Invest News July 2018 - Choose Brisbane


Invest News July 2018

Last chance to nominate: Lord Mayor’s Business Awards closing soon

Nominations for the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards close on 20 July. From product innovations to sustainable practices and emerging leaders, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is calling for Brisbane’s best businesses and entrepreneurs to step forward.

The HSBC Award for Doing Business in Asia and the Port of Brisbane Award for Investment in Brisbane will be hotly contested, so nominate your business now.

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Port of Brisbane unveils blockchain system

PwC Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Port of Brisbane have collaborated to develop a Trade Community System designed to link international supply chain information using blockchain technology.

The system has been developed to proof of concept stage and will create an end-to-end supply chain with a digitised flow of trading information to improve connectivity and reduce supply chain costs.

PwC Partner Ben Lannan said: “The port – whether sea or air – is the first and last point of domestic contact in the international supply chain, and is the primary point at which all significant supply chain participants converge. To grow Australia’s trade competitiveness, we need to look beyond our ports.”

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New $150m QPAC redevelopment to deliver more performing arts in Brisbane

The Premier has announced an investment of $125 million towards its construction on the Playhouse Green site at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), with the bulk of the funding committed for its construction part of next month’s State Budget.

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Brisbane businesses win big at Microsoft Partner Award

Brisbane-based Advvy has won Microsoft’s global media and communications partner of the year award.

The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

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And Brisbane’s Adopt & Embrace has been named a 2018 Microsoft Global Partner of the Year only two years and eight months after opening its doors in Australia, adding to Brisbane’s reputation as a digital city.

Adopt & Embrace worked with brands like Amart Furniture and Place Real Estate to improve business processes, work practices, and communication using Yammer, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint.

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Australia to get its first robotics roadmap

The QUT-headquartered Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has delivered the country’s first Robotics Roadmap to guide and grow robotics and automation in Australia, with new research revealing the industry is now worth more than $12 billion to the nation annually.

Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, QUT’s Dr Sue Keay, said: “A Robotics Roadmap for Australia” was pioneered and produced by the centre, with contributions from leaders across academia, government and industry, at a critical time in the industry’s development.

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Brisbane’s new riverside brewery

Howard Smith Wharves has unveiled details of Brisbane’s newest riverside brewery – Felons Brewing Co.

Set under the Story Bridge, Felons Brewing Co will be one of the star attractions at the new precinct. It will feature a working brewery, restaurant and bar and is due to open in October.

Stay tuned for future updates here.

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