The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-12-01T02:38:57Z Increasing Australia’s grain fibre intake could save the economy $3.3 billion a year 2017-12-01T02:38:57Z increasing-australias-grain-fibre-intake-could-save-the-economy-3-3-billion-a-year New research, conducted by Nutrition Research Australia and Deloitte Access Economics, has been released today announcing some staggering statistics around the economic and health implications associated with our national fibre inadequacy. The research reveals that if every Australian adult were to add two to three serves of high fibre grain food to their daily diet it could save our national economy $3.3 billion per year and help prevent 139,000 cases of cardiovascular disease and 272,000 cases of type 2 diabetes annually. These are two of Australia’s biggest killers and the prevalence of both of these diseases is unfortunately on the rise. Please find the media release below and attached and the following documents can be found in the Dropbox link here: -Research whitepaper -Infographic -Additional Statistics -Animated Content -Spokesperson Interviews -Social Media Assets Alternatively, all resources can be found at the following website: If you would like more information, or to speak with one of our spokespeople, please get in touch with me directly. We also have the below supporting quote provided by Sturt Eastwood, CEO of Diabetes NSW/ACT: “Type 2 Diabetes is one of the most serious health challenges facing Australia today. There are currently more than 1 million people registered as living with type 2 diabetes and a potential half a million who are undiagnosed. There are a number of lifestyle factors that can be modified to slow the development and help manage type 2 diabetes, and this report identifies diet as among the most important. Helping people improve their diet can go a long way towards reducing the numbers affected by type 2 diabetes, which is a life changing condition. I encourage all Australians to look at the fibre in their diet and try to achieve a better balance in the mix of wholegrains, fruit and vegetables they’re eating. A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is news no one wants to receive, and a few small changes to daily eating habits could go a long way to helping Australians have a much healthier outlook.” Panasonic brings slim-line style to award-winning Air Conditioning with new Aero Series 2017-07-18T00:06:09Z panasonic-brings-slim-line-style-to-award-winning-air-conditioning-with-new-aero-series Sydney, 18 July 2017 – Enjoy the latest slim, stylish design in your home or apartment, with Panasonic’s sleek new ‘Aero Series’ Air Conditioners – the latest in Panasonic’s popular range. The Panasonic Aero Series features a new slim design and is narrower in depth, projecting less from the wall to blend more subtly with home interiors. This new styling has seen Panasonic receive an IF Design Award[i] in Europe. The unit features an elegant gloss white finish and gently rounded horizontal panel with two tapered sides. To complement its attractive design, the Aero Series provides comfort and peace of mind with controlled airflow, purified healthy air and smart energy savings. The new Air Conditioner range includes both reverse-cycle and cooling-only models. Trusted brand A trusted brand with Australian consumers, Panasonic recently topped the industry in the 2017 Canstar Blue customer satisfaction review for Air Conditioning – rating five stars for overall satisfaction for the second year running. It also rated five stars with regards to reliability, functionality, ease of use, noise levels and value for money. Joe De Bella, Senior Product Marketing Manager - Air Conditioning, Panasonic, said: “Our customers continue to show their confidence in the Panasonic Air Conditioning brand with this five star rating from Canstar Blue.[ii] “Our focus is on delivering a product that offers quality and durability, and keeps consumers comfortable and healthy in the home. Panasonic’s new slim-line Aero Series range is the perfect example of a product that encompasses all of our award winning qualities, so we’re confident it will be received well.” PANASONIC AERO SERIES AIR CONDITIONERS Key features Design: Slim design to complement new home and apartment installations Comfort: Natural ‘Shower Cooling’ or ‘Fast Cooling’ as required Health: nanoe-G eliminates micro-organisms to enhance indoor air quality[iii] ECONAVI: ECONAVI technology intelligently adjusts heating and cooling for energy savings[iv] Chill out with Aerowings The ‘Aerowings’ blades on the new Panasonic Aero Series control the airflow to provide ‘Shower Cooling’, which directs cool air across the ceiling to shower down naturally, spreading over a wider area of a room and minimising any uncomfortable direct airflow chill. When ‘Fast Cooling’ is required, the blades direct airflow downwards, delivering concentrated cool air the moment the air conditioner is switched on. A cleaner home environment For those concerned about bacteria and allergens in the home, Panasonic’s revolutionary nanoe-G air purifying feature enhances indoor air quality. nanoe-G eliminates micro-organisms – removing 99 percent of airborne bacteria, viruses and mould. It also catches and deactivates 99 percent of bacteria and viruses on surfaces and in the filter, resulting in a cleaner and healthier home. The air purifying feature works hand in hand with the Mild Dry Cooling function, which reduces the unwanted side-effects of air conditioning, such as dry skin and mouths, by maintaining the level of air moisture in the room. Outstanding energy efficiency with ECONAVI ECONAVI technology uses multiple intelligent sensors – including human activity, sunlight and temperature – to automatically adapt heating and cooling power according to room conditions. With just one touch of a button, customers can reduce energy use by up to 45 percent[v] on heating mode and up to 38 percent[vi] on cooling mode. Absence detection technology: Maximises energy efficiency by detecting and learning when movement in the room occurs Area search technology: Directs air flow to the area of the room where people are located Sunlight detection technology: Detects sunlight intensity and adjusts cooling power accordingly Temperature wave: Uses input from other sensors to moderate the temperature, effectively balancing energy savings and comfort Reverse Cycle temperature for every season The ECONAVI range offers up to 9.0kW heating and 8.0kW cooling, meaning Australian homes can stay comfortable all year round. Heating is designed to operate even when it’s a freezing –15°C outside, with cooling effective up to a sweltering +46°C. Panasonic Aero Series ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter (Z Series) Model Star rating (cooling) Star rating (heating) Availability RRP CS/CU-Z25TKR 5 5.5 Aug 17 $1,239 plus installation CS/CU-Z35TKR 4 4.5 Aug 17 $1,439 plus installation CS/CU-Z42TKR 3 3 Aug 17 $1,599 plus installation CS/CU-Z50TKR 4 4.5 Aug 17 $1,979 plus installation CS/CU-Z60TKR 3 3.5 Aug 17 $2,159 plus installation CS/CU-Z71TKR 2.5 3 Aug 17 $2,429 plus installation CS/CU-Z80TKR 2 2.5 Aug 17 $3,129 plus installation Panasonic Aero Series Reverse Cycle Inverter (RZ Series) Model Star rating (cooling) Star rating (heating) Availability RRP CS/CU-RZ25TKR 2.5 3.5 Aug 17 $969 plus installation CS/CU-RZ35TKR 2.5 3 Aug 17 $1,169 plus installation CS/CU-RZ50TKR 2 2.5 Aug 17 $1,599 plus installation CS/CU-RZ60TKR 1.5 2 Aug 17 $1,789 plus installation CS/CU-RZ71TKR 1.5 2.5 Aug 17 $1,999 plus installation CS/CU-RZ80TKR 1.5 2 Aug 17 $2,579 plus installation Panasonic Aero Series Cooling Only Inverter (U Series) Model Star rating (cooling) Availability RRP CS/CU-U25TKR 3.5 Aug 17 $929 plus installation CS/CU-U35TKR 3 Aug 17 $1,149 plus installation CS/CU-U50TKR 3 Aug 17 $1,579 plus installation CS/CU-U71TKR 2 Aug 17 $1,959 plus installation CS/CU-U80TKR 1.5 Aug 17 $2,439 plus installation The new Panasonic Aero Series Air Conditioner range is available from leading home appliance retailers and authorised Panasonic air conditioning distributors and dealers from August 2017. For further information, please visit or call 132 600. [i] [ii] [iii] Available on Panasonic Aero Series ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter (Z Series) models only [iv] Available on Panasonic Aero Series ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter (Z Series) models only [v] Available on Panasonic Aero Series ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter (Z Series) models only [vi] Comparison of 3.5kW Inverter model between ECONAVI with (Dual Human Activity Sensor, Sunlight Sensor, and Temperature Wave) ON and ECONAVI OFF (Cooling). oOo MEDIA ENQUIRIES Shona Hannon Louise Caldicott (Panasonic Australia) (Porter Novelli) (02) 9491 7629 (02) 8987 2100 DXC Dandelion Program Extends to Canberra with University Partnerships 2017-07-13T00:47:55Z dxc-dandelion-program-extends-to-canberra-with-university-partnerships The DXC Dandelion Work Experience Program today announced The Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra (UC) and Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) have joined DXC Technology to launch the program in Australia’s capital city. First piloted in Adelaide in 2014, the DXC Dandelion program has been successfully assisting people on the autistic spectrum to build IT careers in partnership with the Australian Department of Defence, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The goal of the DXC Dandelion Work Experience Program is to provide higher education students with the opportunity to take part in technical work experience and improve their confidence, technical and team working skills to increase their employability. “The DXC Dandelion Work Experience Program allows us to share learning from our employment program with higher education students with autism, giving them the opportunity to improve a range of skills, whilst enhancing their employability,” said Seelan Nayagam, Managing Director, DXC Technology Australia & New Zealand. “The program combines the use of robotics with commercial IT industry teaching and methods to help primary school students who are on the autistic spectrum with educational and engagement development. We have seen that robotics successfully assists with some social and educational needs.” Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Australian National University, said ANU was delighted to be a part of the program. “The Dandelion Work Experience Program provides our students who are on the autistic spectrum with valuable work experience in a real project environment. “ANU has a proud tradition of supporting students on the autistic spectrum to achieve their full potential. ANU is pleased to work with the Dandelion Work Experience Program to provide more opportunities for our students.” Professor Nick Klomp, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Canberra said: “The Dandelion Work Experience Program offers a unique, transformational experience to our students on the autistic spectrum. “They get to learn hands-on what it’s like to work in a real IT project, as well as having access to opportunities to gain long term employment. We are thrilled for UC to take part in the program.” Leanne Cover, Chief Operating Officer, Canberra Institute of Technology said: “The Dandelion Work Experience Program provides our students with valuable, meaningful work experience in a real project environment – in the IT industry sector. It also leads to opportunities for our students to gain long term employment.” Michael Fieldhouse, Program Executive, DXC Dandelion outlines: “The DXC Dandelion Work Experience program allows DXC to reach further into the talent pool, and it has a secondary benefit that allows primary school students on the autistic spectrum to project forward to want IT careers in the future through their interaction with higher education students on the spectrum.” -ENDS- About DXC Technology DXC Technology (DXC: NYSE) is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, helping clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change. Created by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology serves nearly 6,000 private and public sector clients across 70 countries. The company’s technology independence, global talent and extensive partner network combine to deliver powerful next-generation IT services and solutions. DXC Technology is recognized among the best corporate citizens globally. For more information, visit Contacts Victoria Ancell, Senior Account Manager, Porter Novelli Sydney - Tip Top® launches innovative new Sandwich Thins 2017-05-01T00:15:16Z tip-top-r-launches-innovative-new-sandwich-thins Sydney, Monday 1 May 2017 – Today, iconic food brand Tip Top® launches a new Sandwich Thins range which will provide Australians with a light and versatile lunchtime option. With only 99 calories per serve* Tip Top® Sandwich Thins are a lighter way to enjoy the pleasure and softness of bread. They are deliciously soft and tasty and are pre-sliced to make six sandwiches. Tip Top® Sandwich Thins brings something new and different to lunch and adds variety to the everyday lunch occasion. It brings excitement to the bread aisle with a unique offering, the first of its kind in the Australian market. Baked in Australia, Sandwich Thins are suitable for topping, filling and toasting for a quick and delicious lunch. They are the deliciously different lunch time solution the whole family will love. They are available in three delicious varieties; original, wholemeal, and lightly seeded. They also have a strong health star rating with wholemeal rating 4.5 health stars, and original and lightly seeded rating 4 health stars. Tip Top® Senior Brand Manager, Susan Tahmasian, said the new range was developed in response to growing consumer demand for lighter lunchtime fare and greater variety: “Sandwiches will always be Australia’s go-to lunch option, but there are occasions where we want to experiment or enjoy something different”. “Not only are Tip Top® Sandwich Thins a welcome and versatile addition to the segment, they are also a smart choice for people who love the texture and appearance of bread but want a softer, lighter lunch.” Sandwich Thins has proved popular in the UK, where they are an important part of the bakery market and one of the biggest drivers of growth in the sandwich alternatives category. ^ The ‘Thins’ segment has grown to a 30 per cent household penetration rate (Nielsen Homescan 28.01.17) and sales estimated at more than £50 million ($80 million) per year. This growth is driven by strong brands and a solid innovation pipeline. In Australia, the sandwich alternatives segment is showing strong and consistent value growth at 7.7 per cent year-on-year (IRI Aztec Scan data to MAT 17.02.17). Tahmasian added: “We’re proud and excited to be bringing this latest innovation to Australia. We expect the range to be a big a hit with Aussie shoppers who are always on the lookout for something new and different.” Marketing & Innovation Director, Graeme Cutler, adds: “The launch of Tip Top® Sandwich Thins represents the culmination of three years of research, product development, market testing and building the capabilities to bake what is truly a unique and delicious product. Tip Top® has been a family favourite for more than 50 years, and we are very excited to be launching a totally new product that the whole family will love.” The launch will be supported with a multi-million dollar integrated marketing communication campaign across channels such as TV, Digital, Social and Outdoor. Sandwich Thins will also utilise a strong sampling campaign to drive awareness and trial. Available from 1 May with an RRP of $3.50, Tip Top® Sandwich Thins will be sold in all major supermarkets. They are located next to the wraps in the bakery aisle and have a shelf life of six days. Proudly baking since 1958, Tip Top is committed to providing quality bakery products for Aussie families. It’s no wonder the family says… Good on Ya Mum, Tip Tops The One! Keep up to date with Tip Top’s products and giveaways on Facebook at @tiptop. - ENDS - * 99 Calories per serving based on an average Tip Top® Sandwich Thins weight of 40 g (unprepared). ^ $1M investment fast-tracks 1Scope education platform 2017-03-31T06:14:52Z 1m-investment-fast-tracks-1scope-education-platform Sydney, 31 March 2017:  A revolutionary new Australian social enterprise, 1Scope, will launch in mid-2017 thanks to an investment of $1M from Aqualand Capital.  1Scope is a world-leading website from which companies, universities and not-for-profits can promote, manage and measure the effectiveness of the training, work experience and skills opportunities they offer for Australian students aged 12-25. 1Scope allows students to secure real-world experience that provides practical work skills by accessing programs, work experience and courses that are relevant to them – and importantly enabling them to develop the broader ‘soft skills’ that are critical, but not often taught to students. The platform, which has been in beta version from October 2016, will use the investment to fast-track its launch to August 2017. 1Scope founder and CEO, Christina Chun, says 1Scope is free for students to access and has the support of numerous leading Australian corporates as well as some of the country’s leading universities, high schools and education providers. “I started 1Scope as I passionately believe students deserve greater access to opportunities outside of higher and tertiary education programs.  My vision for 1Scope is to bridge the gap between the education system and employers and in doing so, create valuable new opportunities for today’s students,” Christina said. “Today’s students are clever and capable and keen to apply for opportunities and training where it’s useful to them. Finding those opportunities and getting from A to B is the hard part for students and is the problem that 1Scope is trying to solve. “Having secured an investment from Aqualand Capital, we’re able to pick up the pace of our 1Scope platform enhancements and our introductions to corporates and not-for-profits.  This gives us the opportunity to see more students matched with more opportunities quickly. “We are pleased that the Aqualand Capital investment allows us to give more Australian secondary and tertiary students an avenue to expand their real-life skills and experience and grow their confidence by matching them with valuable development opportunities.” Jin Lin, Managing Director of Aqualand said: “Aqualand Capital has been established to invest in business to increase its development capability, take advantage of new technologies, increase efficiency and provide shareholders with long term return on investment. “When we saw the potential for 1Scope to make a difference to the adults of tomorrow, together with the enthusiasm and skills of its founder, Christina Chun, we knew this was an initiative that required our support. “In addition to financial investment in the business, Aqualand’s marketing, legal and finance departments have provided practical advice to the 1Scope team and we are providing space in our office for the team to operate for the first 12 months.” -ENDS-   About 1Scope 1Scope is a website from which companies, universities and not-for-profits can promote, manage and measure the training, work experience and skills opportunities they offer for Australian students aged 12-25. 1Scope allows students to secure real-world experience that provides practical work skills by accessing programs, work experience and courses that are relevant to them – and importantly enabling them to develop the broader ‘soft skills’ that are critical, but not often taught to students. 1Scope is free for students to access and has the support of numerous leading Australian corporates as well as some of the country’s leading universities, high schools and education providers. 1Scope was founded by Christina Chun, a 26 year old Australian entrepreneur with a passion for education.  Christina has a background in Psychology and Human Resource Management specialising in working with children with learning disabilities and over five years’ experience in working in the Education industry.   About Aqualand Capital As the property development business has grown so have the objectives of the business operations. To further these objectives, Aqualand Capital Investment was established to assist with the diversification of the commercial model by providing capital to invest in opportunities that provide strong financial returns and encourage and assist new businesses during their start-up phase. In addition to investment properties, Aqualand Capital has a comprehensive share portfolio and is working with a number of start-up companies by providing venture capital. As a point of difference, Aqualand also provides access to specialist resources from Aqualand, including marketing, legal and finance, as many start-up companies do not have expertise in these areas.    For any requests including interview opportunities please contact: Louise Caldicott or Tamsyn Alley Porter Novelli Sydney (on behalf of Aqualand) 0435 800 395 (Louise)  / 0478 474 634 (Tamsyn) / Serko Enters World of Virtual Card Payments 2017-02-14T22:11:15Z serko-enters-world-of-virtual-card-payments Auckland, New Zealand. 15 February 2017 – Serko Ltd. (SKO.NZ) A leader in online travel booking and expense management for business, announced a new partnership with Conferma, the leader of virtual card services, that will give users of Serko Online the option to pay for business travel using Virtual Cards. Virtual Cards have grown in popularity as they are more secure than physical cards, allow corporates to control the amount that travellers can spend and make it much easier for corporates and Travel Management Companies (TMCs) to manage and report on their travel programmes. Darrin Grafton, CEO, Serko, said “We've seen the demand for Virtual Cards grow recently as TMCs and corporates look for more efficient ways of controlling spend and managing travel programmes. Our Serko Online integration with Conferma will allow customers to use Virtual Card products from all of the major card programmes when booking travel on Serko Online, ensuring that Serko maintains its position as an innovative platform for travel management.” Simon Barker, CEO of Conferma said: "Serko is Australasia’s leading online travel booking and expense management company and we're pleased to be able to offer Serko's customers access to virtual payment capability through our platform. We expect Virtual Cards to overtake physical cards as the primary form of payment for travel in the next 3 years. Integration with Serko is key to getting mass adoption.” Serko is actively working with the virtual card providers to bring their virtual payment solutions to market in the next few weeks. Corporates should contact their Travel Management Company for more information. More information Thomas Hann, Porter Novelli, for Serko Phone: +61 2 8987 2135 Email: Follow Serko On Linkedin: On Twitter: About Serko  Serko is Australasia’s leading online travel booking and expense management company for businesses and is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange Main Board (SKO.NZ). With its HQ in Auckland New Zealand, and offices in Sydney Australia and Xi’an City China, Serko employs more than 111 people worldwide. Serko Online is an integrated Online Travel Booking Tool used by businesses to book flights, accommodation and car hire from the broadest possible set of travel providers. The OBT ensures that travel bookings comply with corporate travel management policy without limiting the users choice of travel provider. Serko’s product portfolio also includes Serko Expense, Serko Mobile and Visit for more information About Conferma Conferma is a leading FinTech company specializing in Virtual Card technology. A global company, managing transactions in 96 currencies in 193 countries, Conferma is headquartered in Manchester, having been founded by CEO Simon Barker in 2005. With 80% of Buying Business Travel's Top 50 TMCs using Conferma, it is an industry standard for corporate travel payment. Conferma’s Virtual Card technology is mainly about simplifying over-complicated processes in Travel and Expense (T&E) payments. It is the gateway between commercial card issuers and the travel community. Conferma’s many established travel partners include all three Global Distribution Systems (GDS), Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport; leading corporate Travel Management Companies (TMCs) such as CWT, HRG, AMEX GBTA; online booking tools and other booking technology providers. Part of Conferma’s ecosystem are all major card schemes, American Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa, and over 20 commercial card issuers globally including Barclaycard, Bank of America and Citi. PEPSI MAX TAKES SUMMER TO NEW LEVEL THANKS TO SERIES OF INGENIOUS HACKS 2016-12-09T02:05:00Z pepsi-max-takes-summer-to-new-level-thanks-to-series-of-ingenious-hacks PEPSI MAX TAKES SUMMER TO NEW LEVEL THANKS TO SERIES OF INGENIOUS HACKS Ash Williams, Carissa Walford and Chaz Mostert launch summer of fun Sydney, Australia. 9 December 2016 – Comedian and actor Ash Williams, summer loving TV presenter Carissa Walford and Aussie Supercars driver Chaz Mostert have joined forces to create the ultimate guide on how to #MaxYourSummer. The video, released today, shows how Williams, Walford and Mostert deal with bad traffic and hold ups on the way to the beach by building an ingenious DIY carpool. Throughout summer, Williams and Walford will be posting more ingenious summer hacks on their social channels. Walford said, “Summer is the best time of the year in Australia, and yet too often we Aussies miss out on all the fun due to things like work and traffic getting in the way. Teaming up with Pepsi Max this summer means I can show Aussies all my tips and tricks to ensure they’re making the most of this time of year.” Williams added, “We want to inspire Aussies not to let little things get in the way of a good time this summer. Our summer hacks are bold. They’re ingenious. And they’ll show you how to #MaxYourSummer in every way possible.” Supercar driver Chaz Mostert, who steered the Pepsi Max Van on its maiden beachside voyage, is all too familiar with dodging traffic, and said, “I won’t stand for anything getting in the way of my final destination. If I can’t get to the beach, I’m going to ensure the beach comes to me. Pepsi Max is the perfect partner to ensure everyone reaches their dream destinations this summer.” The trio’s video comes as the latest in Pepsi Max’s #MaxYourSummer campaign, which is taking its bold brand ingenuity to a new level and turning common barriers to summer on their heads with a series of problem-solving hacks. Throughout December, the Pepsi Max Van will be on the streets of Sydney suburbs picking up passengers caught in busy public transport pain points on the way to the beach and other summer destinations. ## To view the #MaxYourSummer video hack and access images, click here. For further details contact: Thomas Hann, Porter Novelli, 0408 880 536 About PepsiCo PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. In ANZ, our portfolio includes much loved brands like Smith’s, Pepsi Max, Red Rock Deli, Twisties, Mountain Dew and Sunbites. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. For more information, visit Tarkett leads combat against poor indoor air quality with the launch of eco-friendly iQ ONE flooring range in Australia 2016-11-09T01:14:35Z tarkett-leads-combat-against-poor-indoor-air-quality-with-the-launch-of-eco-friendly-iq-one-flooring-range-in-australia MEDIA RELEASE Tarkett leads combat against poor indoor air quality with the launch of eco-friendly iQ ONE flooring range in Australia Children and elderly most vulnerable to poor indoor air quality in commercial facilities Tarkett’s iQ ONE flooring range purpose-designed to improve indoor air quality and living standards Strong need for manufacturers in Australia to take-up sustainable strategies like Cradle to Cradle® Sydney, Tuesday 8 November 2016 – Tarkett, a global leader in sustainable flooring, today launched the iQ ONE flooring range in Australia, which is purpose-designed to improve the air quality and living standards across healthcare, aged care and education facilities. As a result of its positive impact on the environment and human health, Tarkett iQ One has achieved Green Tag Level A Certificate issued by Global Green Tag, adding to its status as the world’s first homogenous flooring product to earn a Cradle to Cradle® Gold level certification by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. This has been followed by the release of the 2016 Towards Building That Thrive Report authored by the Thrive Research Hub at The University of Melbourne. The report addresses the need to develop building design and construction practices and interior materials that promote healthier and sustainable commercial spaces, with a focus on indoor air quality. The report commissioned by Tarkett found that exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from building materials such as flooring can result in significant adverse health issues for building occupants and workers, including Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).[1] Alarmingly, the report also found that despite children, elderly and the sick being particularly vulnerable to unhealthy indoor air qualities due to their growing bodies and lowered immune systems, the facilities used to service this group are held to the same indoor air quality thresholds as commercial offices and warehouses. [2] “To address the increased pressure on design professionals to build healthier, sustainable indoor environments, the iQ ONE flooring range provides them with a non-PVC and phthalate-free, low VOC emissions and fully recyclable option that has not yet been seen in this market category”, said Ralph Jorissen, Managing Director of Tarkett Australasia. “Unhealthy indoor air quality is one of the biggest threats to Australian’s health and wellbeing in the built environment but is often completely taken for granted. So it is more important now than ever that manufactures take-up strategies that promote healthy indoor environments.” The report authored by The University of Melbourne’s Thrive Research Hub finds that using sustainable products like Tarkett’s iQ ONE will: Improve human health and wellbeing by providing low levels of long term health impacting VOCs, increased hygiene, dust reduction, thermal comfort and visual and acoustic appeal. Increase resource efficiency of manufacturing, using less water and energy, producing less waste, product stewardship, maximised recycled material content, use of renewable resources and design for reuse and recyclability. Boost economic benefits through the use of a finish that is easy to clean and maintain and is long lasting and durable. Improve regeneration impact through creating benefit beyond the immediate product to the systems that the product interacts with across its life cycle. Renowned architect Peter Colquhoun said, “I am proud to be associated with the launch of this revolutionary Tarkett product in Australia. As an architect, I recognise the strong need to make careful decisions about building materials and see iQ ONE as a leader in healthy, sustainable solutions.” “Tarkett represents a world class, environmentally responsible brand and its iQ ONE range is a step change when it comes to flooring that not only offers environmental benefits, but also human health, wellbeing and economic benefits. On top of this, the iQ ONE range of colours and patterns offers aesthetically beautiful solutions for many diverse spaces.” Dr Robert Crawford, of the Thrive Research Hub said, “The report brings to the forefront the urgent need for the sensible use of materials as the exponential growth of extraction of natural resources for building and construction continues. Companies that put the wellbeing of the earth and the human population at the centre of their practises will be central to the building industry of the future.” By setting the highest standards in eco-innovation, Tarkett leads the flooring industry by providing tangible environmental and health benefits to its flooring users. Its aim is to ensure that Tarkett customers benefit from the best products, made from good, sustainable materials that contribute to people’s health, well-being and the environment without compromising performance and design experience. oOo FOR MEDIA ENQUIRES OR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Jessica Hodges || 02 8987 2108 | 0421 321 999 Melody Chew | | 02 8987 2128 | 0438 139 713 Follow Tarkett Australia: @GroupTarkett or @tarkett.official Hashtag: #iqoneaus ABOUT TARKETT With net sales of 2.7 billion euros recorded in 2015, Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and wall covering solutions. Every day, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square metres of flooring to a range of residential and commercial customers for health care, aged care, education, housing, hospitality, office, retail and sports projects, delivering the ultimate flooring experiences that improve people's health, wellbeing, and living environments. In Australia, they offer a diverse range of products including Vinyl, Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT), Wood, Laminate, Carpet, Carpet Tile and Linoleum across the Tarkett, Desso, Johnsonsite and Tandus brands. Committed to sustainable development, the company is driven by an eco‐innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. ABOUT iQ ONE On average, we spend 90 per cent of our time indoors, which is why Tarkett is committed to designing better, healthier and more productive living spaces for all. iQ ONE offers a perfect balance between aesthetics, flexibility and strength for the tough demanding requirements of high traffic areas. The patent pending, innovative, non-PVC formula provides the same unique benefits that have made iQ a recognised name in homogeneous flooring for decades. The new iQ ONE offers the following features: Non-PVC Phthalate-free Low VOC’s emissions 100 per cent recyclable No biocides High durability and flexibility Easy to install Heat welded for optimal hygiene and easy cleaning Low maintenance – no wax or polish required Wet room approved according to GBR trade standard Mix and Match The iQ ONE collection comes in an array of 38 colours and three non-directional patterns: Dusty, Classic and Misty. The various patterns provide an attractive variety and let you mix and match to create coordinated and harmonious decors, available with coordinated non-PVC welding rods for a perfect finish. iQ ONE is also extremely flexible. This simplifies the installation process by making it easy to cover up walls, install around pipes and fold down into floor drains, which also makes it approved for wet room installations. The product can be maintained with dry or damp methods with only water and mild detergents without using wax or polish. It can easily be restored to its original appearance and properties by dry buffing. This gives iQ ONE a low life cycle cost and a quicker return on investment. For more information about iQ ONE flooring range visit [1] Page 8, Towards Building That Thrive Report, 2016 [2] Page 7, Towards Building That Thrive Report, 2016 Panasonic narrows gap with thinnest ever bezel wall and entry level digital signage 2016-11-07T02:33:27Z panasonic-narrows-gap-with-thinnest-ever-bezel-wall-and-entry-level-digital-signage MEDIA RELEASE Panasonic narrows the gap with its thinnest ever bezel video wall Sydney, 7 November 2016 – Boasting a bezel-to-bezel width of just 1.8mm, Panasonic’s new 55-inch ultra-thin video wall delivers impressive visual impact from digital signage environments to the control room. Chris Maw, Product Marketing Manager, Panels and Projectors, Panasonic, said: “With our thinnest-ever bezel, customers can create massive video walls that can be tiled in any vertical and horizontal layout configuration. “This premium bright, Full HD display suits demanding 24/7 applications from showrooms to exhibitions, control rooms, flagship shopping malls, and hotel and convention lobbies and concourses.” With 1.8mm the combined bezel distance between two adjacent screens, the efficient 700 cd/m2 direct-lit LED panel will meet the demands of brightly lit retail or staging environments, while pixel-free Full HD resolution positions the TH-55VF1H for multi-screen use in monitoring rooms. Key features Panasonic’s premier professional signage display, the TH-55VF1H combines new generation image enhancement technology with a robust IPS panel. This works to preserve natural colour accuracy and high visibility when viewed off-axis. In addition, anti-glare screen surface treatment reduces reflections from artificial lighting. Image optimisation technology includes: pre-calibrated display modes to suit different venues and content; a Refine Enhancer engine that clarifies details following image enlargement; and for multiple screens, sophisticated colour-matching and frame-synchronisation/reverse scanning capability for fluid, flicker-free motion reproduction. Engineered for 24/7 commercial operation, the VF1H features high quality electrical components to extend reliability in long-term installations and consumes less energy thanks to efficient backlighting and contrast control. It features a single-cable DIGITAL LINK daisy-chain solution as well as a modular video-wall frame that dramatically reduces the effort and expense associated with installation, while ensuring a high-precision fit. A failover/failback video-signal backup function maintains transmission where video display cannot be interrupted, such as for control/monitoring and large signage networks, while a synchronised USB media player allows 4K and Full HD media content to be simultaneously copied and updated to USB memory via PC over LAN. The TH-55VF1H will be available in December 2016 from specialist Panasonic display panel distributors and resellers. For more information visit or call 132 600. VF1H Specifications TH-55VF1H Screen Size 55-inch Resolution 1920 x 1080 Panel Type LCD (D-LED) IPS Panel Surface Anti-Glare (AG) Brightness 700 cd/m2 Contrast ratio 1,200:1 Dynamic contrast 500,000:1 Bezel Width (B-to-B) 1.8 mm Portrait Operation Yes 24/7 Operation Yes DIGITAL LINK Yes Availability November 2016 Price $10,999 RRP o0o RELEASED BY PANASONIC AUSTRALIA Media Enquiries Shona Hannon Gareth Beddoes (Panasonic Australia) (Porter Novelli for Panasonic Australia) (02) 9491 7629 (02) 8987 2100 MEDIA RELEASE New 84-inch and 75-inch displays allow users to roll-out digital signage at the entry level Sydney, 7 November 2016 – Panasonic has introduced new 84-inch and 75-inch digital signage displays designed to offer a cost effective solution for customers – from locations such as corporate and hotel boardrooms and meeting rooms, to schools and retail spaces. Chris Maw, Product Marketing Manager, Panels and Projectors, Panasonic, explained: “The focus when developing these panels was a combination of high-image quality, reliability, and self-contained functionality. This allows customers to select a large panel where an eye-catching display is needed, offering connectivity without complex integration and management.” The slim-bezel EF1 Series models are stylish IPS panel displays. Each features a built-in USB Media Player, eliminating the need for a set top box or other external devices and reducing cable connections in offline environments. Alternatively, media stored on USB memory devices inserted into networked displays can be updated simultaneously via PC, ideal for hard-to-reach signage installations. Panasonic’s Multi Monitoring & Control Software distributes signage media to multiple displays over LAN, switches inputs, and commences/shuts down playback according to a set schedule. This software also offers basic and advanced control capabilities for networked displays – ideal for education, retail, and the office. Connectivity is a highlight with 2 x HDMI, DVI-D, USB, PC/Component, and Video inputs joining LAN, RS-232C, and IR In/Out terminals. Together, a total of 59 PC-correspondent signal types are supported. With efficient LED technology producing 350 cd/m2 of brightness at Full HD resolution, and Panasonic’s IPS panel affording wide visibility while maintaining off-axis color performance, the EF1 is an arresting and cost-effective solution for digital signage or for general use. Specifications Model TH-84EF1 TH-75EF1 Size 84 inches 75 inches Panel/Backlight IPS/LED Brightness 350 cd/m2 Contrast 1400:1 1200:1 Dimensions (W x H x D) mm 1910 x 1102 x 78 1681 x 959 x 77 Availability November 2016 November 2016 Pricing $13,199 $7,399 o0o RELEASED BY PANASONIC AUSTRALIA Media Enquiries Shona Hannon Gareth Beddoes (Panasonic Australia) (Porter Novelli for Panasonic Australia) (02) 9491 7629 (02) 8987 2100 SAI Global Announces 2016 HACCP Conference Award Winners 2016-10-06T05:44:18Z sai-global-announces-2016-haccp-conference-award-winners MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT SAI Global Announces 2016 HACCP Conference Award Winners Honouring food safety professionals Melbourne, 6 October 2016: As part of its annual two-day conference, HACCP recognised the best in food safety at its 2016 awards ceremony, hosted by SAI Global. The awards recognise and reward the achievements of those who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of Australia’s food supply. Dawn Welham, Technical Director, SAI Global, said: "In my former roles of Technical Director and Head of Trading Law at Asda Walmart, I know just how challenging it is to manage a complex global supply program. Making sure that customers get the product safety, quality and integrity that they pay for is no easy feat. Having an opportunity to share experiences and learn from globally renowned experts at SAI’s HACCP conference is an excellent way of keeping skills and knowledge sharp, both of which are vital to ensuring that customers can buy with confidence and Australia's food industry remains strong and resilient.” Paul Butcher, Chief Commercial Officer, SAI Global, said: “The annual HACCP conference awards is an opportunity to recognise and reward the achievements of those who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our food supply. Thanks to the commitment of these outstanding individuals, we can be confident the industry is investing in continuous food safety improvements”. Food safety experts were awarded across three categories with the 2016 winners chosen by a panel of Australia’s top industry-recognised food experts and their peers. The categories included: Ross Peters Award for Excellence in Food Safety Leaders of the Future, a food safety learning scholarship Innovators in Food Safety The prestigious Ross Peters Award, recognising excellence in food safety, was awarded to Leah Williamson, Technical Manager, True Foods. Leah was a finalist in the 2015 awards. Leah Williamson said: “I’m honoured because Ross taught me and was a mentor, and HACCP has played a pivotal role in my development and to be recognised for something that you are passionate about and love is just an added bonus.” The Leaders of the Future food safety learning scholarship was awarded to Anna Tran, Quality Assurance Supervisor, ARYZTA. Anna Tran said: “I’m very shocked and very happy to receive this award. I’m very happy to work for a company that supports my professional development and sees the passion I have in food safety.” The winner of the Innovator in Food safety award went to Gary Erickson, Coolsan Principal Scientist, Coolsan Australia. Gary Erickson said: “It’s about getting the recognition for lots of hard work that’s hardly ever seen but results in amazing things eventually. You can’t always see what’s ahead but you can see a problem and solve it.” The 2016 HACCP Awards judging panel comprised Australian and international food safety experts: Dawn Welham, Technical Director, SAI Global Dr. Barry McGookin, General Manager Innovation, Skills and Development, Food Innovation Australia Jennifer Crawford, Supplier and Audit Compliance Manager, Coles ENDS About SAI Global SAI Global makes Intelligent Risk possible. The Company helps organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. SAI Global’s integrated advisory, services and platforms operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Their solutions include risk management software, standards and regulatory content, ethics and compliance learning, risk assessments, certification, testing and audits. In Australia, SAI Global are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with its head office located in Sydney, Australia. The company employs more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America and About the Australian HACCP Conference The 23rd Australian HACCP Conference will be held in Melbourne on October 5-6, 2016. The Australian HACCP Conference is the premier discussion forum for all food industry professionals involved in food safety. Each year the conference attracts a loyal following together with a growing number of delegates involved in the development, implementation and maintenance of food safety programs. The Conference Program addresses issues that have affected the industry resulting from a wide range of events including regulatory change, international policy implementation, food borne illness outbreaks and technology developments. It also looks at specific sector issues so that all delegates can participate in the knowledge exchange, and apply the principles discussed in their own business environment. The conference has attracted many prominent international and domestic speakers over the years. About the Awards Ross Peters Award - recognising excellence in food safety Ross Peters was the former Technical Director of Advancing Food Safety. He was a master of food safety and HACCP. With a career spanning 40 years Ross played a significant role within the Australian and International food industry, driving education and innovation across the sector. He was highly respected amongst his peers. Sadly, Ross passed away suddenly in 2012. This Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates the passion that Ross Peters showed for improving food safety in Australia and New Zealand. Food Safety Training Scholarship - supporting our young talent with the scholarship program This scholarship was launched in 2013 as part of the 20th anniversary of the Australian HACCP Conference. This scholarship is to support up and coming talent, an ambitious person keen to excel as a food safety professional. It will provide the opportunity for one individual in the food industry to complete food safety training in 2016 and offer them a fantastic start to a great career in food safety. The scholarship applicants were asked to submit an application that demonstrates their passion and interest in food safety, a commitment to the food industry and a willingness to learn. Innovators in Food Safety Award Launched this year the Innovators in Food safety Award recognises an individual or organisation that has developed best in class innovations in technology, process, procedure and training regarding food safety. Without innovation, industry would be at a standstill – therefore celebrating innovation is key to stimulating growth and making connections. The winner of this Award will have made a positive and influential impact on food safety in Australia and/or New Zealand through an innovative idea, product or process. Media enquiries: Louise Caldicott, Porter Novelli Sydney, on behalf of SAI Global +61 435 800 395 SAI Global launches new Enterprise Risk Manager application 2016-10-03T22:52:32Z sai-global-launches-new-enterprise-risk-manager-application MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT SAI Global launches new Enterprise Risk Manager application Helping Compliance 360© customers manage risk intelligently Sydney, 4 October 2016: SAI Global Limited (ASX: SAI) today announced the launch of the new Enterprise Risk Manager (ERM) application available on its leading governance, risk and compliance software platform, Compliance 360©. The new offering provides customers the ability to manage their risk intelligently by enabling them to track and report on risk relationships across their business and gain greater visibility into their high-risk functions. Enterprise Risk Manager enables customers to streamline communication and collaboration across their entire enterprise and respond confidently to regulatory change. By being able to more intelligently identify and assess risk, customers can focus their efforts on growing revenue and achieving maximum impact from their business strategy. The integrated applications on Compliance 360, including the new ERM solution, are highly configurable - making the Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) program more efficient for both major corporate and small business customers across diverse industry sectors. The launch of the new Compliance 360 application furthers SAI Global's strategy to focus its globally integrated risk management business on supporting a range of solutions including Third Party Management, Policy Management, Regulatory Change Management and Incident Management. The capabilities of Compliance 360 and Enterprise Risk Manager are showcased on the newly relaunched Compliance 360 website. The revamped user-centric design is highly intuitive, easy to navigate, and is mobile and tablet responsive to support the varied needs of customers across the globe. “We are excited to help our clients navigate today’s world of risk and uncertainty, leveraging agile enterprise risk management software solutions. A Compliance 360-powered enterprise risk management strategy helps clients manage risk across an entire organisation, improving performance and instilling business confidence,” said Peter Mullins, CEO at SAI Global. “The new ERM application aligns a company’s risk appetite with effective metrics and capabilities for identifying, tracking and assessing strategic and operational risk in an efficient manner,” he continued. Mikella Newson, Chief Risk Officer at City Bank says, “It was a great experience participating in the pilot program for Enterprise Risk Manager. SAI Global really listened to our ideas and the new product reflects that input.” ENDS ABOUT SAI GLOBAL SAI Global makes Intelligent Risk possible. The Company helps organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. SAI Global’s integrated advisory, services and platforms operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Their solutions include risk management software, standards and regulatory content, ethics and compliance learning, risk assessments, certification, testing and audits. In Australia, SAI Global are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with its head office located in Sydney, Australia. The company employs more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America and Asia. Media enquiries: Louise Caldicott, Porter Novelli Sydney, on behalf of SAI Global +61 435 800 395 SILKARI SUITES AT CHATSWOOD OPENING DOORS THIS FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2016-09-27T22:45:51Z silkari-suites-at-chatswood-opening-doors-this-friday-30th-september SILKARI SUITES AT CHATSWOOD OPENING DOORS THIS FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER Brand new all suite hotel ready to welcome guests two months ahead of schedule Wednesday September 28th, Sydney – This Friday, Chatswood will become the first home for new luxury property and innovative hotel group Silkari with the opening of Silkari Suites at Chatswood – the final piece in Chatswood’s exciting Concourse precinct. The soft opening of the hotel at 88 Archer Street comes two months ahead of its planned December 1 opening date, just in time for Grand Final weekend. In a first of its kind partnership, Silkari Suites at Chatswood’s will be offering an exclusive David Jones offering called The Silkari Experience. This range of complimentary David Jones services for Silkari guests includes styling sessions, delivery of items purchased to their suites, beauty and skincare sessions and personal shoppers. Amanda Edey, David Jones In-store Services Manager said, “Silkari and David Jones are well-aligned to give customers a luxury offering whilst maintaining the highest standard of service. We have specifically tailored the offering to Silkari Suites at Chatswood and we are driven to provide these services in the most seamless fashion to guests of Silkari.” The hotel brings renewed energy to the Chatswood arts and entertainment precinct, which will also welcome Mills Lane, a vibrant and cosmopolitan strip designed to promote interactive art, food and culture. Mills Lane, openning soon, is a modern day silk road and will breathe new energy into the precinct. Michael Guo, CEO of the group said, “It’s an exciting day for Silkari with the opening of Silkari Suites at Chatswood. This hotel encompasses exquisite design, exceptional service and a richness of cultural diversity, with options for both the leisure and corporate traveller. " Markus Sigmann, Silkari Director of Hotels said, “The ultimate place to retreat, Silkari Suites at Chatswood interlaces the convenience of hotel services with the expansiveness of a private apartment. This is your very own home away from home, with a mix of studio, one and two bedroom executive and balcony suites as well as penthouse suites with outdoor courtyards and high-end amenities.” For media enquiries including tours and stays, please contact: Sue Harris, Silkari Hotels E: | T: 02 818 818 18 SAI Global acquires Modulo International 2016-08-17T02:19:50Z sai-global-acquires-modulo-international 17 August 2016: SAI Global Limited (ASX: SAI) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Modulo International (Modulo Security LLC), a leading IT governance, risk, and compliance (IT GRC) technology solutions company from Brazilian parent company, Modulo Security Solutions SA.  The acquisition, which complements and augments SAI Global’s leading governance, risk and compliance software platform, Compliance 360©, furthers SAI Global’s strategy to focus its globally integrated, risk management solutions business towards higher margin, higher growth software, and digital products and services. Modulo’s IT GRC solution enables Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Security Officers (CSOs) to address corporate and information security risks and meet compliance obligations. The acquisition includes a perpetual license to the Risk Manager™ platform source code including the right to modify, use and sell the code as required. Modulo Security Solutions SA will continue to own the source code and to deliver its Smart Government and Command and Control solutions worldwide, and will also have the exclusive right to sell its IT GRC solution in Brazil, Mozambique and Angola for a five year period. After 5 years both companies will be free to operate internationally without territorial constraint. By offering a strong portfolio of clients in multiple sectors, the acquisition of Modulo International complements SAI Global’s existing customer base and provides expansion into valuable vertical industries, including consulting, critical infrastructure, energy, higher education, finance, manufacturing, public sector, services and retail. SAI Global CEO, Peter Mullins, said that as an expanding market with material headroom for growth and a ubiquitous client need, IT GRC was identified by SAI Global as a priority opportunity for expansion of the company’s compliance and risk management business and a valuable addition to SAI Global’s leading Compliance 360 risk management software solution. “In an increasingly complex business operating environment, the need for CIOs and CSOs to address corporate and information security risks and meet compliance obligations, is paramount. While already a leader in this space, the opportunity for us to acquire Modulo International arose at the right time. Augmenting Compliance 360 with an IT GRC capability and providing an entry point into a range of complementary client sectors and markets, the acquisition enables us to efficiently accelerate the growth of our global risk software business,” Mullins said. Modulo International has shown consistent year on year growth over the past three years (revenue CAGR 26%) with an increase in annuity revenues from 36 per cent in FY14 to 56 per cent in the last 12 months. When the acquisition is completed Modulo International will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAI Global, with the Modulo International team headquartered in Atlanta seamlessly integrating into SAI Global’s Atlanta offices.   END   ABOUT SAI GLOBAL SAI Global makes Intelligent Risk possible. The Company helps organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. SAI Global’s integrated advisory, services and platforms operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Their solutions include risk management software, standards and regulatory content, ethics and compliance learning, risk assessments, certification, testing and audits. In Australia, SAI Global are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with its head office located in Sydney, Australia. The company employs more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America and Asia. ABOUT MODULO Modulo International comprises Modulo Security LLC, a US based Delaware Limited Liability Corporation headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (Modulo US) and Modulo Security (Europe) Limited, a UK based wholly owned subsidiary. Modulo International specialises in IT Governance, Risk and Compliance Management (IT GRC) by means of a proprietary IT Risk Management software automation platform, Risk Manager™.  IT GRC enables Chief Information and Security Officers to address corporate and information security risks and meet compliance obligations. Modulo International’s clients represent many different sectors, including Consulting, Critical Infrastructure, Energy, Higher Education, Finance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Public Sector, Services, and Retail with the majority located in the United States with a small number of clients in Europe and Dubai.    Media enquiries: Louise Caldicott, Porter Novelli Sydney, on behalf of SAI Global +61 435 800 395 CLEMENGER GROUP 2017 GRADUATE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN 2016-08-11T06:31:21Z clemenger-group-2017-graduate-program-applications-now-open The Clemenger Group, responsible for Bonds “The Boys”, Dolmio Pepper Hacker, Toshiba Made in 17 Hours and Samsung Slideliner launches its 2017 Graduate Program this week. The highly sought after program, dubbed ‘Curious Minds’, has become known for attracting Australia’s brightest and most inquisitive young minds, who have gone on to build successful careers in the advertising and marketing industry. “This year we’re broadening the application criteria, we’re keen to hear from the brightest talent. They might be a graduate or someone with other achievements, we’re looking for smart, interesting, ambitious and curious minded young people looking for a start.” said Kim Boehm, Clemenger Group’s Director of Talent Management. 2015 Sydney Graduate, Jess Gill, who graduated from the University of Sydney, says “The Clemenger Group Graduate Program is fantastic, as at the end of the program you effectively have had work experience in two or three companies. It’s the only grad program in the industry that does this, and seeing as today’s campaigns are multi-faceted – more digital, experiential and relying on PR for push – the experience across these different companies is extremely valuable.” Clemenger Group has run its graduate program for 10 years and has employed over 100 graduates as a direct result of the program. Boehm said that while the Group hires people for a variety of marketing and communications roles, the Curious Minds program is generally suited to those seeking account management positions with the opportunity to complete 3 rotations in different communications fields. “We’re not only looking for account managers, but we’ve found that the best way to make the program meaningful for the graduates is to set them to work on real projects with real clients. So we start them off in account management and whilst most tend to stay on this path at the end of the program we’ve had others who have switched to roles in strategy and creative,” said Boehm. Says Emily Perrett, Managing Director Clemenger BBDO Sydney, “Some of our best talent comes out of the Grad program – across Planning, Creative and Account Management. The Program is going to be bigger than ever this year, we can’t wait to meet the 2017 Group”.  The program is a full time paid role for ten months, starting in late January 2017. Applications close September 27, 2016. The program, which runs in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand, is open to current or recent graduates interested in exploring a career in advertising and marketing communications/ For more information and to apply, visit Clemenger Group Careers: ----       ENDS ----    MEDIA CONTACT: Jane +61 467 799 758 REDBALLOON PROVIDING 24 CARAT SERVICE 2016-08-03T06:34:59Z redballoon-providing-24-carat-service 27 July, Sydney - RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination, are helping Aussies take romance to the next level with a personalised proposal service!   For many, a proposal is a time fraught with uncertainty. Is it the right time? Did I choose the right ring? Have I made the occasion special enough? And, most importantly, will they say yes?   The recently launched service hopes to take some of the stress out of popping the question by taking care of the legwork. From a picnic proposal among the vines to a skydive serenade - RedBalloon have got it covered and are here to help.   Latest statistics from the ABS show an incredible 363,399 marriages took place in Australia between 2012 and 2014. That’s a lot of proposals, says Nick Baker, CEO at RedBalloon.   “We had many customers contacting us to help them choose the perfect proposal experience, which helped us identify a real need for a product range to assist men and women with one of life’s most special occasions. At RedBalloon we’re all about creating moments, so it was a perfect fit.”   “The aim of the service is to make life easier for those who may be time poor, or maybe just a little lost, when it comes to arranging such an event. We will help customers plan, design and implement a truly one-of-a-kind proposal experience. The only thing we can’t guarantee is that he or she will say yes!” says Mr Baker.   With a number of successful proposals already under their belt, the service is proving a hit with loved up couples. Happy customer David wrote a review of the aquarium private dining and proposal experience, sharing “Will you marry me? She said yes! The experience was magical and she loved it!”   The service is currently available in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, with a highly curated range of unique and personalised experiences - from intimate proposals on private beaches and hot air balloon rides, to fireworks and treasure hunts!   The service will roll out nationally by the end of 2016.   Visit to view the range of bespoke, personalised experiences and start planning how to sweep your loved one off their feet.    Personalised proposal experiences include: Luxury Yacht Cruise with Seafood Platter – NSW Give your partner the proposal of their dreams and drift out on your own skippered yacht on Pittwater, stop at an idyllic bay to share a delicious seafood platter together and pop the big question.   Romantic Beach Picnic – QLD Looking for a proposal idea that wows just as much as the ring? This package has it all - romance, sentiment, intimacy and elegance. Imagine a spectacular beach setting, chilled champagne, twinkling candles, a personalised slideshow... and a photographer secretly capturing you special moment.   Private Helicopter Flight with Chocolaterie Tour – VIC Roses are red, kisses are free, I'm asking with chocolate 'Will You Marry Me?' Whisk your love away in a private helicopter to the delicious Yarra Valley Chocolaterie for lunch, tastings... and a surprise chocolate plaque that asks the big question! This memorable proposal could not get any sweeter.    END  ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon 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 with the vision of delivering experience activities as gifts. Today it offers more than 3000 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      Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, 02 8987 2114 / 0451 041 705