DIAL-AN-ANGEL started with one woman’s brilliant idea. In 1967, mother of three, Dena Blackman, had her hands full managing a household with three kids under the age of six while she was recovering from a serious illness. With her husband working full time running his own business and no family support Dena had to make do as best she could…
An insurance broker is not a seller but a buyer – on your behalf. It’s a very important distinction, but one which is often forgotten or poorly understood, says Dallas Booth, Chief Executive of the body charged with looking after the broking sector in Australia.
Is Australia suffering from digital overload? It is not a good sign, after all, when schoolchildren are more likely to get texting thumbs than scraped knees. To be sure, Australia has changed a lot since Forpark was founded in 1979, but the playground and outdoor fitness equipment manufacturer is still performing exceedingly well.
Free trade agreements and globalisation mean that today’s business world is moving faster than ever…
When John S Larke landed on the shores of Australia in 1895, the land was still six years away from becoming a federation, when six independent British colonies would band together to become states of a new nation. Although the first fleet of settlers had arrived just over a century prior, in 1788, Australia soon became known for its natural beauty and many resources.
The Chamber has fostered strong links with Australian state and federal governments since it was founded in 1975. With head office in Canberra and chapters around the country, its mission is to “assist Australian companies exporting to or expanding into Middle East and North African (MENA) markets and Arab companies looking to invest in Australia. We specialise in providing members with commercial intelligence, business matching and networking opportunities.
It is hardly a surprise that Australian businesses have become less insular and more eager to explore the wide world outside these shores, given the shrinking globe, booming Aussie dollar, desire to do more business and the growing reputation of Aussie goods and services for quality and (especially in engineering) expertise.
At time of writing, it would appear that the first effect of Australia’s new policy to avert a climate catastrophe will be felt in July with the introduction of carbon pricing, described by Canberra as “the most environmentally effective and economically efficient way to reduce pollution. This means our economy can continue to prosper – without our pollution continuing to grow.”
There’s such a difference between visiting a country and living there. So what’s it like to actually live – and earn a living – in Asia, as opposed to just experiencing the place as a tourist?
In Bangkok in neighbouring Thailand, the queue to apply for an entry visa runs twice round the block. Hillary Clinton and Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Prize for Economics) are among recent celeb visitors. Newspapers the world over run features on democracy and the still-stately face of The Lady, the nickname for Aung San Suu Kyi, is everywhere. No doubt about it, Burma – Myanmar if you favour the official title – is flavour of the month.