The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-12-18T07:05:47Z Glider Yachts named in the top 20 fastest growing businesses in the UK 2018-12-18T07:05:47Z glider-yachts-named-in-the-top-20-fastest-growing-businesses-in-the-uk Glider Yachts Limited, the British luxury yacht designer and manufacturer, has been revealed by independent research agency Beauhurst and SyndicateRoom in the top 20 of the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the UK. The report, entitled "Top 100: Britain's Fastest-Growing Businesses of 2018" identified the companies that have increased in value the most since 2015. Glider Yachts features in this year's league table at number 17. London headquartered Glider Yachts has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high-performance luxury yachts and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating our oceans. One of the most revolutionary high-performance craft available in the world today, Glider launched its first model, the 18-metre SuperSports 18 (SS18) in 2016, followed by its SL24 24 metre Limousine, which was launched at Monaco Yacht Show in September 2017.  The initial two models will be complemented by Glider’s stunning range of luxury superyachts, the GT and SX-E range will that are available from 35 to 80 metres, once the firm secures a major investor for these builds. Robert McCall, Managing Director of Glider Yachts, said: “We’re thrilled to be recognised in this way for the extraordinary rise in the value of Glider Yachts in the last three years. As an innovative British luxury yacht manufacturer, we are a dying breed as many of the big British brands are now owned by foreign entities.” The Glider superyacht range has been under development for a decade, with meticulous planning, design and world-class British engineering, using best practice and expertise from Formula One and the aerospace industry, including a proprietary Stability Control System (SCS). This will enable the ultimate comfort whilst at anchor, cruising or at speed without the bumpiness associated with traditional sports-boats and limousines, even in the roughest seas conditions. Glider’s unique hull form, propulsion and Stability Control System (SCS) tune to the sea conditions allowing its passengers to “glide” over the waves in unprecedented comfort. “Gliders are unlike any other yacht seen in the market to date, with unparalleled design and technological capabilities, we are now seeing extraordinary demand and are in the process of securing a number of major sales,” concluded Robert McCall. Download a free copy of the full report here: https://www.syndicateroom.com/guides-and-reports/100-fastest-growing-companies-uk Potential investors should contact Rob@GliderYachts.com or call +44 (0)20 8133 0654. ### About Glider Glider 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. See www.glideryachts.com. See our image and video library on Dropbox here. 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 Glider Partners with Icebridge Estates global real estate brokerage 2018-02-01T20:21:22Z glider-partners-with-icebridge-estates-global-real-estate-brokerage-firm Glider Yachts Limited, the British luxury yacht designer and manufacturer, is thrilled to announce that IceBridge Estates International, a full service global real estate brokerage and advisory firm, has joined forces with Glider to provide its globally based discerning clients with priority access to its range of luxury yachts.  Designed to meet and exceed the increasing demands of superyacht owners and guests, Glider’s new SL24 limousine provides for a multitude of tasks provides privileged owners with options way beyond the capabilities of conventional tenders, chase-boats and limousine tenders, all in one beautiful package. It complements Glider’s first model, the 18-metre SuperSports 18 (SS18). They will be followed by a series of luxury superyachts, ranging from 18 to 80 metres.  Robert McCall, CEO of Glider Yachts, said: “We are very excited to join forces with IceBridge Estates. Working with this global, high-end real estate firm will provide our clients with concierge-style services, as well as preferred and unparalleled access to the best global waterfront properties buying experience.”  Anatoly Iofe, CEO of IceBridge Estates, said: "When we saw Glider's superyachts and limousines, we knew right away that our global clients will be very interested in such cool and superior yachts. Being based in South Florida, The Yachting Capital of the World, would clearly provide synergy to both companies and enrich the waterfront property buying experience for our clients.” ###  About IceBridge Estates International IceBridge Estates International is a full service, global real estate brokerage and marketing boutique, with salesforce based in eight countries, across three continents. We offer our services in English, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, French, Greek and Ukrainian. IceBridge Team has over 150 years of combined experience and proven track record across all major asset classes, including real estate and other illiquid assets, with over $15 Bln in successfully closed transactions, globally. As part of Keller Williams family, we offer concierge-style brokerage services across all real estate asset classes and a single point of entry into Keller Williams Global Network.  About Glider Glider 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. See www.glideryachts.com. Please see our image and video library on Dropbox here. MySail Connects Skippers and Crew for 2017 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2017-07-05T07:01:30Z mysail-connects-skippers-and-crew-for-2017-sydney-gold-coast-yacht-race Sydney, NSW: Online crew management app MySail has launched a targeted crew connection website for the 2017 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.  MySail’s Sydney Gold Coast site provides a simple online platform where yacht owners can find suitable race and delivery crew, and taps into MySail’s existing user base of over 600 local sailors and yacht owners. For this event, MySail is also offering a concierge crew connection service for busy skippers, whereby MySail will find pre-qualified sailors who are interested in joining a team for the race or delivery, and connect them with the skipper to make a final decision on who is right to join their team. Deborah Dalziel is the Founder of MySail as well as a passionate sailor. “I decided to launch this targeted service after receiving a number of requests from skippers looking for crew, and crew interested in participating in this race,” stated Dalziel.  “Organising race and delivery crew for a major event can be a big headache, but by providing a simple place where skippers can go to find available and interested crew, we hope to make this much easier.”  Skippers can search for crew by required certification and race position, and review the potential crewmember’s stated experience and skills before getting in touch.  You can view the site and signup for free at sgc.mysail.team.    About MySail:  MySail helps sailing teams easily manage their crew and connect with new sailors, so they can focus on racing. Founder Deborah Dalziel is a competitive sailor with an impressive racing CV that includes the prestigious Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Her experience has lead to the creation of the first crew management and identification app in Australia.           HYT SAILS INTO AUSTRALIA 2016-12-12T07:00:51Z hyt-sails-into-australia Sydney, 12 December 2016 – Swiss luxury independent watch brand HYT confirms its presence in Australia during 4-day Extreme Sailing Series Championship and appoints MAD & Associates as exclusive agent for the brand.  HYT launched its footprint in Australia with a 4-day series of events and sponsorship in partnership with MAD & Associates, exclusive agent for the brand in Australia. Proud sponsor of one of the 8 participating sailing teams, Team Alinghi, HYT hosted press and customers at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron for the final leg of the Extreme Sailing Series 2016 held in Sydney Harbour from 8 to 11 December 2016. Guests got to meet the Alinghi crew, and despite some very strong winds (of up to 35 knots), they also managed some on-board sailing experiences on the super-fast flying hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans at the Sydney Harbour.  After - hour activities, hosted by HYT Partner & CEO Gregory Dourde, Friend of the Brand Peter Hackett and the HYT team, included a twilight sail with media friends on-board a 105ft Sun Seeker yacht that toured the Sydney Harbour. During the second evening HYT hosted 15 customers in an intimate sit-down dinner at the Australian National Maritime Museum, a beautiful setting and juxtaposition of old and new, of traditional and modern. Gregory Dourde commented, ‘fluids are our playground and I can’t think of a better setting than the Extreme Sailing Series in one of the most beautiful harbours in the world to launch HYT in Australia. We met some very passionate collectors over the last few days and great press personalities. We’re looking forward to growing our business here.’ MAD & Associates Managing Director, Nicholas Hooper added, ‘I’m very happy to have introduced HYT to Australia and I expect the unprecedented innovation that HYT has brought to watchmaking to strongly resonate with Australians. Early indications show that collectors here are already very excited.’ The four days finished with the 11 December Grand Finale where Alinghi was the proud winner and champion of the Extreme Sailing Series 2016. A smooth finish to HYT’s 3rd full commercial year of activity!  Contact Nick Hooper at MAD & Associates Australia for more information HYT is hitting Australian shores this week for Extreme Sailing Series 2016-12-06T06:27:31Z hyt-is-hitting-australian-shores-this-week Image Credit: Lloyd Images   This week will see Sydney host the eighth and final round of The Extreme Sailing Series. Commencing Thursday 8th December through to Sunday the 11th, the race will take eight international teams through Sydney Harbour from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Kirribilli.  HYT is the proud sponsor of Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi, currently placed second with only 2 points separating it from first place. An achievable goal as this final stage is worth double points.  HYT’s Hydro-Mechanical Watchmakers have incorporated the science of liquids and the principles of density differentials to produce a fine wristwatch. Playing off the juxtaposition of light and dark; technical and elegant as well as classic and contemporary aesthetics.  Watch a video on HYT watches here. This grand finale will be the backdrop to HYT’s introduction to the Australian market with private collector and press events.  For more information regarding HYT and its collections, contact Nicholas Hooper at MAD & Associates nick@madassociates.com.au   Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX HYT enters the Australian market 2016-11-22T03:04:34Z hyt-enters-the-australian-market MAD & Associates is proud to announce that it is now the exclusive distributor and agent for HYT watches in Australia. This non-conformist watch brand has been positioned as one of the most innovative in the industry, coupling creativity with engineering technicality in a flawless and expressive manner. HYT has 5 collections in its current range; the H1, H2, H3, H4 & Skull, in 40 references. “Fluid innovation is, and will remain, in our DNA”, continues Vincent Perriard, co-founder of HYT “but this doesn’t prevent us from playing around with the codes of traditional watchmaking. Fun, experimentation, the joy of surprise; after all, that’s what we do best!”   HYT’s Hydro-Mechanical Watchmakers have incorporated the science of liquids and the principles of density differentials to produce a fine wristwatch. Playing off the juxtaposition of light and dark; technical and elegant as well as classic and contemporary aesthetics. During December 2016, HYT will be coming to Australia as part of the Extreme Sailing Series in partnership with Alinghi, former series champions and twice winners of the America’s Cup. Between 8th – 11th December the grand finale of this prestigious racing event will be the backdrop to HYT’s introduction to the Australian market with private collector and press events. For more information regarding HYT and its collections, contact Nicholas from MAD & Associates Australia. 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. 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! Emirates Team New Zealand to Set Sail With Intercad 2015-09-13T22:43:02Z emirates-team-new-zealand-to-set-sail-with-intercad September 14, 2015, Auckland, New Zealand – Intercad, Australia and New Zealand’s largest reseller of leading design software, SolidWorks, has continued its relationship as Official Supplier to Emirates Team New Zealand, the yachting powerhouse hoping to once again bring the America’s Cup back to the Kiwi homeland. Emirates Team New Zealand is no stranger to success, taking home the America’s Cup in 1995 and 2000. The design team pioneered the foiling seen for the first time in the 2013 series and this year is in the process of designing the latest AC50 Foiling Catamaran – using the software capabilities of the SolidWorks 3D software solution – for the 35th America’s Cup to be held in Bermuda in 2017. With each boat valued in the tens of millions of dollars and with the winning team able to host the next Cup, thus bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in sponsorship and exposure to their respective region, each race is high stakes. Setbacks in the design phase therefore equate to less practice; any slight design errors could lead to a loss. “These boats are so fast and so high-performance that any advantage a team can find when tacking and gybing can mean the difference between winning and losing. Seconds saved at the race start or around a mark can equal an advantage of hundreds of metres over the duration of the race; a huge gain in the most competitive sailing event in the world,” said Loren Poole, Mechanical Engineer for Emirates Team New Zealand. “It’s often in the design phase that the difference between winning and losing can be found. That is what is going to win this Cup.” The agreement with Intercad will ensure the team has the latest SolidWorks software updates and will have around-the-clock access to Intercad’s expert team of technicians. Intercad, established in 1988, provides services and solutions to engineers and designers to create, simulate, publish and manage their design needs and outputs. The agreement marks the continuation of a long-standing relationship between the two parties dating back to 1998. “Intercad’s support and the early adoption of SolidWorks was critical to our successful defence of the America’s Cup in 2000 in Auckland. We rely on our Official Suppliers to remain competitive, and Intercad, without question, provides us with a competitive advantage,” said Poole. “We are constantly fine-tuning the design of the boat leading into each Cup to meet updated race rules, and even after each lead-up race such as the Louis Vuitton World Series being held at the moment. It means that any time we need support, we need it fast. “With Intercad, we know we will not only get expert support on all aspects of the software, but we’ll get it when we need it.” “It’s imperative, with the stakes as high as they are, that Emirates Team New Zealand can spend less time on software issues and more where it really counts: on making the boat as easy to sail as possible, and as fast as possible,” said John Atkinson, General Manager, Intercad Australia and New Zealand. “Their team knows they can rely on our expertise to get the most out of the design and the boat, and any issues will be addressed as quickly as you can say ‘come about’!” About Intercad Intercad is part of the Central Innovation Group of Companies. For over 25 years it has been helping customers transform their design, engineering and manufacturing process. By providing world class software, such as SolidWorks, ongoing technical support, continuing professional development, specialist consulting and high performance hardware, Intercad ensures customers have the tools and expertise to perform: more quickly, more productively, more easily, to budget and with exceptional accuracy. Intercad employs over 50 people and has the largest team of certified SolidWorks experts, and engineers experienced in systems development and integration in Australia and New Zealand. It has a results-focused culture; partnering with client to develop highly cost effective and innovative solutions. They provide the full suite of SolidWorks training courses and other customised design training programs at Intercad centres around Australia and New Zealand. Contact For further information please contact: John Atkinson General Manager Intercad Mobile: +61 402 898 149 Email: john.atkinson@intercad.com.au Jason Gannon Country Manager, New Zealand Intercad Mobile: +64 21 190 4858 Email: jason.gannon@intercad.co.nz 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. JL Audio Designs Ultimate Sound System for Glider Yachts 2015-07-09T11:08:26Z jl-audio-designs-ultimate-sound-system-for-glider-yachts Glider Yachts Limited, a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, has announced today that JL Audio UK will be its exclusive audio partner. In its first project JL Audio has designed the ultimate sound system for Glider Yachts’ SS18 sports yacht, enabling its passengers and crew to enjoy premium quality audio as they glide over the waves in supreme luxury. Glider Yachts’ pre-production model is currently in build at Burgess Marine, Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester UK and will be launched at the Monaco Yacht Show this September, where exclusively invited visitors will be able to experience the amazing quality of its JL Audio sound system first hand. “Glider Yachts’ mission is to become the world’s leading supplier of high-performance, luxury superyachts. We are totally committed to providing our clients with superior quality and high-performance audio systems, incorporating innovative technologies designed and manufactured to the highest standard possible for our luxury yachts, by the best in the business,” said Robert McCall, Managing Director, Glider Yachts. The SS18 will incorporate JL Audio’s Premium System as standard, but for music aficionados who really want to party and “rock the boat”, an upgrade to the Ultimate System will provide even greater power and performance. SS18 owners who want the Captain and crew of their sports yacht to enjoy their music simultaneously, a Helm Upgrade will provide the same supreme quality audio for them. “We are thrilled to be working with such an innovative and exciting luxury yacht manufacturer that reflects our standards of high quality in design, manufacture and performance. We have taken the unique cockpit layout of the SS18 and designed a system which provides pilot and crew with maximum enjoyment of their chosen music.  JL Audio’s marine speakers, sub woofers and amplifiers are designed and manufactured specifically for the marine environment and are unaffected by whatever the tough environment of the sea will throw at them.  Locating the speakers in strategic positions on-board  ensures sublime depth and clarity of sound which is the equivalent of quality home hi-fi.” said Paul Baker, CEO at JL Audio UK. The Premium System includes four classic white grill JL Audio 7.7” coaxial speakers as well as two 8” sub woofers.  For those who want to party, the upgrade to the Ultimate System adds another 700 watts of power through 5 channels, while the speakers are increased to 8.8” coaxial speakers supported by two of JL Audio’s highly acclaimed 8” Infinite Baffle sub woofers. “Our clients can work with the Glider Yachts team and our exclusive audio partner, JL Audio to design their own bespoke sound system, so they can enjoy their music however they please,” said Robert McCall. Ends About JL Audio JL Audio is an independent, privately-held U.S. company active in the Home, Mobile, Powersports and Marine Audio markets. It focuses on delivering unique engineering, superior quality and high-performance audio to its customers around the world. Behind all its efforts is a strong belief that great audio has real value, and that its customers can tell the difference. Supporting its engineering efforts is an outstanding group of dedicated production and logistics professionals who make sure that JL Audio's factories around the world maintain its high quality standards. Today, all of its premium subwoofer drivers and all of its marine speakers are built in-house, as are most of its Enclosed Subwoofer Systems and all of its Stealthbox® products. JL Audio UK is the European distributor for JL Audio. More information can be found at www.JLAudio.co.uk   JL Audio digital images: http://nicollpr.com/jl_press.html JL Audio UK – Paul Baker - E: paul.baker@jlaudiomarine.eu Tel: +44(0)1202 664 390 or +44(0)779 306 1017   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 to go with this story please see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsJLAudioImages or for additional images of Glider Yachts see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsImages MEDIA CONTACTS Glider Yachts Europe – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: UK on +44 (0)161 923 4994 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 – E: andrea@glideryachts.com | Tel: USA on +1 786 374 2429   JL Audio European PR: Saltwater Communications – Lindsey.hill@saltwatercoms.com Tel: +44 (0)1202 669244 Global PR - Lucette Nicoll, Nicoll Public Relations – E: lucette@nicollpr.com  – Tel: USA on +1 781-762-9300 Glider Yachts Partners with Aalco Metals 2015-07-06T10:07:58Z glider-yachts-partners-with-aalco-metals Glider Yachts Limited, a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, has announced today that it has partnered with Aalco Metals to supply all of the major aluminium components for its SD18 sports yacht, which is currently being built by Burgess Marine and is to be publicly launched at Monaco boat show this September. "Glider Yachts’ mission is to become the world’s leading supplier of high-performance, luxury superyachts and to this end we have assembled a team of highly innovative partners and suppliers, who are devoted to excellence and are regarded and accredited as being the best in their particular field," said Robert McCall, Managing Director, Glider Yachts. Aalco supplies metals to the marine industry of the world’s highest marine standards and has provided specialist services to customers in this sector and allied industries, for many years. The metals for the debut Glider Yacht is being supplied from Aalco’s dedicated marine kit fabrication facility in Southampton, UK. "Aalco was selected as our metals supply partner due to the firm’s impressive track record in the marine industry and we are thrilled to be working with such an innovative leader in its field," continued Robert McCall. A particularly important and unique part of the Aalco offer is the company’s expertise in supplying marine ‘kits’, supplied shaped to size and ready for immediate assembly at the point of delivery, essential for this type of marine build. Simon Barron, General Manager, Aalco said: "Aalco is delighted to have been selected as the metals supplier to Glider Yachts, which is a very unique and exciting design that we are proud to be involved with." "Our unique approach means that the boat designer provides drawings that Aalco imports into our sophisticated cutting equipment. This produces precise cut pieces that are individually numbered and ready for welding. Our capability means that we can nest the component parts for the most efficient yield from the plates. Aalco supplies rider bars, bulb bars, keel sections, standard angles, channels and tees - indeed everything needed so that an entire hull, deck and superstructure can be built from a kit all sourced from the same supplier," continued Simon Barron. Aalco supplies ‘kits’ for many leading yacht manufacturers and recent interest from far eastern markets will continue its growth. Ends Notes for editors: There are a selection of accompanying images: Aalco  & Glider Yachts partnership celebration at Glider Yachts’ HQ – from left to right, Clive Bush – Aalco Metals, Southampton, Simon Barron, General Manager, Aalco Metals Southampton & Jeremy Chase, Aalco Metals, Southampton. About Aalco Metals Aalco is one of Europe’s largest independent stockholders, processors and distributors of Aluminium, aluminium extrusion, transition joints (Triplate®), stainless steels and copper alloys. It specialises in the supply of semi-finished metal products including bar, sheet, plate, tube, custom die extrusions and forgings to the marine, oil and gas and high tech industries. Aalco offers a complete processing service including plate and bar sawing, guillotining, waterjet, router and laser profiling. Its inventory covers a wide range of grades/alloys, shapes and sizes – both industry standards and special or bespoke items for particular applications or customer requirements. With offices in 18 locations around the UK including Southampton, Norwich, Hull and Aberdeen, all of which currently service the marine industry, Aalco is able to utilise its extensive distribution network to deliver guaranteed delivery on time and to customer specification. Please see www.aalco.co.uk for more information. 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: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | UK: +44 (0)161 923 4994 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 Aalco - UK Simon Trott, Shaw & Underwood PR E: simontrott@shawandunderwood.co.uk  - Tel: +44 (0)121 454 5584