The Sweetest Job Project

March 26, 2018

FAN is seeking your support to deliver a workforce project in 2018. This project follows on from the Sweetest Job project operated by Regional Development Moreton Bay and delivery partners Stones Throw Group in 2017/18, which has been highly successful in matching trained and skilled staff to jobs in the food and agribusiness industry in the region.

FAN is partnering with the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce to deliver the 2018 Sweetest Job project and we are seeking your support for this project which will provide training, skills and work experience to people in the Sunshine Coast region who are struggling to gain employment through traditional recruitment methods.

Project

As part of this project, all candidates will complete a comprehensive skills and development program including:

  • CII in Logistics
  • Food safety / hygiene and food processing specific competencies
  • Forklift licence
  • Customer service, barista and RSA
  • First Aid & White Card
  • Teamwork, communication, time management and motivation

Benefits 

The key benefits for FAN members are:

  • Access to trained employees with requisite skills and work experience gained in your specific organisational context
  • An opportunity to trial staff through work experience prior to committing to taking them on as employees
  • Being able to pick the “cream of the crop”
  • More productive new employees who are able to hit the ground running, thereby reducing recruitment and upfront training costs.

We are seeking your support for this program through a Statement of Support below.  Please note that this statement of support does NOT create any obligations on your part and we would negotiate all of this with you in a way that suits your individual requirements should the project be approved.

Simply fill in your estimated recruitment needs, copy and paste your responses into a return email and send to[email protected] by 6 April 2018.

If you would like to discuss this further or have questions, concerns or queries, please call me on 0466 634 465 or project partner Kris McCue from Stones Throw Group on 0408 074 001 or email [email protected].

Thank you for your support.

Warm regards,

Emma

 

Sweetest Job Project: Statement of Support

Dear Emma,

I would like to confirm [business name] support for the 2018 Sweetest Job project under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) Initiative as follows:

  1. My business will consider project participants, where appropriate, for work experience opportunities throughout the project.
  2. My estimated workforce/recruitment needs in 2018/19 are [insert number]new employees with the skills delivered under this project.
  3. We will consider project graduates for appropriate employment opportunities as a result of work experience, or through our recruitment process.
  4. I confirm that:
  • The CII in Logistics, Food safety/hygiene and food processing specific competencies, forklift licence, customer service, barista and RSA, First Aid & White Card and employability and foundation skills delivered under this project aligns to the skills needs of our business. Employees with this combination of skills are difficult to identify and these skills are in short supply.
  • We are able to provide opportunities for participants to visit our workplace and undertake some practical training components onsite.
  • We are able to deliver a participant briefing session about our employment requirements and workplace context.

Name:

Organisation:

Date:

Wasted Admin Hours are Going Down

March 26, 2018

Wasted admin hours are on their way down for Sunshine Coast Food Suppliers. Customers win and business red tape slashed on thanks to 100,000 Hours project.

Sunshine Coast Food businesses will be able to spend more time hiring staff and helping customers and less time dealing with boring back office paperwork thanks to a Queensland Government-backed innovation initiative.

Known as the 100,000 Hours project, the initiative has been spearheaded by Noosa Heads-based financial technology (fintech) firm Promis and already has six firms participating. It received funding through a Queensland Government Ignite Ideas grant.

Promis Co-founder Cameron Lawrence said the aim of the project is to save 1,000 Sunshine Coast businesses an average of 2.5 weeks each over the next 12 months, through using Promis’ automated invoicing and payments management tool.

“By doing this, we can unlock in excess of 100,000 hours of wasted business time in the Sunshine Coast region – time that can instead be used by these businesses hiring new staff, serving customers or expanding their services,” he said.

Mr Lawrence said the first phase of the project is currently underway, with several suppliers to the local cafe and restaurant businesses jumping on board to support the project. These suppliers include Rapid Clean, Montville Coffee, On the Spot, The Source Bulk Foods and COYO.

By the end of April, the project is proposed to be extended to restaurants and cafes.

“Within a few weeks of starting the project, we’ve had suppliers and various business community organisations joining and within the next month we are keen to roll it out to help the many time-poor restaurant and café owners and operators along the coast,” Mr Lawrence said.

Mr Lawrence has lived on the Sunshine Coast since the age of 17. He founded Promis in 2016 with fellow Sunshine Coast resident Alexander Kohl. The business is based at Noosa Heads, with an office also in the Stone & Chalk fintech hub in Sydney.

The Promis platform delivers a simple connection tool which helps businesses automate their invoice delivery and reduce the time it takes to reconcile accounts. This reduces friction and time from the supplier/ customer relationship by eliminating the invoice chasing and processing cycle.

Promis received funding in November last year via the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund to drive the 100,000 Hours project.

Queensland Innovation Minister, Leeanne Enoch said “Small business operators spend many hours every week on bookkeeping and bill payments. This will save everyone time and money and eliminates wasted effort so everyone can focus on getting back to business.”

“COYO is proud to part of the project. We look forward to being part of the collective 100,000 hours saved for the Sunshine Coast business community” said Sandra Gosling, owner and co-founder of COYO.

Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) GM, Emma Greenhatch said: “Innovation in business systems is critical to increasing efficiencies and enabling businesses to concentrate on their growth strategies. This project is an exciting initiative in this space and will benefit many of our members.” 

Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast CEO Darrell Edwards said: “We are users of Promis, and are very excited about the potential of the 100,000 Hours project as a game changer for our organisation and the coast as a whole”

More information is available about the project at www.promis.co/sc

The Sunshine Coast Loses an Icon

March 26, 2018

The Sunshine Coast has lost an icon with the passing of Helen Brierty, a ‘spirited business woman’ and the inspiring co-founder of Spirit House in Yandina.

Helen passed away after a short, aggressive battle with cancer, which she sadly lost. She was always positive about life, death, business and valued her business relationships. Her energy and dedication was proof that age was no barrier when it came to running a successful business. Right up until her passing, she never swayed from her positive outlook on life.

A keen cook, on her first visit to Thailand, Helen fell in love with the food. She created the Spirit House restaurant and cooking school with her husband Peter, working with a team of dedicated professionals to share the taste of Thai with diners and students. The award-winning Spirit House was the culmination of her business career aimed at highlighting the range of locally-grown fresh produce of the Sunshine Coast region.

Helen will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and a true icon of the Sunshine Coast. Her incredible efforts have not only put Yandina and the region on the map, but inspired a legacy of passionate foodies and cooks.

TRIBUTES

Deborah Loosley Founder & Director, TRIO Marketing
Helen was truly a woman ahead of her times. She was smart (very!), savvy, inspirational, focused and a great strategist. All these skills were dispensed in a blanket of generosity, thoughtfulness and care. Despite Helen and Peter’s great success, Helen like Peter, was always magnanimous and genuinely humble. She loved helping her staff and colleagues see, and then realize their potential. Above all she had the best sense of humour and always saw the glass as ‘half full’. Helen had boundless energy and ideas…nothing was impossible! Helen’s love for business did not diminish her great love for her husband Peter, sons Acland and Blake and their families. Such big shoes to fill. Like so many, we are much, much better for knowing her. With love, thoughts and condolences.

Jacqueline Wilson-Smith Global Innovation – McCormick, Chair-Food Agribusiness Network, Director- Travellers Choice, QLD Rural Women’s Award 17
Helen was a role model for women in business and an innovative trail blazer for the greater food industry. What a wonderful legacy she has created!

Karen Fitzgerald Global Manager – Experiences at Tourism Australia
A truly amazing lady. I had the great privilege of having Helen/Spirit House as a client – she was one of the most inspirational women I have ever met. Rest in Peace.

Penny Del Castillo Director, In Design International
Sincerely one of the greatest losses the state of QLD may ever see! Helen was an absolute inspiration to so myself and many others. She was a true leader on so many levels. It was only possible to respect, admire and adore Helen! Truly, this lady was “one in a million.” My heart is heavy for all who were close to her. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Brierty family and the extended Spirit House Team at this extremely difficult time of loss. With love, hugs and condolences. 

Peter Hook Principal of Hook Communications
Helen was one of the truly great pioneers on the Sunshine Coast. Spirit House changed the face of Sunshine Coast’s food and hospitality scene. Turning an old run down farm into a slice of tropical south east Asia, with the cooking school and restaurant attracting visitors from around the world. It was wonderful that she was able to see the opening of the new bar and private dining room last year as it was testimony to her desire to continually progress and innovate. Her legacy is the Sunshine Coast’s remarkable affinity with Asian style cuisine and cooking schools. A true legend. All of us at Visit Sunshine Coast Corporate will miss her, but will remember her vitality and passion.

“Sharing a Recipe for Innovation” – Gourmet Garden’s Innovation Journey

March 21, 2018

FAN’s Chair, Jacqui Wilson-Smith was the 2017 QLD AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award Winner. Jacqui was awarded a bursary for $10,000, which she has channelled into producing a video documentary designed for FAN members to learn from titled “Sharing a Recipe for Innovation” .

The documentary brings to life the story of how Gourmet Garden became a customer focused, collaborative team of innovators adding value to fresh herbs & spices through the adoption of Design Thinking processes.

Jacqui says that rural woman have been sharing cooking recipes for generations, to help each other avoid common mistakes and to fast track each other to enjoy tasty results. Sharing Innovation recipes is just like that! Jacqui hopes that the initiative will inspire other FAN members to also share their innovation stories and any useful skills and learnings that they have to offer other members.

In addition to the video documentary, FAN members will have access to a Design Thinking eLearning experience and a practical guide on how to use design thinking tools when innovating for food and agribusinesses in Australia.

The eLearning and guide will be released very soon, stay tuned!