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Dear Readers,  


Welcome to the July 2022 edition of the Funding Strategies newsletter! 

     

The Reserve Bank’s Philip Lowe recently gave an address to the Australian Strategic Business ForumAlthough inflation in Australia (5.1% Inflation Rate - March Quarter) is lower than in other countries it is still the highest it has been in over a decade.  The good news is that the RBA believes it can bring inflation back into its target range of 2-3 per cent albeit not immediately.  The RBA cites uncertainty around the Ukraine war and the domestic response to inflation.  The speech discusses the longer term inflation expectations and productivity growth which seems to be declining (not encouraging). 


What does this mean for business?  Generally it means higher input costs (energy, labour...) and higher interest rates.  For those seeking funding one would expect rates to be rising in the near term with smaller businesses already paying 3-4% with the cash rate of 1.35%.  If businesses are looking for finance or to refinance, now might be the time to review the businesses funding requirements and secure capital, before working capital issues arise (higher input costs) and interest rates rise further.


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Tutis VReddo Update


"Alliance Agreement with Orcoda Limited

TUTIS VReddo  and  Orcoda Limited have entered into an Alliance Agreement to integrate and cross-sell their products as a unified solution to their respective customers.


OWLS is Orcoda’s patented booking system for personnel supply chains that is based on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) that is in turn integrated into clients’ existing personnel systems via APIs.  OWLS manages the “white space” between existing personnel supply chains and linking multiple databases on one central operating platform, with the ability to track the movement and compliance of each worker through the onboarding, mobilisation and worksite management cycle.  OWLS has been used in large scale infrastructure and natural resources projects in Australia. In addition to OWLS, Orcoda also owns and operates the Orcoda Logistics Management Platform (OLMS) that is used in the healthcare and transport logistics segments."

     

Project Crate Update


Webinar recording 

now available online

Project Crate is an Australian company that develops and distributes fabricated steel products for the rural, semi-rural and pet markets in Australia. 

At this recent webinar, attendees had a chance to;
  • Get to know the Company
  • Meet the Team behind Project Crate
  • Receive the latest update from the Company
  • Gain insights into the current opportunity
  • Ask the questions they wanted answered.
Please click on the button or image below to watch the recording of the webinar. 
     

ScreenCoach Update


Key Achievements June 2022

"Key achievements this month:

  • We are now in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store (hooray!). Beta testers can only create an account and use ScreenCoach if we add them to the VIP list.
  • Franklin Joel has been employed to be our first support person. He has great relevant experience and we are training him up to support our Beta trial group to be ready for our first customers.
  • Live chat support via the Web App is ready and will be operational with our next release this week.
  • We are continuing to remove bugs that pop up and refine the UI.
  • We are ramping up with more Beta testers. As we feel confident they’re using it consistently over the next few weeks, then we plan to start selling to our waiting list at heavily discounted plans. We will offer these discounted plans to our waiting list until we complete the new UI for all platforms."

     

The Small Business Expos


Gold Coast Expo winner

If you attended the Gold Coast Small Business expo and entered the draw for a free strategy session with us, here is Ken (picture left) drawing the winner - Congratulations, Katrina!

See you in Brisbane!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming Small Business Expo in Brisbane:

  • Thursday 6 October 2022,
  • Nissan Arena, 590 Mains Road, Nathan,
  • 10am to 3:30pm.

     
   

Welcome to the team!


Meet our new team member, Derek!

Derek Vogt has over 30 years’ experience in the Accounting and Business Advisory industries, Board Advisory roles and Mergers & Acquisitions.

In 1994 he founded and was the Managing Director of a mid-sized boutique Accounting & Advisory Firm, specializing in large, privately-owned, entrepreneurial businesses. Since 2019 he has been active as a Mergers & Acquisitions practitioner and Board Advisory member.

He was a member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants and is a member of the Australian Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). As a qualified and experienced accountant, he has been able to add value to clients in all aspects of buy-side, sell-side and advisor roles.

     
     

Introducing Project Brewing


Quality craft brewing operations 

at a quarter of the traditional capital cost

Project Brewing set out in 2017 to establish itself as an “in-venue craft beer ghost brewer” an innovative, first-mover concept to enable a wide range of hospitality venues to add a microbrewery element to their business. The Company has engineered a patent-pending process to split the brewing process into a  two part, financially advantageous model.

This concept enables multiple venues (or cellar doors) to be supplied with partially brewed beer from a centralized facility. The final stages of brewing, including the fermentation, can then be completed at the venue, thus enabling the venue to brew unique craft beer on-site with much-reduced capital and operational costs compared to a traditional craft-brew pub.

 

The Company's model is already fully operational in Western Australia, leading to them winning the Small Business of the Year.

     

Introducing Project Stud


Professional breeding and sales services

Project Stud is a thoroughbred broodmare stud specialising in professional breeding and sales services in Australia. It combines information and communications technologies and premium facilities with expert thoroughbred knowledge to provide the highest standard of care for each and every horse all year round. 

The Company is one of the official bloodstock agents in the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a world-class racing club. It is currently running 3 farms in Victoria, the Hunter Valley and Toowoomba, and has stables in the Gold Coast Turf Club. 

Apart from sales of horses, Project Stud is currently deriving revenue from horse prizes, short and long term spelling and broodmare agistment. It plans to build a stallion barn to generate stallion service fees for the Company. 

     

Introducing Project Glove


International acquisition

Project Glove is an Australian company with extensive experience in business management. The Company is looking to acquire an overseas based disposable glove distributor. It plans to introduce additional products into the supply chain and expand operations internationally. 


     

Project Luxury Update


Arise Hotels & Apartments enters a new era with rebrand to CLLIX Apartments and Hotels

Leading Australian accommodation provider Arise Hotels & Apartments has announced it will today unveil an all-encompassing rebrand, signaling an exciting new chapter for the hospitality heavyweight that will now be known as CLLIX Apartments and Hotels.

A division of the Queensland-based Song Properties - spearheaded by Michael Song - CLLIX Apartments and Hotels’ significant rebrand undertaking is set to ‘reimagine hospitality’, comprising a modern name change as well as a new visual identity, assets and unique customer experiences.

 

Representing the group’s commitment to innovation, technology and exceptional customer service, the new company branding will encourage guests to ‘live their best life’ with the CLLIX of a button - a nod to the savvy, modern traveler.

     

BlueMount Capital in the news


"Sharia compliant investments in private equity 

- An IFN Special Report

Private equity (PE) often reigns supreme in the high-return investment market. Dr Vladimir Malenko wrote: “In the time of volatile interest rates, doubtful and inconsistent performance of hedge funds, and increasing popularity of index tracking funds (rather than actively managed ones), the astute investors flock to private capital placement opportunities.” DR SALIBA SASSINE (pictured left) explores.

The top 10 GCC institutional investors have more than US$3.7 trillion of combined assets under management, but only a small percentage of these funds are Shariah compliant. At first glance, this PE investment option for Islamic investors looks rather limited. But Islamic finance professionals are both dynamic and inventive in their search for structured solutions. 

     

Australia China Business Council Update


We hope you will join us at 

ACBC's upcoming events!

  • 4 August: International Education Roundtable - A Realistic Outlook
  • 4 August: Aus-China Decarbonisation Roundtable: Steel, Hydrogen, and Battery Minerals
  • 9 August: What Does it Mean to Futureproof Your Business? Blockchain, Net-Zero and Social Licence to Operate
  • 9 August: Exclusive Business Lunch with the Hon Cameron Dick MP, Queensland Treasurer

     

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