Business bulletin - 9 October 2015

Last drinks at Malak Marketplace

The Malak Marketplace is celebrating a bumper first year in operation, after supporting a whopping twelve small businesses to start up.

These new ventures include the Pacific Island Food Stall, Pork and Beans Succulents, Dottera Essential Oils and Fijian Coconut Products, Jenarerini Dreaming, and Soy Ice Cream.

The fledgling businesses showcase their wares at Chambers Crescent, behind Malak Shopping Centre, on Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm during the dry season, with a strong focus on regional produce and cuisine.

The Malak Marketplace hit the ground running this year with support from the Business Enterprise Centre, which contributed business support funding. 

This weekend is the last opportunity for Darwin residents to sample the delights on offer before closure for the Wet.

The Malak Marketplace will reopen mid-May 2016.

​Women in business … Up in lights

An impressive lineup of women received top honours in the Telstra Northern Territory Business Women’s Awards on the weekend.

The top gong of 2015 Telstra Business Woman of the Year went to Mary Linnell, owner and operator of Easy Glass Services.

With a business in consulting, fabricating and installing custom-made glass products, Ms Linnell also took out the Entrepreneur Award.

Ms Linnell restructured her business in 2012 from a partnership to a sole-tradership, avoiding bankruptcy and rebuilding the credibility, to emerge with stronger profitability than ever before.

Ms Linnell said the key to owning a successful business was fostering a ‘can do’ attitude in the workplace.

“I believe if you want to be successful, you must surround yourself with positive people,” she said.

“Everyone deserves a chance to be successful and I tend to have a knack of recognising potential in my staff that they hadn’t necessarily recognised themselves just yet.”

Another dual winner, pastry chef Brigid Beilby was recognised with the Young Business Women’s Award and the Start-Up Award, for her artisanal café Alley Cats Patisserie.

Alley Cats is centred on a paddock-to-plate philosophy, handcrafting seasonal menus on site using fresh local ingredients.

Also honoured was General Manager of the NT branch of the CPA Australia, Deborah Hall, the most senior representative of an organization which represents over 500 local members.

Deborah Bampton, Service Development Manager and Administrator of Somerville Community Services, won the For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award for her contribution to the organisation’s 11 community group homes for people with severe to profound disabilities.

Minister for Business Peter Styles said these winners were great examples of the fruits of talent combined with hard work.

“I am extremely impressed by the calibre of female business leaders the Northern Territory has to offer and it is vitally important to recognise their efforts and encourage other young women to follow their entrepreneurial dreams.”

The Northern Territory winners will head to the national finals in Melbourne on Wednesday 18 November.

Have your say on Work Health and Safety legislation

Northern Territory Work Health and Safety legislation is being reviewed, and you can have a say.

The proposed amendments have been drafted in response to feedback received during the national review of work health and safety legislation in 2014.

Executive Director, NT WorkSafe, Stephen Gelding said an NT specific paper was released as part of the national review, seeking feedback on issues identified in the Northern Territory since harmonised legislation was introduced in 2012.

“With the implementation of any new legislation, it is good practice to have a review after a few years to make sure there are no unintended consequences,” said Mr Gelding.

“Workplace safety should be the priority for every business and worker but we need to make sure that the cost of complying with the laws hasn’t increased without any tangible health and safety benefits.”

Information on the key amendments, including a discussion paper and draft legislation is available on the NT WorkSafe website.

The public comment period runs until Friday 23 October 2015.

NT innovators take Europe by storm

A Darwin-based technology start-up has peddled its wares on the world stage, with impressive results.

Effusion was named the top start-up of 2015 by Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC) at a recent event in Germany.

The local innovation company is working to overcome the obstacles that preventing 3D printing from becoming a true manufacturing technology.

Effusion's new Kinetic Manufacturing technology allows 3D printing in metals at up to a thousand times faster than existing 3D printing techniques.

RBVC’s annual event invites a hand-selected group of applicant start-up companies to the Robert Bosch world headquarters in Stuttgart, to present their new technology ideas to senior management.

This year only 14 start-up companies were shortlisted. 

Bosch technologists and managers reviewed and scored the pitch from each company, awarding Effusion the top honour, the 2015 Bosch Venture Forum Award for best start-up company.

The award comes with the opportunity to work closely with Bosch to commercialise the technology, and Chief Technology Officer and Founding Partner of Effusion Steven Camilleri said initial discussions have been positive.

"I see a future where objects can be digitally made, at the same speed as a modern factory, but with more flexibility and convenience, reduced environmental impact and cost," Mr Camilleri said.

Young Achiever Awards

We’re on the hunt for exceptional young businesspeople.

Nominations are now open for the Young Achiever Awards 2016, which recognise and rewards the achievements of young Territorians aged 14 to 27.

As sponsor for the NTG Small Business Achievement Award, the Department of Business is encouraging anyone who knows an inspiring young business operator to dob them in.

The 2015 winner of this award is Matt King, who transitioned from elite cyclist, representing Australia on the European stage, to a successful small business owner.

At the age of 23 he opened his first bike shop, Blue Cycles, and in just over two years established another two shops.

The Department of Business offers a range of services and programs to help Territory businesses start, run and grow.

To nominate a young business person, go to the Awards Australia website.

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