The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-09-10T23:42:11Z Australian real estate innovation doubles residential property investor net returns whilst tackling housing affordability and retirement income concerns 2017-09-10T23:42:11Z australian-real-estate-innovation-doubles-residential-property-investor-net-returns-whilst-tackling-housing-affordability-and-retirement-income-concerns A new Australian real estate innovation is shaking up the investment and property industries, turning low residential net property yields for investors (and what was once a bleak retirement for many) into high yielding property investments and more choice for investors. Developed in Australia and internationally patented, Assquire provides residential property investors with accelerated and higher residential property gross rents, on average 40% to 60% better than conventional gross rents over ten years, often doubling very low net rents. It can be used for both currently rented properties and for newly acquired properties. Founder Keith Burchill says Assquire has been designed to combat the usual low net yields that residential property investors are accustomed to, as well as mitigate vacancy risk, property management risk and uncertain future capital growth. “There is a long-standing myth that residential property investment is all about capital gain. That’s simply no longer the case,” said Mr Burchill. “Assquire is turning the relationship between property investment capital growth and yield on its head and proving that investors can be better off through higher contracted long-term yields.” “With Australians simply not happy to work until they drop, Assquire is also about positioning retirees better for the future, tackling housing affordability and the deposit gap, and enabling investors and buyers to work together rather than compete against each other for properties,” said Mr Burchill. Assquire benefits investors of any age, but the returns for semi-retired people and self-funded retirees are even greater than double in many instances. “We’re talking potential returns that are 131% higher than rental returns plus capital growth at an assumed 4.5% per annum average property price growth for the next ten years,” said Mr Burchill. (See Table 1, scenario 6 for detail and various other scenarios at different taxable incomes and settlement periods). Assquire is aimed at investors who prefer stable and predictable high yields and long-term tenants of up to ten years, rather than relying on low yields now, a series of back to back short-term tenancies with possible rental gaps, and uncertain long-term capital growth. To benefit from Assquire, investors can utilise an existing residential property or purchase a new property, but must have a minimum 30% equity in the property to potentially qualify. To gain the accelerated higher yields, and up to ten-year tenancies, an investor sells (with a settlement period of up to ten years) their investment property today to a pre-qualified home buyer at a pre-agreed set price. The deferred settlement produces the long term higher rental yields and the investor remains on title until settlement. Buyers must occupy the property immediately and continue to occupy it until settlement with the investor, with the buyer’s interest secured by a registered lease and other security until settlement. In return for the long settlement and a very reasonable pre-agreed ten-year price, investors receive accelerated higher monthly rents, plus monthly deposit payments from the buyer. For example, a Queensland investor employed on a good income and selling and leasing their $500,000 investment property could be on average $210 - $257 per week better off (in today’s dollars and after tax) during their leasing period of up to ten years, compared to their landlord position today. (Results vary depending upon the taxable income of the investor. See Table 2 for detail). “The benefits of Assquire are substantial for both the investor and the buyer. The investor has only one tenant for up to ten years, with no more vacancy periods. In addition, the tenant has a vested interest in keeping the property in good condition, so repairs and maintenance are often reduced. “The accelerated cash flows enable the investor to buy more, or more valuable, investment properties or to utilise the funds for more pressing needs, rather than hoping for a good enough capital gain in the future. They can also reinvest the excess returns each month in their superannuation, which is simply not possible with an unrealised capital gain. So it’s the perfect way to future-proof your investment returns against possible down turns with higher, stable, contracted rents.” Buyers don’t lose out, just because investors are gaining. “This is a great community initiative as it assists buyers into their own homes sooner and more safely. Assquire investors in effect incubate credit worthy buyers into their new or established homes sooner, without any of the typical mortgage worries or upfront mortgage costs like mortgage insurance,” said Mr Burchill. “Even without long term capital appreciation, a buyer’s monthly deposit payments and a purpose designed savings plan are the foundation stones to their embedded equity to assist them to settle with a mortgage at the end of their lease, should they choose to do so.” For more information about Assquire, visit www.assquire.com.au About Assquire: Assquire is a patented system that enables residential property investors to swap uncertain future capital growth and low net rents from tenants, with stable, accelerated, higher monthly cash flows today. Haigslea Residential Limited (HRL) is the property investment and management group licensed (by Mortgage Alternative Pty Ltd) to deliver Assquire®. HRL is a licenced real estate agency in Queensland (Real Estate Licence No. 3995434). Background information: Visit www.assquire.com.au Case studies of Assquire investors: www.assquire.com.au/casestudies How buyers purchase from Assquire investors: www.assquire.com.au/for-ma-buyers Case studies of buyers who purchase from Assquire investors www.assquire.com.au/macasestudies Why this isn’t ‘rent to buy’ and a comparison of Assquire with ‘rent to buy’ Media Contact: Margot Furlonger, Holy Mackerel Group, tel 0422 548 323 or margot@holymackerel.com.au The home of the future is here 2017-08-31T01:16:25Z the-home-of-the-future-is-here Technology is changing the way we interact with our homes and the idea of a smart home is no longer a dream of the future.Not only do these ‘smart’ technology developments make things more efficient in a home, but they can also help a home owner significantly reduce their electricity and energy consumption.  Regardless of your needs, there is probably a suitable product on the market that can help you achieve your goals. Think ahead If you’re building a house, consider implementing smart tech from the beginning. This will help you reduce installation and wiring costs down the line.  Talk to a professional Home automation can be a costly endeavour, particularly if you plan on installing wiring throughout your house. Any internal wiring you decide to do should be done by a certified electrician who will guarantee the workmanship and provide you with a warranty.  Here are just some of the ways you can automate your home today: Security Cameras and motion sensors can be set up throughout your home and accessed through your mobile devices.  These systems will send you an alert if there is ever a security breach, with some devices actually programmed to take photos and/or videos of your intruders. You can set up door and garage locks to open or close as you (and your phone) approach. Lighting Trying to ward off thieves? Most systems will allow you turn on lights remotely to give the impression that you’re home of an evening. In addition, these systems can allow you to see whether or not you left the lights on after you left for work. You can also install sensor lights that switch on automatically as, and when, they detect activity in a space. On a budget? There are several options out there if you have a limited budget. Automating your home will cost anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand. It will depend entirely on your budget and what’s most important to you.  The convenience and comfort these features bring to the family home could not only improve your day to day life, they are also likely to increase the value of your home should you decide to sell. Talk to us about your home loan needs today.  Contact us on 02 9653 9333, email: scottpartridge@mortgagechoice.com.au or click HERE to arrange a meeting. Regional Australia Bank awards over $30K to the Coonabarabran community as part of its innovative Community Partnership Program 2017-08-28T21:06:22Z regional-australia-bank-awards-over-30k-to-the-coonabarabran-community-as-part-of-its-innovative-community-partnership-program Regional Australia Bank’s innovative Community Partnership Program scales new heights of success. Regional Australia Bank’s Community Partnership Program is now in its ninth year – and with this year’s donations reaching a staggering $840,000, the program continues to go from strength to strength. Under the program, new bank customers open a transaction account and select which group they would like to support. Regional Australia Bank then calculates the average annual balance of all supporters’ accounts and donates 1% of the total to the cause on the customers’ behalf – all without costing them a cent. With more and more people getting on board, the Community Partnership Program has continued to grow at over 30% per year ­– and this year, the total amount has edged ever closer to the million dollar mark, with $840,000 of funds ready to donate to various local grass roots clubs and community groups. At Coonabarabran’s Community Partnership presentations last night, Regional Australia Bank awarded $31,769.03 to the local community – and the United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW – Coonabarabran Branch, Rotary Club of Coonabarabran, Coonabarabran High School P&C Association, Coona Amateur Boxing Club, The Men’s Shed Coonabarabran Inc, the Coonabarabran Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Urabrible Landcare Group were just a few of the groups lucky enough to receive a donation. Over the past few years, the Bank has been able to contribute more than 1.5 million dollars to deserving community groups – and as Regional Australia Bank Coonabarabran Branch Supervisor Sarah Jackson explains, “we’re immensely proud of our ability to deliver these kinds of social and environmental returns to our regional communities.” Ms Jackson continued that “for a bank like ours, which is founded on the promise to operate in the best interests of our customers and communities, it’s entirely fitting that our customers are able to lead the way in initiatives like this, given that they’ll often be the ones benefitting from the positive impacts of this program.” “The Community Partnership Program is just one of the ways in which we assist our customers and communities,” said Kevin Dupé, Regional Australia Bank CEO. “Regional Australia Bank is proud to continue delivering the Community Support Program in 2017, enabling it to continue enhancing the quality of life and a strong sense of community for the regions it serves.” The banks goal for the Community Partnership Program is to reach $1M in donations to local communities in 2018 and invites regional Australians to get on board and choose to bank with them, so that they can take advantage of this initiative and enjoy both better value from their financial institution, and help create local communities that can fully prosper and thrive. A full list of Community Partnership Program beneficiaries has been included below. - Ends - Contact: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0438 197 559 It is requested that Regional Australia Bank is not shortened to an acronym and always referred to in full as Regional Australia Bank. Suite 4 Technology Park, Madgwick Dr, Armidale NSW 2350 Australia Phone: 02 6776 0000 Coonabarabran Community Partnership Beneficiaries United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW - Coonabarabran Branch Rotary Club of Coonabarabran Coonabarabran High School P & C Association Coona Amateur Boxing Gym Coonabarabran Soccer Club Inc Coonabarabran Local Aboriginal Land Council Urabrible Landcare Group Inc Coonabarabran P & H Association The (Men's) Shed Coonabarabran Inc C/Bran Rugby League Football C Riding for The Disabled Association (NSW) Coonabarabran Centre Coonabarabran Volunteer Rescue Coonabarabran Public School Parents and Citizens Association St Lawrences Primary School - Canteen Coonabarabran Youth Club Inc Coonabarabran Fishing Club Coonabarabran Bowling Club Co-Op Coonabarabran Junior League & Netball Inc Coonabarabran Garden Club Binnaway Jockey Club Inc. Coonabarabran Junior Golf Coonabarabran Jockey Club Inc Baradine Country Bushfire Brigade Baradine and District Progress Association Coonabarabran Lady Golfers Improvement Fund Coonabarabran Pony Club Inc Warrumbungle Regional Radio Inc Yearinan Bushfire Brigade Coonabarabran Arts Council Coonabarabran Bran Horse & Rider Club Inc Warrumbungle Arts and Crafts Inc Coonabarabran & District Greyhound Racing Club Baradine Bowling Club - Baradine Health & Fitness Binnaway Amateur Boxing Gyminc RSL Womens Auxiliary Coonabarabran Orbital Swing Band Warrumbungle Rural Community Programme War Fm RSP Coonabarabran Physical Culture Club Coonabarabran Little Athletics Coona Civilian & Military Rifle Club Dps Coonabarabran Local & Family History Starfest Rocky Glen Branch of CWA NSW Coonabarabran Landcare Warrumbungle Eventing Inc Hell Yeah Sports & Activities Astronomical Society of C/Bran Castlereagh Working Equitation Coona Drop in Incorporated Castlereagh Support Brigade Coonabarabran Christian Education Association Gowang Rural Fire Service Coonabarabran Lions Club Incorporated Coonabarabran Teachers Bugaldie Rural Fire Brigade Napier Lane Bush Fire Brigade Burra-Bee-Dee United Coonabarabran Men's Choir Coonabarabran Amateur Dramatic Society Coonabarabran Local Aboriginal Lands Council Mindfields to democratise RPA by offering a one stop solution at a fixed price per process. 2017-08-22T21:15:38Z mindfields-to-democratise-rpa-by-offering-a-one-stop-solution-at-a-fixed-price-per-process Sydney: Australian automation and AI advisory firm Mindfields has launched Automation as a Service (AaaS), a banquet of RPA services such as research, education, consulting and execution, packaged at a fixed price per process. It will open doors to automate processes that were previously unimaginable or unfeasible. RPA takes business processes that are currently performed by human workers and creates a software bot that then performs the same task around the clock. Mindfields Managing Director Mohit Sharma said, “We do not want to charge new clients for the framework we have already developed for existing clients, instead we have customised workshops backed by ongoing research to reduce the cost of automation and shorten their decision cycle," Mindfields has automated and robotised its own consulting and delivery processes in the form of AaaS. Clients will get a bundled offering containing consulting backed by ongoing research in emerging technologies and delivery embedded with training. “Our aim is to make it free in the long-term and focus on feeding and exploiting data generated by automation. Automation is the first step in the journey and should be treated as investment in short-term” commented Sharma. AaaS will provide following benefits to clients for a fixed price per process: Automate more at faster pace Consulting backed by ongoing research on RPA tool and process selection Education to empower client teams to execute RPA in-house Execute and implement RPA efficiently based on Mindfields’ experiences and lessons learned Automation at a fixed price per process, which provides cost assurance to a business case Enabling clients to focus on the most important outcome of RPA i.e. automating data and interaction analytics, rather than the technical details. Currently, clients are paying separately for these services to various vendors who work in silos which can increase costs and project timelines. AaaS will democratise RPA irrespective of industry vertical and client’s company size. “Businesses can now think about the outcomes they are seeking, rather than getting bogged down in the technology specifications and cost of initiating the RPA journey.” Mindfields has also been recently covered in the technology section of the Australian Financial Review. You can view the article here - http://www.afr.com/technology/robotic-process-automation-on-demand-as-consultants-get-disrupted-20170816-gxx6b0 For more info on AaaS, visit - http://bit.ly/2wsMVrP or watch this video About Mindfields: Mindfields is a vendor and tool agnostic full-service Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence firm with a global presence. We provide consulting, education and execution to clients backed by comprehensive independent research. For more information, please visit our website. Australian Customers Prefer Digital-First Approach to Banking Services 2017-08-10T00:00:00Z australian-customers-prefer-digital-first-approach-to-banking-services Sydney, Australia, August 10, 2017 – Australian customers would prefer to resolve their basic banking issues without having to deal with a human being, according to a new survey by market researcher, YouGov. The Avaya-commissioned Customer Experience in Banking 2017 report indicates that Australians’ most-preferred method of contact with their bank would be via the website, while a third, 34 per cent, regularly use mobile banking apps, more than their counterparts in the UK and UAE. The survey covered more than 5,000 banking customers in four countries – Australia, India, the UK, and the UAE. Given the choice of only one channel, 28 per cent of the 1,153 Australians surveyed would prefer access to a complete list of services via their bank’s web site, only speaking to a person if they really have to. Likewise, 19 per cent would prefer to use a mobile app, while eight per cent would choose to access services through the contact center application. More than half, 54 per cent, regularly use online banking, behind only the UK’s 60 per cent, while only 36 per cent usually visit their branch, the joint-lowest with the UK. Unsurprisingly, younger generations of Australians are more likely to use mobile services, with 58 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 53 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds regularly using mobile apps, compared to just 13 per cent in the 55+ category. Interestingly, 57 per cent in the latter group use online banking, while just 45 per cent of 18-24-year olds do. Still, the YouGov study found that traditional interactions continue to hold a place in the financial services industry. In fact, 22 per cent of Australians prefer to visit branches, a figure led by older respondents, with a third of over-55s selecting that option. While more than half, 51 per cent, of Indian respondents said they regularly visit their branch, the highest of the four countries surveyed, only 13 per cent said they prefer to do so – by far the lowest of the four. “The financial services industry (FSI) has typically led technology adoption and digital services – in part due to available capital, but primarily because a highly-competitive market creates constant pressure to exceed the expectations of demanding consumers,” said Peter Chidiac, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Avaya. “Customers see value in more than just rates, meaning banks and other financial organisations must provide an experience that aligns to the daily lives of their consumers. To meet those expectations, they have to optimise traditional transactions while enabling interactions across the latest platforms and introducing innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI).” Regardless of how they choose to contact their bank, the most important issues for Australian customers is that they get the same level of experience and service, and that their problem is resolved on the first point of contact. The most common customer complaint is being kept waiting for a long time on the phone, cited by 21 per cent. This may explain why less than a quarter, 23 per cent, of Australian respondents regularly call a contact center. “Consumers are looking for fast resolutions, and within reason, hope for an answer within the first point of contact,” said Chidiac. “The problem is that some contact centre agents in financial institutions aren’t prepared to deal with a wide range of enquiries, especially in omni-channel environments. Contact centre agents need to be equipped to deal with enquiries no matter which platform the consumer is using to make contact, and importantly, the interaction must be able to shift across platforms without forcing the consumer to explain their issue repeatedly.” To learn about how Avaya is digitally transforming financial services, check out this short video or browse this resource guide. About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking— offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com. Certain statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these are reasonable, such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. All trademarks identified by ®, TM, or SM are registered marks, trademarks, and service marks, respectively, of Avaya Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners ### Qld SMEs overwhelmed by finance and marketing choices 2017-07-31T03:01:37Z qld-smes-overwhelmed-by-finance-and-marketing-choices Many small to medium size Queensland business owners are so overwhelmed by financial and marketing responsibilities and opportunities that they put off managing either until it poses a risk, according to Brisbane’s Lisa Lens. A financial mentor and coach, Ms Lens has more than 25 years’ experience with SMEs and said most business owners she worked with shared two common concerns. “Business owners have shared their pain points with me for some years now, and it is always finances and marketing which they are really concerned about,” Ms Len said. “They are not sure ‘which comes first’ or how to manage them together. They are not confident when it comes to managing finances, and they’re overwhelmed by the choices available in modern marketing, including mobile and social media marketing. "Ultimately, this real lack of understanding means many SMEs leave their financial and marketing planning to the last minute. This causes a significant amount of stress, sometimes placing pressure on their business and personal relationships. It’s a downward spiral.” Her experience is backed up by Suncorp’s recent Suncorp SME vs Me Report showing cash flow and marketing budgets were amongst the biggest challenges for surveyed businesses. As a result, Ms Lens has teamed up with experienced marketer Wallace Long to deliver combined Money & Marketing workshops in Brisbane, Mooloolaba and Gold Coast. The workshops take a fresh approach, bringing together the worlds of finance and marketing, and surveying participants beforehand so the sessions are focused on their current concerns and specific questions. Ms Lens said the 4-hour workshops are practical, jargon-free and unashamedly acknowledge the “human factor” in running a business, with an empathy and understanding of the competitive environments SMEs operate within. Participants will leave with real, actionable ideas to implement in their businesses.  Money & Marketing Workshop dates: 14 August       Gold Coast (2 sessions) 15 August       Brisbane (1 session) 16 August        Mooloolaba (2 sessions)  Registrations https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/money-marketing-4hr-workshop-practical-finance-marketing-solutions-tickets-36180816797 icare (Insurance & Care NSW) implements OnBase by Hyland for digital information management 2017-07-27T05:27:03Z icare-insurance-care-nsw-implements-onbase-by-hyland-for-digital-information-management icare, the New South Wales’ government’s insurance and care provider, has selected and implemented OnBase by Hyland, an enterprise information platform, hosted in the Hyland Cloud. icare will use OnBase to support its enterprise vision of digital information management, initiating the project in its largest division, which delivers insurance and care services to customers of the NSW Workers Compensation scheme. icare is one the largest insurers in Australia with $33 billion in assets and more than 3.4 million customers. icare is a new public financial corporation undertaking business transformation from a previously adversarial process to a contemporary business, delivering a world-class service experience to employers, injured workers and motorists – focused on quality of life outcomes, not process. Through this transformation, icare is creating a fresh new business model from one based on previously fragmented systems to one powered by a common platform, providing an integrated view of the customer and service delivery. To enable this goal, icare sought an innovative technology to provide a single view of the customer information and optimise business processes. “Hyland was a natural fit for icare. They show impressive insurance and health industry experience and have provided sound advice on how we can optimise their OnBase technology within our business environment and successfully integrate it with our insurance lifecycle management software, Guidewire. We’ve enjoyed a successful partnership where they’ve met our deadlines, enabling us to meet our program milestones,” said John Nagle, icare group executive, workers insurance. “The OnBase product provides an end-to-end record management and secure storage solution to manage our customer correspondence, policies and billing – linking them to claims and care delivery, as well as enabling secure access of information from the cloud,” Nagle said. “Their solution provides a fully integrated platform which gives our underwriters and billing staff a birds-eye view of the data they need to support employers and ultimately respond to injured workers in a timely manner.” icare completed phase one of its OnBase implementation in its workers’ compensation policy processes in April 2017. It has selected workers’ compensation claims processes for phase two, implementing Guidewire ClaimCenter® and OnBase simultaneously. “Utilising the OnBase Ready for Guidewire accelerators for Guidewire InsuranceSuite™, icare staff gain instant access to important information – improving decision-making for its workers’ compensation policies and claims and eliminating the need to search multiple applications, file shares or paper records,” said Ruth Fisk, global director of insurance at Hyland. “We’re looking forward to working with icare to connect information throughout the enterprise and deliver the best service possible to their customers, resulting in getting the injured employee back to work as quickly as possible.” For more information about workers’ compensation and the OnBase integration and accelerators for Guidewire, visit OnBase.com Breaking News - ASX Listed G Medical Signs Binding MOU for US $67.5M for China Distribution 2017-07-27T00:24:14Z breaking-news-asx-listed-g-medical-signs-binding-mou-for-us-67-5m-for-china-distribution ASX Announcement 27 July 2017 G MEDICAL SIGNS BINDING MOU FOR CHINA DISTRIBUTION VALUED AT US$67.5M •Binding MOU signed with Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. •Agreed terms include call centre cooperation and a minimum purchase order of Smartphone Prizmaunits within the first year. •Medical and ancillary support via Nurse and Physician staffed call centres and ‘Cloud’ services. Mobile health and e-health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (“G Medical” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has executed a Binding Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) between its subsidiary G Medical Innovations Asia Limited and Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. (“Boletong”), for the distribution of G Medical’s products and for call centre and ‘Cloud’ services in the People’s Republic of China. G Medical Smartphone Prizma Purchase Order Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong has agreed to purchase a minimum quantity of units within the 1st Year of the G Medical Smartphone Prizma, and to provide associated support services for a minimum period of 60 months. Boletong will pay a pre-determined price for each unit, with the value of the agreement based on the minimum commitments being no less than US$67,500,000. The obligation to acquire the units commences on the granting of the CFDA certification to G Medical, which is currently in process. Support Services 1) Medical Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and G Medical will set up a medical call centreproviding support services from 50-60 Nurses and 3-5 General Practising Physicians. Boletong will be responsible for the recruitment of the Nurses and General Practising Physicians, andthe establishment of the call centre. 2) ‘Cloud’ Subscription and Support Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and/or G Medical will provide; a) Automated Cloud algorithm interpretation services, for biomedical signals 20170727_GMV - Binding MOU for China Distribution Page 2 of 3 b )Level 1 services including, Live and/or automated end-user technical support c) Level 2 services including, hardware (device) support, replacement/repairs Marketing and advertising G Medical agreed to contribute an immaterial portion of the per unit price as marketing and investment for Boletong's promotion of the products and services in China, with such payments to be set-off against payment of the purchase orders by Boletong. Non-competition Boletong and its associations are subject to non-competition restraints for the period of the Agreement, and ending five years after its termination (unless G Medical is found by a Court to have breached the Agreement). These non-competition restraints extend to competing with the products or services of G Medical. G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva, commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce yet another significant relationship for G Medical within the ever-growing and lucrative Chinese territory. To have further increased our purchase commitment for our G Medical Smartphone Prizma devices, over and above our existing agreements, is an exceptional outcome with a key partner in Boletong. This adds further to our robust, multi-year revenue stream for the Company, particularly within the first year of a CFDA approval being granted”. “I have met with the executives of Boletong, and whilst in China have visited their facilities and operations. Boletong operates in 16+ provinces and works with the National Public Health care system and acts as a distributor of medical services for the government. Boletong is currently working with several large healthcare organisations such as Wanda, a medical company which is positioned in the top three in their area, and along with telecom carriers such as China Telecom. Boletong is also supported through investment from a large and reputable group in Beijing. Our team, has invested more than 3 months in bringing this MOU to fruition, during which time we were able to satisfy ourselves as to Boletong's strong financial position, their key government partnerships in place, and the ability to deliver all aspects under our agreement.” “This relationship is a significant strategic partnership, allowing the roll out the Company’s medical and ancillary support services within the Chinese territory, for both our professional call centre and Cloud based systems”. Ends Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com About Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd. (Boletong) is a hi-tech medical and healthcare company invested by Beijing Honghui Group which has businesses in medicine, investment, drug store automation system and new energy areas, based in China. Boletong focuses on the production and sales of medical devices, membership healthcare management systems and R&D and applications for the National Basic Public Healthcare Project Solution. Boletong is currently one of the top 16 service providers for the national public healthcare system. Boletong is located in Jinan Hi-tech Technology Development Area, Shandong province. Boletong’s website is www.sdboletong.com About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX:GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company brings forth the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com ofo Partners with Adyen to Power Global Payments 2017-07-26T23:25:39Z ofo-partners-with-adyen-to-power-global-payments Sydney, Australia - 27 July, 2017 - ofo, the world’s first and largest “station-free” bike-sharing platform, today announced a global partnership with Adyen, the payments platform choice for the world’s leading companies. The collaboration will allow customers around the world to pay using their preferred local currencies and payment methods. With Adyen as its payments partner, ofo customers can now use one set of payment credentials to pay for their rides anywhere that ofo operates worldwide: users registered in Singapore, for example, can use ofo's services while visiting China with no extra effort to pay in the local currency. Once a user’s credit card is linked to an ofo account, in-app payments are simplified and secured with Adyen’s technology. The partnership marks the latest step in ofo’s plans for global expansion, with the company set to reach 200 cities across 20 countries by the end of this year. “ofo is thrilled to partner with Adyen. This partnership will foster ofo’s customer service and user experience globally and accelerate the company’s overseas expansion,” said Zhang Yanqi, COO of ofo. “This is no doubt a win-win collaboration for the two rising, industry-leading technology companies.” "As companies look to expand globally, they need to have the right framework in place. For most businesses, this centers on the ability to provide a seamless payment process in order to deliver the best possible customer experience,” said Sam Halse, COO of Adyen. “With an eye toward expanding to the U.S. and beyond, we are thrilled to partner with ofo to power its payments around the world and help them deliver on the promise of a better bike-sharing experience.” ThoughtWorks Releases First-Ever Report on Courageous Leadership Among Successful C-Suite Executives 2017-07-25T23:34:26Z thoughtworks-releases-first-ever-report-on-courageous-leadership-among-successful-c-suite-executives p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0563c1} span.s3 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy released a first of its kind report, “The Next Big Disruption: Courageous Executives”, revealing what sets top business leaders apart from their competition. The report profiles an elite segment of C-Suite leaders referred to as “Courageous Executives” in the US, the UK, Australia and India and the findings underscore the critical role technology plays in business strategy, from navigating the chaos of digital transformation to how they’re setting their business up for future success. The report also sheds light on the leadership styles of Courageous Executives including their tolerance for risk and failure, their use of customer insights and the ways leaders in all four countries are preparing for the future of work. This report, developed by ThoughtWorks in partnership with research agency Northstar, features insight from Fortune 500 C-Suite executives who are: advocates for digital transformation; have an active role in directing how technology enables their business; have seen their company’s revenue or profit increase significantly due to a recent technology change; and 85 percent of which self-identified as risk takers. “As companies across all industries embrace the changes of our increasingly digital world, we’re seeing leaders at the helm of these companies dive deeper into how technology is implemented and how it works,” said ThoughtWorks President and CEO, Guo Xiao. “I began my time in the industry as a developer, giving me the tools I needed to approach business with a technology first perspective. Executives across the globe are learning that a strong grasp of technology matters and they’re finding ways to adapt. Our findings show that 54 percent of Courageous Executives have developed a deep understanding of technology with a remarkable 57 percent of these leaders reporting having written code,” noted Xiao. "A tenacious commitment to embrace technology is what today sets apart truly Courageous Executives." According to Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks Asia Pacific, “In this new age of digital disruption, technology is being catapulted closer to the business core and that’s challenging the traditional C-suite. They need to think and behave differently when it comes to the role of technology in their strategy, and to question how they are engaging technology to produce better outcomes for the business. “While capability was once a barrier to what’s possible, now the constraint lies in the willingness of decision makers to be courageous with foundational technologies,” she said. REA, which operates Australia’s leading residential, commercial and share property websites, as well as a number of property portals in Asia and interests in the US and India, credits its impressive growth and success to a culture based on consistent innovation and invention. “The REA business is built around customer delivery, which demands that we work to the same agile rhythm across all levels of the organisation. Visualised work, team stand-ups and collaboration enable the innovation and invention that has become part of our DNA,” said Nigel Dalton, Chief Inventor, REA. “Our competition is global and the landscape is set to change as AirBnB, Facebook, Google, eBay, and WeChat become major players in property over the next few years. We’re embracing the opportunities this creates by focusing our culture of innovation and invention on the technologies that will change how people find property - robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and data science. “That, along with our diverse backgrounds, creative thinking and scalability, will see us continue to deliver new products and services to market faster than anyone else, and ensure we are the world’s best.” According to the report, notable themes uniting Courageous Executives include: Proactive Approach to Technology Changes According to the report, to keep pace and anticipate future technology shifts, Courageous Executives conduct research, analyze their competitors, troubleshoot tech challenges and hire subject matter experts. A majority of Courageous Executives (65 percent) say that digitizing and adapting to new technology is a top business priority followed by growth. Research – 63 percent of leaders do their own research to stay ahead of technology changes. Top trends they’re exploring include security threats; human and machine interaction; new hardware, software and operational platforms; machine learning and artificial intelligence; virtual reality and augmented reality. Competitor Analysis – In all four countries, big tech decisions are most often fueled by competition. Asked to identify the largest driver motivating change, 47 percent pointed to their competitors. Tolerance for Risk and Willingness to Fail Understanding risks and its impact on ongoing business success is an important characteristic of a Courageous Executive along with the ability to rebound after a perceived failure. Appetite for Risk - In fact, 87 percent of all executives agree that taking risks is necessary to achieve goals and maintain a strong competitive advantage with 62 percent pointing to their willingness to take risks their competitors won’t as a key differentiator. Failing Well - Courageous Executives reported their most common reaction to these setbacks was to focus on what went right with the second being to stay as positive as possible. When asked how failure affected their employees, 54 percent globally said that they believed failure made them even more motivated to succeed. Use of Customer Insights Throughout the world, courageous leaders recognize the necessity of maintaining a close connection to their customers. 91 percent report that customer input directly informs their strategic decision-making. While there is some agreement as to the best methods for gathering that customer input, there’s still a lack of consensus among executives when it comes to what data they’re collecting and who is assessing the insights. Data Source - Overall, the most common source of insight is customer research, followed by social feeds which are monitored by 68 percent of Australian, 60 percent of UK and Indian and only 38 percent of US leaders. Other ways executives gather information includes using analytics from a content management system or implementing a designated customer insights task force. Customer Engagement - Gathering data from multiple sources is universally valued, but 87 percent of executives report having an internal team dedicated to their customers. Additionally, 58 percent of US and 48 percent of Australian executives say they speak to their customers themselves, which is far more than 32 percent in India and 22 percent in the UK. The Future of Work Across continents, nearly half of all courageous leaders describe their company culture as “team-first,” meaning they hire primarily for cultural fit, with skills and experience the second consideration. A third define their company as having an “elite” culture, described as hiring only the best to change the world by untested means. Subject Matter Experts - An overwhelming majority of Courageous Executives (90 percent) emphasized the importance of key hires, stating that discovering subject matter experts and new talents helps their context and credibility and is crucial to success. Tech’s Impact - 70 percent believe that replacing white-collar workers with technology is a natural progression and to be expected. To prepare for the potential impact of technology on the workforce, 87 percent of leaders admit to researching new technologies that may help them save on staff costs. 83 percent also agree that they’re preparing for the impact of technology replacing their workers by limiting new hires to reduce ongoing overhead. To download the report visit www.thoughtworks.com/courage Methodology Developed by ThoughtWorks’, this report is based on data collected by Northstar Research Partners from C-Suite executives from Fortune 500 companies with 100 employees or more, 87 percent of whom have occupied their office for at least three years and 79 percent reporting more than $100 million in revenue. The executives are primarily Presidents or Chief Executive Officers, the data also includes insights from the full C-suite including CIOs, CMOs, COOs, CTOs from a variety of industries from finance and retail to healthcare and manufacturing and more. About ThoughtWorks We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Banking on a sustainable future for our regions 2017-04-20T03:48:44Z banking-on-a-sustainable-future-for-our-regions Through its partnership with Landcare NSW, Regional Australia Bank is continuing to lead the way in Corporate Social Responsibility, donating $1 for every member that switches to online statements. Over the last four years, Regional Australia Bank has donated over $18,000 to Landcare NSW, a contribution State Landcare Coordinator Sonia Williams says is vital to local Landcare groups. “Without Regional Australia Bank’s support, many local Landcare groups would not be able to undertake their environmental conservation, education and sustainable agricultural projects,” Ms Williams said. “Regional Australia Bank’s contribution not only helps us to assist groups showcase their projects and build connections with their community, it also helps us fund important training to show them how they can widen their net of potential funding to help deliver their projects.” This financial year alone, six local Landcare groups, across Regional Australia Banks service regions, were the recipients of this much-needed support - support that has ensured the success of their projects. They include Southern New England Landcare – Frog Dreaming project; Congewai Valley Landcare – Regent Honey Eater project; Wollombi Valley Landcare Field Day – Meeting of the Waters project; Landcare NSW - Crowd-Funding Training workshops; Manning Landcare - Farm Gate Tour and the Murrurundi Landcare Tidy Towns Committee – Page’s River Warrior project. Regional Australia Bank CEO Kevin Dupé said: “Regional Australia Bank is proud to have contributed to these worthwhile projects through our partnership with Landcare NSW.” “As a bank we are committed to setting ourselves significant sustainability goals that will help ensure the future of our communities. We also endeavor to inspire and empower our members to make ethical decisions of their own and it is heartening to see so many already doing so by making the switch to online statements.” Through partnerships like this, Regional Australia Bank is acutely aware of the role it can play by encouraging sustainability and it seems, others are now taking notice of this ingenuity too. “Recently, a member of our Executive Management Team, Darren Schaefer was awarded a scholarship to take part in the Prince of Wales Leadership in Sustainability Programme through the University of Cambridge,” said Mr Dupé. “This programme recognises influential senior leaders operating at a strategic level within sustainability and arms them with knowledge and techniques to address key sustainability challenges in a practical way.” The Bank also recently held its second Sector Sustainability Summit in Sydney with other like-minded institutions - discussing the establishment of sector benchmarks for sustainability reporting, reviewing best practice and exploring collaboration opportunities around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Mr Dupé says this is all part of the bank’s ongoing focus to minimising its own impact on the environment and maximising social and environmental returns to its regional communities, in the same way its partnership with Landcare NSW has done. - Ends - Contact: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0438 197 559 It is requested that Regional Australia Bank is not shortened to an acronym and always referred to in full as Regional Australia Bank. Image caption: Lucinda Chapman (Landcare NSW) and Kevin Dupe (CEO, Regional Australia Bank) at the Armidale Creeklands Suite 4 Technology Park, Madgwick Dr, Armidale NSW 2350 Australia Phone: 02 6776 0000 MEDIA RELEASE: Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round 2017-03-21T20:30:00Z media-release-moneytree-completes-a-jpy-1-billion-funding-series-b-funding-round-2 MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp   Sydney surfer startup founder is behind the world-hit contactless payment sunglasses 2017-03-16T10:34:39Z sydney-surfer-startup-founder-is-behind-the-world-hit-contactless-payment-sunglasses An Australian startup has been revealed as the key technology partner of new contactless payment sunglasses which have led to a world sensation after being unveiled at the iconic South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. Global payments giant Visa unveiled the WaveShades sunglasses to an international audience at the festival in Austin, Texas. The unveiling has attracted television and online media attention across the globe. The fascinating and little-known back story however is that FinTech Australia member Inamo came up with the sunglasses payment concept and provided the near field communication (NFC) chip which is powering the WaveShades. Inamo founder Peter Colbert, a former agent for international surfing stars and still a keen surfer, thought of the contactless payment sunglasses after surfing with friends at Manly beach last year, near his home on Sydney’s northern beaches. “It was my turn to pay for a round of coffees with friends and I realised I didn’t have any wallet or cash to pay,” Mr Colbert said. “I had a light bulb moment and thought ‘wouldn't it be great if I could go surfing, even go for a run or bike ride and not have to carry my wallet or mobile phone’.” “Given that Australia is world-renowned for its beaches and surfing culture, it only makes sense that we are the leaders when it comes to inventing wearable, waterproof technology that does away with cash, cards and wallets.” Mr Colbert then developed the Inamo Curl, a waterproof payment wearable that can be attached to watch and fitness bands and is compatible with any Visa PayWave terminals. The chip used in the Inamo Curl is the same chip embedded in the arm of the WaveShades sunglasses unveiled at SXSW. "I'm really proud as an Aussie startup that Visa chose our payment platform to promote their WaveShades sunglasses at such a prestigious event like SXSW,” Mr Colbert said. “I wish I could have been there but we are collaborating with Visa to promote the WaveShades at the WSL Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast this weekend. “Using Inamo's technology in sunglasses is a logical extension of our mission to move people's wallets to a variety of wearables that suit their lifestyle.” FinTech Australia CEO Danielle Szetho welcomed Inamo being profiled on the global stage and said it reinforced Australia’s credentials as a world leader in contactless payments. “Inamo’s rapid growth comes on the back of the fact that Australia has the strongest market penetration of contactless payments in the world,” she said. “Australians are world-renowned early adopters of new technology and that helps make the Australian market such an exciting test and development location for new fintech products.” Earlier this year, hundreds of people attending music festivals across five Australian cities trialled the WaveShades sunglasses, as part of another collaboration with Visa. Visa’s media statement on this is available here. Inamo was a founding resident of the Stone & Chalk fintech startup incubator based in Sydney, Australia. Stone & Chalk is Australia’s only dedicated fintech incubator. Watch a Stone & Chalk video about Peter Colbert talking about how he started Inamo here. About FinTech Australia FinTech Australia is a national association for the Australian FinTech Startup community. Our vision is to make Australia the leading market for FinTech Innovation and Investment by working with both sides of Government, Industry and the Australian FinTech community to create a supportive environment and partner ecosystem in Australia and abroad. Media Contact Peter Colbert Founder & CEO INAMO Level 2, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Suite 203, 360 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94301 (0418) 481 133 Email: peter@inamo.com Danielle Szetho Chief Executive Officer FinTech Australia Ph. 0414075423 Email: danielle@fintechaustralia.org.au Mark Skelsey Head of PR and Communications FinTech Australia Ph. 0403197523 Email: mark@fintechaustralia.org.au The Undiscovered Peak Times to Nearly Double Your Rent on Airbnb 2017-02-27T07:41:18Z the-undiscovered-peak-times-to-nearly-double-your-rent-on-airbnb An analysis undertaken by MadeComfy, a property management start-up that manages the process of hosting on Airbnb from start-to-finish on the behalf of owners, has revealed that just like the hotel industry, the nightly rate of Airbnb properties can increase by up to 88 per cent during major events or holiday periods. With Sydney now ranked 8th in the world for the number of listings on Airbnb, many Sydney-siders are aware of the opportunity to make an extra income from renting out their homes on Airbnb over the Christmas and New Year’s period whilst travelling, however, MadeComfy has uncovered three other key times during the year in Sydney that owners could make significant returns. Based upon the data and analysis undertaken by MadeComfy, owners have the potential to make an additional 88 per cent rent on a normal short-term booking during Mardi Gras and an extra 35 per cent from renting out their homes over Easter. 1. Mardi Gras, 4 – 5 March: In 2016, over 20,000 international visitors arrived in Sydney to witness the world-renown Mardi Gras parade, spiking demand for accommodation significantly during the first weekend of March. Accordingly, based on bookings MadeComfy has already taken, a 2-bedroom apartment in Darlinghurst during Mardi Gras is earning $434 per night, which is $203 more per night than compared to bookings taken either side of the parade. This equates to a total of $609 more for the owner from a 3-night booking. Further, by utilising MadeComfy’s expertise, their service has achieved an average of 27 per cent more rental income for their customers compared against other self-managed properties listed on Airbnb over Mardi Gras. 2. Easter, 14 – 17 April: Similarly, over the Easter break, MadeComfy’s analysis has found families who are planning to go on holiday could earn an extra 35 per cent by renting out their home during this period. The increasing demand from locals taking ‘staycations’ and booking accommodation within their own city to experience the lifestyle and culture a different suburb has to offer is fuelling this demand. While the influx of inter-state and overseas travellers looking for accommodation in Sydney during the Easter break increases significantly. Based on bookings MadeComfy has already taken for Easter, a 4-bedroom home in Pittwater is able to command $887 per night, which is $226 more per night compared to other bookings outside this period, giving the owner an extra $904 for the 4-night booking. Comparing the nightly rates of similar self-managed properties in the Pittwater region during Easter, MadeComfy’s marketing efforts have resulted in a 51 per cent higher booking price for this owner. 3. Vivid Festival, 26 May – 17 June: A new and emerging period which owners could also reap larger returns is as a result of the growing popularity of Sydney’s Vivid Festival. In 2016, the Festival recorded its largest attendance yet, with 2.3 million visitors. With its growing notoriety, a larger proportion of visitors are travelling from inter-state and rural NSW areas to see the stunning displays projected on to iconic Sydney landmarks. MadeComfy has already taken several bookings during the Vivid Festival, with a 3-bedroom home in Neutral Bay booked for $268 per night, whereas outside this period it can be booked for $200 per night. A 34 per cent increase in rent per night for the owner. The analysis was undertaken by MadeComfy utilising their analytical pricing algorithms that measure the supply of other short-term rentals and hotel rooms in a local area against booking demand between specific dates. This then enables MadeComfy to determine the optimum price to list their properties, to ensure the maximum occupancy and rental income for the owners they manage their homes on behalf. For further media information or comment please contact:Tim Medway – PR and Marketing ExecutivePhone: 0415 202 969    Email: tim@madecomfy.com.au ABOUT MADECOMFY MadeComfy is a short-term property management specialist committed to providing property owners with the highest quality, hassle-free, hosting service in the market.  Based in Birchgrove in Sydney’s Inner West, MadeComfy manages a large, growing number of homes across Sydney, from executive apartments, family homes to luxury properties. MadeComfy provides an end-to-end management service, which means property owners don’t need to do a thing when they hand over their keys. With significant investment into operation systems, owners can rest assured that MadeComfy’s dynamic pricing and centralised booking platforms will provide them with the highest returns and maximised booking occupancy. MadeComfy also ensures that the experience is first-class for guests, providing a welcome pack and house manual at check-in, 5-star linen, 24/7 support to guests and cleaners after every stay. MadeComfy provides the professional help to make the process of hosting effortless whilst property owners earn the rental income. For more information about our business, visit: https://madecomfy.com.au/ Prestige Public Vehicle Auction – Rare Opportunity to Purchase Exclusive Luxury and Exotic Vehicles 2017-02-02T06:01:26Z prestige-public-vehicle-auction-rare-opportunity-to-purchase-exclusive-luxury-and-exotic-vehicles-2 Prestige Public Vehicle Auction – Rare Opportunity to Purchase Exclusive Luxury and Exotic Vehicles   Up to 90 late model prestige and exotic vehicles on offer Brands on offer such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Maserati, Bentley and more Late model vehicles, many with low kilometres Special Event Auction – Thursday, February 9 at 6.00pm  Australia’s leading automotive auctioneer, Manheim, is holding an evening prestige vehicle auction on Thursday, February 9 at 6.00pm.  The auction has become a regular event in the sales calendar in Melbourne and will continue with up to 90 late model prestige and exotic vehicles offered for sale to members of the public.  Just some of the other stand out vehicles include:  ·         A 2010 Bentley Supersports W12 2D with under 30,000 km’s on the clock ·         A 2015 BMW M4 F82 2D Coupé ·         A 2014 BMW F82 M4 2D Coupé ·         A 2015 Mercedes-Benz Cls-class C218 CLS 63 AMG S 4D Coupé ·         A 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG 2D Roadster ·         A 2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS 4D Sedan with under 10,000km’s on the clock Prospective buyers can view videos on the cars up for auction on Manheim’s YouTube channel by clicking here.  Many of the vehicles are being sold on behalf of financiers and corporate fleets and include a number of highly sought after repossessions.  The auction will commence at 6.00pm at Manheim, located at 4 Gordon Luck Avenue, Altona North. Members of the public are welcome to inspect the vehicles from Monday February 6 and then during the weekdays leading up to the auction. Friendly and professional Manheim team members will be on hand to assist with any enquiries and to answer any questions about how to bid and buy at the auction.   All vehicles are listed on the website in the lead up to the auction, with detailed information, photographs and online-catalogues available for viewing. Potential buyers can easily use the Manheim website to carry out important research prior to attending the auction. Vehicles will also be available to purchase online with the auction ‘Simulcast 2’ live over the internet, allowing buyers to participate in the physical auction online.  To find out more about this auction or the vehicles on offer, please call Jonathan Ciantar on 0400 717 712 or Jesse Bond on 0409 142 661. Ends/.. For further information please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations Mobile: +61 400 875 686     Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au