The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-20T23:01:45Z 3 fun ways to use your office coffee machine this Christmas party season 2019-11-20T23:01:45Z 3-fun-ways-to-use-your-office-coffee-machine-this-christmas-party-season The festive season is all about giving back and spending quality time with friends and family. But what if you could extend this into the office this year? Those of you with a coffee machine in the office can make a few simple changes to add some festive cheer and give back to your favourite charity. Or maybe it’s a great Christmas gift to the office! George Liakatos, JURA Australia’s General Manager says, “Who doesn’t love the festive season! Coming from a large family, it’s filled with breakfasts, lunches and dinners all December. This year we’re putting more focus on bringing the festive cheer into our office by adding a few extra elements and activities beyond the tinsel and Christmas tree in the foyer.” George’s top tips for bringing the Christmas cheer into the office this season includes: 1. Support a charity: For the month of December, put a jar next to the coffee machine and request a gold coin donation for every coffee made. Give the proceeds to your chosen charity or a cause your team members feel strongly about. 2. Friday Cocktails: A glass of champagne or a beer on a Friday isn’t unusual in most workplaces. This year, why not up the ante and throw in a few coffee based cocktails. There are so many more out there than just the Espresso Martini. You could even create a mixology competition. 3. Recycle Grounds: Coffee grounds can be repurposed in the garden or to make a coffee scrub. Think sustainably and recycle your coffee grounds to reduce your environmental footprint. Enjoy your coffee without the guilt! About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. www.au.jura.com Hotel Supplier Receives Sustainable Award 2019-11-20T02:03:48Z hotel-supplier-receives-sustainable-award For the team at Vendella International Australia, sustainability is a way of business that ensures we are caring for the needs and demands of tomorrow and beyond.  Supply chain processes and practices, ethical trade, social and environmental responsibility are now common place phrases across all sectors of trade. We have a number of initiatives in place as we work toward continued improvement.  In recognition of these initiatives our New Zealand team were awarded the Most Sustainable Business Project Award across all NZ businesses. Each finalist had to demonstrate sustainable and environmentally conscious behaviours across four key areas: Litter Prevention and Waste Minimisation, Community Beautification, Recycling Projects and Sustainable Tourism. Over the past 12 months alone, our premium micofibre has saved 2,151,621 plastic bottles (500ml) from ocean and landfills, saving a total of 550 cubic metres of landfill space. Vendella International Australia welcome the opportunity to supply our sustainable bedding and toweling to your next hotel fitout or refurbishment.  Promoting Australian businesses at the 2019 CIIE with Chinese Digital Marketing Solutions 2019-11-20T01:51:21Z promoting-australian-businesses-at-the-2019-ciie-with-chinese-digital-marketing-solutions The 2019 China International Import Expo (CIIE) has successfully ended on 10 November. USD$71.1 billion (or AUD$104.1 according to currency on 20 November) worth of tentative deals were signed at the Expo. Australian businesses were a part of the extraordinary numbers, including Bubba Organics, Ocean King and Micurae. Victorian commissioner to Greater China Tim Dillon mentioned many Australian businesses have signed on for the next CIIE already. WeBOOST is proud to announce our successful collaboration in developing digital marketing and IT solutions with the aforementioned companies. We have worked with these companies in developing its Chinese digital marketing solution for the Expo and beyond. With the uniqueness between every company, we customized our approach amongst them. Bubba Organics Bubba Organics dedicates to “create premium, 100% natural, pure & gentle baby skincare essentials that mums can trust & babies love.” Its Australian Goat Milk skincare series is renowned for fighting eczema in babies. With products that we trust and use in our office, WeBOOST worked at our best to demonstrate the amazing products from Bubba. We have helped the gorgeous ladies from Bubba Organics in registering a WeChat Official Account to not only build connections and communicate with the Chinese vendors but also display their products with a WeChat H5 page. To extend the reach and demonstrate the positive impact of Bubba’s products, we have translated customer reviews and testimonials from Australian mums to Chinese for the H5 page as well. While the financial figure of the deal is confidential, the ladies have reported a great success. And, further collaborations between Bubba Organics and WeBOOST are in progess. Ocean King Offering health wellbeing products to world leading travel retailer chains and multinational pharmacies in Asia Pacific, Ocean King was another key corporation that WeBOOST worked with for its CIIE success. Other than a WeChat Official Account, we have developed a WeChat Mini Program and a new website for the world-renowned brand. The WeChat Mini Program allowed Chinese customers to purchase products straight from Ocean King, demonstrating the ability of a Mini Program to convert WeChat traffic to sales. Its new eCommerce website also helped to extend the reach of its products and sales channel worldwide, notably Australia, Singapore and Indonesia. The project details of our collaboration with Ocean King will be available at our website in a short time. Micurae Micurae is empowering healthcare with its digital medical solution. Aimed at breaking the geographical barrier in accessing quality healthcare, Micurae has been collaborating with WeBOOST in developing the underlying system in doing so. The innovative idea from Micurae offers more than benefits to health, but a holistic and personalized patient care. The system from Micurae customizes every step of the medical journey for its patients in order to ensure the best care and even better recovery. Following key medical values including “do no harm” and patient confidentiality, Micurae added transparency and affordability to the equation that differentiated its solution above the rest. WeBOOST carefully developed the system to make the idea of Micurae into a reality. And we cannot be prouder to see Micurae’s success in the CIIE.   WeBOOST is excited to hear the success of our collaborating companies in the 2019 China International Import Expo and is planning to help even more Victorian and Australian businesses in the upcoming 2020 CIIE. Learn more about WeBOOST at weboost.com.au. For more information, please contact: Nick | Marketing Manager E: marketing@weboost.com.au   About WeBOOST The ultimate goal of WeBoost is to make IT services affordable and available to everyone. To achieve that goal, we endeavour to connect your business directly onto the Internet and bolster your business appearance in the online market. Founded in Melbourne, WeBOOST strategically positioned between local corporations and the online audience for brands to advocate themselves through the digital space. Our expertise in WeChat marketing, including Mini Program and Official Account, builds a pathway for Australian companies in reaching the wider Chinese-speaking population in China, Malaysia, Singapore and more. Taking the digital marketing and tech industry by storm! 2019-11-20T01:46:11Z taking-the-digital-marketing-and-tech-industry-by-storm Connecting business around the world is how digital marketing company WeBOOST operates. The company aims to build a communication bridge between Australian companies and the wider Chinese demographic - whether they live in Australia, China, Malaysia or Singapore - just to name a few. WeChat marketing is the main service of WeBoost where they help with the registration processes on an official account and the designing and development of the WeChat Mini Program - along with H5 Pages. WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app. Now as a very young and small business, WeBOOST are currently celebrating the new successes of the business.   “We have recently undergone some great structural changes within the business including a new website - weboost.com.au, a new office and an expansion of our team, which will help us serve our clients at a more comprehensive way,” said Nick, Marketing Manager at WeBOOST. WeBOOST's digital marketing and IT solutions allow businesses to directly connect with their customers who don't speak English as their first language. "Our aim is to help both the customer and the business. We want them to both feel connected to each other, and with a language barrier amongst the Chinese speaking community, we want to create a sense of trust and support. Our WeChat, search engine optimisation and social media marketing allow businesses to break down the communication barrier," added Nick. The business was founded in 2016 by YJ who led the team in WeBOOST to its current success with notable clients including Chadstone, Longriver, D1 Store and more. With the team’s recent success and developments, they are still constantly looking for talented individuals while offering opportunities to students and recent graduates to achieve as a whole. To complement the entire digital marketing campaign, WeBOOST also provides services on website development, application development, social media marketing and search engine optimisation. Learn more about WeBOOST by visiting their new and improved website at weboost.com.au. -END-   For more information, please contact: Nick | Marketing Manager E: marketing@weboost.com.au   About WeBOOST The ultimate goal of WeBoost is to make IT services affordable and available to everyone. To achieve that goal, we endeavour to connect your business directly onto the Internet and bolster your business appearance in the online market. Founded in Melbourne, WeBOOST strategically positioned between local corporations and the online audience for brands to advocate themselves through the digital space. Our expertise in WeChat marketing, including Mini Program and Official Account, builds a pathway for Australian companies in reaching the wider Chinese-speaking population in China, Malaysia, Singapore and more. With website design and; development, mobile application development, search engine optimisation (SEO), search engine and social media marketing and system development, WeBOOST brings a holistic digital marketing solution to the table for the ultimate online brand resonance. Marc Bailey steps down as Intersect CEO 2019-11-20T01:17:03Z marc-bailey-steps-down-as-intersect-ceo Intersect Chair Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright expressed his thanks and support for Bailey’s decision, saying “Marc has, as in everything he tackles, given his total commitment to the company, made a tremendous impact on Intersect and on the Australian eResearch agenda, and he leaves with the goodwill and full support of the Board”. Since Macquarie University CIO and Objective Corp CTO alumnus Bailey joined Intersect in 2014 the company has refined its mission to ‘Research Faster’ expanded its membership and operations into four states, created dozens of high tech products, applications and services, trained over 10,000 researchers, served over 200M hours of supercomputing, created over 15PB in research storage and implemented a successful user-pays business model for research cloud computing. “My respect and heartfelt thanks are extended to our teams of scientists and engineers that get up each day to make a difference for research. Our staff includes some of the finest people I’ve had the privilege to serve with. I could not be more grateful for their care, commitment and adaptability - or their willingness to go the extra mile, every time, frequently against adversity or convention”, Bailey commented.  Western Sydney University Chief Information and Digital Officer, and CAUDIT NSW Chair Kerry Holling mused “Intersect is a unique and vital piece of the Australian research landscape. Members like Western depend on it for essential eResearch services through non-traditional delivery vectors. Marc understands the value of mutually beneficial negotiations, has seized every opportunity to increase yield, and set a very high bar for customer service. Our commitment to Intersect will endure, though we will miss his innovative approach.” Professor Wainwright added “During Marc’s tenure Intersect private sector engagement has flourished with partnerships and projects with Platform9, AWS, Google, Microsoft, Macquarie Cloud Services, Hitachi Data Systems, HPE and Dell Computer. Governmental and NGO relationships have expanded or strengthened with sixteen Government entities, AARNet, NCI, the AAF, ARDC and CAUDIT. Our strong and growing University Member base may rest assured that commitment to and momentum of broadening and deepening of these relationships will continue even as we bid a fond farewell to Marc”. As to what’s next for Bailey, he says he has a deck to paint, a family vacation to take, then ‘watch this space’ in 2020. In considering the decision he reflected “In 2014 we set out on what I imagined would be a three year mission for scientists and researchers. Before I blinked almost six had flown by. Our company is in an excellent financial and strategic position so the time is right for me to pass the baton with confidence.” He will formally conclude his role by Christmas though will be retained in an offline advisory capacity to the Chair. The Board is appointing an interim CEO and will begin an executive search for a replacement in 2020.  About Intersect Intersect (intersect.org.au) is a pivotal accelerator of Australian research and scientific productivity. We’ve provided robust, innovative and collaborative technology and services to speed up world class research at our member organisations since formation in 2008. Our professional scientists and engineers deliver high performance computing, storage and analysis platforms, software engineering, training programs and expert consulting to thousands of researchers and consumers every year. Members and customers include preeminent universities, progressive government departments and innovative corporations across Australia, served on-campus and from offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Nearly 90 percent of Australian companies have sights set on artificial intelligence investment, IFS study reveals 2019-11-20T00:47:30Z nearly-90-percent-of-australian-companies-have-sights-set-on-artificial-intelligence-investment-ifs-study-reveals-1 Sydney, November 20, 2019 – IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announces the findings of a global research study into the attitudes and strategies towards artificial intelligence (AI) among business leaders. The study polled 600 business leaders in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Sweden, UK and the US and a broad spectrum of industries involved with their companies’ enterprise technology including enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM), and field service management (FSM). Key findings: About 90 percent of respondents (Australia and globally) reported at least some plans to implement AI in various parts of their business. Inventory planning and logistics was the most commonly reported area of investment in Australia with 54 percent planning AI projects (39 percent globally), while customer relationship management (CRM) was second at 46 percent (39 percent globally). Globally, industrial automation was the most common area of AI investment at 45 percent (28 percent in Australia). When asked how they plan to use AI, 57 percent in Australia (61 percent globally) said they expected it would help them make existing workers more productive. Less than half, 39 percent in Australia (48 percent globally), said they would use AI to add value to products and services they sell to customers. About 29 percent in Australia (18 percent globally) said they would proactively use it to replace existing workers. While a majority of respondents anticipated productivity increases from AI, only 21 percent in Australia (29 percent globally) anticipated AI would lead to a reduction in headcount in their industry. To manage this, 57 percent of Australian respondents (56 percent globally) stated that society could best prepare by changing educational programs to prepare workers to make direct use of AI tools to increase their own productivity. Another 29 percent (23 percent globally) said they expect the market to create new jobs for people displaced by AI, while 11 percent (15 percent globally) suggested a shortened 30-hour work week. “AI is no longer an emerging technology. It is being implemented to support business automation in the here and now, as this study clearly proves,” IFS VP of AI and RPA Bob De Caux said. “We are seeing many real-world examples where technology is augmenting existing decision-making processes by providing users with more timely, accurate and pertinent information. In today’s disruptive economy, the convergence of technologies such as AI, RPA, and IoT is bolstering a new form of business automation that will provide companies that are brave enough with the tools and services they need to be more competitive and outflank larger competitors.” An early adopter of industrial automation solutions that make use of robotics to transform its business strategy is leading North American packaging manufacturer Cheer Pack, who deployed a fleet of AI-powered autonomous vehicles to robotise material movements in its US factory and has already seen strong returns on the investment. Cheer Pack Director of IT, Alex Ivkovic noted, “We expect the costs savings to be over 1.5 million US dollars per year. In addition, each and every employee will be re-tasked to a higher-skilled position helping us with our labour shortage.” Bob De Caux concluded, “The findings of the study and the real-world scenarios being realised at our customers point to the conclusion that the time is right for companies to reap both business and financial benefits from technology automation. Falling for the hype of AI is easy, but success requires disruption to existing business models. The technologies themselves are not a panacea, nor are they a universal solution to any problem. However, with the right data model and viable use cases, AI can support improved productivity and deliver significant benefits to both operations and the wider business. AI will be used by the vast majority of organisations in some form in the near future, extracting real value from intelligent processes, for the long-term.” Download the complete IFS study, “How are Companies Planning to Adopt Artificial Intelligence and Adjust to Resulting Disruptive Change”, here. About IFS IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with a commitment to delivering value to every one of our customers, has made IFS a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,700 employees and growing ecosystem of partners support more than 10,000 customers around the world challenge the status quo and realise their competitive advantage. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at ifs.com. Follow us on Twitter: @ifs Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: http://blog.ifs.com/ Panache Exhibitions Designs Innovative Exhibition Stall Designs Using the Latest Technologies 2019-11-19T13:28:14Z panache-exhibitions-designs-innovative-exhibition-stall-designs-using-the-latest-technologies Creative and distinctive exhibition stall designs not just attract the audience present at the exhibition but help create the right impact at the trade show. Turning your vision into reality, such stalls help you to communicate with your clients effectively. Starting their career over a decade ago, Panache Exhibitions is among the pioneers in the exhibition stall designing and fabricating industry offering supreme quality exhibition stall design services. The exhibition booth design company has an unmatched expertise in stall designing and construction techniques and takes exhibition stall design to the next level.  Being a team of in-house professionals, Panache Exhibitions never fails to understand the importance of participating in an exhibition and provides you with unique stall design ideas to add value to your business and amplify the marketing efforts. Numerous clients both in India and abroad vouch for the unique approach of exhibition stand designing and fabrication carried out by Panache Exhibitions.  Mohd Razi Shakir, the founder of Panache Exhibitions says, “Participating in an exhibition gives tremendous exposure to your brand and helps you create the desired impact on the audience. We at Panache Exhibitions come up with brilliant exhibition stall design ideas to help you address your target audience more effectively and bring out the message more clearly. Right from stall designing, booth designing to fabrication, we provide a wide range of exhibition design services. Our team strives to make the presence of your business impressive and memorable. ”  The exhibition design concepts and themes that this company uses are nothing short of incredible. Focusing on visitor engagement, they deliver contemporary, interactive yet completely uncluttered exhibition stalls perfect for showcasing your products and services. Being the leading stall fabricators in Bangalore, they combine innovative designs and clever use of colors to draw visitors to your booth.  The founder of Panache Exhibitions further adds” Known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is a tech city. Thus, the organizations participating in trade shows need to install creative and innovative stall designs to engage masses. Using the best possible graphics, signage and audio visual technology, exhibition stall designs by Panache leave a lasting impression and ensure future business. This is the precise reason why Panache Exhibitions is regarded as the best stall fabricators in Bangalore for tailored services.” Till date, Panache Exhibitions has worked with various clients from diverse industries and sectors and helped them showcase their business in an impressive manner. Not only has the company garnered attention for their interactive and 3D exhibition stall designs, but it has also been acknowledged for its creativity as well as out-of-the-box concepts. If you are looking for descriptive yet attractive exhibition stalls and state of the art facilities and workshops, Panache is the team to trust.  About: Panache Exhibitions has contributed to the success of various businesses hailing from diverse industries and sectors. This Delhi based company is recognized by various government and non-governmental entities for its unmatched excellence in tailoring and installation of exhibition stalls in India. Keeping in mind the theme of the exhibition and exhibitor’s vision, they offer a wide spectrum of services to help boost marketing communication and lead generation activities. For more information visit: https://www.panache-worldwide.com/ Follow us on: https://www.instagram.com/Panache.Exhibitions https://twitter.com/Panache_india https://in.linkedin.com/company/panache-exhibitions https://facebook.com/PanacheExhibitions/ Verdi Property Management Appraisals Maximize Rental and Lease Income 2019-11-19T04:52:43Z verdi-property-management-appraisals-maximize-rental-and-lease-income Many property owners and investors aren’t getting the full value from their property. Jesse Verdichizzi, director of Verdi Property Management, provides accurate property appraisals to maximize lease and rental returns for its clients. As one of the best real estate agents Geelong, the agency understands the importance of accurate appraisals to ensure clients are obtaining the best financial return on properties used to generate income through rentals and leases. Property values can change rapidly and owners can lose thousands of dollars in income in a single year without knowing it. Those that want to refinance or use a property as collateral won’t obtain the best interest rates and could lose a business opportunity simply due to an inaccurate property valuation. The property management Geelong specialists offer appraisals, along with a comprehensive array of services to ensure that rental and lease properties are filled with reputable tenants and are earning for clients. The boutique property management specialists are also Geelong real estate agents rental properties that can manage every detail of clients’ properties. The agency conducts regular rent reviews, addresses any arrears issues that may occur, and conducts property inspections to ensure each property is being maintained. Rental properties can present a variety of problems, particularly if the owner doesn’t live on-site or nearby. It can be difficult and time consuming to locate workmen if properties need repair, vet new tenants, or advertise vacancies. Verdi Property Management takes care of all those details promptly and efficiently. Rental and lease real estate is a popular and lucrative way to diversify a portfolio, but managing those holdings can require a significant amount of time. The real estate agents Geelong provides regular communications with each client so they can make informed decisions about their properties. The property appraisal services provided by Verdi Property Management are the first step to increasing earning potential from lease or rental properties. About Verdi Property Management The boutique estate agency in Geelong offers professional property management service that delivers exceptional results. Our experienced team of property managers allows you to feel confident and supported throughout the management of your growing property portfolio. We have experience as landlords, which ensure we provide a service required to build a successful property portfolio. A percentage of our commission fees from each property we manage are donated every month to Barwon Child Youth & Family that advances the rights and well-being of children, young people and their families. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. NEW FINTECH APP CREATING EASE FOR THE RIDESHARE INDUSTRY 2019-11-19T04:26:19Z new-fintech-app-creating-ease-for-the-rideshare-industry Founded by qualified accountants, Selda Kaplan and Michael Kambouridis, Rideshare Tax has now officially launched to the Australian rideshare community and it already has the support of rideshare giant, Uber. The fintech app, which simplifies and demystifies tax requirements for rideshare drivers, was created after a disgruntled rideshare driver vented to Selda about his tax woes and the lack of support available.   With rideshare drivers having to pay GST and lodge quarterly BAS statements from the moment they start driving, Selda and Michael realised there was a gap in the market for a streamlined, compact and easy-to-use app that could guide drivers through their tax journey. From applying for ABN and GST, to tracking and managing expenses, Rideshare Tax is an in-hand accountant, without the costly fees.   The free app, which is the first of its kind directed at the rideshare industry, is available for both Android and iOS users and allows drivers to download income, track earnings and access a digital logbook. For maximum ease, Rideshare Tax has also partnered with rideshare leader, Uber to allow their riders’ data to be downloaded directly into the app. The team has plans to organise similar arrangements with Ola, Shebah, DiDi and Bolt in the future.   App users can download BAS reports for free, or seamlessly and securely lodge them through the app for a small price of $49 per quarter. With the ATO cracking down on the sharing economy, Rideshare Tax provides a simplified solution, with access to qualified accountants, that can save drivers hundreds of dollars per year.   With over 1300 signups to the platform so far and plans to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign at the start of 2020 to push further growth and awareness across the country, Rideshare Tax is set to revolutionise the way rideshare drivers manage their tax for good.   “The sharing economy is booming, but drivers are becoming overwhelmed with the bookkeeping and tax requirements. Rideshare Tax is a one-stop-shop for rideshare drivers. We’re here to ensure they can drive more and worry less,” says Michael.   www.ridesharetax.com.au   - ENDS -   For further information, or to speak with co-founders Selda Kaplan and Michael Kambouridis, please get in touch:   Megan Chambers || megan@moderncurrency.com.au How to get your rental application to the top of the list 2019-11-19T03:21:30Z how-to-get-your-rental-application-to-the-top-of-the-list-1 On the hunt for a new dream home rental but keep getting knocked back by the Real Estate Agents? Kate Sommervelle, Principal and Director of Ayre Real Estate – Millers Point shares her insider advice on what agents are looking for and tips to get an application to the top of the list. With over 22 years’ experience in Property Management, Kate knows exactly what she’s looking for when marrying a rental property to a new tenant. Kate says, “It’s pretty simple, do your homework and be prepared before you start inspecting properties and submitting your applications. “The more proof you can provide of your income status, past tenancy history and any other items that help to support your character as an ideal tenant choice for the landlord, the better. Also, make sure you speak to the agent at the open, introduce yourself and talk to them about your requirements. At the end of the day, when all the boxes are ticked if it’s between you and another applicant, the decision is likely to be decided by the owner based on the information at hand, so make sure you put your best foot forward,” said Kate. Kate’s top tenancy application tips include: Written references – The more the better. Include both personal, business, employment and previous agents you’ve rented from. Plus, bonus points if you can provide one from someone with a bit of clout. Tenant ledger – This should be a simple request for your previous rental agency, it gives a good indication of the type of renter you are. Also ask for a reference from the owners of the property you rented. Proof of home ownership – This only applies to those who have not rented before but is crucial to prove that you have the ability to pay the rent. Bank statements – The past six months is ideal. Three recent payslips – Make sure they are actually recent and not from months or years ago. Employment history – Include your resume to demonstrate your employment history, we can also find this on LinkedIn so be honest. Great personality! “It can be very competitive to secure a rental property in a competitive marketplace, so do your due diligence and it will pay off,” adds Kate. About Ayre Real Estate: Ayre Real Estate has been founded by multi-award-winning Real Estate Agent, Adrian Wilson, a pioneer in the Sydney City apartment market with nearly 20 years’ experience and perhaps one of the most strategic thought leaders in the industry. The Sydney City apartment specialists, delivers apartment focused services that are smarter and simpler, yet deliver beyond expectations for both owners and landlords while elevating the lives of the clients and communities they work in. ayre.com.au How to get your rental application to the top of the list 2019-11-19T03:21:29Z how-to-get-your-rental-application-to-the-top-of-the-list On the hunt for a new dream home rental but keep getting knocked back by the Real Estate Agents? Kate Sommervelle, Principal and Director of Ayre Real Estate – Millers Point shares her insider advice on what agents are looking for and tips to get an application to the top of the list. With over 22 years’ experience in Property Management, Kate knows exactly what she’s looking for when marrying a rental property to a new tenant. Kate says, “It’s pretty simple, do your homework and be prepared before you start inspecting properties and submitting your applications. “The more proof you can provide of your income status, past tenancy history and any other items that help to support your character as an ideal tenant choice for the landlord, the better. Also, make sure you speak to the agent at the open, introduce yourself and talk to them about your requirements. At the end of the day, when all the boxes are ticked if it’s between you and another applicant, the decision is likely to be decided by the owner based on the information at hand, so make sure you put your best foot forward,” said Kate. Kate’s top tenancy application tips include: Written references – The more the better. Include both personal, business, employment and previous agents you’ve rented from. Plus, bonus points if you can provide one from someone with a bit of clout. Tenant ledger – This should be a simple request for your previous rental agency, it gives a good indication of the type of renter you are. Also ask for a reference from the owners of the property you rented. Proof of home ownership – This only applies to those who have not rented before but is crucial to prove that you have the ability to pay the rent. Bank statements – The past six months is ideal. Three recent payslips – Make sure they are actually recent and not from months or years ago. Employment history – Include your resume to demonstrate your employment history, we can also find this on LinkedIn so be honest. Great personality! “It can be very competitive to secure a rental property in a competitive marketplace, so do your due diligence and it will pay off,” adds Kate. About Ayre Real Estate: Ayre Real Estate has been founded by multi-award-winning Real Estate Agent, Adrian Wilson, a pioneer in the Sydney City apartment market with nearly 20 years’ experience and perhaps one of the most strategic thought leaders in the industry. The Sydney City apartment specialists, delivers apartment focused services that are smarter and simpler, yet deliver beyond expectations for both owners and landlords while elevating the lives of the clients and communities they work in. ayre.com.au Beware of Black Friday – Bitglass cautions SMBs 2019-11-18T22:10:06Z beware-of-black-friday-bitglass-cautions-smbs Data security firm Bitglass has cautioned small to medium businesses (SMBs) of the perils of Black Friday on November 29. The company’s CTO, Anurag Kahol, said: “Black Friday and the following Cyber Monday present a great opportunities for retailers to collect customer data that can be analysed to provide insight into buyer behaviour. However, while ramping up efforts to collect this data, it is even more important to store it safely in order to meet data privacy regulations. “While complying with data privacy laws can be particularly challenging for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the demands for SMBs are still the same as larger companies and they must take full responsibility for securing their customer data.” Kahol said there is no excuse for negligent security practices such as leaving databases of customer information exposed. The consequence of failing to protect sensitive data can result in massive fines, not to mention the resulting damage to brand reputation. “SMBs should focus on flexible, cost-effective solutions, that can prevent data leakage; for example, cloud access security brokers (CASBs) that provide features like cloud security posture management (CSPM), data loss prevention (DLP), user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA), and encryption of data at rest. Only with these types of capabilities can an SMB be certain that the data it is storing is truly safe.” 5 ways to be a better leader in 2020 2019-11-18T00:21:35Z 5-ways-to-be-a-better-leader-in-2020 Each year Dana Lightbody, CEO of The Leadership Institute, hosts 35 leadership summits, presents over 500 high profile speakers and educates more than 2500 attendees looking for that golden nugget to become a better leader within their business or organisation. Today, she shares her top five ways to achieve just that in 2020, no matter what stage of the journey you’re at. Dana advises, “Leadership isn’t something that you’re born with, it’s a learnt skill that needs constant nurturing and development throughout your life and career. Combine this with the fast paced, technologically advanced world we live in, where there seems a new gadget, app or way of doing things everyday - it can become very overwhelming. “It’s time to get back to the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) way of doing things and put a plan together for your leadership journey in 2020. The key thing is to make sure it’s realistic and something you will stick too,” said Dana. Dana Lightbody’s top five ways to be a better leader in 2020 and KISS, include: Create an Executive Toolkit: Start with your values and write them down, this will give you a way to measure yourself against the qualities your ‘ideal leader’. Knowing who you are and what you stand for will assist your team in measuring themselves in a positive way, leading them to feel valued, and as a by-product, even more motivated. Allocate time: Block out time in your calendar and schedule the events and training sessions you want to attend throughout the year. If you schedule it in advance, you’re more likely to attend and follow through. Get educated: Book in formal training, internally or externally and make time to attend it. Conferences for straight from the source learning, deconstructed university courses or one day industry focused trainings. Whatever it is, make time for it. Compile a selection of books to read throughout the year, if reading is not your thing – try an audiobook on the way to work. I’d start with my favourite business author Brené Brown and aim for one per month. Engage a mentor or sponsor: You’d be surprised how many experienced CEO’s, entrepreneurs and educators are looking to mentor or sponsor upcoming talent. Simply make a list of the people who inspire you and reach out. Network: Attend networking events! You should find that a lot of courses and summits include a networking session at the end of the first day. Plan to stay for the duration, and although it’s like speed dating, you never know who you might meet or what opportunity might arise. The Leadership Institute have released their 2020 calendar of events here. With key highlights of the line-up including: Authentic Leadership Summit: 10-20 March 2020 The Empowered Woman Summit: 26 March 2020 The SME Success Summit: 13 May 2020 Indigenous Leadership Summit: 26-29 May 2020 Women in Public Sector Leadership Summit: 16-19 June 2020 Disruptive Innovation Summit: 18-21 August 2020 Business Transformation Summit: 23 September 2020 The 5th Women In Leadership Summit: 20-23 October 2020 Executive Leadership Summit: 24-27 November 2020 “I truly believe that what got you here, won’t get you there. So, don’t be complacent and think that where you’re at right now is good enough, because sadly that when’s you get left behind. Chase the desire to be best in practice and be open to learning from others to stay ahead of the game,” said Dana. For further information, images or to request an interview with Dana Lightbody, contact: Rachel King – 360 PR – rachel@360pr.com.au – 02 9571 4448 Christmas Styling Guide 2019 2019-11-18T00:09:47Z christmas-styling-guide-2019 Media Release November 2019 As the festive season quickly approaches, now is the time to get your home ready for entertaining family and friends. Christmas decorating should be fun and creative, and 2019 is all about daring to be different and trying new things. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, shares her top tips for getting into the Christmas spirit and styling your home this year thanks to her expertise on the latest trends. Justine says, “Christmas to me is all about shine, snow and sparkle. As we live in the Southern Hemisphere, I choose a snow look tree to bring in some winter magic. This year, my favourite Christmas palette is fairly neutral with mixed metallics. Even my dogs (JJ pictured) were extra excited to get into the Christmas spirit this year!” Justine’s top tips for interior styling this Christmas season include: Mix your metallic ornaments – don’t make the rookie error and stick to one metallic! This season you can be fearless and mix them up! Gold, bronze, silver and rose gold look very pretty together. Use glass ornaments – glass is trending as it helps to enhance the sparkle as fairy lights reflect through the glass for a unique look. There’s plenty of options out there in glass ahead of Christmas this year, more than previous years. Try some glitter ornaments or ornaments with an aged appearance – by using these, it helps to tell a story through your Christmas tree. Try combining old and new ornaments this year for a layered and interesting look. Scaling is key – say goodbye to any Christmas trees with ornaments all the same size and style! Justine loves playing with scale on her tree by using giant baubles in contrast with tiny ones. A spontaneous mixture works well, adds dimension and is expected to be a key element in Christmas tree styling this year. The pro 3D effect – a pro tip for decorating enthusiasts! Ensure you put decorations deep into the tree, not just around the outside. By doing this, your tree will look not only look fuller, but it will also catch the lights more for a ‘3D look’. Add some twinkle lights – use twinkle lights beyond your tree! Twinkle lights always bring Christmas cheer. Battery operated LED lights look great as a table centrepiece, or on bookshelves for extra sparkle. Think of other interesting places around the home where you could add some twinkle! Create a table centrepiece – for a simple table centrepiece, get a glass bowl and fill with baubles to match the tree décor. Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful way. Gleam with theme – once you’ve chosen your theme, carry it across the table and create other vignettes to create unity in your home. Your kitchen bench, console or buffet are good areas to do an Christmas cluster. Try a small tree, and group with candles and loose large ornaments together. Finish with greenery – it always feels Christmassy to have some greenery around the house. Try some deep green or frost green foliage in vases to makee a simple yet impactful display. www.vaultinteriors.com.au About Vault Interiors: Vault Interiors are a dedicated team of property stylists who specialise in unlocking the potential of each and every property they step into. Whether it be styling for the purpose of selling a property or furnishing a client’s new dream home or investment, the team not only deliver jaw dropping results but save time and money with their hassle-free complete furniture packages. For further information, images or to speak with Justine, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – 02 9571 4448 or rachel@360pr.com.au Mining industry super duo prove job sharing’s a win-win 2019-11-15T05:26:12Z mining-industry-super-duo-prove-job-sharing-s-a-win-win Brisbane, 13 November 2019. Part time work. Work from home days. Job Sharing. Flexible working arrangements are on the rise in Australia … and they’re here to stay. But many Australian employers, particularly large organisations, are hesitant or struggle to implement job sharing. Citing concerns such as lowered productivity, lack of supervision and feelings of unfairness among other employees, as well as IT security, possible impacts on customer service and the implications of flexible working on team dynamics. Catherine and Kristy are set to prove them wrong. Catherine and Kristy have been job sharing since 2017. As part of Australia’s rising share of part time workers (31% in 2018, up from 25% in 1998), they’re on the leading edge of the flexible working arrangements wave. And they’re on the leading edge of how to make job sharing really work. ‘From day one, everything we did, said or delivered was from ‘us’’, says Catherine. ‘We trust each other. If we didn’t, this relationship definitely wouldn’t work!’ Both Kristy and Catherine were working in the mining industry in senior roles, Kristy as a Project Management Office (PMO) Lead and Catherine as a Senior Advisor Project Finance, when they met. Like many women, they were reluctant to return to full time work after having families, but they also didn’t want to lose the careers they had worked so hard to obtain. When Kristy was approached for a job-sharing role, she accepted on the condition she could work with Catherine. So, what makes it work? ·      They have a professional charter. ‘We understand who our customer is, we know our expectations, we provide service and we are reputable’, say Catherine and Kristy. ·      They have systems in place to ensure that to do items are carried over and prioritised as needed. ·      They respond as one. They use a single mailbox so that all work items and necessary emails can be actioned by either one of them. ·      They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. And the benefits to both themselves and their employer have been more than they could even have imagined. Rather than being less productive, their mining employer now has the benefit of a larger range of skills across two people, as well as a ‘get the job done’ mentality which far exceeds the average worker who generally has a five-day work week to accomplish projects. When either Kristy or Catherine take annual leave, there is still a person available who understands what is necessary for the role and is able to manage things while the other is away. Plus, they keep each other accountable. ‘Our output is far higher with much greater visibility than with your average full-time worker, but without the need for management micromanaging’, Catherine adds. ‘In fact, our management is absolutely speechless by how successful our job share has been.’ Of course, job sharing has had benefits for Catherine and Kristy as well, allowing them time with their families, while still maintaining their careers. It’s also given them the flexibility to follow other passions in their lives. In this case, those passions are in the form of a children’s design and décor shop, Homely Creatures. In fact, Homely Creatures is actually their second job share as they own and run it together. ‘We were looking for a gap in the children’s industry, something that we could feel good about aligning ourselves with’, Catherine says. ‘The opportunity to buy Homely Creatures arose and we decided it was a risk worth taking!’ Kristy and Catherine are passionate about bringing awareness and hope to others that may want to job share, as well as educating companies about the benefits and the process that can make job sharing a true success. Catherine says, ‘I have heard so many men and women complain about how hard it is to find part time work or a company that is willing to discuss job sharing opportunities with them. So many just find it too difficult.’ ‘The job sharing arrangement is still very immature within our company, but we are determined to help move it out of our department and into the global company and then out of the company into other companies in Australia’, Kristy adds. ‘Job sharing allows valuable workers who may only want or be able to do part time work back into the workforce. It makes us smarter and stronger as a whole. And it brings more skills and opportunities to businesses as well’, Kristy says. About Catherine and Kristy: Catherine Goos grew up on a cattle crop farm in Central Queensland riding dirt bikes and sliding down the banks of a clay dam. She relocated to Brisbane (a long time ago!) and now calls New Farm home. She started her working life in the tourism industry, but it wasn’t long before she jumped ship for the finance world. She has a passion for interior design, renovating homes and her family, including husband Kris and three-year-old son, Jack. Kristy Wong was born in Adelaide but made her way to Darwin via the middle of Australia, living in an underground house in Coober Pedy as well as Alice Springs. She came to Brisbane for university and this is where her love of technology was born. Her first ‘real’ job was at the Queensland Police where she started as a Graduate Database administrator but quickly moved up the corporate ladder to senior positions, including Quality Assurance Officer and Project Manager. This sent her to her current role in the mining industry. Kristy also has a passion for supporting families with premature babies, as her and her husband Ivan’s own twin girls were born in 2016 at only 27 weeks and 6 days.     *Catherine and Kristy are available for interviews.* Media enquiries Kristen Lowrey M 04 1286 4088 E kristen@kmlowrey.com Other enquires Homely Creatures M 0417 892 283 (Kristy) M 0418 735 550 (Catherine) E catherineandkristy@homelycreatures.com.au or visit the website, https://www.homelycreatures.com.au