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  • 24-Oct-2014 14:30 | Anonymous

    Director of the Department of Industry’s Entrepreneur’s Infrastructure Programme, Doron Ben-Meir, has been named one of ‘Australia’s 12 most influential people in tech’ by leading business news organisation, SmartCompany.






  • 24-Oct-2014 14:11 | Anonymous

    Social media can be daunting, but with some research and planning, you can use it to your business' advantage. With this in mind, has developed a Social Media Plan Template and Guide to help businesses navigate the social media landscape.






  • 24-Oct-2014 13:53 | Anonymous

    The R&D Tax Incentive Snapshot is a new mobile responsive website which provides clear and simple guidance around the programme to help smaller companies quickly identify whether their business is eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive. The R&D Tax Incentive Snapshot provides real life case studies relevant to specific industry sectors and guides businesses on how to register and seek further information.






  • 24-Oct-2014 13:49 | Anonymous

    The Australian Government will invest $188.5 million in Industry Growth Centres to pursue global excellence in areas of competitive strength.


    A key part of the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, the centres will help industry exploit new global markets and supply chains, invent and commercialise new products and services and generate new jobs.


    The Minister for Industry will seek expressions of interest from business-led consortia to establish five nonprofit Industry Growth Centres in the following sectors:


    ·         food and agribusiness

    ·         mining equipment, technology and services

    ·         oil, gas and energy resources

    ·         medical technologies and pharmaceuticals

    ·         advanced manufacturing sectors.


    Each of the five Centres will receive funding of up to $3.5 million per year. The Centres will be required to establish a plan to become self-sustaining after four years and the Government will look to establish further Centres based on the success of the programme.



  • 24-Oct-2014 13:35 | Anonymous

    Small business advisory service providers can now apply for funding of up to $200,000 per annum over three years to provide expert advice to small businesses under the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Programme.





  • 22-Oct-2014 14:36 | Anonymous

    With spectacular views of the racecourse, Rosehill Gardens is the ideal location to host a Christmas party with a difference.


    Whether you are planning a big or small celebration, we have the perfect space to accommodate your guests. 


    Superbly located in the heart of Greater Sydney, Rosehill Gardens is surrounded by a range of hotels. The on-site train station and complimentary parking allows your guests to travel with ease. 


    Get Christmas all wrapped up and let our award winning Events Team arrange everything, so all you have to do is enjoy the festivity of Christmas!



  • 22-Oct-2014 13:53 | Anonymous

    PR and Marketing firm Hugo Halliday is pulling up stakes from its Gladesville office and moving to Parramatta.


    Managing Director of Hugo Halliday PR and Marketing Bill Pickering said the move 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 said Hugo Halliday is a diverse public relations and media and marketing company that works with clients seeking advocacy with all levels of Government, media training and exposure and community relations expertise.

    He describes himself as a ‘corporate soldier’ ready to do battle with Government, Media and groups opposed to business interests to achieve desired outcomes.

    A corporate soldier? A number of former Defence officers have joined forces with large businesses to add firepower to boardrooms to assist with realising corporate goals and aims. Hugo Halliday Public Relations and Marketing Pty Ltd is one company that enjoys the military experience of two of its members.

    Mr Pickering is a former journalist and senior public affairs and media consultant who is at home wearing svelte suits or disrupted pattern camouflage uniforms. Bill is a former Regular Army Lieutenant Colonel and communications specialist who has been in some of the world’s hot spots working with the United Nations and the Australian Army. He has taken his war fighting skills to a different level by utilising them for corporations and businesses to achieve their goals and aims with Government, Media and the wider community.

    Bill has led national media campaigns, international public affairs in Asia and Africa, dealt with major national crises and co-ordinated sensitive national and international public information strategies. He has held senior appointments in Federal and State Governments, in the Media, and more recently in communications and PR agencies. Bill has a Masters degree in Organisational Communication and a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Media.

    Assisting Bill is Christopher Holcroft who is also a Media and corporate communications specialist; former journalist and senior public affairs and Media specialist. Christopher is an Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who is also just as happy to wear corporate suits or a camouflage uniform to get the job done.

    He also brings a mix of corporate and military skills and leadership to the table to enable clients to achieve their goals. Christopher has led national media campaigns, international public affairs in Asia and the Middle East, dealt with major national crises and co-ordinated sensitive national and international public information strategies.

    Christopher has held senior appointments in Federal, State and Local Governments, in the Media, and more recently in communications and PR agencies. Christopher has a Masters degree in Organisational Communication and a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Communication Technology. He has also written five books – three aimed at teenagers and two for adults.

    Forming the rest of the operational team at Hugo Halliday is Nathaniel Smith whose expertise is Government advocacy and community relations and Jessica Craig, a graphic artist who helps brings life to company websites, brochures, newsletters and other media. Together they form part of the operational team at Hugo Halliday to help clients combat the jungle of Government lobbying; Media and community relations.

    “If you need something urgent to be done or a crisis hits your organisation which corporate soldiers are you going to call? Hopefully someone with experience in an operations room working for multi-levels of governance and Media – that will be Hugo Halliday PR and Marketing,” Mr Pickering said.

    “Some business leaders like to be called Captains of industry.  Step up the rank chain and call people who have actually served the country in uniform and know how to handle issues at senior levels.

    “Keeping cool under fire is a military trait Hugo Halliday espouses in crisis communications along with good strategic and tactical planning.”

    Mr Pickering said Hugo Halliday does not have former tank commanders who know how to drive tanks in paddocks and fields; infantry soldiers whose life revolved around fighting on battlefields or even naval warfare officers who can fire the big guns. Instead, Hugo Halliday has experts in fields you need to actually deploy in your boardrooms – Government advocacy experts; communications, Media, crisis management, public information campaign strategists and community relations experts.

    He said Hugo Halliday brings to Parramatta a kitbag of corporate skills including consultative leadership and empowerment for businesses to solve their corporate issues and concerns through a mission and command approach. This allows business to set the parameters of the agreed mission or goal for their ventures and for Hugo Halliday to effect what is required to achieve the aims.

  • 22-Oct-2014 13:06 | Anonymous

    Enjoy warm and fun filled Christmas Celebrations at PARKROYAL Parramatta this year.


    Whether it is to celebrate with your family or host your End of Year company Celebrations our experienced Meeting and Events Team is here to make it easy for you.


    With pricing starting from $55.00 per person there is a budget to suit everyone.


    Speak to our team today on +61 9689 3333 or email



  • 22-Oct-2014 12:11 | Anonymous

    Using digital media to tell your story, to promote your products or services is now an essential part of your marketing strategy.  In partnership with WSBC, XVenture is pleased to present this exclusive offer to WSBC members. 


    Saving you $1,300, the production team of WSBC Platinum Partner XVenture will develop a powerful video clip demonstrating what makes your product or service unique and different.


    For only $1,200 + GST* a 60-90 second clip will be delivered in a format suitable for your website and/or social media environment.**


    In order to take advantage of this exclusive offer, you need to pre-book a 15 minute time slot with XVenture (details below). 

    We have secured only four time slots available in the hour following the WSBC lunch on the 6th of November.


    What’s involved: 


    WSBC Platinum Partner XVenture Productions will use their unique technique and world class production experience to:


    -       conduct a 10-15 minute interview with a member of your organisation (in the allocated time slot after the lunch)


    -       incorporate a selection of your photos, logo, website and any existing footage (if available), supplied by you 


    -       post–produce the clip and deliver within 7 days


    Places are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so hurry to secure you place for the 6th of November!


    Please contact or call 9415 1112 to book or get further information.


    * ($2,500 + GST for non-WSBC members)

    ** You can also discuss ‘upgrading’ the above package into a ‘business story’/ documentary about your business for an additional fee.


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