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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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Mental health: Safety basics - new web page

Mental health is a state of wellbeing that allows people to realise their potential while coping with the ordinary challenges of life. Good mental health supports people to thrive in their life, work and relationships with others. Meanwhile, mental...

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7 steps to protect your IP overseas

What do I need to know about IP before I trade internationally? Australia is one of the 15 wealthiest countries on Earth. Despite this, it only makes up about 1% to 2% of the world’s GDP. In other words, 98% to 99% of the world’s economic activity...

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MAVHACK - Ignition Workshops

In partnership with RMIT University, Telstra, and the Digital Innovation Festival Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is proud to invite you to participate in MAVHACK – an exciting multi-stakeholder event designed to help reinvent h...

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Women on the Go: Business Accelerator Program

A highly innovative program for women in business based in Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne seeking meaningful and practical business assistance.  Through a combination of flexible online and in-person delivery you will get ‘real time’ mentoring supp...

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Love Food Hate Waste Business

Love Food Hate Waste is a free short program to help Victorian hospitality venues prevent food waste, reduce costs and increase profits. The program is open to all Victorian hospitality businesses such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels an...

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Tax tips for small business

This tax time, the ATO is making things easier for small business. Whether you use a registered tax agent or manage your own tax affairs, they have a range of tips and have improved online tools to help you get it right. Visit  www.ato.gov.au/Tax-t...

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Cyber security survey for small business

How aware are you of cyber security threats to your small business? How resilient would your business be if attacked? This survey is being conducted by the Australian Cyber Security Centre, which leads the Australian Government’s efforts to improve...

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Banning the Bag to reduce plastic pollution

Reducing the impacts of plastics on the Victorian environment Lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned across Victoria from 1 November this year, under new legislation introduced to parliament today by the Andrews Labor Governm...

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Foothills Community Care Winter Appeal

Winter has started early this year, spare a thought for those doing it tough in our local Knox community. This EOFY you can help  continue to provide a hot meal, warm environment and sense of belonging to those in need by giving to their Winter App...

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Knox's First Environmental Upgrade Agreement

Knox Council has signed its first Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) with Glenfern Dental in Upper Ferntree Gully, allowing the business to install a 12.6kW solar PV system that will ultimately reduce operating costs and reduce its environmental...

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Bayswater Business Endeavour Award Winners

Local Bayswater business, Andrew Donald Design Engineering (ADDE) have been announced as the winner of Most Innovative Manufacturing Company award at The Endeavour Awards . Finalists were evaluated on their innovative Australian made and/or desi...

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Changes to Planning at Knox

‘Yellow’ notices now online An initiative of Knox City Council now allows all advertised planning applications to be viewed online. Under Section 52 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, planning applications are advertised where a proposal ...

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Charging to a sustainable future

Knox City Council is leading the charge to a more sustainable future for local drivers, installing two electric vehicle charging stations. Located at the Civic Centre in Wantirna South, one of the electric charge points is available for members of ...

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Coding specialist Matthews

A brand new building at 10 Lakeview Drive in Scoresby’s Caribbean Park is the new home of Matthews Australasia. CEO Mark Dingley said continual growth pushed the move from Rowville to a new home in Scoresby’s Caribbean Park for the 91 staff in the ...

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Environmental Upgrade Finance

Businesses in Knox now have access to an innovative funding mechanism to fund building upgrades. Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF) is a long-term, fixed-interest loan to upgrade the environmental performance of buildings where the loan repayments...

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Knox Business Life May 2019

T he latest edition of the Knox Business Life is out now! Inside you will find: Community & Council Plan update CVGT provides a perfect match LOTE staffing works for Catten New KIOSC Director If Uni is Not Right for You N...

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Natures Organics embraces the 'least impact'

Whether it’s water, power, waste, ingredients, containers and even toilet paper, Natures Organics takes the ‘least impact’ path. From its Ferntree Gully facility, Natures Organics manufactures more than 42 million litres of product per year, produc...

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Nitto sponsors local sports awards

Nitto Australia has been announced as sponsor of the annual Knox Sport and Leisure Awards, which acknowledge and reward the dedicated volunteers in local clubs. The Awards also recognise clubs that have worked diligently to provide positive program...

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Rust-Oleum

Solving challenges is the very foundation of Rust-Oleum. After all, its founder, sea captain Robert Fergusson, didn’t particularly care about paint. He just wanted to keep his ship intact. But when he noticed that a splash of fish oil had stopped t...

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The Guilded Rose Café

Jim and Lorraine Sheppard are the owners of new Bayswater restaurant, The Guilded Rose Café. A recent immigrant from the US, Lorraine’s background heavily influences the menu, which includes her family’s recipes of BBQ sauce, southern buttermilk bi...

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The Source Bulk Foods

It’s easy to shop with zero waste at The Source Bulk Foods at Stud Park Shopping Centre, Rowville. Opened in mid-March, the organic natural health and bulk food store, allows shoppers to buy whatever amount they want whether that’s one teaspoon or ...

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'Exciting plans ahead' says new KIOSC Director

KIOSC’s new Director, Zoran Vasic, is bringing increased industry emphasis and relevance to KIOSC* learning programs and its future direction. A STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Discovery and Trade Training Centre situated at...

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Accelerate your investment & growth plans

Ever wondered how Knox City Council’s Economic Development team can help you better understand the services it provides to businesses in Knox? Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you: FAQ: How would you summarise the eco...

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Community and Council Plan 2017-21 update

Feedback and comments are helping shape a midterm review of the Community and Council Plan 2017-21, which is Knox’s roadmap for the future. The Plan describes the desired future for Knox, what the community and Council are going to focus on for the...

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CVGT provides a perfect match

When Shaun underwent a heart valve replacement, he couldn’t continue his work as an automotive workshop foreman. His employer wanted to help him find a new role, so contacted CVGT Australia, which provides an innovative and diverse disability emplo...

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If Uni is Not Right for You

Knox City Council held the inaugural Careers and Skills Forum last month. Hosted by the Economic Development team, it featured a keynote address by one of Australia’s leading education ‘Agents of Change’, Peter Hutton. The Forum was attended by m...

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International awards aid growth

Starting in a tin shed near Hastings, Phoenix Tapware has grown to become one of the dominant producers of bathroom products in Australia, picking up a swag of international awards along the way. Business growth saw moves to Burwood, Blackburn, Ver...

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New LiftMaster for New Touch

New Touch Industries in Bayswater has welcomed two new members to the team that will save time and money. The laser cutting and fabrication company has recently installed a LiftMaster Compact connected to a TruLaser Fiber machine. Together they a...

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Planning goes digital

Planning applications to Knox Council have been digitalised. Anyone who wants to lodge a planning application has 24-hour access to lodge their application, make online payments, view the status of their planning application, see who their Planner ...

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Stamford Park Homestead

The final stage of the Stamford Park redevelopment has been realised! The Stamford Park Homestead restaurant in Rowville has just opened following an extensive and sympathetic expansion and renovation by owners Jason M Jones and Brahman Perera. T...

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Premier's Sustainability Awards now open!

Victoria’s leading sustainability awards program, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards, are now open for entries, featuring a new category, that celebrates the outstanding contribution made by volunteers. This year, the new Environmental Volunteerin...

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Entries Open for the 2019 Worksafe Awards

It's time to recognise our health, safety and return to work champions! The everyday innovators leading the charge towards a safer way of working, and a safer Victoria. Victorians with a passion for the health and safety of workers are encour...

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Design2Thrive - Business Transformation Program

Design2Thrive is a revolutionary Victorian Government initiative for Victorian SME and NFP organisations that are keen to drive sustainable, profitable growth. An interactive 12 month immersion in design-led thinking across strategy, culture, mar...

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If Uni is Not Right for You - Event Wrap

On Monday 25 March, Knox Council's Economic Development team hosted its inaugural careers and skills forum titled "If Uni Is Not Right for You". Featuring a keynote address by one of Australia's leading education "agents of change", Peter Hutton, t...

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Energy Efficient Communities Program

  OVERVIEW The Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $50 million of grants to assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce thei...

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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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