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Trends Affecting Services Industry Employment Growth 

With advances in technology changing the nature of work and the skills required to support the Australian economy, it’s important to stay one step ahead and ensure that our education and training systems are growing with our students. Innovation is a fundamental element in securing future success for the service industries, and because of it there are …

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Retail Trends for 2016

The year 2016 has come. Time does fly fast but business simply cannot be left behind. Even as 2015 has yet to formally end, it’s best to get acquainted with next year’s retail trends so you can get ahead and possibly tick off more of your business goals.   Modest growth rates For starters, the Australian …

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Brisbane and Gold Coast Hospitality Event: Half Day Workshop

On 17th and 18th February, the Gold Coast and Brisbane (respectively) will each host a half day workshop on ‘How to Dramatically Increase Restaurant & Café Profits in 90 Days (Or Less)’. Restaurant and café owners will learn how a local Queensland restaurant owner was able to buck the trend and increase his net profit …

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Global Growth Secured for Gloria Jean’s Future

QLD Gloria Jean’s Coffees (GJ’s) Franchisees are set to experience greater success in 2014 with the proposed acquisition of the brand by Singapore-based firm Global Yellow Pages (GYP). The acquisition will be finalised in March 2014. GYP has set its sights on ensuring greater global success for the GJ’s brand, with a push to expand …

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Research Reveals Truths for QLD Hospitality Industry

Recently Redmako conducted research to investigate the quality of services provided to Queensland hospitality business owners. The results were astounding. In all of Queensland, only one full service business brokerage firm truly specialised in business sales within the hospitality industry. Results show that while Redmako Business Sale’s portfolio of businesses for sale are 100% hospitality …

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High Profile Brisbane Restaurant Closures – Struggling industry?

In the past month, four major hospitality venues have announced closures: Bistro One Eleven, Ortiga, Sardine Tin and Piaf. Whilst media outlets are labelling our hospitality scene as ‘the struggling industry’, we’re not quite so sure. Owners have told The Courier Mail  that rising electricity, rent, staff penalty rates and car park costs are the …

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National Audit Targeting Restaurants, Cafés and Catering

The Fair Work Ombudsmen (FWO) recently began its national audit of cafes, restaurants and catering businesses to ensure they are complying with Australian minimum wage and record keeping requirements. Up to 1,500 businesses will be targeted – many of these will be given notice, but FWO has warned they will also conduct on-the-spot visits and …

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Menu Surcharge Law Changed in time for Ekka

The Australian Government has changed the menu surcharge laws in time for the Ekka show holiday on Wednesday 14th August. Previously, café and restaurant owners who charged extra on public holidays and weekends had to create a whole new menu for those days. It has been a point of frustration for hospitality business owners for …

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Changes to Minimum Wages in Australia

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has set a 2.6 per cent increase in the minimum wages across Australia and these changes will take effect from July 1, 2013. How will this affect businesses in the hospitality industry? The minimum wage for full time employees in Australia will change as of July 1, 2013. The current …

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Fine Food Queensland

  On 13-15 April 2014, Queensland hospitality professionals will have the opportunity to delight their senses and grow their business’s potential at Fine Food Queensland. Over 6,500 industry professionals are expected to attend the event to see the showcase of local produce, hear from leading chefs and other well-known hospitality figures, join in the discussions …

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