The Border Watch : January 10th 2017
4 NEWS BusinessFocus Innovation supported A NEW grant program is now available to South Australian entrepreneurs and innovative organisations looking to commercialise products and services. The $10m South Australian Early Commercialisation Fund will provide eligible companies and organisations with grants in tranched payments ranging from up to $50,000 for very early stage ideas and up to $300,000 at the early commercialisation stage. The flexibility of the program enables early-stage companies to access small grants to launch their ideas and also allows access to sizeable grants necessary to accelerate their ideas into key markets. Admistered by TechInSA and DSD, the grants provide an avenue to develop ideas that have national and global market potential. Science and Information Economy Minister Kyam Maher said the fund will be of great benefit to new and more established businesses. “The purpose of the fund is to encourage our local innovators to pursue their homegrown ideas and set up innovation companies right here in South Australia,” he said. “This fund is part of an $80m investment to drive and support an innovation ecosystem which will provide both start-ups and established businesses the confidence and support to take on the world, grow their businesses and create high-value jobs.” VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Business expansion considered SOUTH Australia’s largest private employer Peregrine Corporation will create 300 jobs in the next 12 months and has flagged the South East as a region of interest. A spokesperson for Peregrine’s retailing arm On The Run said the company is assessing the possibility of establishing two OTR sites in Mount Gambier and Millicent. than NEW BUSINESS: South East residents gather for the launch of Tamara Seeley’s business the Limoncello Caravan Bar. Tamara takes show on road Singer turns businesswoman with unique mobile bar JOCELYN NICKELS firstname.lastname@example.org SOUTH East singer and songwriter Tamara Seeley has added to her list of accomplishments with the launch of her new business the Limoncello Caravan Bar. With a background in events, Ms Seeley wanted to create something quirky she could undertake alongside her singing career. “When I released my latest EP last year, I was looking for something different at the launch and then while travelling I saw something that caught my eye,” she said. “I searched for a quirky looking caravan online and came across the one I have now - it was just what I wanted.” Since then, Ms Seeley and her father have spent 10 months restoring the caravan and turning it into a bar. “There was a lot of work to we fix power tools MAJOR BRANDS 08 8725 3366 42 Margaret St, Mt Gambier 9.00am - 5.30pm 707057 4 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 do - caravans aren’t usually restored - if it wasn’t for my BUSINESS WOMAN: Local woman Tamara Seeley opens her new business the Limoncello Caravan Bar. dad, I don’t think I would have been able to do it,” she said. “It has worked out really well and I already have had lots of enquiries for weddings, birthdays and local events. “It’s not that different from music really, I am still creating something fun.” Tailoring the caravan to each person’s individual interest, Ms Seeley’s business is anything but generic. “It all depends on what you would like, how many people we are catering for and so on,” she said. “It’s about getting to know what each person wants - we can create the bar to suit a particular theme.” The caravan can be hired or booked to be operated by Ms Seeley. Not wanting to leave her music career behind, Ms Seeley has succeeded in joining the two. “I’m not giving up music, this is just something on the side,” she said. “On Valentine’s Day I will be releasing a single from the caravan - I will probably be known as the singing caravan lady. “I have still been working with people I met through music - that is the great thing about Mount Gambier, everyone is so supportive.” Launching the business last month, news of the Limoncello Caravan Bar has already spread as far as Adelaide. “It’s great that it is mobile because we can go wherever, not just in Mount Gambier,” Ms Seeley said. “Hopefully we will be able to go on some road trips to different places across the country. “I would love to get a coffee machine to put in there and continue to expand the business from just a bar.” Ms Seeley will be one of many exhibitors at the 2017 Blok Gardens Bridal Expo on Sunday. The event will be held at the venue at 3 Wandilo Forest Road from 11am until 3pm. Plenty to smile about with McHappy Day response MOUNT Gambier McDonald’s has helped contribute to Ronald McDonald House Charities’ (RMHC) most successful McHappy Day in its 25 year history. The South East community came together to raise $6629 for the charity, which this year raised a total of $3.95m across the country. All funds raised from the day will be used across a range of Ronald McDonald House Charities programs, including Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and the Ronald McDonald Learning program, which go towards helping seriously ill children and their families. Mount Gambier store licensee Bryce Crick is thankful for the support from the local community. “Seeing the Mount Gambier community out in full force on McHappy Day with so much generosity and passion in their hearts and always willing to lend a helping hand for the cause makes me so proud to be a local,” he said. “I want to give a heartfelt thank you to the locals for their continuous generosity and support, as well as the volunteers for giving up their time to help out with McHappy Day - funds raised will make a huge difference to the regional children and families supported by RMHC.” “OTR values the South East region of the state,” the spokesperson said. “We are currently assessing the feasibility of opening further OTR sites in Mount Gambier and Millicent which would create a number of new jobs in the region.” OTR employs more 2800 South Australians and has vacancies for a total of around 80 immediate roles including for their food brands Oporto, Subway, Wok in a Box and Hungry Jacks. General manager Mel Millard said OTR is looking to “break the mould” when it comes to recruitment for the available positions. “We want school leavers looking for a casual job over the summer period with little or no experience to apply as well as people with greater experience and maturity,” Ms Millard said. OTR chief operating officer Peter Piliouras said Peregrine Corporation will continue to invest in the state to contribute to a better future for South Australia. “We are proud that in the last two years Peregrine Corporation has created 1000 new jobs for South Australia in retail, food manufacturing, finance, marketing and other managerial positions,” Mr Piliouras said. “Over the next 12 months we expect to create another 300 jobs from new stores and reinvesting into existing ones, including more than 30 new head office positions.” Pe r e g r ine ha s recruited over 45 new staff at its head office in marketing, finance, construction and operational positions since July. More than half of the appointments were for newly created roles. “At OTR, we are passionate about creating job and training opportunities for South Australians,” Ms Millard said.
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