Insurance premiums tripling in the METS sector

A growing number of small to medium-sized businesses that service the resources sector are having significant problems securing insurance because of recent climate change-related policy changes by insurers, ARMA Insurance Brokers CQ managing director Tony Noyes said. “Central Queensland businesses support the state’s $82.6 billion resources sector, particularly our local Mining, Engineering and Technology Services (METS) sector, with many now …

Is your business fire safe?

With the bushfire season just around the corner, the risk is only one of a host of different sources of fire. Arson is often the cause of fire and poor maintenance standards are another serious fire risk for businesses. For instance, damaged or old electrical cabling is all too often the cause of a fire, especially in older buildings.  Another …

Sally-Anne McIntosh, the Gladstone Bicycle Centre Story

When a caravan crashed into the front of the Gladstone Bicycle Centre in September 2020, the local Gladstone business, like all small businesses, needed to be open and operating as soon as possible. “The front of the shop was damaged by the caravan and it needed to be removed and the damaged fixed as soon as possible so our customers …

Gus Stedman, the GAPDL Story.

The Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd (GAPDL) is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation responsible for strategically marketing the Gladstone Region as a tourism and lifestyle destination. GAPDL Chief Executive Officer Gus Steadman said their membership base consists of over 200 members that come from a wide range of sectors including government, accommodation, and tour operators, with their preferred insurance broker …

Cyber security in the time of Covid-19

COVID-19 has led to new cyber threats, with figures from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission showing Australians have lost $309,108 to phishing scams since the start of the pandemic in 2020. This year to date, the commission has received more than 10,000 scam reports. The explosion in online fraud has come about in part due to new vulnerabilities emerging as people …