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  • Join the BBP Team!

    The Better Business Partnership are seeking passionate individuals who are ready to work with businesses to assist them to achieve success through sustainability. We are inviting expressions of interest for the following casual roles:

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  • BBA Photographer RFP

    BBP is seeking quotations from photographers for the Tech shift Exponential event and the Better Business Awards taking place on Friday 15 June at The Concourse in Chatswood.  Please click HERE to find out more.

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  • Bye Bye Plastic Website

    BBP is urgently seeking quotations from creative, talented and budget-conscious website developers to develop a website for its upcoming campaign Bye Bye Plastic Hello BYO.  To find out more click HERE

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  • BBA Videographer

    Better Business Partnership is seeking quotations for a Videographer for Tech Shift Exponential and the Better Business Awards 2018.  Click here for more

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  • BBP seeking Animator

    BBP is seeking proposals from talented professional who can assist us in producing animated videos for an upcoming campaign.

     

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  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    BBP are seeking organisations to become sponsors of two (2) upcoming events - TECHSHIFTx 2018 and the Better Business Awards 2018.   

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  • Happy hopping at 4 Pines

    Team BBP managed to sneak a little visit to the 4 Pines Micro-brewery in Manly recently, and we were treated to a tour and a tutorial on the making of beer

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  • BBP is looking for a talented Videographer

    Are you a talented videographer? If so, we want you!

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  • BBP is seeking a talented Motion Graphics Artist

    Are you a talented Motion Graphics Artist? If so, we want you!

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  • Plastic Not Fantastic

     

    2017 was not a great year for the planet.  One of the hottest years ever recorded, it will also go down as the year that the issue of waste was placed firmly front and centre of our global consciousness.   From the local TV show War on Waste to our screens being inundated by devastating footage of miles of plastic and other human caused rubbish floating in our oceans, the damage can no longer be ignored.

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  • Better Fit Fashion

    With the new year upon us, it’s a great time to clear out the wardrobe, donate the stuff that you doesn’t fit anymore or that you have just got sick of, to charities.  Before you rush out to the end of year sales and just buy a heap of new cheap stuff on impulse, look critically at what items you need to complement what you already have that you love to wear.  

    Walking this week through the big chains like Zara, Uniqlo and H&M, it’s easy to become entranced by the bright colours, discounted price tags beckoning you to buy that colourful dress, those embroidered shoes.  Because you just….NEED them.  Let’s face it, fast fashion is very much like junk food – it’s cheap and addictive but also bad for you let alone the environment.  

     

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  • Return & Earn

     

    Your business apply to become a Return & Earn over-the-counter collection point

    The NSW container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, commenced across NSW on 1 December 2017 and everyone has a role to play. Drink container litter make up to 44% of the volume of all litter in the state and costs more than $162 million to manage. Return and Earn will be the largest litter reduction scheme introduced in NSW, and will help meet the Premier's goal of reducing the volume of litter in the state by 40% by 2020.

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  • Sustainable Wining and Dining

    BBP and partner Ku-ring-gai Council hosted a lively Sustainable Food and Wine night last month at BBP member Kipling’s Garage Bar in Turramurra.

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  • Sustainable Retail is on its way

    While shopping centres are not usually considered bellwethers of sustainability, AMP Capital Shopping Centres are taking up the challenge.  BBP recently attended one of AMP Capital Shopping Centre’s “Talking Shop” events “Sustainability in Style”.  According to Chris Nunn Head of Sustainability, the organisation’s top three sustainability concerns are Climate Change, Waste, particularly plastic and thirdly Ethical Sourcing. 

     

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  • Easy to do Business launches in Willoughby City

    Service NSW and Willoughby City Council have partnered to provide access to the Easy to do Business – My Business Navigator. This online one-stop-shop makes it easy for local businesses to transact with all levels of government to obtain the information, approvals and licences they need to realise their business dream.

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  • Vision Friendly Business

    Casting a hungry eye over your favourite café or restaurant’s menu is one of life’s little joys. However, for many Australians who are blind or have low vision it can be difficult, even impossible, to read printed materials such as a menu. With this in mind, Better Business Partnership (BBP) has partnered with Ability Links NSW to launch our Vision Friendly Business campaign encouraging local cafés and restaurants become more inclusive and consider customers with blindness and low vision.


     

     

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  • BBP member business bans disposable coffee cups

    In a bold move, Tonic Lane in Neutral Bay has phased out single-use disposable coffee cups since 1 August and encouraging hot drink lovers to bring their own reusable cups, or to help themselves to a free mug, in an attempt to reduce unnecessary waste going to landfill.

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  • BBP and Responsible Cafes

    The Better Business Partnership has partnered with the Responsible Cafes program! 3 billion takeaway cups are thrown away every year, and most of them are never recycled. Businesses have the power to reduce this and change behaviours, by influencing their team’s daily coffee habit and encouraging local cafes to reward sustainable behaviours.

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  • Winners of the 2017 Better Business Awards

    The winners of the 2017 Better Business Awards have been announced in a glittering night of celebration at the Concourse in Chatswood.   

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  • Northern Beaches BBP Pilot

    BBP is assisting the Northern Beaches Council to undertake a pilot to consider how it can best assist businesses achieve success through sustainability.

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  • BBP is looking for a waste auditor

     

    Better Business Partnership (BBP) is seeking quotations from suitably qualified and experienced contractors to undertake waste audits of three (3) commercial buildings including each business within (tenancies) and the base building or common areas.

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  • BBP is looking for a talented Motion Graphics Artist

    BBP is inviting quotations from Motion Graphic Artists to support some exicting upcoming projects.

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  • BBP is looking for a talented Videographer

    Are you a talented freelance videographer with a passion for sustainability? If so, we want you!

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  • BBP members featured on Sky News

    Eastern Rd Quality Meats, Empire Marina Bobbin Head and James Milson Retirement Village have all been featured on recent episodes of Sky News Australia Smart Money hosted by Jon Dee. Episodes screen weekly on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. Click "more" to view their stories.

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  • Get your business ready for Vivid

    Vivid Sydney returns to Chatswood from 27 May – 13 June.

    During Vivid Sydney, the bustling Chatswood CBD will be transformed into ‘WildLight - The Bio-Kinetic City’, an amazing collection of engaging installations and activities inspired by the fascinating creatures of Gondwana.

    Click "more" for BBP's business guide to Vivid Sydney 2016 in Chatswood.

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  • Get your business involved in Vivid

    Willoughby City Council is inviting BBP members to consider the benefits of partnering with Council to present the Chatswood precinct of Vivid Sydney 2016.


    There are a range of options available to expose your business as part of Vivid in Chatswood and capitalise on this unique opportunity. 

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  • Ku-ring-gai Council launches forum

    Ku-ring-gai Council has launched its new Business Forum series with the theme “Innovation and the Ideas Boom".

    The Ku-ring-gai Business Forums are designed for businesses to engage with Council to ensure they understand and support our local business community more effectively.

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  • The Salad Servers helps feed people in need

    The Willoughby City Mayor, Councillor Gail Giles-Gidney, has presented The Salad Servers of Chatswood East recognition for their efforts in providing support to OzHarvest so that they can feed more people in need.

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  • Council mergers update

    The NSW Government is undertaking a review of Council boundaries that proposes the merging of several north shore Councils, including BBP’s Partner Councils.  

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  • Waste Saver Service reaches 300

    Over 300 smart thinking businesses on the North Shore have already accessed the Better Business Partnership (BBP) Waste Saver Service and are saving money and waste and your business can too! 

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  • The Rice Den grows with sustainability in mind

    The Rice Den, a BBP member business, has recently re-opened its popular modern Asian restaurant in St Leonards, bigger and better, to meet the demand of its loyal customers and has been awarded BBP accreditation in recognition of the business’s sustainability credentials. Read about their story of success through sustainability here.

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  • Council mergers announced

    The NSW Government has announced a review of Council boundaries that proposes the merging of several north shore Councils, including BBP’s Partner Councils. 


    BBP will update our member businesses regarding the NSW Governments Council Boundary Review process and the proposed Council mergers so you can stay informed regarding the latest developments.

    To read the answers to the latest questions we have been receiving from local businesses regarding the Boundary Review Process click more. 

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  • Resilient Businesses Workshop

    80% of businesses fail within 3 years of a major disaster. Yet many small businesses do not have suitable plans in place to survive a major incident.

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  • Local Businesses Shine at the 2015 Better Business Awards

    The 2015 Better Business Awards, held on Friday 12 June, celebrated the sustainability achievements of North Shore businesses who are members of the Better Business Partnership.

    Earth Kids in North Turramurra were named the 2015 Better Business of the Year at the ceremony.

    Congratulations to all our winners, runners up and local champions on the night.

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  • Better Business Awards - tickets on sale late April

    The 2015 Better Business Awards will be held on Friday 12June, 2015 at The Concourse, Chatswood. Join us for a night of celebration as we recognise the achievements of local businesses who are working towards success through sustainability.

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  • Resilient Business Event

    Did you know that 80 per cent of businesses that suffer a major disaster go out of business within three years? Yet many small businesses consider a natural disaster is unlikely to happen to them, and do not have suitable plans in place to survive a major incident. Do you have a plan for your business?

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  • Member Profile - Earth Kids

    Earth Kids is a new childcare centre in North Turramurra. They have created a unique childcare space that uses natural elements and recycled materials to enhance the children’s and the staff’s experience whilst minimising the carbon/ecological footprint of the building and operation of the business.

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  • Judging nominations open

    Better Business Partnership is calling for nominations of judges for the Better Business Awards 2015.

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  • BBP Talks - How To Tell Your Story

    The Better Business Partnership (BBP) invites you to the third and final event in the “Get the Local Edge” series. Learn how to tell your business story, connect with customers and promote the good work you are doing.

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  • North Sydney Council encourages business to join BBP

    Running a small business can be a tough gig. There are cash flow headaches and resourcing issues. So implementing sustainability initiatives can seem difficult on top of managing the day-to-day tasks. That's where BBP can help.

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  • BBP Talks Wrap Up

    Over 85 people attended the second event series as part of BBP’s three part Better Business Talks with the theme “Get the local edge”. The series focuses on how local businesses can get a competitive advantage by connecting with their local community. The “Business Health Check” events were held in the village locations of Artarmon, Lane Cove, North Sydney and Turramurra. Attendees were taken through a simple checklist on how to improve their business, increase customer loyalty and achieve success through sustainability.

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  • Earth Hour 2015

    In 2015 Earth Hour Australia will focus on celebrating and committing to protect our great Aussie food and farmers who are at the frontline of climate change. Across the northern Sydney region there are a number of events from candlelit dinners, picnics and movies to looking for microbats, something for everyone.

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  • Sydney Rides Business Challenge – On your bike!

    Sydney Rides Business Challenge has some great ideas to help get your team mates,  people in the office or village to jump on a bike and have a go. Challenge yourselves to just 10mins of riding anywhere, anytime between 23rd March to 13th April 2015.

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  • BBP Awards 2015

    SAVE THE DATE – Friday, June 12th Better Business Awards

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  • Member Profile - Flat Rock Brew Cafe

    A BBP member since 2013, Flat Rock Brew Café in Naremburn has cut down landfill waste by up to 75% through smarter recycling of glass, food and cardboard. ‘It’s been very useful to have had the Better Business Partnership provide such great suggestions and support’, says owner Karl Riseborough.

     

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  • Missed Business Guide

    BBP, in conjunction with our partnering Willoughby CIty Council's Access Committe and our partnering Councils are very proud to launch the Missed Business Guide. Aimed at small businesses the free guide aims to help business owners and managers understand how to improve access to their goods and services for a large part of our community – customers who have a disability.

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  • BBP Member Profile - Direct Response Australia

    Direct Response Australia are based in Artarmon and have been providing mailing and printing services since 1989. They joined BBP in August 2013 with the aim of improving their overall sustainability performance. With this in mind the business has received BBP’s free Waste Saver Service, resulting in reduced waste to landfill and increased recycling. This has resulted in significant savings from their waste bills. You can read their full story by clicking more below.

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  • Translated Signage for Cleaners

    BBP Partnership Officers often report back on the changing needs of businesses on the North Shore. Communicating new recycling and waste initiatives to cleaners was raised as an issue. In response, BBP can now supply information resources in Chinese and Korean that can assist your business reduce its waste. 

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  • Free HVAC Training in Lane Cove

     You are invited to participate in the Energy Efficient HVAC for Business Training course as part of the Energy Conservation in Lane Cove project. Developed by industry experts at the Office of Environment and Heritage, this training course provides a structured approach to HVAC operation and maintenance to help business to understand and implement energy efficient HVAC optimisation and maintenance practices.

    Click here to find out more.

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  • Member Profile - Jump Start Your Life

    Jump Start Your Life is an award-winning personal and group training company in Cammeray. Part of their success can be put down to the community-focused fundraising work that has become integral to the business’s identity through the Jump Start Foundation.

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  • Seasons Greetings

    Seasons Greetings! Make your Christmas a greener one by shopping locally, shopping sustainably and supporting your local BBP members this Christmas. Click here to see who is part of our program and making efforts towards more sustainable business find a business through our interactive map feature at for green Christmas ideas.

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  • Collaborative Consumption – exclusive offers for BBP members

    Lisa Fox from Open Shed takes the mystery out of Collaborative Consumption. Find out how it can help your bottom line, create more connections and save resources, and then take advantage of some exclusive BBP offers.

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  • Get the Local Edge - Launch Wrap Up

    Thank you to everyone who attended the first event in the Get the Local Edge series. Missed the event, or want a refresher on the main points? Watch the YouTube clip to hear Jo Kelly provide the top three takeaway tips local businesses can implement to improve their business.

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  • The NSW Business Chamber survey

    Each quarter the NSW Business Chamber conducts a survey to ascertain how business owners feel about the economy and their businesses profitability. The results assist the Chamber to advocate for a better deal for NSW Businesses. Complete the survey to win a $500 gift card.

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  • Member Profile - Anjeos Hair and Beauty

    Anjeos Hair and Beauty, based in Pymble, are internationally recognised as a high-end, eco-friendly boutique hairdressing salon. They are committed to reducing their impact on the environment and have implemented a host of sustainable initiatives.

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  • The Connected Customer Event

    North Sydney Business Network is pleased to present the final event in the ‘Love Your Customer’ Program: The Connected Customer: Creating Brand Advocates through Social Media - a low-cost, high-return strategy for SMEs.

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  • Networking and Body Language Skills

    Ku-ring-gai Council is pleased to announce renowned body language and speech expert, Michael Kelly will be the presenter at the upcoming Business Breakfast Seminar on Thursday 20 November.

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  • Enjoying a more sustainable Christmas

    Christmas is said to be, “the most wonderful time of the year". But unless it's a Green Christmas you're planning, it can also be a wasteful and stressful time. But it doesn't have to be!

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  • IM Connect

    IM Connect, a manufacturing company located in Lane Cove, offers reliable and cost effective integrated solutions for mail processing and media handling. With the help of BBP, they are actively taking steps to reduce their energy bills and waste volumes and increase their recycling.

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  • Ride2Work Day

    The Ride2Work Day encourages more people to give cycle commuting a go and to acknowledge and support those who already ride to work on a regular basis. Your local Council is hosting a free breakfast for all cyclists.

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  • Building Upgrade Finance - 101 Event - 23rd October

    With the doubling of electricity prices in the past 5 years and an expected hike in gas prices now is the time to look at upgrading your building to be more efficient. North Sydney Council are hosting this informative lunch on financing building upgrades.

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  • Free Workshop 11th October - Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill.

     

    Attend this informative workshop and learn how to reduce energy usage in your home or home office. Adam Corrigan from BBP helps you to understand your energy bills and offers advice on what you can do to get a better deal.

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  • Free Networking Event - Get the Local Edge event

    Better Business Talks – “Get the Local Edge".

    Want to ensure your business stays relevant in a changing market? Want to harness the power of being a local business but are not sure how to? Better Business Partnership proudly presents “Get the Local Edge”, a learning and networking event series.

    This is a FREE event.

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  • Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF)

    Environmental Upgrade Finance can fund any improvements to a building that improve energy, water or waste efficiency, or increase renewable energy. EUF us a new and growing form of finance provided by major financiers in Australia for upgrading commercial and other buildings, reducing operating costs and improving efficiency or increasing renewable energy.

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  • BBP Garage Sale Trail - Brilliant Bargains!

     

    Each year BBP holds a fundraising event and this year we are supporting Breast Cancer research through the Garage Sale Trail. Reducing waste and items going to landfill is a key focus of BBP so supporting the Garage Sale Trail closely aligns with our values. The BBP garage sale will take place next to our office in Chatswood on Saturday 25th October as part of the nationwide Garage Sale Trail. Come down, meet the team and grab a bargain.

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  • Elegant Outdoors

    Better Business Partnership Member Profile - Local businesses making a difference. 

    Located in Turramurra, Elegant Outdoors provides inspiration, expertise, ideas and advice to transform your house into a home you can be proud of. Furthermore, their commitment to their community and the environment is outstanding.


     

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  • National Retail Association - Retail Buys the Future

     The National Retail Association (NRA) is calling on retail businesses in the Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney, Lane Cove and Willoughby City Council regions to jump on board its Australian-wide campaign. It’s aim is to collectively reduce the industry’s carbon footprint by introducing energy saving techniques in their businesses.

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  • Energy Efficient Lighting For Apartment Blocks Made Easy

    Learn how to apply best practice lighting solution upgrades to your building at this workshop. Gain a better understanding of what to consider when upgrading such as payback period, ongoing maintenance costs, Australian lighting standards and potential financial assistance.

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  • Ku-ring-gai Energy Smart Savers Program

     

    -         For a small fee, Ku-ring-gai residents can have a smart energy device installed on their meter that allows them to see in real time their energy use.

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  • Waste Saver Service Launched

    Better Business Partnership has proudly launched its new Waste Saver Service with Crows Nest Mainstreet (CNMS) being the first to benefit. The service is now available to business across the North Shore. Find out how you can get your FREE Waste Saver Service.

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  • James Milson Retirement Village

    Located in North Sydney, the James Milson Village offers quality home support to 240 elderly residents. Their commitment to providing quality care, and caring for their environment is inspiring.

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  • BBP extends the Shop Better Campaign

    BBP recently distributed over 38,000 Shop Better flyers across the North Shore to promote local businesses and support your local village. We’ve had a fantastic response, with more people recognising the value of supporting local businesses and more business owners becoming BBP members.

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  • Ku-ring-Gai wants to talk business

    Join Ku-ring-gai Council for the launch of the Business Breakfast Series on Thursday 21 August.

    Ku-ring-gai Council are pleased to announce the Business Breakfast Series, a new initiative by Council aimed at small business and budding entrepreneurs.

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  • North Sydney Business Network event

    'Getting the customer feedback you need to build productive long-term relationships’ is North Sydney Business Network’s third free event in the ‘Love Your Customer’ Program.

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  • Better Business Talk - June 2014

    Your business can change the world – with Ben Peacock

    Better Business Partnership (BBP) has engaged special guest speaker Ben Peacock to present an informative talk on how your business ideas can shape the future. This seminar is open to all North Shore businesses.

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  • Better Business Partnership - Member Profile - Apple Dental

    Located in Lane Cove, Apple Dental offers a complete range of dental treatments, including teeth whitening, dental hygiene, dental implants, smile makeovers and cosmetic dentistry. Apple Dental takes pride in delivering excellent dental care for every patient.

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  • BBP Businesses well positioned to win awards

    Nominations are now open for both the Green Globe Awards and the North Eastern Sydney Regional Business Awards.

    BBP businesses are well positioned to take out a number of these prestigious awards.

    To avoid missing out enter your nomination today.

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  • Willoughby’s Draft Sustainability Action Plan

    The Willoughby City Council Draft Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) is now on public exhibition.

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  • North Sydney Business Network presents - 'Building a Loyal Customer Base' – FREE event

    North Sydney Business Network’s second free event in the ‘Love Your Customer Program’ will be on the topic of ‘Building a Loyal Customer Base’. Learn insights into attracting new customers to your product or service.

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  • Better Business Partnership Member Profile

    1800-GOT JUNK?

    One of BBP’s newest members, 1800-GOT-JUNK?, is a full-service rubbish removal franchise serving the areas of Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Perth. They offer ‘junk’ removal services for your home or business including offices, retail locations, constructions sites, and more.

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  • Hire the Dougherty Centre for your next meeting

    The Dougherty Community Centre may be the venue you have been looking for, for your next team meeting.

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  • Is your business a preferred supplier for Local Government – register your free online listing

    Local Government NSW together with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has created the Sustainable Choice database; an online free service to list your products and services as a sustainable suppler.

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  • Lane Cove ALIVE Art & Design Makers Market

    The Lane Cove ALIVE Art & Design Makers Market host  a wide range of original works designed and made by designers/artists and craftworkers.  Paintings, Jewellery, Children's Accessories, Women's Fashion, Glassware, Soaps and Natural Skin care products and lots more. 

    Contact Bronwyn on 0403 073 006 or bronwyn@lanecovealive.com.au

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  • Better Business Partnership Member Profile

    The North Sydney Market on Miller; and Northside Produce Market are held on the second and third Saturday of each month. Operated by the North Sydney Community Centre, a huge effort has been made this year to improve the sustainability of the markets.

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  • Festival on the Green turns Ten!

    Ku-ring-gai Council’s tenth annual Festival on the Green at St Ives Village Green will be held on Sunday 4 May, from 10am to 4pm. Why not take the whole family out for a day of fabulous fun, food and entertainment.

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  • Highly Successful First Event - Love Your Customer Program

    North Sydney Business Network (NSBN) staged the first event of the ‘Love Your Customer Program’ on Wednesday 26 March in Crows Nest with keynote speaker, Matt Jones.

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  • North Sydney Business Network Event - Building a Loyal Customer Base

    Can you convince first-time buyers to become regular clients?
    Marketing expert, bestselling author and online business coach Fiona Lewis will work with attendees in discovering how to “Fill Your Funnel, Build Authority and Nurture Your Leads”.

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  • Better Business Talk - April 2014

    This Better Business Talk will unlock marketing tools that will assist your business, boost your presence both online or in a shop front or office and help you stand out in your marketplace.

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  • Breakfast Event - Your business could change the world

    Better Business Partnership (BBP) and the Chatswood Chamber of Commerce has engaged special guest speaker Ben Peacock to present an informative talk over breakfast on how your business ideas can shape the future. This seminar is open to all North Shore businesses.

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  • Sustainable Living Festival

    The Sydney Sustainable Living Festival  provides Sydneysiders the opportunity to explore and contribute to events across the city. It will provide a fun-filled week for families and individuals from all walks of life who are dedicated to leaving the planet in good shape for generations to come.

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  • Webinar - Are you serious about reducing your energy costs?

    Tuesday 25 March 2014 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    This webinar is for those businesses that wish to make sure they are taking practical steps to reducing energy costs and consumption and achieve additional savings on their energy bills.

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  • Earth Hour - Promote the fact that you are switching off

    A poster is now available for businesses to download and print off to display in their shop window or other channels to promote the fact they’re switching off their lights during earth hour.

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  • Love your customer event series - Knowing your customer

    In this session, Matt Jones, will look at how smart businesses are built around two simple questions: What's our purpose? Who are we for?

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  • HUX Grill - New Member

    HUX Grill

    HUX Grill is a relaxed, family friendly “Steakhouse” focused on local ingredients located in the village of Roseville near the Roseville Cinema.

    Owner Jay Huxley is a keen supporter of the NSW food industry because of the range and quality of produce, the benefits to the local economy, and lower mileage of food distribution required.

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  • Introducing the 'Love Your Customer Program'

    Introducing the 'Love Your Customer Program'
    In 2014 North Sydney Business Network is staging the 'Love Your Customer Program’, a series of four events that will help you identify, engage and retain customers and draw on them to help build your business and brand.
    The events will provide practical advice from business experts, giving simple tools and tips to assist you. You’ll also get the chance to network with and learn from your local business peers.

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  • What are you supporting when you shop?

    If you want to find out about the environmental and social record of companies behind common brands, go to the Shop Ethical website and download the app or purchase the pocket-sized guide.

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  • Small Business Waste Expo

    Small business owners and managers are invited to attend a waste expo hosted by Lane Cove Council. Here you will have the opportunity to see and learn about a variety of products and services aimed to help businesses deal with waste more efficiently, saving both time and money.

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  • Retail Lease Act Review Public Forum, North Sydney - Monday 24 February 2014

    Retail Lease Act Review Public Forum, North Sydney - Monday 24 February 2014

    In response to the NSW government review of the Retail Lease Act, the North Sydney Chamber of Commerce has organised a public forum to enable retail tenants and landlords alike to consider the implications that any changes might have to their business.

     

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  • Business of the Month

    McNair Ingenuity Research Pty Ltd

    McNair Ingenuity is a market research agency based in Crows Nest. Founded on 80 years of market and social research heritage, the firm conduct all types of media, social and marketing research.

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  • CeBIT Australia 5-7 May FREE Entry for BBP members

    CeBIT Australia  5-7 May FREE Entry for BBP members
    The kind people at CeBIT would like to offer BBP members free entrance into CeBIT Australia 2014 Exhibition valued at $90.

    Understand today, own tomorrow.  CeBIT Australia is on track to bring you Australasia’s most comprehensive business event.

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  • VECCI - Lighting Technologies for Business Webinar Series

    Lighting technology and jargon can be confusing and is a changing landscape. From choosing the right products through to funding your retrofit and dealing with project implementation challenges, changing that light globe can quickly become an overwhelming prospect.

    This free webinar series is ideal for CitySwitch Signatories wanting to get reliable, unbiased information without having to leave their office.

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  • Retail Leases Act Review 2013 - Have Your Say

    Small retailers and landlords are major contributors to the communities and the economy of NSW. They help make our communities dynamic and vibrant places to live and through the employment they generate, they help to make them sustainable.

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  • Introducing Artarmon Village

    A need has been identified by local business and property owners to establish an Artarmon Chamber of Commerce to provide support to local businesses and attract more customers on both sides of the station. An initial working group has been formed and the name Artarmon Village has been put forward to describe the new chamber of commerce.

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  • Change to Incentive Scheme for Fluorescent Light Upgrades

    The NSW Government may make a change to one of its energy efficiency incentive programs in April 2014 which will make the capital cost of certain lighting changes higher. If your business has more than 40 fluorescent lights then it may be worthwhile for you to read on.

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  • Dates for your Diary – 2014 Better Business Talks

    Dates for your Diary – 2014 Better Business Talks
    After a busy 2013 we are excited to plan for 2014 calendar of events, so some dates for your diary:

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  • Better Business Talk - February 2014

    The digital era has changed the way we connect and share our belongings on a local and global scale - how far can we take this trend?

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  • Business of the Month

    Pool Doctor Triclean, located in Roseville has been a BBP member since 2011. Pool Doctor won the Water Saver Award in the 2013 Better Business Awards, and was named Runners Up in the Staff Support and Better Business of the Year Awards. 

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  • Speakers

    Biographies for Better Business Talks Presenters

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  • The Quadrangle – A Better Village

    The Quadrangle Village shopping centre, Castlecrag, has become the first ‘BetterVillage’ on the North Shore. Recognised by the Better Business Partnership (BBP) for outstanding energy saving initiatives implemented by Centre Management and the centre’s 16 shops.

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  • December - Botanica Garden Café

    Botanica Garden Café is a new BBP member located in Waverton. Formerly a nursery, this café is all about ‘staying real, organic and environment friendly’. The actions the business has already implemented are extensive.

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  • Dates for your Diary – 2014 Better Business Talks

    After a busy 2013 we are excited to plan for 2014 calendar of events, click through for fresh 2014 dates for your diary.

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  • Western Desert wins Ethical Enterprise Award 2013

    Western Desert, a holistic community health enterprise, has been announced winner of the inaugural Ethical Enterprise Award 2013 recognising the positive social and economic impact they have had through their innovative ethical practices.

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  • The Concourse, Chatswood

    The Concourse, Chatswood is one of Sydney’s newest entertainment destinations, offering a unique mix of venues for live arts, music, events and exhibitions. The Concourse offers a high level of flexibility, technical expertise, environmental sustainability and an experienced professional team dedicated to each event.

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  • BBP wear wigs for Pink Ribbon Day

    The BBP team recently held a charity collection day for the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon campaign at our Partner Council, Willoughby City Council.

    As part of their monthly casual clothes day staff were encouraged to give a donation to support research into Breast Cancer.

    The BBP team wore wigs while they collected donations to raise awareness for this important issue.

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  • Winner - Eastern Road Quality Meats

    Congratulations to Eastern Road Quality Meats, Turramurra, Winners of the 2013 Better Business of the Year Award!  This amazing business was also awarded Winner of the People’s Choice awards and Runner Up in the Energy Saver, Sustainable Purchasing and Community Support Awards.

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  • 2013 Better Business Awards – It’s a Wrap!

    Over 200 local businesses attended our Better Business Awards on the Tuesday 22 October at Luna Park. We had a sensational celebration amongst the glittering LEDs and stilt walkers of Luna Park, with Richard Glover as our MC and the inspiring Ronni Kahn, CEO of food rescue charity, OzHarvest, as our Keynote Speaker.

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  • North Sydney Business Network

    Building networks and strategic alliances can take your business to a new level. Your host and keynote speaker, Jen Harwood is a business coach whose mission is to lead and unite the small business sector to maximise their collective strength, leverage networks and empower their communities.

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  • Better Business Talks - Building a Better Business

    Better Business Partnership (BBP) and your local Council, will run a FREE workshop on how you can make your business more successful, have improved processes and focus on customer value.

    The workshop is open to all North Shore businesses.

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  • Better Business Awards 2013 - Next Tuesday

    We are excited to be presenting the evening in the Crystal Palace, Luna Park on Tuesday 22 October. With more than 200 people attending we are looking forward to a sparkly night out, with canapés, drinks, a two course dinner and entertainment. To check the availability of last minute tickets call 9777 7519.

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  • Better Business Awards Judging Process

    Finalists were selected based on scores achieved as determined by the BBP Appraisal system. The finalists for this year’s Awards can be seen here and case studies for each can be found when you click through to their business profile on our website. 

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  • Our Independent Judging Panel

    We would like to thank our Independent Judging Panel who has assessed all our finalists.

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  • NewsLocal Offer to BBP Members

    Have you been thinking of advertising in the local paper? NewsLocal are proud sponsors of the Better Business Awards 2013 and would like to offer our BBP members a special discount with 20% off the NewsLocal advertising rate card.

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  • From Efficiency to Effectiveness - how to apply effort where it is needed - Register Now

    Hosted by Brian Dickinson, Principal Consultant & Director, Page Learning

    Do you want to be more productive and less busy? Are there tasks and projects you want to complete but never seem to have the time? Brian Dickinson of Page Learning will examine the difference between being busy and being effective and will present practical tools and techniques to assist businesses and leaders identify where they should focus their efforts to be successful.

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  • Hot Tips for People’s Choice Awards

    BBP Awards Finalists were treated on August 27 to a session with Ben Peacock, Partner and Founder from sustainability strategists ‘Republic of Everyone’.  Ben presented some hot tips for getting votes in the BBP People’s Choice Awards. These tips were about marketing your business success with the key message to have fun with it.

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  • Book Your Tickets Now

    Bookings are now open for the Better Business Awards Dinner at Luna Park! We are excited to be presenting the evening in the Crystal Palace, Luna Park on Tuesday 22 October. It is a great chance to bring your team for a sparkly night out, with canapés, drinks, a two course dinner and entertainment.

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  • Exciting results from BBP’s Waste Saver Service Pilot

    BBP’s Waste Saver Service works with businesses who wish to significantly reduce their waste production. Based on the EPA’s Bin Trim Methodology, BBP officers benchmark waste production, identify potential opportunities for reduction and verify savings.

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  • People’s Choice Awards – Voting is Now Open

    It is time to harness the power of family, friends and customers as online voting opens for the People’s Choice Awards. Tap into the promotional opportunity as we lead up to the Awards Dinner. We have arranged a great prize for voters, a luxury camping overnight experience with the animals at Taronga Zoo’s Roar & Snore.

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  • Get to know the Finalists

    Better Business Partnership Finalists have been selected on the merit of their sustainability achievements again for 2013. We have developed case studies to highlight some of their fantastic accomplishments. Click here to see who is in the running for this year’s awards in each category and the overall Better Business of the Year.

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  • Renovation Expo – Ideal for work or home

    Whether you are looking at renovating your workplace, office or home, this free event is an absolute must. This is prime opportunity to gain information from industry experts on how to renovate or retrofit your workplace or home with best practices in sustainability.

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  • Waste Not

    From workboots to polystyrene, CDs to fence posts, do you have something in your business that you don’t want to send to landfill? We often have queries from BBP members about a certain material, often packaging, sometimes products that come back to the business at the ‘end of life’ with a question ‘what can we do with this?’ BBP might be able to help.

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  • Welcome New Businesses

    We would like to welcome our newest members:

    Pinjarra Pre-School at Pymble
    Two Men and a Truck Pty Ltd

     

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  • Finalist Announcement Better Business Awards 2013

    We would like to congratulate the Finalists in 2013 Better Business Awards, we are excited to be hearing about all the great achievements you have made over the past year.

    The winners of the 2013 Better Business Awards will be announced at the Better Business Awards Dinner at Luna Park on Tuesday 22 October 2013.

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  • BBP Guest Judge for Tidy Towns

    BBP Partnership Officer, Lesley Butler, took a step away from her usual role assisting North Shore businesses to achieve success through sustainability, to volunteer as a Tidy Town Assessor.

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  • Better Business Awards 2013

    Preparations are underway for Better Business Awards to be held on Tuesday 22 October, as we wrap up reappraisals of businesses in the running for the Awards.  

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  • Ethical Enterprise Award 2013

    Moral Fairground and Australian Ethical are excited to launch the Ethical Enterprise Award (EEA) in 2013, which will recognise the most inspirational ethical enterprise in Australia.

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  • Welcome New Businesses

    ACL Disability Services
    Blue Chip Wealth Management Pty Ltd
    EnergyAdvice Pty Ltd
    Henry & Hymas Consulting Pty Ltd
    Interock Pty Ltd
    Job Centre Australia
    Mission Australia
    Pilates Connection

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  • A Focus on Sharing and Sustainability

    With the spotlight on efficiency, making the most of your resources and minimising capital outlay we have been seeing more examples of sharing or ‘collaborative consumption’ amongst our BBP members.

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  • Food Rescue, BBP join OzHarvest for a day.

    Three of the BBP team were lucky to see the amazing work of OzHarvest in action. OzHarvest is a food rescue charity, collecting excess food to feed those in need.

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  • The 2013 Better Business Awards

    The Better Business Awards will be held on Tuesday 22 October at the glittering harbour side venue, Crystal Palace at Luna Park Sydney and hopes to be a fun and exciting a night of celebration!
    The awards are an exceptional opportunity to showcase the amazing things your business is doing for the North Shore and beyond!

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  • Better Business Talks

    Marketing Without a Budget – Wednesday 19 June at the Dougherty Community Centre

    Join us for an early-morning practical workshop and freshen up your approach to marketing your business. BBP has invited Jeremy Carter, Business Adviser and Partner, Fusion Wealth Advisory Strategy to present his popular workshop in Chatswood on Wednesday 19 June.

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  • Optimising Cash Flow

    Optimising Cash Flow - Hints and tips to keep the money coming in

    How cash flow is managed can make or break a business. This event will identify simple techniques to help ensure the cash flow of your business is heading in the right direction.

     

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  • Business of the Month

    Business of the Month:

    Konomi Kindergarten in Willoughby is a breath of fresh air, providing childcare in a unique, purpose-built centre.

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  • North Sydney Voice Box

    North Sydney Voice Box

    North Sydney Council invites local businesses, employees and residents in the local government area (LGA) to participate in North Sydney Voice Box, the online forum shaping the future of North Sydney.

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  • Great Exposure for your Business

    Great Exposure for your Business

    The One Planet Environmental Film Festival will run over two weeks in October, combining a film and documentary program with an interactive panel discussion and comical debate.

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  • Welcome New Businesses

    We extend a warm welcome to our newest BBP members:

    At the Coalface
    Lane Cove Council (BBP)
    All Health Clinic
    WT Sustainability

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  • Facebook 101 Workshop

    BBP is holding a Facebook 101 workshop on Monday 20 May, for businesses who want to start one but don’t know how or have one and don't know how to drive it.

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  • Green Globes 2013 - Small Business Sustainability Award - Nominations Now Open

    BBP would like to encourage our champion businesses to nominate for the Green Globe Awards 2013. The Small Business Sustainability Award is open for nominations until 18 June. If you would like our support in your nomination please contact us.

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  • Fix-it! Get Involved in this Community Event

    This fantastic local community event hosted by Willoughby City Council, 10am – 12pm, Sunday 2 June at the Northbridge Golf Course will help people learn to fix household items rather than throw them away. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to be involved.

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  • Better Business Talks - Social Media

    On Monday 29 April, 58 people attended our first Better Business Talk on social media. The evening showed us that businesses are enthusiastic about using social media platforms and learning from local experience. Some hot tips from the night...

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  • Welcome New Businesses

    We extend a warm welcome to our newest BBP members:

    All Health Clinic
    Chemist Warehouse, Lane Cove
    Dental Specialist of Turramurra
    Grace's Florist
    Konomi Kindergarten
    ....

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  • Big Voice for Small Business

    Yasmin King, NSW Small Business Commissioner, is flying the flag for small businesses in the state. Our recent interview with the NSW Small Business Commissioner tells you more about what they can do for your business.

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  • Social Media - Converting followers to dollars!

    Social media has changed the way we communicate, are you using it to grow your business? This event with give you an overview of the social media platforms. (FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc.) Which ones are right for your business, how to create a loyal following and convert followers to dollars!
    Monday 29 April, 5:30pm - 8pm, Gallery Lane Cove

     

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  • Mentoring, advice, support

    BBP recently had the opportunity to interview the NSW Small Business Commissioner, Yasmin King. Her office is responsible for dispute resolution, providing assistance and advice, and most importantly provides a voice for small business at a state and federal level.

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  • Better Deals on your Lighting

    Last year BBP commissioned an independent assessment of energy efficient lighting retrofit products for businesses. The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) assessed products and suppliers against price, product quality, warranty conditions and quality of installation.

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  • One Village Shop – Every Product has a Story

    Joanna Gurung, a local Lane Cove resident, opened One Village Shop, at Yorks Corner, Riverview a year and a half ago. The store is brimming with beautiful, tactile homewares, clothing, belts, jewellery, beauty products and gorgeous handmade creations for the kids.

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  • Coolest Parking in Town

    Willoughby City Council has just completed stage two of its innovative Solar Farm on the rooftop of the Westfield Chatswood car park on Albert Avenue. With the completion of this stage, the 166 kilowatt array now extends for 200 metres and provides shading for more than 70 car spaces.

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  • Baked with Charm and Care

    Pottery Green Bakery, in Gordon and Lane Cove, are relatively new to the area and have recently joined BBP. There is a soft warm glow from both stores, along with smell of delectable treats and bread, made with recipes handed down through the family.

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  • Marketing Without a Budget

    North Sydney Business Network's first event for 2013
    'Marketing Without a Budget'
    April 12, 2012, 7.00am to 8.30am
    Johnson Hall, Crow Nest Community Centre, Ernest Place, Crows Nest 
     

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  • Tap into Tomorrow’s Top Talent

    Businesses can engage UTS students either as interns, to work on short-term business projects with you or to join you at graduate level. This is an excellent time to take on students, who have fresh ideas, new technology know-how and can help you grow your business.

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  • Earth Hour – ‘Make Your Pledge’

    Earth Hour - the worldwide phenomenon that was started in Australia and embraced by the world, is returning again at 8.30pm on 23 March. BBP encourages all businesses on the North Shore to turn their lights out and pledge to switch to renewable energy through www.earthhour.org.au all pledges will go into the draw to win a 3kW solar PV system.

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  • Welcome New Members

    It’s great to have these new BBP members on board in all four local government areas.  Welcome!

    Amazing Flowers
    Dashing Print
    K K Hair Styling
    Lydia's Jewellers
    Pottery Green Bakers Gordon
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  • The Changing Face of Business

    BBP are in the fortunate position of witnessing the change taking place in many small businesses as they develop and move towards more sustainable business practices. Eastern Road Quality Meats is one such business which has been taking action to become sustainable - economically, environmentally and socially.

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  • Trim your Bin - Business Waste Tool

    The NSW Environmental Protection Authority have developed a simple tool for small and medium sized businesses to better measure and manage their waste. On average, more than 70 per cent of materials in your general waste bin can be reused or recycled, including packing wrap, cardboard boxes, metals, timber and food.

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  • Environmental Upgrade Agreements – North Sydney Council

    If you are a commercial property owner or a tenant in North Sydney, there is now a new way to access funding, making it more affordable to upgrade your building.

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  • Introducing New BBP Staff

    BBP Partnership Officers work collaboratively with business owners in order to identify the best areas of opportunity and solutions for that business; by developing customised action plans and providing guidance and assistance where required. Adam Corrigan joined the team in March 2012 and our newest member, Ben Sanders joined the BBP team in October of this year. For more on the strengths they bring to the program click through.

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  • Seasons Greetings!

    The Better Business Partnership would like to wish all our members the very best for a wonderful Christmas with your colleagues, family and friends; and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!
    BBP Christmas trading hours: The BBP will be open every day except public holidays.

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  • Don't miss out!

    Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program is ending soon. Proven success: BBP businesses have utilised funding from this program to dramatically reduce their energy costs.

    The State Government’s Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program provides up to $5,000 to businesses undertaking energy efficiency upgrades such as to:

    •      Lighting
    •      Air Conditioning
    •      Refrigeration

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  • Welcome New Members

    Bakers Delight - Lane Cove
    BCI Business Brokers
    Ground Caffee
    IGA Wahroonga
    Laughing Ganesha
    Luna Park
    One Village Shop
    OnLED
    Pacific Retail Management
    Synergy Training & Consulting Pty Ltd
    The Giftoy

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  • 2012 Wrap Up

    2012 has been a big year for the BBP. We have now signed on over 300 members across the region with Lane Cove Council area also joining the program. We have also welcomed Lane Cove Alive as a supporter of the program.

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  • Have Your Say!

    “Have Your Say” – online survey for event series – The BBP will be running an series of events in 2013 and we’d like to get a snapshot from our members on the most preferred types of business support events to assist you in working further towards sustainability. It will take less than 5 minutes of your time to participate in this simple online survey. Simply click on this link to complete the survey. Join us on Facebook to hear more about our events.

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  • My Energy Offers

    Paying too much for your energy?

    As well as reducing your consumption we encourage you check the market for the best electricity and gas offer available to your business.

    IPART (the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) has developed a website, My Energy Offers to compare energy deals and help you decide if you are in the best contract for your business.

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  • Fridge Timers Save Money - Case Study

    Businesses with drink fridges can see significant savings using timers to turn off power overnight. While fridges are closed overnight they won’t warm up, Moreland Energy Foundation, in Victoria, have offered timers to businesses using drink fridges and have found indicative savings of $135+ per year on your electricity bill and at least 1.1 tonnes of carbon pollution every year.

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  • North Sydney Business Forum - 1st November 2012

    Theme: Online Marketing/Social media 

    You are invited to the forth FREE North Sydney Business Forum for 2012, register at the link below
    When: Thursday 1 November 2012, 6.00pm - 8.00pm (registration from 5.30pm)
    Where: Hutley Hall, North Sydney Council, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney
    Cost: FREE - light refreshments provided 
     
     

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  • Willoughby businesses support "Fostering Young Lives"

    On the 22nd of August, Sage Hair and Beauty Lounge in Willoughby hosted a fundraising evening, raising $2400 for The Benevolent Society’s “Fostering Young Lives” program, in their gorgeous Art Deco lounge.

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  • Pablo and Rusty Win Green Globe Award

    On September 1st, BBP were very proud to see Pablo and Rusty Speciality Coffee recognised for their sustainability efforts at the NSW Green Globe Awards. They are 2012 winners in the Small Business Sustainability Excellence category. A significant achievement, up against businesses across the state, this award highlights their holistic approach to sustainability. Sustainability is core to their business embedded through staff and supplier engagement, product and packaging, fit out and operations.

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  • Small business and the Carbon Tax

     On July 1, 2012 the carbon tax was introduced. The carbon tax sets a price on carbon pollution, $23 per tonne of carbon that is released into the atmosphere. Only Australia’s most polluting businesses are subject to carbon tax.

    Therefore small business are not subject to the Carbon Tax. However there may be an indirect impact of a carbon price on small businesses, such as a minor increase in products and services that create large amounts of carbon pollution, such as electricity and waste disposal.

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  • Launch in Lane Cove!

    The Better Business Partnership has aligned with Lane Cove Alive and Lane Cove Council to roll out its free business sustainability program in Lane Cove. A fantastic launch event was held last Wednesday 25 July from 6-7:30pm at Epitome Café & Restaurant on ‘the Plaza’ in Lane Cove’.  

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  • Salon Yazbek Win Champion New Business 2012

    Award winning hairdressing Salon Yazbek was overwhelmed to be named the Champion New Business at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. Their passion for their salon and drive to be a more sustainable business has given them the winning edge. BBP would like to congratulate them for their outstanding achievements!

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  • August Business of the Month - Eco At Home

    Eco At Home has been in business for 8 years in Willoughby selling a range of environmentally sound household products.  They were this years winners of the Better Business Sustainable Purchasing Award 2012 and People's Choice Award - Retail.

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  • Better Business Awards Wrap Up

    Congratulations and thank you to all our BBP Member Businesses and guests for attending the Better Business Awards on the 5th of June. The Awards were a successful night of networking, dining, exciting entertainment and a brilliant showcase of our businesses’ sustainable achievements.

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  • Winners of the Renew Your Membership Competition

    Congratulations to Philip Youdale from YSCO Geomatics in Artarmon who have won the Renew Your Membership competition. Philip has won two tickets to the Diamond Jubilee Gala Opening of the English National Ballet.

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  • April Business of the Month

    The April business of the month is Flavours Catering and Events in Artarmon. The owner Belinda Sullivan and Client Services Manager Clare Miller have personal interests in renewable and sustainable options for the catering business. 

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  • People’s Choice Award Now Open

    People’s Choice Award category is designed to encourage locals to support the sustainability activities of their favourite Better Businesses. Click here to vote for your favourite Better Business and go into the draw to win a fantastic eco adventure holiday.

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  • Better Business Awards - Grab Your Early Bird Tickets Now

    The Better Business Awards are shaping up to be a spectacular event, held on 5 June, World Environment Day at The Concourse in Chatswood.  BBP are happy to announce our MC for the night is Wendy Harmer and our keynote speaker is Jon Dee.

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  • North Sydney Business Forum

    Thank you to all who joined us at the North Sydney Business Forum last night. It was a well attended event with expert keynote speakers whom focused on the theme of Business Sales and Marketing. To find out more visit the North Sydney Business Forum link.

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  • March Business of the Month

    The March business of the month is Honest to Goodness in Artarmon. Honest to Goodness is a wholesale organic and natural food supplier. To find out more about what Honest to Goodness have achieved check out their BBP Case Study. 

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  • Renew your free membership and WIN!

    The BBP team are visiting all member businesses to renew their membership and award them with the new accreditation sticker for 2012/13. All businesses will be entered into the inaugural Better Business Awards which will be held on June the 5th.

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  • Better Deal for Lighting

    BBP is working to secure a better deal for energy efficient lighting on behalf of its members. Proposals are now being invited from suppliers of Energy Efficient Lighting who are willing to provide special offers to BBP members.

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  • ShopBetter Launch

     

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  • Business Clean Up Australia Day

    Business Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way you can take action to clean up, fix up and conserve our prized Australian environment on the 28th February this year.

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  • February’s Champion Business - HART

    The February business of the month is HART – Honda Australia Road Training in St. Ives. The manager of HART, Rod Hill, has always had a keen interest in the environment. Find out more in their Case Study Video.

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  • Reaccreditation of BBP Businesses

    The BBP team will be visiting each of our members to reaccredit their business for 2012/13. Undertaking reaccreditation will automatically mean you are entered into the inaugural Better Business Awards this year.

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  • Better Business Awards - Save the Date

    The inaugural Better Business Awards will be held on Tuesday 5 June 2012 at 6:30pm – World Environment Day. There is no need to RSVP now, but please put this in your diary! An invitation will be forwarded to you soon.

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  • Better Valentine's Day

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day the sustainable way! Share the love by supporting sustainable businesses next Tuesday on the 14th of February. To find a BBP florist, grocer, restaurant or gift shop, use our Find a Better Business to search for one near you.

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  • Shop Better Crows Nest

    Proudly supported by Crows Nest Mainstreet, North Sydney Council and 10 BBP businesses, this pilot initiative is designed to encourage the community to shop local and with businesses that are working towards sustainability.

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  • January’s Champion Business - Greener Cleaner

    The Champion Business for the month of January is Greener Cleaner in Naremburn. Enjoy our brand new Cantonese and English case study videos featuring Greener Cleaner.

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  • Upcoming BBP Initiatives for 2012

    BBP look forward to working on these upcoming projects for 2012:

    - Shop Better – Crows Nest

    - Better Business Awards

    - Better Deal – Energy Efficient Lighting
    Keep a look out for more details in the next few months!

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  • The Future of BBP

    Late last year we invited feedback from our members on the future of BBP. This feedback helped inform a business case that has been presented to the current partnering Councils of Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Willoughby.

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  • December's Champion Business - Mumu

    The Champion Business for the month of December is Mumu Grill in Crows Nest. Watch our new Mumu video on our BBP website. Mumu Grill have demonstrated that they are a champion of sustainability.

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  • Willoughby City Council are Winners of the LGSA and Bluett Awards

    Congratulations to Willoughby Council for their multiple achievements in the 2011 LGSA Excellence in the Environment Awards and the prestigious Bluett Awards.

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  • BBP Facebook Campaign

    BBP have launched a new Facebook campaign to promote BBP businesses to residents and consumers as part of the Consumer Awareness Campaign.

    ‘Like’ our BBP Facebook page to follow BBP’s news feed online.

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  • Sustainable Christmas

    This Christmas, the BBP team encourage you and your families to incorporate sustainability into your preparations. Read some ideas on how to have a greener Christmas for 2011. Happy holidays to all!

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  • BBP Launches Consumer Awareness Campaign

    BBP has launched a consumer awareness campaign. This campaign encourages the community to support BBP member businesses across the program area. Look out for the ads in the North Shore Times and Mosman Daily.

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  • November’s Champion Business – Pablo and Rusty’s

    Pablo & Rusty’s Gordon cafe owner, Saxon, has an environmental policy that drives his business and his daily operations at his store. Check out what Pablo and Rusty's are doing with BBP in our new Case Study Video.

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  • Results of the BBP Have Your Say Survey

    Recently we invited all BBP members to have your say on BBP and participate in an online survey. The top two reasons why members joined BBP initially were 'To reduce the environmental impact of my business' and 'To find long term cost savings'.

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  • Artarmon Fruit Shop’s Commitment to the Community

    The Artarmon Fruit Market is a BBP member and should be congratulated on their commitment to the local community through their involvement in the Barton Road Housing Commission Complex as part of the NSW Home Power Saving Program. 

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  • Cantonese Small Business Evening Seminar

    To help run your business the NSW Fair Trading, Australian Chinese Community Association, Willoughby Council and Better Business Partnership will provide an evening of information and government services to assist you.

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  • Winners of the Have Your Say Survey Tickets

    Thank you to all who participated in the online survey and interviews, we really appreciate your feedback. Congratulations to the winners who provided their contact details were placed in the draw for one of five $50 Hoyts gift vouchers.

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  • How Will a Price on Carbon Pollution Affect You?

    The Australian Government will be introducing a price on carbon in July 2012. Small businesses will not be required to pay a carbon price. BBP recognises that any increase in operating costs at this time affects the profitability of local businesses.

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  • BBP Reaches 300 with Pymble Golf Club

    Pymble Golf Club has become the 300th business to join the Better Business Partnership (BBP).
    Mayor Jennifer Anderson congratulated the local business community for its strong support of BBP

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  • Ride To Work Day 2011

    Ride To Work Day will be held this Wednesday the 12th of October. Over one hundred and fifty thousand Australian workers are expected to join the commuter revolution. It's the perfect opportunity for you to have a go at riding to work.

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  • Crows Nest Festival

    The Crows Nest Festival is on this Sunday, October 16th on Willoughby Road, Crows Nest from 10am to 5pm. This annual community festival attracts over 40,000 people and is designed as a family day out for locals and visitors to the area.

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  • Willoughby Online Community Panel

    Willoughby Council is developing an Online Community Panel. The purpose of the Online Community Panel is to provide an opportunity for community members to have a say in Council’s decision making process in their own time using a convenient online method.

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  • Better Lighting Solutions Are Coming!

    Many BBP members have been calling the BBP team and asking for advice in response to the recent increase to their business power bill. One way BBP members can save money is by investing in energy efficient lighting.

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  • Pop Up Culture Crows Nest

    An exciting new project called “Pop Up Culture” has been initiated in Crows Nest to encourage new and emerging designers and artists to showcase their talent as part of temporary exhibitions in vacant shops.  

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  • GreenChef Workshop Helps BBP Members Save

    The GreenChef workshop was held on the 22nd of August at the Coal Loader site in Waverton for the benefit of BBP members who operate commercial kitchens.

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  • Have Your Say And Win!

    BBP is currently seeking feedback on the program and its future. Have your say by filling out our short BBP Survey

    You will be placed in the draw to WIN* 1 of 5 $50 Hoyts Gift Cards!

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  • Third North Sydney Business Forum

    The North Sydney Business forum is happening at the end of this month. Presentations will cover health, wellbeing, sustainable business practices plus the ever popular Speed Networking - bring your business cards!

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  • Small Business Month In September

    Want to grow your business? Then step back, take a good look and get involved in Small Business September. It’s a must for people who want the best advice on how to take their business to the next step.

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  • Sustainable House Day This Sunday

    Sustainable House Day is happening this Sunday! The event provides people with the chance to visit houses (and other buildings) that have been designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind.

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  • Last Chance To Suggest A Business And WIN!

    Better Business Buddy Competition finishes next week. Do you know a business owner who could benefit from BBP? Why not suggest a friend to receive a FREE BBP consultation today!

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  • Sustainable Concourse Competition

    Opening in September 2011, The Concourse is set to become Sydney’s most vibrant and exciting entertainment destination. Located in the centre of Chatswood, The Concourse will offer a unique mix of venues, including a Performing Arts Centre, Library, retail, dining and outdoor space.

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  • BBP Part Of Green Globe Win!

    The Green Globe Awards are the leading environmental awards in New South Wales, recognising the achievements of business, government, community and individuals. Better Business Partnership was a finalist in the Award for Local Government Sustainability category.

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  • Suggest a business and WIN

    Better Business Buddy Competition
    Know a business owner who could benefit from BBP? Why not suggest a friend to receive a FREE BBP consultation today! Either suggest them yourself online or give us a call on 9777 7519

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  • BBP Continues To Grow

    New members indicate they joined BBP for a number of reasons including to take advantage of assistance to help their business prepare for rising operating costs, to give their business a competitive edge and to improve their environmental credentials.

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  • Successful North Sydney Business Forum

    The North Sydney Business Forum was recently held on 21st of July at The Crows Nest Community Centre and was a great success! Thank you to all who attended and assisted on the rainy night for making it an excellent evening!

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  • Green Chef – Learn how to green your kitchen and save!

    Step into a commercial kitchen and you can literally see and feel the energy used in creating good food. However the cost of these essential ingredients is on the rise! Now is the time to consider how you can reduce your exposure to rising operating costs.  

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  • Willoughby Council and BBP Receives UN Australia Award

    Willoughby City Council was named the winner of the Excellence in Overall Environmental Management award (Local Government Awards category) at the 2011 United Nations Association of Australia’s World Environment Day Awards.

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  • Green Apartments Forum

    Apartment building operating costs are rising and now is the time to prepare. In response to this emerging challenge the Owners Corporation Network of Australia, Green Strata Incorporated and Willoughby City Council have formed a partnership to stage the Sydney Green Apartments Forum.

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  • Sustainability Festival At The Coal Loader

    The historic Coal Loader site at Waverton has just been transformed into a Centre for Sustainability. Join your community for the grand opening as part of the Sustainability Festival on Sunday the 10th of July from 10am to 3pm.  

     

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  • Better Business Butchers

    The local butcher is an integral part of a thriving shopping village. The longevity of these businesses is great testament to their exceptional standing within a community. Five standout butchers in Ku-ring-gai are working hard to be more sustainable by becoming members of the Better Business Partnership.

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  • SMH Awards Given To BBP Businesses

    Three BBP businesses have recently been awarded and included in the SMH Good Café Guide 2011. These prestigious awards were given to Forsyth Café in Naremburn, Bean Drinking in Crows Nest and Pablo’s and Rusty in Gordon.

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  • New BBP Team Profile Update

    We would like to introduce three new team members to the BBP team. They include:

    Project Coordinator: Nathan John

    Project Officer:  Sonia Crozier

    Project Support Officer: Elaine Fernandes

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  • Green Chef August Workshop

    This exciting new workshop for commercial kitchen operators will be available to existing BBP members at no cost. The training will be on the 22 August from 9am to12pm at North Sydney Council’s new ‘Coal Loader’ Centre of Sustainability which overlooks Sydney Harbour.

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  • Earth Power Site Visit

    The BBP team went on a tour of EarthPower, a food waste-to-energy facility in Camellia. The facility takes in organic waste scraps from businesses and processes them to produce green electricity and by-product fertiliser.

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  • Green Chef Program

    We are also soon to announce a series of free workshops, funded for us through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as part of the Green Chef program and specifically aimed at Energy Efficiency in Commercial Kitchens.

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  • BBP Celebrates 200 Businesses

    The Better Business Partnership have just hit the big 200! Hoorah! We’ve have now signed up 214 businesses since the program started in May last year.

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  • Responsible Investment Seminar

    What is your money up to?
    Global issues such as natural disasters and carbon emissions can impact share prices.

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  • Amnesty's 50th Year

    Celebrate Amnesty International’s 50 years of significant human rights achievements on the 28th of May.

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  • Crows Nest TAFE Pilots Organic Waste

    The BBP team saw an organic pulping machine in action last week at Crows Nest TAFE.  The Northern Sydney Institute has been piloting an organic waste disposal system.

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  • BBP Water Works

    Better Business Partnership is part of Sydney Water’s Council Partnership Program. This program provides free water audits to businesses that use 10 – 80 kilolitres of water a day.

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  • North Sydney Business Forum Success

    The North Sydney Business Forum held an event on the 31st of March to help local business promote themselves and network with others in the area.

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  • E-Waste Figures

    The figures are in for the amount of E-Waste recycled in last month’s event. The official amount of e-waste collected was 4258 kg for recycling and reuse.

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  • Festival On The Green

    The Festival on the Green is happening on Sunday the 1st of May at St. Ives Village Green from 10am to 4pm. 

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  • BBP Project Update

    The BBP team are working with fantastic new businesses to improve their sustainability performance.

    To date the project has 171 businesses involved:

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  • Green Way Up Grease Party

    You are invited to The Green Way Up Grease Party - Hear from 4 Aussie guys who will jump in one car and drive 40,000 kilometres from the bottom of Australia to the top of Europe, without stopping at a single petrol station! 

     

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  • BBP Badges On The Increase

    The promotion of businesses through the BBP badge recognition scheme has been on the increase.

    A recent review of business performance through the BBP project show that 77 business have been awarded BBP badges,

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  • Earth Hour Celebrated Across The North Shore

    This year’s Earth Hour was celebrated through numerous events across the North Shore. The local businesses in Northbridge and Artarmon provided customers dinner by candlelight.

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  • BBP Waste Survey at Crows Nest

    The purpose of BBP’s waste survey was to understand the amounts generated and to look for opportunities for greater streetscape improvement in Crows Nest. This process was supported by North Sydney Council and Crows Nest Main Street.

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  • BBP Supports Earth Hour on the North Shore

    Celebrate Earth Hour in Bicentennial Park, West Pymble with a fantastic community candle lit picnic from 7:30 – 9:30pm. You are encouraged to join the community event at the Golden Grove amphitheatre, for more details visit www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/earthhour

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  • North Sydney Business Forum Social Media and Community Partnerships

    Join us for the North Sydney Business forum on the 31st of March to improve your business. Learn from speakers including Michael Griffiths, Danielle Domone and Natalie Moutia.

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  • Successful Community Savers Grant Awarded

    The Better Business Partnership team assisted six not for profit organisations apply for the DECCW Community Savers grant in October last year. The grant offered up to $40,000 for energy and water saving initiatives.

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  • BBP Meet the Green Way Up

    The Mayor of Willoughby City Council, Pat Reilly and the Better Business Partnership met with Sydney eco-adventurers, The Green Way Up team in March. The team aim to travel by truck and boat, 30,000 kms from Australia to Europe without filling up at a petrol station.

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  • BBP North Sydney Event Success

    North Sydney Council and BBP held a successful evening event on the 22nd of February to officially launch the Better Business Partnership in Fred Hutley Hall, North Sydney. More than 35 people attended the night of sustainable networking and insightful speakers.

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  • BBP E- Waste

    BBP and Willoughby City Council organised a successful E-Waste day for businesses to recycle their old computers, printers and office appliances for free on the 2nd of March.

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  • Earn Extra BBP Badges

    Your business may already be undertaking sustainable community actions and able to earn additional badges.

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  • BBP on facebook

    BBP now has a facebook page.  Become a friend or press like on our page to get updates on events, news and other tid bits of information direct to your facebook account.  Who said being green was difficult?

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  • BBP Event – Clean Up Australia Day for business

    Register with Clean Up Australia to take part in this great event on the 1st March. Businesses and staff members who participate will earn credit towards achieving your BBP waste and community badges. There are sites available in each local government area; if you would assistance to select a site please contact us at BBP.

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  • BBP results update

    The results of the project, as of November 2010, have been very encouraging.  We are working with businesses to increase the uptake of the recommended actions within their action plans.  This will mean more savings, helping business avoid exposure as energy and water costs rise and more CO2-e savings for the North Shore. 

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  • BBP Web Button

    Advertise your involvement in BBP with our web button.  You can attach it to your emails, use it on your website, on your statement of commitment to sustainability and in promoting your Better Business.

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  • BBP Project Officer for North Sydney

    The new Project Officer for North Sydney Council area, Jon Mason, started with the team in late 2010.  He is passionate about community initiatives, supply chain innovation and sustainable commuting options for your business. Register with us to make an appointment with Jon for your free business appraisal.

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  • Business Survey

    North Sydney Council is working together with Harbourside Chamber Group and Success Women’s Network to bring you a series of events this year.  If you are a North Sydney business please fill out this survey to help guide the topics covered.  Please complete it by Friday,11th February.
     

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  • BBP Event – Launch in North Sydney

    GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING FOR A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
    This event will go beyond energy efficiency and changing lightbulbs to explore how commuting and transport options can capture market share and improve your bottom line, staff well-being and morale. Join us for networking, wine and some nibbles on Tuesday 22nd February at 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm at Fred Hutley Hall, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney.  Registrations by Monday 14th February.

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  • BBP Event - Free electronic waste collection

    Calling all BBP businesses in North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai and Willoughby City Council areas.

    Take advantage of the free electronic waste collection.  Businesses with less than 10 small items can drop off their e-waste at set locations on 2nd March between 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.  If you have larger items or a large quantity of items please register with us and we will arrange a pick up from your premises on 3rd March. Register for more details.  

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  • BBP consumer promotions

    Every resident in North Sydney and Willoughby City Council areas received a DL flyer with their rates instalment notice in November.  The flyer was tailored to consumers and shoppers and encourages them to support local business towards sustainability. The flyer featured a list of the 70 businesses that were participating in BBP as at the end of September. 

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  • BBP tips over the holidays

    As Summer heats up and businesses and employees head off on holidays there are a few simple ways to save energy.   These actions will only take a few minutes and yet could give you significant savings on your energy bills.

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  • BBP at the 2010 Business Achiever Awards

    Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the Mosman Daily and The North Shore Times Business Achiever Awards.  As major sponsors of the event we were encouraged to see the high calibre of leading local businesses.   We also understand the value of being recognised for your efforts and the increased patronage that it can bring.

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  • BBP in the Artarmon Village

    There are 25 businesses in the Artarmon Village Shopping Precinct (surrounding Artarmon Station) participating in the Better Business Partnership.  With the support of the Artarmon Progress Association the village has been enthusiastic in joining the project. 

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  • BBP in the West Pymble Village

    West Pymble Shopping Centre has embraced the Better Business Partnership with 14 businesses participating in the project.  The Centre is well on its way to beoming a Better Business Partnership Village.

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  • Make a difference with every dollar you spend this holiday season

    North Shore residents can carry out all their shopping needs and help the environment this Christmas without even leaving the North Shore.  And with taking on some of our sustainable shopping tips you can reduce, reuse, recycle and limit unnecessary purchases. 

    Check out some sample routes. For a full list of the businesses taking part visit our website map.

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  • BBP on The Bullseye Blog

    It is great to see support for sustainability in business.  According to Sharon Williams of The Bullseye on Nine MSN Mondy "Resource efficiency is a strategy businesses can implement to improve profits and sustainability efforts at the same time".

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  • BBP Recognition Sticker and Web Button

    A great benefit for your business, apart from improving environmental performance, is the Better Business Partnership Recognition scheme. sing a recognition sticker which can be displayed on the front window or counter of a business.  B2B participants don’t miss out either as we give you a web button that can be added to your website or emails.

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  • Advertising Now Available for the 2011 Willoughby City Guide

    The Willoughby City Guide is a 100 page, A5 glossy, one-stop information source on all that Chatswood and the surrounding Willoughby City suburbs have to offer. The guide has a readership of more then 25 000 and is available FREE to the public. Your ad will feature in the guide for all of 2011.

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  • BBP New Business Update

    Over 90 businesses are now participating in the BBP. For an up to date list of the businesses that have joined the BBP, visit our map and search by suburb.

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  • BBP Consumer Campaign

    The team at BBP is keen to have the local community support our participating businesses and their sustainable actions.  We have developed two great items recently for consumers:

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  • BBP Website Adds Value

    The BBP website launched in August and there are some fantastic features tailored to both local business owners and the community of residents and staff.

     

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  • BBP Launch in Gordon

    Ku-ring-gai Mayor, Ian Cross, Ku-ring-gai Council and the West Pymble Chamber of Commerce gathered more than 25 local business owners to officially launch the Better Business Partnership on Monday 25 October at the Gordon Library.

     

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  • BBP Launch in Chatswood

    Willoughby Mayor, Pat Reilly, Willoughby City Council and the Chatswood Chamber of Commerce gathered with more than 35 local businesses and representatives to officially launch the Better Business Partnership (BBP) on Thursday 28 October at the Chatswood RSL.

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  • Event Postponed - Better Business Partnership to Launch in North Sydney

    Event postponed until 22nd February, 2011.  There will be no event on 30th November.

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  • Get your small business online for free with Online SmallBiz

    Online SmallBiz offers small businesses the opportunity to become active in the online environment and take advantage of the vast array of opportunities that flow from the digital economy.

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  • BBP Pilot Program Results

    More than 70 small businesses took part in the successful pilot program.  59 of those businesses underwent a professional energy assessment, identifying savings of more than $100 000 each year

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  • Business Achiever Awards - Cumberland Newspapers

    The Better Business Partnership has sponsored three awards in the 2010 Business Achiever Awards for the North Shore Times and Mosman Daily.  Congratulations to the finalists and winners.

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  • BBP at the Crows Nest Festival

    Come and see the Better Business Partnership team at the Crows Nest Festival on October 17.

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  • BBP in - Ku-ring-gai Update August 2010

    BBP in the Ku-ring-gai Update August 2010

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  • BBP in - North Sydney News Spring 2010

    BBP in the North Sydney News Spring 2010

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  • Better Business Partnership Launch events

    The Better Business Partnership will launch with two sustainability events in Gordon and Chatswood this October.

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  • Recycling within reach of small business

    BusinessRecycling.com.au is set to revolutionise the way that businesses manage their waste by promoting cost saving and environmentally responsible alternatives.

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  • NSW Bike Week

    NSW Bike Week provides an opportunity for the local community to participate in organised bicycle events in a safe and supported environment

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  • BBP in - Artarmon Gazette August 2010

    BBP in the Artarmon Gazette August 2010

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  • Visit the Better Business Partnership office on Sustainable House Day

    The Better Business Partnership office is open to the public on Sustainable House Day, 12th September 2010.

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  • Visit the Better Business Partnership team at the Willoughby StreetFair

    Visit the Better Business Partnership team at the Willoughby City Council marquee at the Willoughby StreetFair on the 11th September.

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  • Help Keep Australia Beautiful this August

    In 2010, KAB Week will be held from Monday 23rd August to Sunday 29th August and will focus on 'Out and About' recycling to help reduce litter and recyclable waste unnecessarily being sent to landfill.

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