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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice and Updates

Advice, updates and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus COVID-19 Coronavirus is understandably causing concern in our community. We recognise the impacts could be significant for businesses, and we want to reassure you t...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Recovery

We're here to help your business adapt and build resilience through these challenging times. It is our priority to support the recovery of our community and local economy, by providing a range of relief measures for businesses, and support initatives...

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New TTHA $18.5M aged care wing

Following an $18.5 million investment, Tabulam and Templer Homes for the Aged (TTHA) in Bayswater recently opened a brand new 54-bed state-of-the-art residential aged care wing. Three years in the making,  this luxurious aged care accommodation is ...

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Pie champion opens in Boronia

Country Cob Bakery and cafe has opened its second Victorian outlet on the corner of Mountain Highway and Dorset Road. Business owner, Chan Khun, purchased the original Country Cob Bakery in Kyneton four years ago when he followed his passion to bec...

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Free energy advice can save big dollars

The Australian Energy Foundation (AEF) is the leading for-purpose national energy foundation that collaborates to create a zero-carbon society and a better life for all Australians. In visiting AEF’s website, businesses (and householders) can get...

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BBP Connect and BBP Jobs launched

Two communications initiatives have been launched in recent months specifically to help businesses remain competitive and sustain growth. The Bayswater Business Precinct (BBP) is a thriving business and employment community that is home to 4,800...

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One-Stop Shop For New Major Projects Portal

MEDIA RELEASE - 24 July 2020 The Victorian Government is launching a new online portal to help the construction sector find more opportunities to be part of major project delivery across Victoria. The online Victorian Major Projects Pipeline was...

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Extension of the JobKeeper Payment

The Australian Government has announced changes to payment rates under the JobKeeper including an extension through to 28 March 2021. Support will be targeted to businesses and not-for-profits that continue to be significantly impacted by the coron...

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Face masks in the workplace

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July, people living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four permitted reasons, including in the workplace.  A face covering needs to cover bo...

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Digital Innovation Futures Victoria

Connecting people and ideas online Digital Innovation Festival - DIF2020 – will run virtually state-wide from 21 August to 4 September 2020. The DIF2020 Festival is a curated program of events that showcases emerging tech, promotes jobs of the...

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More Survival Support For Victorian Businesses

MEDIA RELEASE - 10 JULY 2020   The Victorian Government will provide more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic. The Government has announced a $534 million Business Support Package – the ...

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Premier's Sustainability Awards 2020

Entries open for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020 The Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrates Victorians who are leading the way to a sustainable future. Whether playing a role in Victoria’s transformation to a circular economy by enc...

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13 ATO tips to get ready for tax time 2020

2020 has been a very challenging time for businesses, with coronavirus (COVID-19), bushfires and drought taking an unprecedented toll on many. While tax and super may not be on the top of your mind during these times, the ATO want to make it as eas...

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Swinburne Advanced Apprenticeships Pilot - EOI

Swinburne has been selected by the  Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment  to run a Pilot Project on Advanced Apprenticeships, focussing on Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. The Advanced Apprenticeship Pilot is for SME...

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ATO Small Business Webinars

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as split their current free small business webinar series into different session topics that cover both general and industry-specific areas of tax obligations. Each session runs for approximately 45 to 60 minutes....

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COSBOA Small Business Relief Fund

Applications are open for one week only: apply now! Applications close at 5:00pm (AEST) on Monday, 1 June 2020   COSBOA is offering grants to Australian small businesses adversely affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These grants...

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Council provides a boost to local recovery

A further $2 million will be invested in services and programs to spearhead local community and economic recovery and boost support for those most impacted by COVID-19. Knox City Council Mayor, Nicole Seymour said the new package will accelerate re...

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Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative

The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative seeks to support the continued work of Victoria's independent creative practitioners who have been negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). Sustaining Creative Workers delivers quick-response fundin...

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Business Resilience program

The Business Resilience program is specifically designed to assist small businesses suffering the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Support includes free access to virtual mentoring, online workshops, and resources. The Business Resilience program ...

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Commercial tenancy relief scheme

A scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Victorian Government has announced (15 April 2020) a commercial tenancy relief scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenan...

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Knox First - local food and beverage guide

Small businesses are relying on our community’s support to help keep them going through these unprecedented times. To show our community which food businesses are operating, Knox City Council has created an interactive map below. Many small busines...

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Keep well, happy and connected

The Living our Best Life project is a partnership between the five community houses in the City of Knox, The Temple Society and the Community Houses Association of the Outer-eastern suburbs. The project will trial social prescribing to link people ...

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Jobs Hub

In this rapidly changing jobs market the Australian Government is supporting businesses and those Australians looking for work. While many businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and are reducing their workforces, there are some areas ...

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ASBAS Online Workshops for Business

The health and safety of all Victorians is our priority.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASBAS Digital Solutions team have come together and organised a new calendar for Replacement Online Workshops. ASBAS are running two (2 hour) Online Wo...

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Knox City Council - what you need to know

Please note: the Civic Centre Customer Service Counter will be closed to the public from 5pm, Thursday 19 March. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandably causing concern in our community. At Council, we have been actively preparing for a pote...

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Knox Council events cancelled

EVENTS CANCELLED

Knox City Council has made the decision to cancel all non-essential events and gatherings for the foreseeable future. This decision has been made following the lead of the State Government in light of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in...

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Business Clean Up Day

While the official Business Clean Up Day of 25 February has passed, businesses can opt to do a registered clean-up any day of the year. Businesses need to register with Clean Up Australia before they do their clean-up, following which Knox Council ...

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Claws’n’Paws opens new store in Knox

A career in the corporate retail environment was a warm-up for life as a multi-store business owner for Robert Thompson. Starting from scratch eight years ago, Robert opened a specialty pet store called Claws’n’Paws, which caters for the needs of m...

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Women on the Go Accelerator Program

New intake for Women on the Go Program

Due to popular demand, the Women on the Go Business Accelerator Program has had a February 2020 intake. This highly innovative program is run for business women based in eastern metropolitan Melbourne who are seeking meaningful and practical busine...

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Online Business Lift Off Program

Starting any business is an exciting and potentially lifechanging undertaking. However, as exciting as this journey can be, it can also be overwhelming and daunting. A new program is now available, free for many people thanks to government funding,...

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Positive results from Interns in Industry

Deakin University’s Business School’s ‘Interns in Industry’ program is continually producing great results. This annual internship program, where students are partnered with a local business, benefits both parties. Andrea Jenkins, Managing Direct...

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Locals to benefit from $6M retirement village

A recent sod-turning ceremony marked the start of a $6 million building project of 12 independent living units at Glengollan Village in Ferntree Gully. These will join the other 135 units that have provided affordable housing and luxurious retireme...

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Ride to Work Day

Knox Council once again supported local businesses to host an annual celebration for Ride2Work Day on 16 October 2019. This is a national event that encourages everyday people to use their bike and get active on their way to work. Many businesses a...

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iAwards 2020 - Entries now open

Entries to Australia's longest-running, most broadly scoped, innovation recognition program are now open! Enter now for your chance to win! Government Innovation Award with $10,000 cash Prestigious iAwards Trophy Assistance with busi...

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Holistic Support for Small Business

My Business Health, a free web portal designed to provide holistic support to small business owners, is now live. Many small and family business owners may not be aware that their everyday worries – be it cash flow, staff related concerns or paying...

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How does GST work?

GST is a 10% tax paid on most goods and services sold or consumed in Australia. You must register for GST if you: run a business or enterprise that has a turnover of $75,000 or more per year run a not-for-profit organisation that has a t...

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It's time to move to Single Touch Payroll

It’s not too late to join the other 550,000 employers who are reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP), but time is running out. If you aren’t reporting through STP, you can start by: finding a software solution that’s right for you. ...

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Beware of bushfire related scams

The ACCC is warning the community, including small businesses, to be careful when making donations to support bushfire charities and fund raising initiatives. Scammers are targeting people by pretending to represent legitimate or well-known chariti...

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Keep your ABN details up to date

Your ABN details are used by emergency services and government agencies to help identify and contact businesses like yours during times of emergency and potential disaster. Make sure your ABN details are up to date so you don’t miss out on receivin...

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Knox Design Winners

The winners of the inaugural Knox Design and Development Excellence Awards have been revealed. As urban density increases to cater for a growing and changing population, Knox Council is committed to working with the community and industry on improv...

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Matthews inducted into FBA's Hall of Fame

Matthews Australasia has been inducted into Family Business Australia's (FBA) Hall of Fame. Announced at the FBA’s annual Awards Dinner and Conference in September, Lester Nichol, chairman of Matthews Australasia, said staff throughout the company ...

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New Government Grants Program

In early 2020, Knox businesses can apply for a grant that will help them improve energy efficiency practices and technologies. The Federal Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $50 million of grants to assist businesses and...

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Supporting social enterprise across the east

Social enterprises are the frontline for driving the economic value of the not-for-profit sector. While it is hard to estimate the economic value given the diversity of the providers, businesses and agencies that operate as not-for-profits, IBISWor...

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Women on the Go Expo and Forum 2019

A sold-out Women on the Go Expo and Forum for 2019! Superbly MC’d by Danielle Storey, CEO of  Eastern Innovation , the event was opened by Cr Darren Pearce who has a particular interest in economic development. WOTG 2019 attracted 38 businesses ...

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Blue Connections IT

When your staff numbers grow from 45 to 155 and revenue increases from $30M to $80M in six years, you know that you are doing something right. And so do Blue Connections’ customers and organisations who hand out awards, because many trophies adorn ...

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Securinvest

Three into one doesn’t always go, but for Securinvest, it has worked very well. A full financial services group, Securinvest has successfully merged three offices — from Boronia, Bulleen and Wheelers Hill — into a much larger one at Caribbean Park’...

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Cork the Liquor Store

Being passionate and different to their ‘competitors’ is what Brett and Marrianne Sansom have achieved with their start-up in Boronia: Cork the Liquor Store. Located at 197 Scoresby Road, Cork specialises in boutique wine, premium spirits and craft...

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Edgepoint Homes

This month (November 2019), Caribbean Business Park will welcome its latest resident, Edgepoint Homes. Having just celebrated its 10th anniversary, this medium density residential builder has grown considerably since its first construction job in F...

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Are you ready to test your startup idea?

We couldn’t have asked for a better time to launch a startup in Australia, with the amount of programs, resources and interest from Australians. However, startup founders often make predictable and preventable mistakes, meaning education is vital. ...

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Fringe benefits tax and Christmas parties

Christmas parties There is no separate fringe benefits tax (FBT) category for Christmas parties and you may encounter many different circumstances when providing these events to your staff. Fringe benefits provided by you, an associate, or under a...

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New gift card laws for businesses

If your business sells gift cards or vouchers you’ll need to comply with new laws which came into effect from 1 November 2019. What are the new legal requirements? The key changes of the new gift card laws are: a mandatory minimum three ...

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Entrepreneurs' Programme

The Entrepreneurs Programme provides businesses with independent business advice and a business evaluation action plan to increase capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries. At no cost to your business, an independ...

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Vic Bag Ban commences 1 November 2019

The Victorian Government will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 November 2019. Is your business ready? The Vic Bag Ban The ban applies to ALL retailers – including supermarkets, greengrocers, bak...

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Turn Waste Into Cash

This breakfast session will inform manufacturers on ways to achieve savings on their waste disposal and conversion. Featuring innovative speakers from SEMMA's member base, attendees will be inspired with successful case studies on changes which ...

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R U OK?

R U OK? Day - Thursday 12 September R U OK?Day is Australia's national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs. ...

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Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day - 4 October

People who walk before or during work are generally healthier, more productive and less likely to be sick or absent. It's in the best interests of all individuals and organisations to build walking into their daily routine and support the Walk to Wor...

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Ride2Work Day

Join Australia's biggest celebration of commuter riding at National Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 16 October 2019. Host a Ride2Work breakfast at your workplace Knox City Council is proud to support Ride2Work Day and is offering a $50 Coles or ...

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Knox Business Life Issue 61, April 2018

  Knox Business Life Issue 61, April 2018 In this Issue you will find: Nitto moves to Knox Homewood apprentice wins Skill/jobs pop-up at Knox Fest Mayor's message Siemens code camp for kids    Tell us what you thin...

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40-year celebration for Westfield Knox

On Friday, 9 November Westfield Knox celebrated its 40th anniversary. The centre opened in 1977 with 88 stores and had 34,000 sqm of GLA (gross lettable area). Since then, Knox has had two major redevelopments (1990 and 2003) and today the centre...

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MDLC a Learn Local Legend

Victorians who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through community education have been recognised at the 2017 Victorian Learn Local Awards. The awards recognise the inspirational efforts of learners, practitioners and training p...

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Business community helps on Tree Day

Knox City Council has once again hosted a successful Corporate National Tree Day planting event. Held in July, more than 1,000 grasses, shrubs and trees were planted at Ferny Creek Reserve in Upper Ferntree Gully, contributing to the habitat and fo...

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Excellence Award for Peter Chaffey

Peter Chaffey has received the EDA Award for Excellence - Agent of Change - for his pioneering work in developing and delivering a host of projects that have driven innovation and change over the past 35 years. Economic Development Australia (EDA) ...

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Matthews

Matthews Australasia is on the move! Business growth has necessitated the Australian company moving to larger premises, which are currently being built at Caribbean Park. Matthews has been headquartered for more than 40 years in the south-eastern s...

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Pink Boots Hire

Jessica Gilchrist and her family launched Pink Boots Hire in July 2017, a new business that provides scissors lifts, all terrains, cherry pickers and knuckle booms. Over the past 12-18 months of her entrepreneurial journey, Jess has overcome cancer...

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Pinnacle Health Club

Little more than one kilometre from its first health centre that was established 10 years ago, Pinnacle Health Club is about to open its fourth centre at Caribbean Park. Back in 2007, Ben Stallworthy was a postman in Knox and looking for the right ...

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Solar 4 RVs makes award shortlist

The My Business Awards is the longest-standing business awards program in Australia and identifies and acknowledges the achievements of Australia’s best business operators. Winners of these prestigious awards represent the best of the best and in t...

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The Note Group

“More space and room to grow” is the primary reason for welcoming The Note Group to Rowville. After 24 years in Mitcham, moving in August to larger premises in Rowville allowed The Note Group to consolidate two warehouses into one, providing greate...

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Triple crown for Kia dealership

Ferntree Gully Kia has been awarded Australia's Number One KIA Dealer three years in a row: 2014, 2015 and 2016. Dealer Principal, Cameron Doidge, purchased the business in 2012 and also owns Ferntree Gully Hyundai, Doncaster Holden and Doncaster H...

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Two Bayswater finalists in WorkSafe Awards

Two Knox businesses were finalists in the 2017 WorkSafe Victoria Awards: Viewscape and Branach. Open to Victorians in any industry, the awards have nine categories and celebrate everything from individual achievements to business solutions and inve...

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Waterman

Waterman Business Centres’ largest business hub at almost 7,500 sqm is nearing completion at Caribbean Park.  Set to open in December, the centre will provide businesses ranging from entrepreneurs to large enterprises with the opportunity to access...

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Closing the manufacturing divide

At a time when technology has a huge bearing over the industry’s future, Australia’s manufacturers are running at different paces. Mark Dingley, Matthews Australasia’s newly appointed CEO, discusses the implications for an industry stuck in two minds...

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New leaders take the helm at Knox City Council

Newly elected Knox City Council Mayor, Cr John Mortimore, has previewed a year of growth and delivery—thanking his colleagues for their faith in his leadership. Mayor Mortimore said he was thrilled to be elected to the role at a meeting of Council ...

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Women on the Go Forum another full house

The 2017 Women on the Go Forum and Expo on 25 August did not disappoint the packed room at Knox City Council's municipal offices. A varied mix of exhibitors bordered the room offering everything from photography and women’s fitness to a youth servi...

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A revitalised Bayswater Village

The transformation of Bayswater Village is nearing completion. This renewal started in 2016 with the removal of the level crossings at both Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road. The works included the construction of a premium train station built s...

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ADDE a major supplier in $100M investment

The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, addressing a business breakfast at the Australian High Commission in London, welcomed the announcement by Mr Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive of AstraZeneca, of a $100 million investment in its Australian manufactu...

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Christmas Elves opens in Knox

Australia’s largest Christmas specialist store has opened its second store on Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully. Christmas Elves was established in Preston in 2010 and is 100 per cent Australian owned and operated. This Christmas wonderland stocks ...

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PFD Food Services invests $50m in new facility

After site preparations commenced 18 months ago, PFD Food Services started moving its operations from its original Rushdale Street facility to its new Henderson Road, Knoxfield location in early November. PFD delivers fresh seafood, meat, frozen pr...

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Planning for Henderson Road bridge underway

Knox City Council will be constructing a new road bridge linking Henderson Road North to Henderson Road South. Planning for the bridge across Corhanwarrabul Creek is well underway and when construction is completed in June 2019, the bridge will: ...

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Sponsorship Win-Win

When Storage King Knoxfield opened in July 2016, one of the company's aims was to engage with the local community. Sarah Fewell, Storage King’s Manager, said it was during one of the many Economic Development events at Knox Council she had attended...

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Best beans in the 'burbs

Local business owner Stephen Coster who runs Chosen Bean cafe at Mountain Gate shopping centre has recently won a bronze medal at the Australian International Coffee Awards for his espresso. This was reported in the Local Knox Leader Newspaper, pag...

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ProQuip save money using solar

Bayswater-based company ProQuip is reducing its electricity bills while reducing its carbon footprint since installing a solar system. Martin Haines, managing director of ProQuip, said switching to solar as in direct response to rising electricity...

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Aerotrans Australia

Aerodynamics; a unity of two great brands For over 30 years two brands have dominated truck aerodynamics ; Fuelscoop for cab mount products and NoseCone for body and trailer mounted devices. Aerotrans Australia, located in Scoresby, is ...

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Industrial Garden Makeovers

Save Money whilst Supporting Local Wildlife! One man is really making a difference in Ramage Street, Bayswater, the location of his cleaning products business, Lorel Ipsum. Greg Pearce has lived and worked in Knox all his life and loves the bush. ...

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Parmalat Rowville - Win 2012 Worksafe Award.

Commitment to workplace health and wellbeing - 2012 Awards Parmalat conducted WorkSafe Worker Health Checks in 2010 and were alarmed by the results. The number of people who had participated who were in the high risk categories for potentially li...

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Acrylic Display Systems and iCreate

Acrylic Display Systems and iCreate

Hard work. Dedication . Innovative thinking . That's been the secret to success and growth for Acrylic Display Industries (ADI) and iCreate in Knox. What began as a family-based small business in a garage ten years ago, is now an employer of 22 pe...

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BJ Seminars International

Every business faces change: Times. Economic climates. Product types Managing change is where BJ Seminars comes into its own. Just back from overseas This locally-based business - led by facilitators Sue James and Chris Bennett – h...

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Local Business Ecotech aquires Alstrom

Local Business Ecotech aquires Alstrom

Ecotech acquires Alstom's chemistry and environmental business   Ecotech, a global leader in environmental monitoring, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Alstom's Chemistry and Environmental (C&E) business in Queensland. ...

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BizLibrary

Have you visited BizLibrary? Discover the latest resources to boost your business in the digital age at bizlibrary.com.au . Explore comprehensive how-to guides and step by step video tutorials covering website construction, managing mobile paymen...

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