CPS Concrete has been pouring Canberra’s foundations for more than 40 years
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It started as a conversation over some salami, Italian bread and homemade wine and resulted in constructing what was Canberra's tallest building some six years ago, Wayfarer. Since building the Wayfarer apartments in Belconnen, CPS Concrete Group and Geocon have worked together to pour five more of the tallest structures in the ACT, accounting for more than 3,000 homes. CPS...
What the first day out of lockdown looked like for Canberra businesses
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With COVID-19 lockdown in the ACT finally loosening its grip, many local businesses opened their doors on Friday, 15 October, and dusted off their equipment for the first time since 12 August, 2021. Cafes, bars, barbers and gyms are among the businesses allowed to recommence operations under current guidelines, with more substantial changes coming on 29 October, when the ACT...
Craft ACT’s new director has a colourful vision for Canberra
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Jodie Cunningham has always seen herself as something of a flamingo and the handle fits - tall, elegant, colourful and enquiring, the new director of Craft ACT says she is honoured to lead one of Canberra's longest-running membership organisations. An artist her entire life, Jodie loves colour, geometry, symbolism and Canberra, where she was born and bred. She's also a collaborator...
This week in Canberra business: A rush to apply for grants, welcome budget measures but issues remain
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As the Territory readies for a resumption of business, with fingers crossed for a smooth transition and no further lockdowns, financial advisors have reported a last-minute rush of businesses and sole traders applying for the ACT's Business Support Grant by the 7 October deadline. RSM Australia senior advisor Young Han said there has been a mix of businesses rushing to claim...
Capital businesses going green and cutting costs with new commercial solar solutions
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From small family operations to large commercial buildings, Canberra business owners are embracing the benefits of installing their own power stations. Whether it's a commercial rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system, or battery storage solutions, businesses are harnessing the sun's energy to reduce their carbon footprint and slash operating costs. ActewAGL group manager of strategic partners Sean Davis has seen a significant increase in...
Diamonds are a computer’s best friend when it comes to world-first project
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While it may not be what immediately springs to mind when you think of diamonds, a project at the ANU is harnessing the power of synthetic diamonds to create the world's first quantum computer which can operate at room temperature. Quantum Brilliance, which is attracting international attention, is the brainchild of Canberra-born and bred Dr Andrew Horsley and his business...
Ombudsman says telcos still failing Australian small business
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Complaints by small business about internet and telephone services reached a three-year high, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Judi Jones has said in her annual report issued on 22 September.  For all service types, poor customer service and problems with a bill were the most common complaints. For small businesses in regional and rural areas in particular, an inability to contact...
No, the office is not done yet, but it’s going to be different
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The office may never be the same after COVID-19. Not only is the hybrid workplace likely here to stay, but the layout, fitout and facilities of the traditional office are going to have to change. Canberra's COVID-19 lockdown has hit the national capital's office occupancy worse than other Australian cities, plummeting from 73 per cent to 8 per cent of pre-COVID occupancy,...
This week in Canberra business: Extension payments and choosing the best cross border business support
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Tuesday (14 September) saw the widely anticipated announcement of an extension to lockdown to 11:59 pm on 15 October, and with the Barr Government yet to reveal a specific roadmap out of lockdown, many Canberra businesses are still facing weeks of uncertainty. In response, business support grants have been topped up with eligible businesses receiving up to an extra $30,000....
Financial assistance and saving tips for Canberra’s Community Bank customers
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Canberra's Community Bank branches have extended their existing hardship support measures to include small business and home loan customers significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new package is an extension of Bendigo Bank's support measures already in place for customers financially affected by the pandemic. Canberra Community Bank Group senior branch manager Jacob Krog says the new national support package...
Awards to highlight tenacity, strength and innovation of Canberra’s women in business
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The time has come for Canberra's businesswomen to be seen, heard and celebrated. Nominations are now open for the 2021 Rubik3 Canberra Women in Business Awards, which will shine a light on the outstanding community spirit, innovation and tenacity of women in business during the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic. Awards president Sheena Ireland says while the Canberra community is currently in COVID-19 lockdown,...
This week in Canberra business: Microbusinesses, construction and ‘click and collect’ cars
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Last week we saw tentative first steps in the ACT Government's cautious approach to bringing business back online with the resumption of some residential construction. There is still much debate surrounding the pace of the government's approach. Industry groups are urging the government to consider some remaining issues, including a lack of specific support for micro-businesses, the importance of a...
Working from home without the proper set-up? Here’s what you can do about it
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As more and more of us find ourselves working, or at least attempting to work, from home, it's important we look after our bodies as we navigate the 'unfamiliar' territory that is our bedrooms, lounge rooms and kitchens. When the COVID-19 lockdown was announced, many employees moved rapidly to a work-from-home arrangement but didn't have time to properly prepare a...
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