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  • 24-Nov-2014 14:53 | Anonymous

    From the team that created the nationally televised TV show, XVenture Corporate Challenge (featured on Sky Business, oneHD and all through Asia on the ABC network), kick start your 2015 with participation in the ultimate team challenge – XVenture Challenge in February 2015!


    Bring six people from your organisation and spend a day and evening competing in team and leadership challenges, designed to test even the best business teams. Each of the challenges is unique and across the program there is a focus on communication, collaboration, creative strategy, time pressure and innovation. This is not about fittest, fastest and strongest.


    You’ll compete against up to 11 other teams and be encouraged to reflect on the learning of each challenge with the support of coaches and use of technology.


    Your XVenture Challenge participation fee includes: a place for six participants, team shirt (with your company logo/ design), all challenges, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), accommodation, learning log, coaches and support by the XVenture team. Plus, an unsurpassed opportunity to meet many other people and organisations!


    Use it as way to kick-start 2015 – perhaps for your sales team? Perhaps invite some of your clients to participate in your team to develop stronger relationships?


    To secure one of the limited places, get in touch with Daniela from XVenture on:


    M:  0416 271 338 








  • 24-Nov-2014 14:25 | Anonymous

    Sydney Showground is proud to announce that Business Development Executive, Lauren Milledge has taken out this year’s Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award at the Exhibition & Event Association of Australia’s (EEAA) Awards for Excellence held in Melbourne last night.


    Sydney Showground General Manager, Peter Thorpe said, “Our deepest congratulations Lauren, we’re all very proud of you and the work you have done over the past 12 months to achieve this fantastic industry accolade.”

    Lauren was nominated due to the extraordinary execution of her role as Business Development Executive as well as her professional attitude, commitment to customer service and outstanding use of initiative.

    Lauren’s award winning entry was accompanied by a number of compelling testimonials from clients including the following:

    “Lauren is an outstanding example of what it means to have a great client/customer interface. She is a ‘front line, in action’ person and a great asset to your company.

    “On many occasions, she has gone out of her way to make things happen for us, despite tight turnarounds. In the fast paced world of film and television this kind of customer service stands out like a beacon!

    “Her friendly and vibrant personality together with a good mind for business and focus on customer satisfaction is a trait worthy of the highest recognition to the Events and Exhibition industry.  Lauren, you are just awesome to work with.”

    Luke Torrevillas, Location Manager, Ecomlocations -Film and TV Industry

    Lauren was also featured as The Young Gun in the December 2013 edition of Micenet.



  • 24-Nov-2014 14:01 | Anonymous

    From January 1 Toyota will be introducing a new Toyota for Life standards program which is designed to create a superior experience for guests visiting the Toyota showroom. Lander Toyota will be implementing the new standards in full and plans to be a leader in developing the finest level of guest experience available across the Toyota network.


    At the core of Franchise of the future is the image of the Toyota tea ceremony. When the Japanese invite people to their home as guests they place the guest’s interest at the core of their interest. They ensure everything is provided to deliver a great experience when visiting their home. This ranges from the front door, the garden, the layout, the room, the facilities etc. That belief is deep in the Toyota culture. We treat everyone who enters our dealership as a guest, ensuring they receive an excellent experience during their stay.

    There’s something special at Lander Toyota this month.


    Visit for more information.


    Land a better deal at Lander Toyota!

  • 24-Nov-2014 11:55 | Anonymous

    NSW Minister for Resources, Special Minister of State and Leader of the House, the Hon Anthony Roberts MP recently told a packed forum former NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie had it right when it came to describing the journey from Sydney's CBD to Parramatta.


    Mr Roberts said he had been reading the diaries of Major General Macquarie who was the fifth Governor of NSW from 1810 to 1821.


    He told a WSBC function welcoming Hugo Halliday PR & Marketing to Parramatta at the Commercial Hotel when it came to travelling along Parramatta Road, "nothing seems to have changed."


    "Governor Macquarie wrote in his diary around November 1820 he and his wife Elizabeth travelled by sulky from Sydney to Parramatta to go to Government House," Mr Roberts said.


    "Macquarie noted the journey along Parramatta Road took around 1.5 hours. The journey today is around the same even though we have motor vehicles and the road has bitumen.


    "The NSW Government is working hard to alleviate the traffic congestion and make the journey faster and more convenient through a number of major initiatives including the Westconnex motorway."


    Mr Roberts said the WestConnex is a 33km motorway proposed to travel from Parramatta along the M4/Parramatta Road corridor to Beverly Hills.  It is proposed to connect Parramatta, Sydney Airport and Beverly Hills.


    He said he had worked with Hugo Halliday when it had its offices next to his electorate office in Gladesville with good results. 


    Managing Director of Hugo Halliday PR and Marketing Bill Pickering said moving his office to Parramatta is to keep pace with Sydney’s shifting business landscape.


    “No longer is the Sydney CBD or nearby suburbs considered as the heart of our State’s capital – Parramatta took this title long ago,” Mr Pickering said.


    “Businesses looking to prosper must consider making the move west to keep pace with where the action is in regards to connectivity and clients.”


    Mr Pickering told the WSBC forum his company is a diverse  public relations and media and marketing firm that works with clients seeking advocacy with all levels of Government, media training and exposure and community relations expertise.


    Hugo Halliday is currently renovating its new office at 52 O'Connell Street, in the Parramatta Business Centre and should open for business within a few weeks.



  • 24-Nov-2014 10:33 | Deleted user

    Local Shoppa is a free mobile app that enables customers to browse, favourite and stay notified of local deals and offers available from near-by businesses.  


    Available on iPhone and Android, the app uses location-based technology and permission-based notifications to display deals that are relevant to the user’s real time location and shopping preferences. 


    Customers can ‘favourite’ businesses and shopping categories to stay notified and quickly refer to deals of interest. 



    Deal redemption is quick and easy. To get the deal, customers simply need to present or mention the app at the time of purchase. If customers wish to make an enquiry or book via phone, they can simply click-to-call from the app. There is also the option for customers to instantly click to buy online if the deal can be purchased on the business owner’s website.   


    Local Shoppa partners with local retailers, restaurants, service providers, online brands and businesses across all categories.   Businesses access the Local Shoppa content platform to promote deals that are published on the app. Customer purchase and deal redemption is not facilitated within the app. Instead, the business has full transactional control and 100% revenue return on deal purchases. This sets the Local Shoppa advertising solution apart from other daily deal platforms because small businesses feel ‘hard done by’ with up to 50% revenue shares mandated by other daily deal sites.


    To check out the current businesses and deals on Local Shoppa, download the app via


    To advertise on Local Shoppa visit 

  • 21-Nov-2014 10:34 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    Do you know an extraordinary woman from Greater Western Sydney?
    Nominations are now open for the 2015 UWS Women of the West Awards

    Celebrate the achievements of women in our region – women from different parts of the community including business and local industry, education, health, charity and community groups – who are committed to improving the local community and the lives of others. Nominates these inspirational women for, WSBC gold member, the University of Western Sydney's Women of the West Awards. 

    The awards were established by the University to recognise the significant contributions and achievements of women from the Greater Western Sydney region.

    Nominations are open for the following categories:

    • Women of the West
    • Young Women of the West (specifically for women aged between 18 & 28 years old)

    The winner of each category will receive a grant of $5,000 to further develop their leadership and advocacy work in their local community.

    Entries close Friday 12 December 2014.

    The winners will be publicly announced at the UWS International Women's Day celebrations in March 2015.

    For further information or to submit a nomination, please visit

    Please feel free to share this email with anyone who you think may be interested in hearing about the award.

    We look forward to receiving your nomination for the UWS Women of the West Awards.

  • 21-Nov-2014 09:47 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    Last week the Barangaroo Skills Exchange was awarded the Premier’s Partnership Award as a part of the 2014 Premier’s Awards for Public Service*. The Barangaroo Skills Exchange (BSX) was established to deliver skilling and training for the Barangaroo urban regeneration project, Sydney’s largest redevelopment project this century.


    The partnership involving Lend Lease, WSBC Platinum Partner TAFE NSW and the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council aims to raise the bar for safety, trade skills and greenskilling in the construction industry and is on track to deliver 50,000 learning outcomes over the ten year construction period.  


    TAFE NSW – Western Sydney is the lead training provider for the project which covers a wide variety of training including work, health and safety, construction trades, language, literacy and numeracy and much more.


    BSX Project Manager Ron Wright said that while the project is directly giving skills to Barangaroo site workers, it is also fulfilling a much longer term role for the construction industry. 

    “This project is raising safety and quality standards in the construction industry and is also meeting objectives for the western Sydney region. 


    “The NSW Government saw this as an opportunity to reinforce the viability of the industry and to invest in employment outcomes for the Greater West. Workers from western Sydney play a huge part in the construction of Barangaroo. This training that is going on in the city will be taken back to regional projects in the future.


    “TAFE Western Sydney is proud of the part it is playing in the project which is ensuring a lasting positive legacy for the culture and skill set of the construction industry into the future.”


    Lend Lease Barangaroo South Managing Director Andrew Wilson said that the BSX was about creating a legacy. 

    “Extraordinary outcomes really mean that a whole industry can move to another paradigm through the intervention of skilling. That’s what we are trying to create here, a legacy for the industry that’s not just about Lend Lease. It is about the whole workforce changing as a result of this project, and the BSX is allowing us to do that on the ground,” Mr Wilson said. 


    * About the Premier’s Public Sector Awards

    The Premier’s Public Sector Awards recognise outstanding performance and achievements in the NSW public sector, comprising six award categories which link to the strategies set out in NSW 2021, the Government’s agenda for change in NSW. The Premier’s Partnership Award recognises outstanding partnerships between public sector teams and business, nongovernment and/or academic/training organisations delivering results against at least one goal in NSW 2021.

  • 20-Nov-2014 21:47 | Michael Sugg (Administrator)

    In the last WSBC Business Leader Luncheon AusIndustry announced the launch of the new Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Program. Below we highlight how you can access the program and benefit from funding.

    If your business needs help to grow and commercialise ideas, you can now apply for:

    • Accelerating Commercialisation
    • two new Business Management services (Business Growth and Supply Chain Facilitation).

    These new programmes are offered as part of the Australian Government’s $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.

    Businesses needing help to bring their ideas to market can now access the Accelerating Commercialisation element.

    Businesses can also access two new services under the Business Management element of the Programme, which provides support for business improvement and growth.

    Accelerating Commercialisation

    Under Accelerating Commercialisation, experienced Commercialisation Advisers will guide your business through the commercialisation process. The programme will provide you with the advice, experience and networks you need to attract investment and to commercialise your ideas.

    Eligible businesses may also receive matching grants of up to $1 million.

    Accelerating Commercialisation will support entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovative businesses to create the technologies, jobs and industries of the future.

    New Business Management services

    If you meet Business Management eligibility criteria, you can apply for two new services:

    • Business Growth services, which will work with high growth potential businesses for up to two years to develop and embed the capabilities, knowledge and strategies to accelerate growth.
    • Supply Chain Facilitation services, which will encourage businesses to participate in domestic and global supply chains and to generate sustainable business growth, as well as provide opportunities to connect and network with their customers.

    Both complement Business Evaluation and Business Growth Grant services launched under the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme on 1 July 2014.

    Who is eligible?

    To apply for Accelerating Commercialisation and Business Management services, you’ll need to meet relevant services eligibility and merit criteria. For more information, visit the Eligibility page or call 13 28 46. More in depth face-to-face assistance is also available from AusIndustry’s national network.

    How do I apply?

    Visit the Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme page for information on how to apply today.

  • 20-Nov-2014 11:16 | Anonymous

    Spectators at the fifth annual ‘Flowers in Motion’ event were entertained, entranced and had their taste buds excited by the symphony of talent on display across a range of TAFE disciplines.


    TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute’s (SWSi’s) Padstow College once again hosted ‘Flowers in Motion’ – a showcase of floristry and beauty skills - on Thursday, 13 November 2014. 

    Some 1000 spectators indulged in a veritable feast for the senses - a showcase of entertainment, floral displays and delicious food and drinks served up by TAFE SWSi students. 

    The centrepiece of the event as usual was a catwalk parade featuring 60 models wearing elaborate floral couture designed by Floristry students from TAFE SWSi, Padstow College. 

    However, TAFE SWSi Floristry Head Teacher, Joanne Hynard, said the event also provided a platform for a broader range of students to flaunt the skills they’ve acquired at TAFE.  

    “There were 200 to 250 floristry students of all different levels involved in showcasing their work,” she said. “However, we also had the event management students running the show; the hair and beauty team doing the makeup; the hospitality section catering the event; butchery supplying the meat products and the photography section doing the video and photos.”

    ‘Flowers In Motion’ also featured static floral displays aligned to the theme of the event – a Symphony of Flowers. Hence, spectators encountered displays dubbed the Claire de Lune, Swan Lake, Mozart, Madame Butterfly and Bolero.

    Music for the catwalk parade was also in tune with the Symphony theme and featured a wide range of music from Phantom of the Opera, Hair, ballroom, disco, dance of the flowers; Vivaldi’s four seasons and culminating in the sounds of Disney from films including Mulan and Maleficent.

    Spectators were also treated to performances from roaming violinist, Arshur Varde, and Aria – an operatic woman’s quartet – in the entertainment marquee.

    New sponsorship funds enabled this year’s ‘Flowers in Motion’ to introduce a number of innovations that enhanced the viewing and listening pleasure for spectators, Ms Hynard said.

    “One sponsor provided us with ten thousand dollars’ worth of lighting,” she said. “And for the first time the models had a real catwalk at the higher professional viewing level. Previously we had a makeshift catwalk made up of cut down tables and desk,” she said.

    Ms Hynard said the 2014 event exceeded all expectations, with record-breaking attendance and student participation.  

    “The 2014 ‘Flowers in Motion’ is officially the biggest ever showcase of floristry, hair and beauty skills in Sydney,” Ms Hynard said.

    TAFE SWSi is one of the NSW’s premium trainers in Floristry, Beauty, Hairdressing, Hospitality, Butchery, Photography and Events, supporting industries which together employ thousands of students.

    ‘Flowers in Motion’ 2014 was sponsored by the Student Association; Sydneywide Party Hire; Bankstown City Council; Randstad; Romeo’s Chair; Koch & Co; ARIA; Ashur Varde – Violinist; and Sweet Treat Carts, Colombian Rose, Eleven Australia, Revesby Workers’ Club, Best Business, Leekien Grocery and Brunch Affair.





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