The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-18T13:53:56Z We have recently launched Afterpay 2017-07-18T13:53:56Z we-have-recently-launched-afterpay We are so pleased to announce we have Afterpay available After speaking to many of our clients, they suggested we apply to be an Afterpay provider.  Initially we were apprehensive, but after taking with many people, we decided to try it. What can I say, it has been greatly appreciated by our clients.  Its very simple to use, and its just a simple option of selecting Afterpay at the checkout of of store.  We have had many clients utilising this service, which is great that it allows them the flexibility in payment options. Initially I had not heard of this service, but after talking to many of my friends and family, they said they love the flexibility of paying their goods off.  For this reason we thought it was a good alternative to offer our clients. So you now have the flexibility of buying the goods, receiving the goods and then paying them off in fortnightly instalments.  We also offer a layby service, which is available by contacting us on 0415278817.  This service has been in operation since we began the business just over 4 years ago.  Many people do take up this option also.  We had one client who purchased our Sterling Silver locket via layby.  She simply started the layby in February and paid it off by December, so she purchased it for herself for christmas. To find out more www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Photo Engraving Brisbane 2017-07-10T13:55:42Z photo-engraving-brisbane PHOTO ENGRAVING BRISBANE We did our first market at the picturesque Southbank market in Brisbane. Photo engraving Brisbane is now open for business. What a great thriving atmosphere.  It was amazing how many people have never seen photo engraving before.  It was amazing to sit behind the display and here the WOW’s come over and have a look at this.  We kept having to fill the brochures up, which is always a great sign. Sandra Ryan is our exclusive agent looking after Brisbane, and she is truly amazing.  Memory Keepsakes are so fortunate to have amazing Agents that truly care about capturing peoples special moments in life. People share their special stories with us, for which we are so grateful for. So now our display is available to be viewed in Brisbane at the Southbank Market.  Sandra can also be contacted on sandrar@memorykeepsakes.com.au or 0409288763.  She can help you with all your enquiries. We also have Tee Sheridan in the Tamworth area who regularly attends the Peel Street Market and Tee can be contacted on tees@memorykeepsakes.com.au or 0403184784. Both of our Agents are happy to in home parties in their local areas. The sun was shining and I was totally enjoying the thrive and sunshine and chatting to our clients.  We were kept very busy which was great.  Our clients loved that they could create their own personalised jewellery.  We took many wedding anniversery gifts, birthday gifts and some people just brought for themselves to have their loved ones close to them at all times. To find out more  http://www.memorykeepsakes.com.au/photo-engraving-brisbane-market/ We are Expanding in Sunny Brisbane Queensland 2017-06-11T13:29:07Z we-are-expanding-in-sunny-brisbane-queensland Welcome Sandra Ryan who is our Exclusive Agent in Brisbane who took up our home business opportunity We are pleased to announce Sandra Ryan will be looking after Memory Keepsakes in the Brisbane area.  She lives locally and will be attending the Southbank Markets.  She decided she was interested in a home business opportunity around her family. She is based in sunny Brisbane and will be available to show pieces, do in home parties and also attend the Southbank Market in the heart of Brisbane.  She will mainly be working on weekends as this allows her the flexibility to work around her family commitments.  She is a lovely very busy lady.  We are so pleased to have her on board, as we have many clients visit us from Brisbane and they love our work, and now they will have a regular contact in Brisbane.  Sandra will be very happy to help you select your desired piece as she will have all our pieces on offer on her display. Memory Keepsakes are looking for other people who are looking for a home business opportunity.  The big plus this business provides is flexibility.  The products are unique and loved and we provide our clients with loving keepsakes of their special memories.  A very simple concept that is loved by many. http://www.memorykeepsakes.com.au/expanding-sunny-qld-welcome-sandra-ryan/ Peel St Market Tamworth 2017-06-10T12:36:39Z peel-st-market-tamworth Peel St Market - Tamworth Tee Sheridan did her first market at the lovely Peel St Market in Tamworth NSW.  There was so much interest.  She took extra brochures and ran out!  That is always a good sign.  The people of Tamworth loved our unique hand made personalised gifts and wanted to know how it was done etc.  Fortunately, we are a regular fixture at the Peel Street Market.  Tee Sheridan is also happy to do in home parties, which means you get to view our range of products in the privacy of your own home.  We call them Photo Parties, so all you need to do is bring along your favourite photo, (either on your phone or you can email the photo to tees@memorykeepsakes.com.au)  You just need to get a few friends together, have a nice cup of tea and Tee will come to you.  You can contact Tee directly on 0403 184 784.  She is taking christmas orders up until tomorrow Monday 18th December, so if you are looking for unique christmas gifts that will how the WOW impact on christmas day, and you are in the Tamworth area please call Tee! Photo Engraving Melbourne 2017-06-03T12:14:13Z photo-engraving-melbourne Photo Engraving Melbourne - We experienced our really Ahhhhhh moment  today Many of our clients have never seen Photo Engraving before.  They come to our display and always are amazed at the detail and quality of our pieces.  We are very fortunate and people say to us you are so clever, and that they love our work.  All for photo engraving Melbourne. We had an experience today where we could hear a lady going OHHHHHH, and it went on for quite awhile.  Her friend looked at me, and they said its not me, its  my friend. She was just simply amazed by our work, and then immediately went to her phone to choose a suitable photo.  She just simply had to have one as she adored her work.  I went through the different pieces we had, and based on what she liked made a recommendation to her.  But really as I say its your choice. We have so many pieces on display, so its as easy as to just pick the piece you like.  It really comes to down to her personal choice.  A bit like a build a keepsake that you will cherish forever. It is funny we meet people from all over the world and they see photo engraving Melbourne.  I must stress we post all over the world.  We use Express post within Australia, but do also post to all countries all over the world.  We have pieces in America, Canada, China, UK, Ireland, just to name a few.  We get very excited when we sell a piece overseas, as many people in other countries have never seen it before.  It is showing photo engraving Melbourne. We also have Agents in Tamworth NSW and have an agent Sandra Ryan starting soon in Brisbane. So there will be photo engraving Tamworth and photo engraving Brisbane. Stay Tuned.... www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T07:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 Get Personalised with Brother this Festive Season 2016-09-22T07:16:17Z get-personalised-with-brother-this-festive-season As the festive season approaches, we’re excited to let you know of some fabulous new products from your friends at Brother.While store brought presents themselves are wonderful, there’s nothing quite like receiving something handmade with love. This season, Brother are encouraging everyone to get creative by spending some time creating beautiful wrapping paper for the gifts they plan to give.Brother P-Touch labellers have been loved by many for years for their organisational benefits. Now we’re excited to share that craft enthusiasts can benefit too! Brother have a new range of ribbons and tapes that are compatible with all Brother labellers. They are all 4 metres and come in a variety of colours and patterns including gold on white, gold on pink, gold on navy and gold on red (ribbon). The patterned tapes are available in black on gold geometric, black on silver lace, black on red gingham and black on pink hearts.Perfect for adding those beautiful finishing touches to your gifts, there is now no need to order expensive personalised finishing’s when you can DIY it all with Brother!If you’d like to go one step further with your gift wrap creations, don’t forget about the Brother ScanNCut – the amazing home and hobby cutting machine. With over 600 built-in designs and a generous 12” x 24” scanning and cutting area so you can integrate larger designs than ever before, it’s the perfect tool to get even more creative with your wrapping.For more inspiration on how to get creative with Brother, visit brotherinspires.brother.com.au CanvasChamp has Earned a Google Trusted Store Program Badge 2016-03-15T07:34:41Z canvaschamp-has-earned-a-google-trusted-store-program-badge Thursday, March 10, 2016: CanvasChamp, a recognized home decor and canvas print company has become a part of Google Trusted Store program and earned a badge for their website. The company has been successful in winning-over many customers by offering on-time delivery and great customer service — the reason why it got a chance to participate in the program.  CanvasChamp is known for offering wholesale prices on all the items it sells including photo boards, acrylic prints, and anything related to home decor. Due to its exceptional customer service, it was chosen by Google to join its Trusted Stores program, which is an opportunity given to only those online businesses that reach a certain level of quality and have many satisfied customers.                            When asked about their Google Trusted Store badge, a spokesperson from the company said, “We are much honored to be a part of this prestigious program that digital businesses can only dream of. To many businesses it might seem as if we have been presented with this badge on a plate, but in reality we have worked day and night to get to this position as a company. The entire team at CanvasChamp has invested their time and energy into ensuring that every customer gets superior service.” He went on to say, “The badge means a lot to us as it helps establish our commitment to customer service, and hence brings more clients to us. Now when a new customer visits our website, they can simply hover over the badge and see the statistics of our customer service and shipping. So this is a great way to give every customer the sense of satisfaction and peace of mind that they are purchasing from a trusted store.” CanvasChamp has an outstanding record and scored 93% for on-time shipping and 100% for escalation-free orders. About Canvas Champ CanvasChamp is an online business that has been offering home decor items and canvas prints to its customers for more than 3 years. The company has gained immense support and earned itself a reputable place in the market for offering customisable canvas prints. The print-shop is also well-known for its affordable rates, high quality items, and superior printing technology for all kinds of printing works.  Logoed Winter and Spring Wear Providing High Quality Advertising Impressions 2015-08-19T07:15:59Z logoed-winter-and-spring-wear-providing-high-quality-advertising-impressions Perth, WA, 19 August 2015 - According to the owner of a promotional products firm in Perth, it’s not too late to reap the advertising benefits of custom winter wear and spring wear as promotional giveaway items. Promotional products are items that are given away to prospects, decision-makers and sometimes employees of a business to promote brand recognition and awareness.The idea behind promotional products is to give them away. Every time the person who received the item uses it, the item produces an advertising impression for the business that gave it away. Because the person feels gratitude towards the giver, it makes the advertising impression more effective. In addition, another advertising impression is produced every time someone else sees them using the product. This is more effective than a radio ad or TV ad because each impression comes with “social proof,” which is the concept behind “word of mouth” advertising. In the case of winter and spring wear such as an attractive jacket or sweater, the gratitude factor is multiplied because it is literally “warming up” the prospects. Winter wear can last from five to more than ten years in many cases because it doesn’t get as much wear and tear as a shirt. This means a business can give away a jacket this month and still receive hundreds or even thousands of advertising impressions from it in 2020. Not only are these high quality advertising impressions: they are also highly visible because winter wear and spring wear has plenty of room for a company name, logo and message. Clothing can be given to prospects and decision-makers or it can be given to employees as incentives for performance. Businesses that provide jackets for their employees always report increased morale. A simple gift such as a logoed jacket can make an employee proud to work at a place of business, even if that employee didn’t care before receiving the jacket. Even if the advertising impressions aren’t considered, a business that gives logoed jackets to its employees reaps valuable benefits. But it doesn’t stop there. Employees who are proud of their workplace tend to wear their jackets everywhere. This means they are walking billboards for their places of employment during the winter and spring months. This can produce thousands of high quality advertising impressions.Scott Eaton is the owner of ImagePak Marketing, a firm that provides promotional products in the Perth area. According to Mr Eaton: “Apparel is extremely effective in promoting a business. If jackets are given to the right people, they can provide some of the best return on investment in the advertising business.”Mr Eaton concluded: “I have seen a lot of employees take a lot more pride in their workplaces, just because they were given one logoed jacket. If that was the only benefit, it would still be worth far more than you pay for it.”ImagePak Marketing provides promotional products for businesses in the Perth area. They carry a full line of promotional gifts and corporate clothing, including winter wear and spring wear. They pride themselves on world class customer service, high quality products and quick turnaround time. To learn more or to place an order, call 1300 658 745 or visit their website today: http://www.imagepak.com.au/. Australia’s favourite motorcycle brands revealed 2015-08-18T05:10:26Z australia-s-favourite-motorcycle-brands-revealed At a time when motorcycle registrations are increasing significantly, Australia’s favourite motorcycle brands have been honoured with new awards focused on rider satisfaction. Based on a survey of more than 700 bikers across the country by consumer research company Canstar Blue, the awards recognise four brands in five different categories. They come at a time when the number of motorcycle registrations has increased by 22% in the last five years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The latest figures show motorcycle registrations are increasing faster than any other vehicle type, with 800,000 now on Australia’s roads. “In light of the increasing popularity of motorcycles, we sought to find out which brands are hitting all the right notes with consumers,” said Head of Canstar Blue, Megan Doyle. “Naturally the type of motorcycle you want will have a bearing on the brand you choose, but we wanted to know which are giving Aussies the biggest bang for their buck.” Motorcycles Harley-Davidson led a field of eight brands to ride off with Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for motorcycles, scoring five-star ratings in regards to comfort, reliability and mileage, as well as overall customer satisfaction. “There are a lot of factors that go into determining the enjoyment of a motorcycle but those who ride a Harley are clearly the most satisfied with their overall package,” said Mrs Doyle. “As one of the most recognisable brands in the world, Harley-Davidson motorcycles come with huge expectations, but it seems they are being met.” The survey found the average spend on motorcycles to be $9,912, with one in four respondents using a bike loan or financing to pay. And the average age at which respondents bought their first motorcycle was 21. A significant 58% own a bike because riding is their hobby, 45% cited cheaper running costs as a reason and 12% wanted to join a social group. Ten per cent said their bike makes them “feel sexy”. Motorcycle tyres The award for motorcycle tyres went to Michelin, which achieved top marks in five out of six criteria. That adds to Michelin’s recent award success for car tyres. Survey respondents spent an average of $308 when they last bought a new motorcycle tyre, with one in five (20%) opting for the cheapest available. “Ultimately consumers want good handling and longevity from their tyres, but they’re also conscious of paying more than they have to,” said Mrs Doyle. “Three out of five survey respondents are wary of being ripped off when they buy tyres, which probably helps explain why 32% delay buying new tyres for as long as they can. “Whether it’s for cars or motorcycles, consumers clearly think Michelin is striking a perfect balance between tyre life, handling and value for money. Holding our awards for both motorcycle and car tyres is a fantastic achievement.” Motorcycle helmets The award for motorcycle helmets went to Nolan, which beat seven other brands with a clean sweep of top ratings across the board. The survey found the average spend on helmets to be $380 and one in four (24%) respondents said they have bought a helmet online. Just 16% said they have bought a helmet from overseas and 14% have used a helmet that has been previously damaged. “When it comes to helmet safety standards, most Aussies have really got their heads screwed on,” said Mrs Doyle. “They understand the dangers of using old or damaged helmets and when it comes to quality standards the majority think there can be a big difference between them. They clearly don’t want to skimp on something so important. “There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new helmet and Nolan has achieved a very strong set of results across the board.” Motorcycle gloves and jackets The awards for motorcycle gloves and jackets both went to Dririder, which achieved a near-perfect set of results across both categories. The survey found the average spend on gloves to be $168 and jackets to be $356. “Just one in four motorcyclists opt for the cheapest available gloves, which tells you they are happy to spend a good amount if they know they’re getting quality,” said Mrs Doyle. “The same applies to jackets because more than anything else, bikers want a jacket that fits comfortably and gives them the protection they need. Dririder is clearly meeting their expectations.” ENDS *Please note brands with the same overall satisfaction rating are listed in alphabetical order. For further information or to speak with a Canstar Blue spokesperson, please contact: Simon Downes Media Specialist P: 07 3837 4171 I E: simon.downes@canstar.com.au About Canstar Blue Canstar Blue was launched in July of 2010 by CANSTAR - Australia and New Zealand’s premier researcher of retail finance information for more than 350 institutions across the finance sector. Canstar Blue measures and tracks Australian and New Zealand consumer satisfaction across over 100 different categories to help consumers make the best purchasing decisions for their needs. What are the Canstar Blue ratings? Canstar Blue researches, compares and rates products and services according to customer satisfaction across categories including banking, telecommunications, appliances, electronics, utilities and FMCG. Results are freely available to consumers who are encouraged to use the ratings as a guide to product excellence. The full range of results can be seen on the Canstar Blue website at www.canstarblue.com.au. New Study Proves that Promotional Products Provide the Lowest Cost Per High Quality Advertising Impression 2015-08-14T03:13:22Z new-study-proves-that-promotional-products-provide-the-lowest-cost-per-high-quality-advertising-impression Perth, WA, 14 August 2015 - Over the years, a number of studies have been performed globally about the efficiency of promotional products. Most of these studies have been performed in the US, but the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) has widened the scope of their surveys and studies. The ASI has been conducting a yearly study since 2006. The first study was in the US. Slowly, they expanded their reach. The study culminating in 2014 contained results from the US, Mexico, Canada, Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France and Australia. Though the only Australian study was performed in Sydney, a promotional products provider in Perth feels that the numbers are relevant across Australia.The latest study is entitled, the “Global Advertising Specialties Impressions Study.” It was conducted in 2014, but results from previous studies were amalgamated into the current study to provide a more comprehensive picture of how promotional items are helping businesses improve brand recognition and brand perception. Questions were asked to students and businesspeople across the globe. The purpose was to learn how many promotional items they had, how they were using them, why they kept the items and what they think of the companies who gave them the products. PopularityFor the popularity section, participants were asked questions about promotional items they had received in the last twelve months. They were asked to rate up to three promotional items. The numbers for Sydney were strikingly similar to numbers collected across the world, especially in other English speaking countries. 46% had writing instruments, 43% had shirts, 34% had office accessories, 32% had caps and headwear, 31% had calendars, 25% had flashdrives, 24% had bags, 15% had drinkware, 13% had health and safety products and 9% had outerwear. Performance of Individual ProductsWriting instruments, i.e. pens, turned out to be the most popular in every English-speaking country. While this statistic wasn’t computed for Sydney, pens were found to provide high quality advertising impressions for an average of 1/10 of a cent per impression in the US. Bags, which are underrated and underutilised as a promotional giveaway item, were found to provide an average of 5,000 advertising impressions per unit in Sydney. Shirts were found to be very effective. In the US, 52% reported owning a shirt with a custom logo on it. German respondents reported wearing a logoed shirt at least once a week. Desk accessories were found to be an effective office item: 61% of those who receive desk accessories as promotional products said they keep the accessories at work. While drinkware wasn’t as common as many of the other promotional items, it was found that the average US respondent used their drinkware from 2-3 times a week.The statistic that many advertisers will find the most impressive: the average cost per advertising impression in the US was $0.06. That is the lowest cost of any high-impact advertising medium.ImagePak Marketing provides promotional products to the Perth area and beyond. They specialise in having a diverse selection of high quality items from inexpensive giveaway items to high-end executive products. Popular promotional items include stubby holders, silicone wristbands, corporate clothing and custom coffee mugs. To learn more or to place an order, call 1300 658 745 or visit their website today: http://www.imagepak.com.au. Child Care Centre Director in Perth: “Arts and Crafts Help Preschoolers Develop Faster.” 2015-07-27T03:12:27Z child-care-centre-director-in-perth-arts-and-crafts-help-preschoolers-develop-faster Perth, WA, 27 July 2015 - Cuddles Childcare Centres have three locations in the Perth area. They are passionate about helping children learn through play and through the arts. Long before Australia began their National Quality Standard and National Quality Framework for child care, Cuddles Childcare Centres were already offering a program where children were encouraged to develop through play instead of “just being babysat.”Cuddles Childcare Centres offer a plethora of programs for preschoolers, such as Shake ‘n’ Bake, Friday Fun Day, Junior Soccer Goals, Messy Play, Jolly Phonics and Happy Feet Fitness. But they may be the proudest of two that encourage artistic expression and development: Jessie’s’ Art Time and Let’s Squiggle.Jessie’s Art Time provides a different opportunity for children to grow through art every week. Activities can range from making collages to drawing pictures to painting. Let’s Squiggle is for babies, who are provided with crayons or small amounts of finger paint and encouraged to “draw” or “paint” on paper. Michelle Coleski, the Operations Manager of Cuddles Childcare Centres, feels that arts and crafts are not only fun for everyone, but help preschoolers develop a lot of skills they will need for school and eventually result in higher achievement. According to Ms Coleski:“Children are developing a lot of skills they will need later in life when they engage in artistic activities such as drawing, painting and cutting images out of magazines or newspapers to put in a collage. If they were just having fun, it would still be great, but this kind of fun is putting children in a position to succeed later in life.”In a recent piece on the Cuddles Childcare Centres’ company blog, Ms Coleski referred to numerous studies, both in Australia and across the globe, which indicate that children who participate in the arts are higher achievers in school and in life. She cited one US study which found children who participate in the arts to be four times as likely to receive recognition for academic achievements. Skills Enhanced by ArtWhen children are participating in art, they are learning to hone their fine motor skills. Whether painting, drawing or cutting images to paste onto paper, they are developing the coordination that will eventually help them write. They are also developing hand to eye coordination and helping themselves develop their visual-spatial skills, holding images in their minds and transferring them to paper. Art also helps children learn to create and innovate, two traits which help immeasurably in school and in life.Ms Coleski concludes, “Since our inception, we have been committed to helping our children express themselves and learn through art. Even if there weren’t so many documented benefits, it would still be more than worthwhile because the kids love it.”Cuddles Childcare Centres offer child care services at three locations in the Perth area. Their motto is “Learning Through Play” and they provide numerous opportunities for supervised play during the day. Their arts and crafts offerings include “Jessie’s Art Time” for toddlers through 4 year-olds and “Let’s Squiggle” for the babies. To learn more or to arrange for child care, contact any of their locations in the Perth area through their webpage: http://www.cuddleschildcare.com.au/. The unconventional artist with a big heart 2015-07-08T03:01:12Z the-unconventional-artist-with-a-big-heart Animation trained artist, Scott Hanson creates astonishing artwork that are gracing the walls of many Brisbane homes and businesses. The unconventional artist who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy doesn’t use the traditional paint and canvas. He uses his mouth and progressive computer mouse that uses a blow or suck motion in place of clicking. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a muscle wasting disease and while Scott has lost mobility in his hands nothing can stop his incredible spirit and creativity. “I love playing with colour, bright images. All of my work centres around ‘hope’.“ Each piece of art can take between four and six months to create. He has generously donated one of these beautifully unique pieces of art for the charity auction at the Muscular Dystrophy Qld Christmas in July Charity Dinner on 25th July 2015 and he can’t wait to see how much the artwork raises during the event.   For more information or to attend the dinner, please call Muscular Dystrophy Queensland on 1800 676 364. Other details:Date: Saturday 25th July 2015Time: 6.00pm – 11.00pmVenue: Botanicals Restaurant, 152 Mt Coot-Tha Rd, ToowoongDress: Cocktail CONTACT: Celeste Baker, celesteb@mdqld.org.au, 0415 486 052 Vinyl Banners Helping Perth Businesses Increase Visibility 2015-06-24T02:59:28Z vinyl-banners-helping-perth-businesses-increase-visibility Perth, WA, 24 June 2015 - More and more businesses in the Perth area are turning to an old standby to find new customers: vinyl banners. Vinyl banners are not a new item by any means, but seem to be more popular than ever right now. New Technology, Newfound PopularityAs digital printing became a market force, the quality of vinyl banners was sharply increased. Formerly, vinyl banners were basic banners with lettering on a plain background. Digital printing has changed all that. Now, anything that can be photographed can be printed on a banner. This means that design and colour options are infinite.Instead of just lettering or a simple logo, high quality art and artistically attractive company logos can now be easily printed on vinyl banners. Photographic art of the same quality as expensive magazine ads can now be printed, often in life-size proportion, on a large banner.Banners are large enough that they have room for much more than a company name and logo. They can hold a message and product information. They can also hold information that businesses want to convey to prospective customers, depending on the location and purpose of the banner.Banners are UbiquitousA simple walk through a fair, an outdoor event or a trade show is a testament to the popularity of vinyl banners. They are weatherproof and waterproof. They can be seen at sporting events, conferences, open houses, expos and fixed retail locations. Often, retail locations use giant banners to announce sales or even to replace the business sign while it is under repair or being replaced.Banners are DurableBanners are now very durable. Digital printing has produced a new generation of banners that last for years and years if taken care of properly. Usually, as a “rule of thumb,” any vinyl banner will outlast the message that is printed on it. Advertising ImpressionsBecause banners are durable, they provide thousands upon thousands of advertising impressions. The best part: businesses only pay for them once. One reasonably priced banner can produce thousands of advertising impressions over a period of many years. Because people who look at banners usually look at them intentionally, these advertising impressions are of a much higher quality than those from media advertisements.Scott Eaton is the owner of ImagePak Marketing, a provider of promotional products in Perth. According to Mr Eaton: “Over the years, our customers have been extremely satisfied with the results they get from using advertising banners. They are incredibly versatile; they can be used to convey any message you want to send out to the public. They look great, too.”Mr Eaton concluded: “Vinyl banners are an easy, inexpensive way to bring a lot of customers to your business.”ImagePak Marketing provides promotional products to businesses in the Perth area. They carry a full line of flags and banners, including vinyl banners, teardrop banners, flags, pop-up banners and pull up banners. In addition, they carry a full line of promotional items such as personalised mugs, stubby holders and USB flash drives. To learn more or to place an order, call 1300 658 745 or visit their website: http://www.imagepak.com.au/.