partnered with crowdfunding specialist agency, The Creative Collective to launch the campaign, who have so far achieved two hugely successful campaigns via crowdfunding raising $200k over a 45 day period for a 21 year old techpreneur from Lithgow, NSW in April this year with the Nextear wireless earphones, and $100k over a 30 day period for a 27 year old from Brisbane, QLD in September this year with the Alice in Wonderland 150 year anniversary book. The first product to be released via crowdfunding platform for E3 Style will be the MiGear ExtremeX Shot 5 4K action camera, which features specifications that exceed other branded action cameras in the market.  The Shot 5 action camera is fully waterproof without the need for a separate case, it also has a vivid 2” LCD Display so you can instantly view your video footage it is also jam packed with loads of other features including GPS and geo tagging, WIFI so you can instantly share your footage on social media and to top it off, it has 4K recording at 30 frames per second. It will eventually retail at $399 but people who back the crowdfunding campaign will gain access to discounted early bird special of $279.   Though to date both E3 Style and MiGear ExtremeX (which is just one of the company’s many tech brands) are relatively unknown, E3 Style actually sells more action cameras in Australia every year than any competitor. Garrard believes this is because the company consistently offer feature rich products that offer better value for consumers. “Our mantra is to bring products to the market at a mainstream price point. Whatever is on trend we’ll bring out something that has great specs, if not better, at a more affordable price point.  Garrard should know about tech consumer trends. 1 in 2 people in Australia now have one of her products (around 13 million products are in the AU/NZ marketplace alone), and E3 Style are the largest private labeled supplier of consumer electronics, the largest supplier of technology focused on youth in Australia and the company’s products dominate the largest amount of retail space in electronics stores around Australia. Vanessa herself is a mother of four children aged 4, 5, 7 and 10 years old.   The Indiegogo campaign will commence on 20 November US time. A limited number of media samples of the product can be made available after the product release. If you are interested in receiving one of these,please complete the form here. See the crowdfunding page here. Also see the company’s website athttp://www.migearextremex.com/ and social channels: ·       www.facebook.com/migearextremeX ·       www.twitter.com/migearextremex ·       www.instagram.com/migearrextremex ·       https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd7lkZSUfmbNSkWb5C_xuBA     >ENDS< Media interested in arranging an interview or photos should contact Yvette Adams on 0405 022 977 or pr@thecreativecollective.com.au.   BIO ON VANESSA GARRARD Vanessa Garrard co-founded E3 Style in 2006, which is now Australia’s leading supplier of consumer electronics and accessories to the retail market. 1 in 2 Australians owns a product her company has developed.  Amassing a slew of achievements, Vanessa has been ranked in Australia’s Top 30 Female Entrepreneur list every year since 2010, and was recognized for her entrepreneurial achievements in 2011 taking out the QLD Telstra Young Business Women’s Award. She has also topped the BRW Fast Starters and Fast 100 lists, and was named the Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Industry in 2013.  More recently, Vanessa was recognised with an Australian Financial Review / Westpac 100 Women of Influence award, and she is also an Ambassador for StartUp Australia. Vanessa also has the global consumer electronics license for Warner Bros., allowing E3 to produce and sell products featuring Warner Bros. icons such as Scooby Doo, Superman and Batman. 5 tips on using a solar charger for your mobile phone 2015-10-23T02:24:51Z 5-tips-on-using-a-solar-charger-for-your-mobile-phone Having a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet means you can recharge your gear anywhere the sun shines. Perfect for travel, camping and most of all emergencies. Remember summer power failures, anyone? Imagine a holiday with no flat battery moments but instead the convenience of your camera and mobile phone fully usable anywhere. Solar power for your mobile devices also means you are taking less power from the grid – saving the planet one recharge at a time AND saving money. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your solar charger, whether this is for camping or everyday. 1. To increase the efficiency of your solar charger, make sure the panels directly face the sun at all times. As the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, adjust your solar charger accordingly. Pop it onto the car console or dashboard while driving to catch some rays. Leave it on the window sill at home through the day so you can recharge off the grid at night. 2. If you are charging through a window, windscreen, etc, be aware that the charging times will be increased especially if your windows are tinted. 3. A great way to use a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet while camping or bushwalking is to WEAR IT! Strap it to your backpack and recharge your portable battery anywhere you go. Then its on hand to charge up your phone, camera, GPS or the kid’s iPod (so you can enjoy the serenity a bit longer). 4. The power of the sun’s rays depend on the season, as during summer the earth faces more directly towards the sun. So charge times can vary depending on the season where you are. The time of day is also an important factor to consider when using your solar charger. You will get the best performance when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, usually at noon. In fact, an hour charging at Noon will give better charge than a few hours later on the same day. 5. Extreme weather can affect your solar charger’s efficiency, so if its baking hot, protect your charger from until its a little cooler, ideally less than 45deg C. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au has solar chargers from leading brands including Powertraveller. From the waterproof Powermonkey Expedition or to the family sized pairing of Powergorilla + Solargorilla, from waterproof Powermonkey Extreme 12V to the all-in-one Solarmonkey Adventurer, we have a solar charger to suit your lifestyle and mobile devices. Christmas Gift Ideas for people who love technology 2015-10-23T01:43:49Z christmas-gift-ideas-for-people-who-love-technology Picking the right gift for family and friends who love technology just got easier, with the release of new ideas to help them take their favourite device away camping, to school or even to work. Mophie H2Pro case for iPhone 6/6S and Lifeproof Fre Power Case have it all: military-grade tough, waterproof and dropproof tough case, with inbuilt rechargeable battery pack, so you get 100% extra battery life built into your case wherever you go. Powertraveller Powermonkey Expedition solar charger is a revolution in portable charging technology, bringing together multiple ways in which to naturally, yet efficiently generate power - all housed in strong, aluminium, waterproof casing. The waterproof (IP65 rated) powermonkey expedition houses a 10,500mAh lithium polymer battery which can be charged in three ways; via hand-powered crank, solar or via the international AC mains charger. Does your home or office have multiple devices to recharge every day? A charging station can charge up to 5 devices from one powerpoint. Griffin PowerDock 5 and BlueFlame 4 Device Charging Station can save space, time and sanity. Educational technology toys mean the kids won’t realise they are learning while they have fun. Osmo Game System brings iPad into the physical play, with interactive games for creative thinking and problem solving. LittleBits Electronics, including kits on space and Arduino, teaches them about circuitry, leading them to robotics, coding and much more. Working with iPad is so much easier with an inbuilt keyboard in a protective case. Zagg Slim Book case for iPad Air 2 has backlit keyboard to make working that bit easier, even in low light. Powered Life helps you maximise your mobile technology – whether you are a school with iPad and laptop fleets to manage, or a family that needs to kidproof its iPads, as well as businesses large and small. Protect your devices with the choice of best brand protective tough cases while recharging anywhere with solar and portable power. Reduce admin cost and time of managing multiple devices in your school or business with charge-sync solutions. Find out more at www.poweredlife.com.au or call 1300 POWER 4 (1300 76937 4), email hello@poweredlife.com.au. Live a powered life! Power up your Dad this Father's Day 2015-08-21T03:15:16Z power-up-your-dad-this-father-s-day Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and spend their time doing different types of things. Here are some great gift ideas for YOUR kind of Dad. Sporty Dad If Dad likes to bike or hike, he might like to take his mobile phone with him. MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra) often like to record their hard-earned kms so waterproof phone kit with a mount to keep it safe while he works the pedals is a great gift. Lifeproof has waterproof, drop proof, dust proof cases for mobile phones – so they are also Dad proof – including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6. iPod users get protected too. Add on an optional mount kit so Dad has his phone on his bike, car, boat - anywhere.   Business Dad Mophie’s range of powered cases for mobile phones is legendary. Yes, you read right: built-in back-up battery in a protective case. Flick a switch and recharge anywhere. Stock available right now for iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus as well as Samsung Galaxy S5. Lifeproof makes Dad even more powerful (get it??) with a waterproof PLUS powered case. Perfect for the endlessly busy Dad, the clumsy Dad; the travelling or tradie Dad. If Dad likes to recharge more than just his phone, check out the Mophie Powerstation XL which can recharge 2 devices at once, from its 12,000mAh rechargeable battery pack. Or a ruggedised powerstation with the Mophie Powerstation Pro, with a 6000mAh power bank that is drop proof and water resistant.   Adventure Dad Does Dad like to get out there in the wilds? Powertraveller portable power gear means Dad can venture far, while keeping in contact with his world, with solar and rechargeable power packs. Powermonkey Explorer 2 is crushproof, waterproof while Powermonkey Solarmonkey Adventurer has endless power for mobile devices. For the hardened explorer, the brand new Powermonkey Expedition power pack includes solar and hand crank recharge options. For the Dad who ventures overseas, the BlueFlame World Charger plus Portable Battery Pack can make simple work of recharging devices, with a single AC adaptor with international pins, plus a detachable portable pack to keep him recharged anywhere. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps you choose where to work or play. Use your mobile phone, tablet or notebook - anywhere, any time - with top brand portable power and tough cases for mobile devices including Lifeproof, Mophie, Powertraveller and much more. Solar chargers, waterproof mobile phone cases, kid-proof iPad/tablet cases. Glider Yachts Receives Expert Accreditation for Exceeding Yacht Design & Build Standards 2015-08-20T01:59:49Z glider-yachts-receives-expert-accreditation-for-exceeding-yacht-design-amp-build-standards Glider Yachts Limited, the quintessentially British luxury yacht manufacturer, has received the highest level of boating industry accreditation, having been assessed by both HPi Verification Services and the Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics during the design and build of its debut luxury yacht. The SS18 will be unveiled at Monaco Yacht Show in September. Alasdair Reay, Managing Director, HPi Verification Services said: “Craft as innovative as Gliders were not in the minds of the various committees when they wrote the technical standards for the boat-building industry. HPi Verification Services has, therefore, worked closely with Glider Yachts to ensure their boats not only meet the regulatory requirements but exceed industry standards.” HPi Verification Services is a Notified Body, which means it issues certificates on behalf of the European Commission according to the Recreational Craft Directive. All recreational craft, which need a ‘CE mark’ in order to access the European market must comply with this legislation. To earn Notified Body status, HPi Verification Services operates according to a code of conduct and quality system approved by the British Government, on behalf of the European Commission. Alasdair Reay said: “Specifically, care has been given to ensure the continuity of the various structural elements to share and dissipate the loads and to provide subdivision. The craft’s systems have also been designed to provide a level of redundancy that goes beyond the highest levels of excellence in the yachting industry.” British marine engineering company, Burgess Marine, was selected to be the build partner for Glider Yachts, and its debut Super Sports 18 luxury yacht is in the final stages of build at Burgess Marine’s Portchester facility in the UK. The build commenced in April after a £100 million deal was agreed between the two British firms and private funding was secured. Mr Reay continued: “In selecting Burgess as its build team, Glider Yachts has ensured that the workmanship matches the company’s design ambitions. The quality of materials and the welding, in particular, show that Glider Yachts will be of the highest quality. As the leading verification company for the yachting sector, HPi Verification Services has no hesitation in commending Glider Yachts for its efforts in pushing back the boundaries in the boating industry.” Prior to commencing its first build, Glider Yachts conducted extensive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with Next Limit Technologies’ X-Flow. Rigorous model testing, detailed simulation and analysis of Gliders’ performance in sea-way was conducted using Maxsurf and several other industry leading products. Structural analysis was conducted using Dassault Systemes’ Abaqus and cross checked with Ansys. Gliders’ unique hull form design was also verified as being able to achieve a higher level of comfort and stability at speed, by the Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics. Dickon Buckland, Principal Research Engineer at Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics said: “The concept of travelling at speed in a sea way with a reasonable degree of comfort is best addressed with this kind of hull-form.” “The research, design, development and testing of Gliders has been a significant challenge and a very expensive process spanning over seven years until build commenced in April. I am delighted that our unique design and high standards in building our yachts have been approved by the leading industry experts,” said Robert McCall, Managing Director of Glider Yachts. About Glider Yachts Glider Yachts is a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, headquartered in London with build partners in Southampton, England. The company has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance, luxury sports yachts, and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating the world’s oceans. Please see www.glideryachts.com for more information. To download high resolution images please see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsImages About HPi Verification Services HPi Verification Services is a Notified Body, which means it may issue certificates for products that need a CE mark. To earn this status, it operates to a code of conduct and quality system that is reviewed by the British Government. As part of this process, HPiVS is formally accredited as an Inspection Body by the UK Accreditation Service to ISO 17020. The result is that HPiVS has been issued with a Notified Body license by the EU Commission: number 1521. About The Wolfson Unit For the last 48 years the Wolfson Unit has offered model testing, consultancy and software services to a worldwide customer base in the fields of Naval Architecture, Industrial Aerodynamics and Marine Engineering. It conducts tests in model basins, towing tanks and wind tunnels as well as full scale trials. It also offers CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and Marine Design Software. The Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics department reviewed Glider Yachts’ design prior to build. MEDIA CONTACTS Glider Yachts Europe – E: media@GliderYachts.com| Tel: UK on +44 (0)208 133 0654  Middle East – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: UAE on +971 (0)4 428 0939 Asia Pacific – E: glideryachts@spherepr.com.au | Tel: Australia on +61 (0)2 8006 2960 USA/Americas – glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: USA on +1 786 374 2429 Glider Yachts Selects BlueFin as its Partner for Ultimate Yacht Finishing 2015-08-11T05:48:05Z glider-yachts-selects-bluefin-as-its-partner-for-ultimate-yacht-finishing Glider Yachts Limited, the quintessentially British luxury yacht manufacturer, has selected a world leader in customised finishes for the superyacht industry, BlueFin Yachts Limited as its exclusive surface finishing partner for its new range of luxury yachts.  British firm, BlueFin Yachts’ first project is to finish and perfect the exterior surface of Glider Yachts’ new SS18 sports yacht, ensuring its extraordinary beautifully stunning lines are clear for everyone to see on its debut. “Glider Yachts’ mission is to become the world’s leading supplier of high-performance, luxury superyachts.  To ensure that the sublime beauty of our luxury yachts will shine through, we have chosen BlueFin as our finishing partner because of the firm’s renowned reputation for excellence in the superyacht industry.  This key partnership will ensure our luxury yachts are finished to absolute perfection and we are convinced all who see her will be astounded,” said Robert McCall, Managing Director, Glider Yachts. BlueFin is currently working preparing the Glider SS18, ready for the debut at the Monaco Yacht Show this September, where exclusively invited visitors and media will be able to experience the sublime beauty, ride comfort and performance of this daringly different luxury sports yacht. Nick Barber, Managing Director of BlueFin Yachts said: “We have an enviable reputation for our innovation, design and customised finishes for yachts and are thrilled to be working with Glider Yachts on its debut vessel.” Using traditional processes and hand-finished coatings, coupled with the latest technologies, BlueFin guarantees that it will achieve the ultimate yacht finish for Glider Yachts.  Glider Yachts’ design, build and assembly methods are based on techniques from the fields of Formula One and aerospace manufacture, using precision engineering methods utilising the very best materials to produce yachts of exceptional performance and beauty. “Our unique superstructure design means that each Glider Yacht can be built to meet the needs of her owner’s lifestyle, with flexibility for exterior and interior aesthetics with our team of designers who will work with clients to develop a look that is as unique as their fingerprint,” said Robert McCall. About BlueFin Yachts BlueFin Yachts Ltd has an enviable reputation as a world leader in innovation, design and customised finishes for every vessel; steel; aluminium; GRP/carbon composite or wooden. It excels in fairing, shaping, polishing and resurfacing, custom finishes, troubleshooting and project management. With over 25 years of experience supplying specialist coatings to the super yacht and marine industry, it guarantees professional craftsmanship delivered within budget and on time, at a competitive and realistic price. Its bespoke, traditional processes and hand-finished coatings, coupled with the latest technology guarantee the ultimate yacht finish. For more information see: http://www.bluefinyacht.com/ About Glider Yachts Glider Yachts is a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, headquartered in London with build partners in Southampton, England. The company has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance, luxury sports yachts, and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating the world’s oceans. Please see www.glideryachts.com for more information. To download high resolution images please see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsImages MEDIA CONTACTS Glider Yachts Europe – E: media@GliderYachts.com | Tel: UK on +44 (0)208 133 0654  Middle East – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: UAE on +971 (0)4 428 0939 Asia Pacific – E: glideryachts@spherepr.com.au | Tel: Australia on +61 (0)2 8006 2960 USA/Americas – glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: USA on +1 786 374 2429   BlueFin Yachts Ailsa Griffiths – Marketing Manager BlueFin Yachts Tel – +44 (0)7847 764779 Email – ailsa.griffiths@bluefinyacht.com