Top tips to safeguard your roof in the next storm

Roofs are the subject of a huge number of business insurance claims, especially after big storms.  Many Australian businesses have been devastated by storms so far in 2021, with Queensland hit by violent storms in March including central Queensland with major hail storms in September, the Insurance Council of Australia estimates damage from these types of storms to the eastern …

Jenny Verne: The Gladstone Greenscape story.

Greenscape Gladstone cater to all landscape and garden maintenance, irrigation installation and repairs, for commercial and residential clients across the Gladstone Region. “In the last few years, we’ve done lots of jobs including several schools and kindergartens,” Greenscape Gladstone Director Jenny Verne said. “Recently we worked with the Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre and the Toolooa State High School, where …

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 …

5 tech-savvy ways to prevent tools being stolen

Visit any worksite and at least one tradie will be able to regale a yarn of a time they had their tools nicked from the back of the ute, swiped on-site or mistakenly carried off by a contractor. Stolen tools are more than a mere inconvenience – as well as shouldering the replacement costs, your ability to secure work and …

Small business insurance 101: things you need to know

Insurance can seem like a complex area, which is why it’s so important to understand the basics. Here, we explore some of the fundamental concepts that underpin most business insurance policies. An insurance policy has a number of different parts, explains ARMA Insurance Brokers CQ Director Tony Noyes. “The policy will set out the cover that applies under the policies, …

Jason Busk, the Gladrock Transport story.

Gladrock Transport is a well-established integrated Transport and Logistics business that has been offering extensive transportation services throughout Central Queensland and Australia since 2004. “Gladrock Transport has been around for 40 years and I’ve had the business for 17 years and in that time I’ve grown the company from 13 vehicles and 13 staff to now having an extensive fleet …