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  • 28-May-2018 08:41 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The HSBC Sydney 7s is heading west with the announcement that the 2019 tournament will be played at Spotless Stadium in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

    Having had three successful years at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, the hugely popular tournament will light up Sydney’s west over three action-packed days from February 1-3.

    To celebrate the move, and in a first for the tournament, the HSBC Sydney 7s will throw open it’s doors on Friday 1 February with free entry for all fans for the opening day of action.

    Fans will be able to cheer on the Qantas Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams as they fight to defend their titles after running out emphatic winners in their home tournament earlier this year.

    Sydney Olympic Park will be transformed into a Rugby festival with live bands, rides, interactive entertainment, the kids zone, and plenty of places to eat and drink, coupled with the best Rugby Sevens athletes from across the world doing battle just a year out from the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

    Fan-favourites that have become synonymous with the HSBC Sydney 7s will return with Dance Cam, Kiss Cam, The Gun show, and Karaoke all to feature again in the 2019 edition. There will also be some new additions and surprises to be announced over the coming months.

    Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle said: “This is a great opportunity for families and Rugby fans in the greater Sydney region to come along and experience the fun and excitement of the HSBC Sydney 7s and witness truly world class athletes play one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

    “Anyone who has been to the tournament in Sydney will tell you its not just about the footy, Sevens Rugby is the complete package. It’s a chance to get your mates together, deck yourself out in fancy dress and experience all the entertainment on offer.

    “There is a genuine international flavour to the tournament which is unrivalled in sport, with fans coming from all corners of the globe to cheer on their teams.

    “The major highlight of any Sevens tournament anywhere in the world is seeing the passion and flair of the Fijian fans, and we know that there are large communities of Fijians and Rugby fans from other island nations in Western Sydney who have been waiting for the opportunity to experience the tournament in their own backyard.”

    NSW Minister for Sport and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said: “Western Sydney is home to some of Australia’s biggest and best major sporting events and some of the city’s most passionate fans, so Spotless Stadium is the perfect home for the Sydney 7s,” Ayres said.

    “Beyond all the action on field, the event will also provide a boost to the local visitor economy, with hotels, restaurants and attractions set to be buzzing with visitors from around Australia and the world. I encourage everyone to get their tickets early and start planning an extended stay in Western Sydney.”

    HSBC Australia CEO, Martin Tricaud, said: “The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is an exciting competition which brings the great game of rugby to new audiences all around the world. The Australian tournament has become one of the highlights of the world tour and we are looking forward to the event at Spotless Stadium next year.”

    Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the early bird ticket offer and register at sydney7s.com.au for the early bird prices. Tickets will go on public sale on Thursday August 23.


  • 22-May-2018 11:03 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The NSW Government invites you to an “opportunities in India event” in Sydney. This event aims to help aspiring and existing exporters to India.

    With a rapidly growing population of more than 1.2 billion, India is expected to overtake China as the world’s most populous nation within a decade. India’s middle-class population is expected to soar to about 200 million by 2020, generating huge demand for high-quality, protein-rich foods as well as numerous opportunities across a number of different sectors of the economy.

    The workshop will cover:

    • Welcome by the NSW Government
    • India: opportunities for NSW Business - presentation by Rohit Manchanda - Trade & Investment Commissioner for India
    • Panel discussion: expert tips on doing business in India
    • Q&A

    Who should attend?

    • Businesses looking to develop a growth plan to extend beyond the domestic market
    • Aspiring exporters and new exporters
    • Existing exporters wanting an export refresher

    Expert Speakers:

    • Mr Rohit Manchanda - Trade & Investment Commissioner for India
    • Ms Kylie Bell - Director & Oceania Leader, India & ASEAN Business Group and NSW President & National Board Member, Australian India Business Council
    • Mr Peter Mackey, Director, International Trade - NSW Trade and Investment

    Event details

    When: 8.00am – 10.00am, Thursday, 31 May 2018

    Where: Level 48, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

    Cost: Free (places are limited), a light networking breakfast will be provided.

    Register here


  • 22-May-2018 08:28 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The Australia-China Zhejiang Trade and Investment Forum on 28 May 2018 is a half day event at Sofitel, supported by Austrade, NSW Government, CCPIT, Commonwealth Bank and Hall & Wilcox.

    The event will see business matching opportunities, with a delegation of up to 100 CEOs and senior executives from leading Chinese companies in the Zhejiang province seeking investment, trade and business opportunities in Australia. Host of the G20 summit in 2016, Zhejiang is a province of around 55 million people. It represents one of the richest, busiest and most advanced provinces in China.

    Business opportunities for both Australian and Chinese businesses will be in: Technology, Services, Energy, Resources, Education, Tourism, Agribusiness, Finance, Investment, Manufacturing and Logistics and Health.

    Event Format – Business and Opportunity Matching

    The event will include relatively short proceedings, with the bulk of the time dedicated to a business and opportunity matching session.

    Chinese Companies Attending

    Click here to view the list of companies from Zhejiang attending including the business opportunities.

    Register Now

    Step 1: Click here to find out more

    Step 2: Register your place (limited spaces available)


  • 21-May-2018 17:47 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Asialink Business and the NSW Government are delighted to invite you to attend:

    ASEAN Markets: Opportunities for NSW Businesses

    Date: Thursday 31 May 2018

    Time: 12.00pm for a 12.30pm start to 2.00pm

    Venue: Level 48, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney

    Registration: Click here

    Registrations close on Tuesday 29 May 2018

    This seminar is designed for businesses looking to develop a growth plan to extend beyond the domestic market. The seminar will provide expert tips on boosting your export capabilities in ASEAN markets.

    With a population of more than 600 million and a collective GDP of $US2.5 trillion, the Association of South East Asian Nations now attracts more global foreign direct investment than China in markets beyond the traditional focus on Singapore and Malaysia. Hear from a panel of expert speakers on:

    • Current ASEAN markets (overview)
    • Emerging opportunities for exporting to fast-growing ASEAN markets
    • Starting or refreshing your business export strategy
    • Tips on doing business in ASEAN regions

    Panellists:

    Mercy Simorangkir, Director, NSW Trade & Investment – Indonesia

    Mercy Simorangkir is the Director, NSW Trade & Investment for Indonesia based in Jakarta. Mercy works towards growing NSW trade and investment with Indonesia with a focus on the sectors of infrastructure and sustainable urban development, innovation and technology and education and training.

    Cherriyln Neo, Director, NSW Trade & Investment – Singapore

    Cherriyln Neo is the Director, NSW Trade & Investment in Singapore, dedicated to growing NSW business with Singapore. Sectors of focus for NSW in Singapore are infrastructure investment, ICT/healthcare/fintech investment, and healthcare and financial services export.

    David Albaiceta, Director, NSW Trade & Investment – Malaysia

    David is an MBA educated professional with 15 years’ experience in healthcare logistics in the Asia Pacific region with a proven record managing teams and projects successfully. David was employed in Thailand and China for Tractus Asia, a consultancy company providing advisory services for Economic Development Organizations working to attract FDI flows to or from Asia. He has acted as an advisor to the investment promotion agencies of the governments of Spain, Australia (Victoria) and Mongolia; as well as The World Bank, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

    Cost:

    Asialink Corporate Member/ Chairman’s Circle/ Leaders Program Alumni: $33.00

    Non Member: $55.00

    For further information please contact Shirlin Liu on x.liu@asialinkbusiness.com.au or 03 9035 3088.


  • 18-May-2018 10:59 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Avid outdoor enthusiasts once again made their way to Rosehill Gardens for the 2018 NSW Caravan Camping Holiday Supershow.

    Showcasing all the latest and greatest caravans, motorhomes, and a wide array of outdoor and camping accessories, the Supershow did not disappoint its fans.

    Making its Golden Jubilee this year, the exhibition is the largest event of its type in Australia, and the largest expo held at Rosehill Gardens each year. Attracting around 60,000 attendees over the six days, the 300+ exhibitors occupied 35,000 square meters of exhibition space.

    Operating from twelve food and beverage outlets, five of which were custom built specifically for the expo, the venue was well equipped and prepared to accommodate an event of such size.  Working alongside the NSW Police, Roads and Maritime Services and Parramatta Local Council, the event and operations teams adhered to a comprehensive Traffic Management plan ensuring thousands of vehicles had access to free parking and a smooth traffic flow over the course of the six days of the show.

    Complementing the exhibition’s daily catering production was a 50th Anniversary Celebration cocktail reception for 350 people held in the Hive, with guests served first class catering by our award winning Executive Chef and team.

    Rosehill Garden's audio visual team worked with the client to provide overlay of the precinct so that announcer messages and background music were distributed to all areas of the site, an undertaking that enabled attendees to move around the site without difficulty and be across event updates. An overwhelmingly successful large-scale show, the whole site was reverted back to its core business and was race day ready within five days post event. No mean feat by any standards.

    The Australian Turf Club look forward to welcoming back the NSW Caravan Camping Holiday Supershow again in 2019!


  • 17-May-2018 11:56 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Darrin Mitchell, Senior Associate, Insolvency Restructuring and Debt Recovery Group, Matthews Folbigg Lawyers 

    Following on from Matthews Follbigg's article on the Safe Harbour provisions recently introduced, Credit Managers should also be aware of the proposed additions to the Corporations Act 2001 (“the Act”) that attempt to create further reforms for companies in financial stress.

    The reforms are known as the “ipso facto” provisions. Don’t let the Latin term confuse you as it simply means “by the mere fact”.

    An ipso facto clause is commonly the phrase used for a term in a contract that should a certain event occur, then another act can follow. Credit Managers would be aware of their own terms of credit and goods/services supply which (should) include ipso facto clauses. These clauses can include allowing for cessation of the agreement, or at least some modification, should an insolvency event occur that affects the solvency of the customer, such as liquidity issues leading to administration and/or liquidation.

    A company under financial stress may wish to implement some form of restructure which allows for a trade-on of business and may include the appointment of an administrator. The ipso facto clauses within the company’s supplier agreements may result in the termination of the contract of supply, leading to the demise of the company as it can no longer obtain its core products and so defeat the intended reforms.

    The recent provisions to the Act allow for a stay on the implementation of the stop supply provisions available to the creditor should the company enter into some form of administration or other scheme of arrangement. The stay does not affect a decision to stop credit to the company, only the supply of goods and/or services. The stay would cease if the company was placed into liquidation therefore allowing the creditor to then enforce the terms of its agreement.

    Whilst these provisions allow for a company in financial difficulty to attempt to trade out of its position, creditors should be aware of their inability under the Act to turn off supply of their goods and/or services to the company and manage their debt collection process as they would prefer. Credit Managers should also be aware of the possibility of claims for preferential payments should the company continue to trade then go into liquidation.

    The reforms are in their infancy and whether or not they will be successful or have any real positive effect is yet to be seen, so creditors should take constructive steps early to protect their position and interests.

    The above summary is designed to give creditors a general idea of the recent reforms to and the continuing provisions of the Act that may impact upon them and debt collection processes employed by them. Any specific advice on the ipso facto reforms or preference claims received can be discussed by contacting the team at Matthews Folbigg.

    Matthews Folbigg's comments on the Safe Harbour reforms can be reviewed here

    If you would like more information or advice in relation to insolvency, restructuring or debt recovery practice and procedure, contact Darrin Mitchell on 02 9806 7428 or by email or a Principal of the Matthews Folbigg Insolvency, Restructuring & Debt Recovery Group:

    Jeffrey Brown on (02) 9806 7446 or by email

    Stephen Mullette on (02) 9806 7459 or by email


  • 17-May-2018 11:39 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Making Western Sydney Greater is a collaborative project between William Buck, St.George, Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Business Connection.

    Our sixth survey will target Western Sydney business owners and managers and identify issues specific to the region, helping to drive positive change.

    The four organisations leading this research will use the results to contribute to and influence discussions on NSW Government policy regarding workforce skill and employee training.

    When you participate you’ll get priority access to all of these resources, as well as a full copy of the research report.

    To be involved, email research@williambuck.com


  • 15-May-2018 15:54 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Experience The William Inglis Hotel at Warwick Farm with their opening corporate offer of $195 per night in a Superior King room. This special offer also includes breakfast, high speed Wi-Fi, parking and double Le Club points and is valid for new business from May to September 2018 inclusive.

    The William Inglis Hotel is a luxurious boutique 5 star hotel located at Riverside stables with stunning function spaces available for all different types of events. Complete with a day spa, rooftop pool, 144 elegant rooms and suites, paddock to plate style menu at the Newmarket restaurant and 1867 lounge bar, the hotel can cater to events and meetings from 10 to 1,000 guests. For more information please visit www.williaminglis.com.au.

    Call (02) 8324 3460 or email hb042-re@accor.com to enjoy Western Sydney’s newest 5 star luxury hotel.


  • 14-May-2018 16:34 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Featherdale Wildlife Park has launched their new Platinum Pass, the perfect Australian perk for team-oriented businesses. The Platinum Pass allows company staff, a year of unlimited entry to Featherdale Wildlife Park.

    Platinum Passes are transferrable among employees within a company and are valid for 4 people per visit. They include the essential benefits of a family annual pass, with the bonus of premium benefits for companies such as a complimentary animal interaction for any corporate function, event or team building activity booked at Featherdale. And with any event, the company logo can be incorporated in any Featherdale photo product (T&Cs apply).

    “We’re really trying to open our arms to companies across Sydney with our first corporate offering in many years” says Sara Ang, Director of Sales & Marketing of Featherdale Wildlife Park. “We hope to strengthen our ties with Western Sydney businesses through our Platinum Passes—it’s a great deal!”

    Platinum Passes are retailing for AU$1,500.00, but in celebration of the launch, Featherdale is offering a $500.00 discount on any Platinum Pass sold before the 30th June 2018.

    To get in touch about a Platinum Pass, contact their Marketing & Social Media Executive, Arianne Zaragoza via phone (02) 9622 1644 or email arianne_zaragoza@featherdale.com.au


  • 14-May-2018 15:53 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    WSA Co invites suitably qualified parties to submit a Registration of Interest for the Western Sydney Airport Technical and Design Services Panel.

    Any parties interested in tendering for the Technical and Design Services Panel, must register to receive Request for Tender documents which will be released in late May 2018.

    A copy of the Registration of Interest documentation is available on the WSA Co website at www.wsaco.com.au/business.

    The Invitation to submit a Registration of Interest will close at 4:00pm (AEDST) on 21 May 2018.

    Please forward any enquiries to tenders@wsaco.com.au.


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