The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-14T05:45:48Z Exciting Additions to Haus of Leather 2019 2019-06-14T05:45:48Z exciting-additions-to-haus-of-leather-2019 Haus of Leather are pleased to announce updates to our online collections. An exciting array of new products and designer bags are now available online. These include new leather bags for both men and women, along with other stylish additions. FOR WOMEN New to our store are a range of beautiful bags for women. Included are a selection of tote handbags, clutches and shoulder handbags of many different designs. Our options include both full genuine leather bags, as well as highly affordable PU leather pieces. In addition, you will also find our leather belt collection includes some stunning pieces to accessorise your outfits. Slim-line belts are available as well as cummerbunds and wide-style designs. Comprising a mixture of genuine leather as well as mixed-texture designs, our selection has it all. FOR MEN Recent additions to our men's collection includes new man bag offerings for both formal and informal occasions. These comprise a trendy selection of mens shoulder bags, leather satchels and messenger bags. With a striking range of options on offer, whether you are a student or professional, there are an abundance of options. More so, our men's range also includes a range of backpack bags perfect for conveniently storing your essentials. From small to large backpacks, you will enjoy perusing our great range of various designs. OTHER EXCITING ADDITIONS You will also enjoy a range of new offerings at Haus of Leather. Within our collection of travel and duffel bags, you will discover luggage options including carry on bags. Whether you are looking for a weekend bag for a quick getaway, or something larger with more storage, we have plenty of options to suit. Be sure to peruse our collections and recent additions to discover what's in store for you. We constantly add new products to our online store, so be sure to check back regularly to see what is new. Finally, don't forget that all purchases at Haus of Leather enjoy free shipping! Haus of Leather Hollywood Celebrity Designer To Lend Star Power To Miss World Australia State Finals 2019-06-13T21:27:29Z hollywood-celebrity-designer-to-lend-star-power-to-miss-world-australia-state-finals Hollywood celebrity fashion designer, Rocky Gathercole is lending his star power to the Miss World Australia New South Wales state finals with pageant finalists showcasing his brand new collection at a star-studded event at The Star Sydney in July. Internationally-renowned, Los Angeles based Rocky Gathercole is a favourite of big-name celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry as well as Australia's own Sia, and recently showcased his avant-garde creations at Los Angeles, Miami and New York Fashion Weeks.The forthcoming spectacular fashion showcase is the brainchild of Marites Novis and William Lin, executive producers of Sydney-based MFN Productions, and will feature as part of the evening wear judging section of the Miss World Australia 2019 New South Wales state finals on the 7th of July.Ms Novis reached out to the famed designer after being exposed to his unique designs through social media, often adorned by the world’s biggest and brightest stars.Both Ms Novis and Mr Gathercole are Filipino born, and proud to celebrate their heritage and achievements around the world.“Rocky and I have become good friends, and now we are hand-in-hand in producing fashion shows that not only showcase his incredible avant-garde fashion designs, but also wave the flag of the Philippines worldwide,” said Ms Novis.Homeless from the age of 14 in the Philippines with limited support, Rocky moved to Saudi Arabia where he embarked on the journey of launching his eponymous label for which he is now famous the world over.“As a fellow Filipino, I couldn’t help but feel proud of his collections being recognised worldwide. So, with utter determination to help extend his international reach, I invited him to debut his collection at the Miss World Australia state finals in Sydney, and then we just clicked,” said Ms Novis.In this international exclusive two-part showcase, YouTube singing sensation, Jasmine Henry will be taking part in the fashion show portion of the evening, along with the Miss World Australia 2019 New South Wales state finalists who will be parading Rocky’s latest avant-garde creations, all with various motifs. “I can’t stress enough how thrilled I am for guests to witness his stunning collection. Even though I’ve only seen a sneak peek, I already can’t contain my excitement for this event,” said Ms Novis.Miss World Australia national director, Deborah Miller said she was excited that Mr Gathercole had chosen to align with the pageant, known the world over for its “beauty with a purpose” mantra.“We are really excited as an organisation to collaborate with such a highly-regarded and internationally-recognised fashion designer as Rocky, and appreciate his belief that there is room for all types of beauty,” said Ms Miller.“It’s really a perfect match as the Miss World Australia pageant is so passionate about championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms.”Finalists from across the country will compete for the coveted title of Miss World Australia 2019 at the gala crowning ceremony at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast on Friday, 19th of July, 2019.Tickets to the Miss World Australia 2019 New South Wales state finals on the 7th of July at The Star, Sydney can be purchased at the Ticketek website:  http://bit.ly/MissWorldAustraliaNveryRGathercole  - ends -Rocky Gathercole is available for interview via live-cross from Hollywood, as well as phone/email interviews.Marites Novis is available for interview via live-cross or in studio from Sydney, as well as phone/email interviews.Miss World Australia 2019 NSW finalists are available for photo opportunities in Rocky Gathercole creations.For more information and/or photo/interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau MFN Productions' executive producer, Marites Novis (centre) flanked by models, all wearing avant-garde creations by Hollywood based celebrity fashion designer, Rocky Gathercole VisionDirect EOFY | End Of Financial Year 2019 Key Dates and Sales 2019-06-11T08:31:58Z visiondirect-eofy-end-of-financial-year-2019-key-dates-and-sales The financial year is a 12 month time period that is used for tax purposes. For Australians, the financial year ends on 30 June, with the next financial year beginning on 1 July. From 1 July through to 31 October both individuals and businesses are required to submit a tax return form to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The ATO then use this form to determine how much tax is owed to the government, or how much the government needs to reimburse the individual/business if they have paid more tax than was owed. VisionDirect.com.au will be holding sales throughout June for EOFY, so you can save up to 50% on hundreds of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses. To see the ful sale please head to our FLASH SALE here: https://www.visiondirect.com.au/designer-sunglasses/general/------------------------flash_sale As well as being the perfect time to get your finances in order and ensure you get the best possible tax return, the end of financial year also brings about some great sales as businesses try and clear older stock models to make way for new ones. We've got a selection of the deals on offer below as well as plenty more information on how to navigate the end of the financial year. More tips to help you prepare for EOFY Get organised. How often do you end up struggling to find important documents, receipts and the like when tax time rolls around? Do yourself and your accountant a favour and set up a simple, organised filing system well in advance. This will save you both time and stress. Research your options. Do you know what you can claim deductions for? Is the Australian Tax Office (ATO) introducing changes that you could benefit from? A little bit of research can go a long way when it comes to the amount of money you get back. Make a list. To help get organised it can be a good idea to create a checklist of all the documents you’ll need. This can include PAYG and bank statements, dividend statements, private health insurance statements, plus the all-important receipts for everything from work expenses to charitable donations. Business matters. Business owners need to organise all receipts and records before tax time rolls around. Calculating your income and expenses is a must, and the use of business accounting software can make this task a whole lot easier. With a little bit of preparation and some simple research, you can save yourself a whole lot of time and money at tax time. For more information on getting the most out of the end of the financial year, speak to your accountant. A New Online Shopping Experience – Haus of Leather Online Store 2019-06-07T02:49:13Z a-new-online-shopping-experience-haus-of-leather-online-store Haus of Leather is an online shopping destination offering you designer leather goods and accessories at amazing everyday prices. From beautiful leather handbags to stylish satchel and messenger bags and more, their collections are designed to highly impress. Having established itself in recent times into a recognised online store, Haus of Leather is continuing to expand its product collections. In addition to the aforementioned product lines, more recent additions include their elegant women’s purses, stylish men’s wallets and belts. From genuine leather products through to highly affordable PU leather options, there are plenty of options to select from; irrespective of your budget. Likewise, if you are looking for a memorable gift for a friend or significant other, you will find an abundance of options to suit. In addition, as part of Haus of Leather’s service all orders placed online receive free shipping. The list of countries that are eligible are constantly expanding and can be viewed on their company website. Haus of Leather proudly invites you to view their online catalog. If you are looking for the latest in designer leather accessories at affordable everyday prices, then you are encouraged to share in their passion for fine leather goods and accessories. More information on their products and service can be found on their website, while any additional enquiries can be made directly to the team at info@hausofleather.com. Haus of Leather https://hausofleather.com Significant challenges to confront construction sector in 2019 and beyond 2019-05-20T02:06:19Z significant-challenges-to-confront-construction-sector-in-2019-and-beyond Obtaining insurance cover in the coming year and beyond will be a very costly undertaking and a significant challenge for businesses within the construction and associated industries.    This is as a result of recent commercial driven decisions by reinsurers combined with the fallout from building disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire in London and the LU Simon Lacrosse tower fire in Docklands Melbourne and subsequent court ruling by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) said Adam Richardson, Honan Insurance Group (Honan) Construction Industry Lead.   This spate of similar losses affecting the construction industries have come together at a time when the building sector is in a very delicate position with a slowdown in approvals / commencements, tighter lending conditions and heightened media and government scrutiny.   “Looking back over the past decade the Professional Indemnity and also Design & Construct Insurance was a relatively soft market with an abundance of capacity, and insurance companies were competing for top line growth or market share”, continued Adam Richardson.    “From our observations we have noticed this change in insurers appetite and overall approach shifted around end of financial year in 2018 and has continued into 2019 with a shift away from top-line growth strategies with a view of insurers only looking to support profitable business.”     “In the case of ‘distressed accounts’ where contractors have had multiple professional indemnity losses or notifications we are finding the local market has become unsupportive and having to resort to Lloyds of London options with strict mandates”.   “What’s more, if insurers are not achieving their premium/revenue objectives, they are prepared to walk away!  Bill shock will be a significant issue for many organisations when they receive their Professional Indemnity renewals this year with premiums and loadings in some sectors increasing threefold”.   The fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire in London and the Lacrosse apartment tower in Melbourne has seen an immense emphasis on cladding.  It has been estimated by planning and fire experts that there may be more than 5,000 buildings in Victoria alone that contain non-compliant cladding, similar to that used on the Grenfell Tower.   As a result, non-compliant cladding is well and truly on the radar of insurers – as well as planning authorities and government throughout Australia.   Adam Richardson continued, “The spotlight has been put on building surveyors, architects, engineers following the VCAT decision earlier this year that ordered LU Simon to pay more than $5.7 million to the Lacrosse apartment owners”.    “However, VCAT ruled that the money would be paid to LU Simon by the architect, fire engineer and building surveyor who worked on the project as they had breached their contractual obligations.”   In the ruling, it was found the architects had failed to remedy ‘defects in its design’, which allowed the ‘extensive use’ of aluminum composite paneling (ACPs).  The building surveyor failed to exercise due care, whilst the fire engineer failed to recognise and warn the builder that the ACPs did not comply with the building code.   Compounding marketplace concern was the flammable cladding fire that spread over several storeys of the Neo200 apartment complex in Melbourne earlier this year further heightening alarm over the use of combustible materials as cladding on high rise buildings.   As a result of this litany of disasters, it is becoming increasingly difficult for building surveyors, architects and engineers to be able to obtain Professional Indemnity cover without strict endorsements and/or exclusions for uncompliant cladding.   A further issue and concern for businesses will be an inability to obtain cover for cladding exposure and as a result they will not be compliant with their license.   The days of just providing a proposal form and renewing insurance and rolling over are gone.  Hence Honan are working proactively with its building and construction sector clients to assist them to acquire cover.    Adam Richardson concluded, “We have been emphasizing the importance of early engagement with our clients as it’s an imperative in the current environment.  Underwriters will not positively receive risks which are presented late or close to expiry date and it is vital that proposal forms are submitted well in advance to ensure sufficient time to negotiate the most favorable renewal outcomes”.   “At Honan we take immense pride in our professional and proactive client-broker relationship that is underpinned by a holistic and creative approach to assisting clients with their insurance needs”.   Issued by Honan Insurance Group    www.honan.com.au   Media Enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Tel:  +61 3 9324 0362          Mob:  +61 412 112 545       Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au     Retail Express partners with Afterpay to offer direct payment integration for retailers. 2019-05-13T22:49:40Z retail-express-partners-with-afterpay-to-offer-direct-payment-integration-for-retailers Retail Express, Australia’s leading cloud POS platform, has announced a partnership with Afterpay, allowing Australian and NZ retailers to directly integrate in-store payments. The ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ (BNPL) payment category continues to charge forward, with growth expected to exceed 120% this year.1 Recognised by many as the must-have and preferred BNPL option, Afterpay allows shoppers to receive products immediately and pay for them in four, interest-free instalments. Shoppers who use Afterpay tend to have a greater spend per transaction and over their customer lifetime, and be more loyal. Of the 2.6 million active Afterpay customers in Australia & New Zealand, 90% are returning customers who on average shop with Afterpay 9 times in a year. The Retail Express and Afterpay POS integration allows retailers to save time and minimise effort, providing a more efficient and streamlined payment experience for both customers and staff. To integrate Afterpay into Retail Express, it’s a simple 3-step process: Customers open their Afterpay Mobile App in-store to make a purchase A barcode is generated in their Afterpay Mobile App Retailers scan the barcode and process the transaction in Retail Express In addition to providing a superior customer experience, the powerful functionality of Retail Express means retailers can leverage valuable purchasing insights for business and marketing initiatives.   An intelligent product search and up-selling and cross-selling engine recommends the most relevant range of products to suit Afterpay customers. Powerful profiling and marketing tools send highly targeted campaigns to offer the most relevant products and offers over the customers’ lifetime. Implementation of advanced loyalty programs to ensure Afterpay customers are rewarded and form long-term relationships Afterpay purchases can be identified and compared with other payment methods with Retail Express’s unrivalled reporting capabilities. Afterpay joins a diverse and growing portfolio of Retail Express integration partners from payments, eCommerce, marketing & analytics, accounting, human resources, to inventory & logistics. “Retail Express has invested significantly in partnerships with leading software, business and retail technology providers since the beginning. The opportunity to work with Afterpay, given their market strength and innovation in payments and technology, will help Australian and New Zealand retailers drive further growth and loyalty.” - Aaron Blackman, CEO Retail Express About Retail Express Retail Express is a cloud retail POS platform that drives faster growth across online and physical retail channels. The company was founded to address limitations around existing software solutions for fast-growing retailers. To date, Retail Express has helped drive over $20bn in Australian and New Zealand retail sales and the industry expertise remains second-to-none. As we come into the EOFY period, Retail Express’ cloud POS system is also eligible under the instant tax write-off scheme. Australian retailers that invest in these systems before June 30th 2019 could claim an instant tax deduction in the current financial year. Find out more here: https://retailexpress.com.au/hardware-offer/ About Afterpay Afterpay Touch Group (ATG) is a technology-driven payments company with a mission to make purchasing feel great for a global customer base. ATG comprises the Afterpay and Touch products and businesses. Afterpay is driving retail innovation by allowing leading retailers to offer a ‘buy now, receive now, pay later’ service that does not require end-customers to enter into a traditional loan or pay any upfront fees or interest to Afterpay. Afterpay currently has globally around 3.5 million active customers and over 25,000 active retail merchants on-boarded. Touch comprises innovative digital payment businesses servicing major consumer-facing organisations in the telecommunications, health and convenience retail sectors in Australia and overseas. Reference https://www.powerretail.com.au/multichannel/bnpl-growing-120-each-year/ New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. K Collect Launches the 2019 Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019-04-15T00:49:48Z k-collect-launches-the-2019-mother-s-day-gift-guide Newcastle, NSW, Australia – April 2019 The Mother’s Day Gift Guide was created to help make shopping for Mum easier this year, by showcasing a carefully selected group of gift ideas. With some excellent discounts, the gift guide was made to suit every budget. To make browsing easier, it has been divided into the following sections: health, beauty, relaxation, home and style.  The gift guide was launched via social media 13 April 2019, 7PM AEST. The businesses featured in the gift guide shared the news via their business accounts. “We saw some overwhelming support on Instagram and Facebook. People just loved the gift ideas and left some fantastic comments and feedback.”  The businesses involved in the K Collect Mother’s Day Gift Guide include: Home: Back to Basics, Wheatbags Love,  Meigma, N’oda Natural, Teaquarium Beauty: Dilly’s Collections, Embraced By Nature, Delicious Skin, Happy Hair Brush Relaxation: French For King, Blissful Boxes, Raw Wix Candles, K Collect, Little Luxe Blends Home: Dusty Sea, Urbotanica, Lavish Aromas, Summer Freckles, Pink Poppi Homewares Style: The Mum Life, U Nexus Movement, I Queenie, Kindred Pieces, West and Rose The Mother’s Day Gift Guide will be active until 13 May 2019. The discount code featured in the gift guide, KCOLLECT expires 8th May 2019.  The Gift Guide was modelled closely on the 2018 Christmas Gift Guide. The  Mother’s Day Gift Guide features some eye catching, flat lay images that were taken by K Collect’s owner, Angela. To learn more about the gift guide or to book an interview, contact Angela via email contact@kcollect.com, or visit K Collect’s 2019 Mother’s Day Gift Guide at https://www.kcollect.com/2019mothersdaygiftguide. About K Collect K Collect is an Australian owned and operated online store stocking baby products, products for Mums, homewares, eco-friendly products, kids watches and lunch box items. The K in K COLLECT stands for a killer collection of the best selling and most popular products. We are in the know and are always adding new brands and products to our range. WEBSITE: https://www.kcollect.com Facebook: @K Collect https://www.facebook.com/kcollect Instagram: @k_collect https://www.instagram.com/k_collect/ Pinterest: K Collect https://www.pinterest.com.au/kcollect/ Twitter: @KCollect_AUS  https://twitter.com/KCollect_AUS ### Sculpt Australia Launches Leather Jackets for Women and Men 2019-04-14T10:22:20Z sculpt-australia-launches-leather-jackets-for-women-and-men Melbourne, Australia- Sculpt Australia strives to bring powerful and trendy looks to you. Our unique and intricate designs leave you with nothing but confidence; which happens to be our main objective. We aim to provide the best garments that will immediately be superior to the other clothing pieces you own. Moreover, Sculpt Australia has options for every possible occasion as it possesses a wide variety of clothing items such as dresses, jumpsuits in Australia, blouses etc. But, now Sculpt Australia has included leather jackets for both men and women in their collection to add something extra to your wardrobe. We want to ensure that customers have the best experience through our products; which is why we pick our raw materials from leading farms across the world. We know how versatile a leather jacket can be; whether it be for women or men. Even though finally investing in a leather jacket can put a strain on your bank account, it’s worth every penny. If you weren’t particularly attracted to the idea of a leather jacket, don’t worry, we’re here to change your mind! Investing in our exquisite range of leather jackets for women will act as a great way to tie together the entire outfit. They will also make you look chic, in an old-fashioned way due to its vintage look that people often aim for.  If you’re ever in an emergency where you must go from one casual place to another formal one, then a leather jacket can do the needful. It will ultimately make you more comfortable and will make you seem more put together. Our leather jackets can help you with a clothing item to wear that will never go out of style. So much so, you can purchase one from our website right now and wear it all year round, either by styling it on top of sweaters or merely draping it over your shoulders for an added ‘oomph’ during summers. Here, at Sculpt Australia we make sure to prioritise your comfort on top of everything else. We sincerely believe that excellent fashion cannot get in the way of having fun which is also why we ensure that there are not uncomfortable seam lines or awkward fits in our leather jackets. Along with this, our unique fabrics are known to drape and accentuate the figure of the customer wearing it. By the time our jackets reach your doorstep, you will fully understand the extent to which our fabrics cater to fit and comfort. Head on over to Sculpt Australia and start viewing the enormous range of products we must sell- we can guarantee that you will love our finely made leather jackets. Don’t miss out a chance of getting a versatile and long-lasting clothing item. For addition information please contact: Email: support@sculptaustralia.com.au Telephone: 0398279197 Store: 480 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. The Better Packaging Co. secures prestigious SheEO funding 2019-04-10T03:58:49Z the-better-packaging-co-secures-prestigious-sheeo-funding The Better Packaging Co. has received a prestigious annual grant from SheEO, the global incubator for women entrepreneurs. “We’re delighted to be selected as a SheEO Venture, not only because it will help us expand globally, but because it’s an acknowledgement of our vision to create evolutionary, customised packaging solutions for the new eco-nomy,” co-director Kate Bezar said. As a SheEO venture The Better Packaging Co receives a no-interest five-year loan, one year of coaching and support, and access to a network of women committed to supporting the business by opening their networks and leveraging their expertise and buying power. “We can help businesses reduce their environmental impact and reach their sustainability goals with affordable and easy to implement alternatives to single-use plastics,” co-Director Rebecca Percasky said. Since its launch, The Better Packaging Co. has grown its local and international client base to include major brands such as Roxy, WelleCo, Billabong and L’Oreal as well as eCommerce retailers of all sizes looking for affordable and sustainable alternatives to plastics for postal and courier deliveries. ENDS ABOUT THE BETTER PACKAGING CO Founded by experienced businesswomen Kate Bezar and Rebecca Percasky, The Better Packaging Co. designs revolutionary, customised packaging solutions for the new eco-nomy – a circular economy in which generating waste is not an option and the earth’s resources are not treated as infinite. Their focus is on sustainable packaging solutions for eCommerce, the food industry and retail. Their growing list of clients includes Marcs, David Lawrence, Karen Walker, Incu, Roxy, Buddy Franklin, WelleCo, Spell and the Gypsy Collective, RipCurl, Sendle, Quay eyewear,  Tigerlily, Assembly Label, L’Oreal, Garnier, Maybelline. https://betterpackaging.co/ ABOUT SHEEO Launched in 2015 in Canada, this visionary model is emerging as a leading global innovation that is totally unique. The model brings together 500 women (called Activators) in each year’s cohort, who contribute $1100 each as an Act of Radical Generosity. The money is pooled together and loaned out at zero percent interest to five women-led Ventures selected by the Activators. All Ventures are revenue generating with export potential and are creating a better world through their business model or their product and service. Auckland's The Better Packaging Co. secures prestigious SheEO funding 2019-04-10T03:43:29Z auckland-s-the-better-packaging-co-secures-prestigious-sheeo-funding Auckland-based The Better Packaging Co. has received one of only five annual grants from SheEO, the global incubator for women entrepreneurs. “We’re delighted to receive this grant, not only because it will help us expand globally, but because it’s an acknowledgement of our vision to create evolutionary, customised packaging solutions for the new eco-nomy,” co-director Kate Bezar said. As a SheEO venture The Better Packaging Co. receives a no-interest five-year loan, one year of coaching and support and access to a network of women committed to supporting the business by opening their networks and leveraging their expertise and buying power. “We can help businesses reduce their environmental impact and reach their sustainability goals with affordable and easy to implement alternatives to single-use plastics,” co-Director Rebecca Percasky said. Since its launch, The Better Packaging Co. has grown its local and international client base to include major brands such as Roxy, WelleCo, Billabong and L’Oreal companies looking for affordable and sustainable alternatives to plastics for postal and courier deliveries. ENDS ABOUT THE BETTER PACKAGING CO Founded by experienced businesswomen Kate Bezar and Rebecca Percasky, The Better Packaging Co. designs revolutionary, customised packaging solutions for the new eco-nomy – a circular economy in which generating waste is not an option and the earth’s resources are not treated as infinite. Their focus is on sustainable packaging solutions for eCommerce, the food industry and retail. Their growing list of clients includes Marcs, David Lawrence, Karen Walker, Incu, Roxy, Buddy Franklin, WelleCo, Spell and the Gypsy Collective, RipCurl, Sendle, Quay eyewear,  Tigerlily, Assembly Label, L’Oreal, Garnier, Maybelline. https://betterpackaging.co/ ABOUT SHEEO Launched in 2015 in Canada, this visionary model is emerging as a leading global innovation that is totally unique. The model brings together 500 women (called Activators) in each year’s cohort, who contribute $1100 each as an Act of Radical Generosity. The money is pooled together and loaned out at zero percent interest to five women-led Ventures selected by the Activators. All Ventures are revenue generating with export potential and are creating a better world through their business model or their product and service. 4 Reasons Good Web Design Matters 2019-03-19T23:20:45Z 4-reasons-good-web-design-matters When it comes to good web design, first impressions count! When looking for a product or service online, individuals are always going to look for the best option, it’s just human nature – we all want the best deal available. They’ll consider reputation, price, word of mouth, and how your business is presented. Good web design helps you establish this trust with clients and customers. You’re going to be compared to your competition (which you will be, let’s face it) having a good website is a must to capture the trust of the user within those vital few seconds of landing on your site. Still not convinced? We have put together 4 top reasons good web design matters. 1. It builds your credibility Within seconds of seeing a website, a visitor will be able to decide whether or not they trust your business – like it or not. Different visual cues play a role in this decision. Visitors will decide whether or not you’re credible based on: Quality of images Font and colour schemes Ease of navigation and links Usability Website copy Overall design and layout If you’re ticking all the boxes, you’ll leave no doubt in your visitors’ minds that you’re a company they can trust. This will give you an edge over your competition. You can read the remaining 3 reasons on our website: Click Here VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T04:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 Swimwear Shack Super Saturday + Ariarne Titmus + Speedo Australia + World's Greatest Shave 9/3/19 2019-03-07T04:50:08Z swimwear-shack-super-saturday-ariarne-titmus-speedo-australia-world-s-greatest-shave-9-3-19 SUPER SATURDAY 9th March 2019 Local Woollongabba business is inviting Brisbane residents to celebrate the launch of a new Speedo Performance range, meet Ariarne Titmus and help beat blood cancer! Co-Owner of Swimwear shack, Aaron Clarke, will be shaving off his much loved mullet to raise funds as part of the World's Greatest Shave. 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