Date Posted: August 8, 2017

Share, Connect and Grow were definitely the outcomes when two Queensland forum groups came together for a joint retreat, ‘glamping’ on beautiful Moreton Island.   While quick introductions were made as we waited for the ferry, we really got to know the other forum group and their families on the first afternoon during relaxed sunset drinks on the beach.   The two forum groups gathered Saturday morning for an education session to help us... Read more

Date Posted: August 8, 2017

The count down until National Conference has started, but where has the year gone and what has happened in QLD?  Well as the State Manager, I have been working hard to secure a full calendar of events for 2017/18, including an array of new national initiatives and member benefits.  I participated in a QLD Government small business round table which saw discussion on the rise of energy prices and a... Read more

Date Posted: August 8, 2017

Family Business Member Lester Nichol Name, Company Name, Industry MATTHEWS Australasia Pty Ltd  ‘Intelligent Identification’ Providing manufacturers and producers with product identification and traceability through the supply-chain. What generation is your family business? MATTHEWS has operated as Family Business since 1997. We are currently a 1st generation family business. What is your role in the family business? Since starting the business in 1997, I have been Managing Director. We are currently in the process of appointing a... Read more

Date Posted: August 8, 2017

Kangaroo Island’s outstanding products and experiences were showcased last Friday night at the annual Food, Wine and Tourism Awards held here at the new function room at Dudley Wines Cellar Door. Dudley Wines was chuffed to host the awards dinner here where guests enjoyed an exquisite menu prepared by Chef Marion Trethewey of St Austell Farm featuring authentic local produce, which was accompanied by a wide range of local beer,... Read more

Date Posted: August 7, 2017

It takes 110 years to make the ‘Grange of Guitars’ __________________________________________________________________________________ Interviewee:  David Steedman, General Manager Company: Maton Guitars Website:  maton.com.au _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Context: In the Jan-Feb 2010 edition of the Harvard Business Review, authors T.M. Amabile & S.J. Kramer provided ground breaking research findings into what produces a “good day” in the workplace. Within some 12,000 individual diary entries, ‘progress’ or the sense of ‘moving the dial’, was the vital ingredient discovered in over 76% of... Read more

Date Posted: August 7, 2017

Nathan Fenner discusses the Australian Labor Party (ALP) policy in relation to the taxation of discretionary trust distributions. On 30 July 2017, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Bill Shorten, announced the Australian Labor party (ALP) policy in relation to the taxation of discretionary trust distributions. Prior to this, speculation had existed that the ALP would seek to ‘tax trusts as companies’ – effectively reviving a policy first proposed by the... Read more

Date Posted: August 7, 2017

Hi to all, Greg has finalised and presented the Strategic Plan and Greg and the FBA office and are now working hard to implement the objectives, working towards the Mission: “FBA works strategically with all Family Business stakeholders to lead the delivery of unique and innovative services, creating professional pathways and connecting the family business community”.  This will be done with the commitment of fostering the FBA values of Passion, Professionalism,... Read more

Date Posted: August 7, 2017

Hi all,   8 months through the year and in the depths of winter! I may be showing my Sydney roots – but it is freezing in Melbourne at the moment, I am looking forward to getting up to Hamilton Island! Apart from the learning, networking and fun – there’ll be sun. I hope to see you there! Looking back at two months since our last newsletter, FBA Victoria has had a Family Business... Read more

Date Posted: August 7, 2017

Foundation donates $57,000 to three Australian charities. The Lyone Foundation, founded by the Lyone family – owners of COS, has donated a further $57,000 to three inspiring Australian charities as part of its goal to donate $1 million each year to help disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised Australians. Since its creation in 2013, the Lyone Foundation has raised a donation pool of over $3 million. This latest round of funds will be donated... Read more

Date Posted: August 7, 2017

Family Business Member Michelle Corby | Company Accountant Mangan Logging Business Industry/Description We are a part of the Forest Industry in the Macquarie Region in NSW delivering superior outcomes in harvesting and road transport of pine plantations both in terms of productivity and safety. What generation is your family business? Our family business is currently in its 2nd generation. Our Grandparents started the business in 1961, which was then... Read more