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  • 17-Aug-2017 17:59 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Energy costs are a major concern for business with Australians paying amongst the highest electricity prices in the world. Market uncertainty and rising prices are an obvious problem for companies but a new Australian CleanTech company SolarCloud is about to change all that.

    SolarCloud helps individuals and businesses save money on energy. It provides all the benefits of solar power without the usual expensive cost and hassle.

    Residential and small business customers can invest in solar power without touching their roof. In fact, you don’t even need a roof at all! Making it suitable for everyone including renters and simply investors.

    Commercial customers can potentially become SolarCloud hosts and access all of the benefits of solar without the usual upfront capitol or ongoing costs.

    SolarCloud offers a range of energy efficiency services to help businesses achieve optimum energy savings in addition to solar. It helps businesses to reduce the power they consume and the price they pay for it.

    Businesses underestimate potential savings achievable through solar energy, LEDs, voltage optimisation, power factor correction, better brokering.

    Every company is different but SolarCloud can usually expect to find significant savings. The best approach to the overall energy savings is to address all of potential energy reduction opportunities first then install solar to power what’s still needed.

    Book your free Energy Usage Assessment to see how and where your business can save money. Email John Kennedy or call him 0434 007 008

  • 17-Aug-2017 11:15 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Angela Haynes has recently joined as a Director in KPMG’s growing Restructuring Services (RS) team and is based at Parramatta to expand these services into Greater Western Sydney.

    Angela has practiced in restructuring and turnaround for the past 11 years. This is the first time KPMG have had a dedicated RS-GWS practice and from feedback, the market is very welcoming of Angela and this local KPMG capability.

    Restructuring Services are no longer ‘undertakers’ or ‘bad guys’ as once known. KPMG’s RS team has a skill skills that enable much earlier intervention, when symptoms of distress arise, before it is terminal. Examples may include:

    - creditor & bank pressure;

    - failure to thrive;

    - running out of cash;

    - declining profitability;

    - covenant breaches; and

    - a need for turnaround.

    For performing companies not in distress, KPMG has a Rapid Diagnostic service that can identify opportunities for savings, cash release and optimisation of financial and operational performance through the 9 levers of value.

    For critical and urgent circumstances, or where creditors are commencing legal action, KPMG are very experienced in understanding and diagnosing quickly. Options are greater if a company acts early. If Voluntary Administration or Liquidation is required, KPMG are well regarded, sensitive and responsible. Confidentiality for sensitive matters is paramount.

    At times a Board or Management may sense an underlying problem but cannot put their finger on it. Other times, issues are clear as day. This is when specialist advice comes into its own.

    About Angela

    Angela grew up and schooled in Greater Western Sydney undertaking a B Com(Accounting) at WSU. She then gained her Chartered Accountant qualification and has over 25 years commercial & financial business experience. Angela looks beyond the obvious and delivers practical strategies for responding to change, performance and cash flow challenges with options designed to restore and improve value.

    She is experienced in both restructuring and turnaround and providing deal services across the business lifecycle:

    • working with companies through expansion, contraction or distress to maximize value & outcomes;
    • providing early intervention & performance improvement to stabilize or return to growth;
    • solvency reviews, strategic advice, external administrations, solvent and insolvent liquidations and stakeholder representation;
    • interim management including CFO and CEO;
    • advising & assisting transactions and post deal integration following mergers or acquisitions;
    • project managing deals including due diligence, sale agreements, completions, and 100 days plans.
    • enhancing provision of smooth functioning, properly managed finance and operating environments.

    Angela’s industry experience spans manufacturing, financial services, NFP, transport, bloodstock, wine, timber, education, aged care, religious organizations, horticulture, utilities and hospitality.

    She is completing a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance & Risk Management. Is presently on the Board of Athletics NSW and formerly on the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board. She has also community positions with Woodstock Runners, Bankstown Council and the UWS Student Association.

    Angela will travel and is very happy to chat through options and ideas and can be contacted any time on 02 8841 2150 or 0419 444 010. Her email is

  • 16-Aug-2017 15:07 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    TJS Services are proud to announce sponsorship of the Kid’s Cancer Project in line with the charity’s national bus tour beginning this month.

    Founded by Col Reynolds in 1993, The Kid’s Cancer Project is a national charity committed to combatting childhood cancer through scientific research.

    The partnership will see both TJS and The Kid’s Cancer Project align their values as community driven organisations as they work in unison to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

    “We are humbled to be supporting a community based foundation with such strong commitment to addressing childhood cancer. TJS is a business that cares for both client and community, sponsoring the Kid’s Cancer Project gives us the opportunity to give back to a cause that affects over 15,000 children each year” – Chief Executive Officer, Ben Bayot

    In line with their support of The Kid’s Cancer Project, TJS will also be supporting the organisation’s Write a Book in a Day campaign, promoting healthy learning and development for schools across the country.

    Having already enabled three schools to participate in the program for the first time, the national facility services provider is reaching out to schools experiencing financial hardship and wishing to join the program.

    “We cannot thank TJS enough for sponsoring us to enter the competition. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some of these students and we are so very grateful.” – Matthew Pearce Public School

    The support and funding provided by TJS Services and various other corporate partners has lead to great progress.

    To date the Kid’s Cancer Project has raised over $200,000 and funded 1.6 scientists with more to follow.

    More importantly in the charity’s quest to raise brand awareness for their cause, thousands of people are now following the yellow bus journey locally and from areas outside the bus route - SA, Perth, country NSW and Victoria.

  • 15-Aug-2017 16:31 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Tips for succeeding when the rules keep changing

    In the not so distant future, your competitive landscape could look very different.

    The Internet of Things, where more and more devices are connecting to the internet and collecting data, means market disruption is the new normal.

    Whether it’s your smart hairbrush that analyses the health of your hair, or a digital legal assistant, technology is infiltrating every part our lives.

    This capability is opening doors for a new breed of competitor who is using technology to solve friction within the customer experience, or streamline a business process to slash costs.

    So how do you keep track of all this activity – and stay one step ahead? Macquarie Bank’s National Head of Insurance Broking, Eoghan Trehy, believes it’s a matter of making sure you’re well informed, open to new opportunities – and being proactive, rather than reactive.

    Insurtech is the latest disrupter that is innovating the insurance industry with new, streamlined technologies that are re-shaping the established model.

    “In Australia’s insurance industry, we’re not quite seeing the impact of insurtech on brokers yet. But signals from overseas risk markets and requirements in the domestic/retail sector are an indication of what is to come,” he says.

    He gives an example from one of the four new local insurtech start-ups he has spoken to in just the past week.

    “They are about to launch a new direct product that will allow SMEs in retail or hospitality to buy insurance on their mobile phone – targeting the emerging demographic who prefer to transact that way. To me, this indicates a big shift in the traditional model. They’re using technology to combine the skills of an underwriter and broker to deliver a better client experience, in a channel Generations X, Y and Millennials prefer.”

    Trehy suggests four ways to map your evolving competitor landscape.

    Click here to read the full article.

    Macquarie has been providing Business Banking solutions for over 30 years and provides SME clients with tools and strategies to grow and develop their business. You can get regular updates by subscribing to the monthly newsletter, Strictly Business by visiting If you would like to find out more about how Macquarie can support you to take your business further, call Sam McCarthy at our Parramatta office on 0417 518 724 and be connected with one of our banking specialists in your region.

    This information has been prepared by Macquarie Bank Limited ABN 46 008 583 542 AFSL and Australian Credit Licence 237502 (“Macquarie”) for general information purposes only. This information does not constitute advice. Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice. No member of Macquarie accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect, consequential or other loss arising from any use of this information.

  • 15-Aug-2017 15:14 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Recognition is a powerful motivator because it makes your team feel valued.

    When your team feel valued they are more likely to connect with you as their leader, connect to the organisation, be more productive and more engaged.

    Great Managers Academy members learn dozens of ways to recognise and motivate their people but here are the top 16.

    1. A Welcome Aboard Card for new starters, signed by everyone in the team

    Don’t wait for people to leave to give them a card from everyone – give it to them when they start!

    2. Tell your team members frequently “I know you can do it” or “I believe in you.”

    Create a self-fulfilling prophecy – this must be sincere, or it will have the reverse effect.

    3. Take one of your achievers to a Senior Team Meeting and recognise their efforts in front of your peers

    Are some people going to feel awkward about this? Of course they are! But, if you could hear what they say about the experience at the family dinner table that night, it is worth a bit of squirming!

    4. Make recognition a Team Activity

    Get your team to identify what other team members do best.

    Recognition does not have to be all about super high-achievers – you might have someone who is a quiet achiever and really dependable – make sure that quality is recognised too.

    5. Give your team a stack of thank you cards and ask them to recognise others

    Even those from different departments. You cannot be everywhere and see everything. It is amazing how supportive other teams will be when they get thanked in a sincere way!

    6. Allow someone to call in “well” and have the day off

    7. Print out and issue certificates for a “long lunch” (2-hour break)

    Even better still, take them to lunch and celebrate!

    8. Use an Achievement Logo on your business cards for high achievers who have received ongoing above & beyond awards

    9. Use post-it notes to put hand-written comments or feedback about things done well

    These can be put on their desk or on a report, or however you can get it to them – you will find that people will often keep these as a reminder.

    10. Use a trophy or award of some sort that gets rotated to recognise great ideas, creative solutions and valuable input

    11. Pitch in and help with the hard stuff

    Demonstrate that you are a team player through recognising when it’s tough and helping them out

    12. If things are “heating up” at deadline time, bring in some gelato or ice cream to cool things down – for some chill out time.

    13. Hire a masseuse & provide a massage for your hard-working team members

    14. Do something that benefits the team member personally - or their family

    This will require some budget. For example:

    • Babysitter

    • Cleaner

    • Car washer

    • Send a hamper to their family.

    On the higher end of the spending scale you could:

    • Hire a chef to prepare a meal for them at home

    • Rent their dream car for them for a week.

    • Donate on their behalf to their favourite charity

    • Gift vouchers or a Training course of their choice

    15. Acknowledge Service Anniversaries

    End of probation, 1yr, 3yrs (strategically you should check where the most of your turnover occurs)

    16. Hold Events for achievements of major goals or milestones

    Can be anything from a cup of tea and cake to a party or meal together. Alternatively, a team day out – barefoot bowls is popular. Always link these events to something meaningful!

    If you, or your managers, could benefit from improved engagement and productivity, get in touch to learn more about the proven Great Managers Academy.

  • 15-Aug-2017 13:39 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Enjoy a weekend in style when you book the ‘Love that Club’ Package at PARKROYAL Parramatta.

    For $249 a night, treat yourself to a new Club Room.

    Enjoy exclusive access to the Club Lounge, where a host of benefits and panoramic views of Parramatta await.

    Additional benefits include:

    • Sparkling wine and chocolate truffles on arrival

    • Twilight drinks and canapés

    • All-day non-alcoholic refreshments

    • A seasonal buffet breakfast

    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    • Late check-out

    • Complimentary parking

    For bookings contact PARKROYAL Parramatta:

    P: 02 9685 0377  


    or click here for further information. 

    * T&C's apply. Package available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night stays, subject to availability. Valid for two adults.

  • 14-Aug-2017 08:44 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Request for Expressions of Interest now open for Project Management and Technical Support services

    The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has released a two-stage tender process to procure Project Management and Technical Support services for the next phase of the Western Sydney Airport (WSA) project.

    The services required include, but are not limited to:

    • establishing a Project Management Office;
    • undertaking technical reviews on behalf of the Commonwealth for the WSA project;
    • providing procurement oversight in the preparation and development of procurement activities; and
    • undertaking general project management services, as required.

    Suitably qualified service providers can submit a response to the REOI by email to, using the reference number 10015675, by Friday 1 September 2017 at 2 pm AEST.

    The contract will be awarded mid to late October 2017.


    You can find out more about future tendering opportunities in the presentation about WSA Co development packages and tendering opportunities.

    Further information about business opportunities is available at

  • 10-Aug-2017 10:54 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    In 2017, Ronald McDonald House Westmead’s Spring Carnival Race Day will be bigger than ever, featuring the Group 1 Golden Rose, along with the Golden Pendant, together for the first time.

    De Bortoli Golden Rose Day is set to be a huge day of Spring racing at Rosehill Gardens, and tickets and tables are now available for Ronald McDonald House Westmead’s exclusive VIP function in the Grand Pavilion, overlooking the winning post.

    The day includes a buffet luncheon and afternoon tea, 5-hour beverage package, guest speakers, networking opportunities, and private betting and bookmaking facilities.

    When: Saturday, 23 September, 2017

    Where: Grand Pavilion, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

    Cost: $220 per ticket, $2200 per table of ten

    This is always a do-not-miss day on the House calendar, and all proceeds from the day go towards keeping families close when their child is seriously ill.

    To find out more about our 2017 Spring Carnival Race Day, please contact:

    Michelle Burman 

    P: 9845 0600


  • 09-Aug-2017 18:25 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Pitcher Partners are pleased to provide you with the Winter 2017 edition of their national publication - Contact. This quarterly publication examines issues specific to their clients.

    In this edition Pitcher Partners cover:

    • The changing world at Pitcher Partners
    • Mitigating cyber-risk – risky business? As a board member, owner or executive of a company, how much cyber risk are you prepared to incur? How much risk are you taking that you don’t know about?
    • Keys to success for startups
    • Wall street meet sport. The story of Sportnext, an ambitious Australian tech start up.
    • Good corporate governance – good business sense. Good corporate governance drives great businesses and is the cornerstone of success from a start-up to an ASX Top 100.
    • What's new at Pitcher Partners?

    To read Contact Magazine - Winter 2017, please click here.

    For further information, please contact your Pitcher Partners representative.


    Rob Southwell

    Managing Partner

    +61 2 9221 2099

    Pitcher Partners Sydney

    Level 22 MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

  • 09-Aug-2017 15:15 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Join Northcott for a gala dinner with Aussie cricketers in support of children and adults with disability!

    Northcott’s Recreation Service creates fun and social opportunities for children and adults with disability. Proceeds raised at their Cricket Gala Dinner will help fund this service. Watch this video to see how your support helps them create more fun!

    Northcott's 22nd annual cricket event will this year be a dinner. It will be held on Thursday 9 November 2017 in the Noble Dining Room at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

    With the support of the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust, Northcott are delighted to announce that pre-dinner drinks will be held on the hallowed turf of the SCG.

    Proudly supported by their charity partner Cricket NSW, Northcott’s annual cricket event has raised more than $1.8 million for children and adults with disability – a remarkable achievement that would not have been possible without their wonderful supporters!

    Click here to book your tickets or contact Annette Sneyd on 02 9890 0131 or for more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

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