Business & Invest

Gold Coast Co-working Spaces

For a city whose backbone is built on entrepreneurship, it’s not surprising to see a growth in co-working spaces on the Gold Coast, along with an increasing number of start-ups that are making use of these spaces. The basic principal of co-working spaces has been tracked back hundreds of years to artist and writer collective communities who came together in a single location to master their art. In 2005, Brad Neuberg coined the term ‘coworking space’ when he established the first recognised coworking site in San Francisco – Hat Factory. Today, we’re seeing co-working spaces pop up in major cities all…

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We’re seeing coworking spaces pop up in major cities all over the world as places where professionals can come together, collaborate and share ideas.
Business & Invest

Brewing up global coffee success

Coffee has become a Global business. The growing coffee culture in Australia alone is stimulating a $1.8 billion coffee bean distribution industry. One Gold Coast based company cashing in on this growing industry is Essential Brand Group (EBG). EBG initially started out as Espresso Essential. Under this brand Mike Koolen and wife Gayle supplied coffee machines to local businesses. “I recognised an opportunity to introduce real bean espresso coffee to the small office environment,” Koolen said. “I wanted to take the office coffee system to the new millennium.” What started as a small venture 13 years ago by selling coffee machines from…

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Gold Coast based Essential Brand Group is cashing in on the growing coffee industry.
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Gold Coast has Zuckerberg Factor, Says HP Boss

If the world is looking for the next Mark Zuckerberg, Hewlett Packard’s regional head reckons the Gold Coast could be a good place to start. Sean Girvin, the South Pacific vice-president of sales enterprise services for HP, is spearheading a push by the global technology giant into the Gold Coast, taking the first step by establishing a dedicated office in the city for the first time. Girvin says HP’s Southport base aims to tap emerging opportunities, as well as the talent that is coming through the Gold Coast’s growing education sector as part of its ongoing recruitment drive. He also…

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If the world is looking for the next Mark Zuckerberg, Hewlett Packard's regional head reckons the Gold Coast could be a good place to start.
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Food, glorious food proves big export business

The Gold Coast’s thriving food and restaurant scene is a key part of the region’s appeal to residents and visitors, and now the city is taking its culinary delights offshore. Figures from the city’s Tradestart program identify more than 40 Gold Coast food companies who are already breaking into international markets, including a number who have established strong export records, along with another 60 food companies with export potential. And just as the Gold Coast is known for it’s healthy lifestyle, it’s in the niche market of health foods where companies are making big inroads,  linked to a growing trend…

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Food, glorious food is big export business for Gold Coast manufacturers. With a focus on Asian markets, companies are trading on the quality of products.