• ‘The Green’ Pop-Up Bar comes to Brisbane Technology Park this May

    May 13th, 2022 | by
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    Come join us for a few knock off drinks at ‘The Green’ Pop-Up Bar next week!

    About this event

    Brisbane Technology Park will be the location for ‘THE GREEN’ pop-up bar proudly brought to you by Graystone Business Technology Precincts.

    Featuring the Little Rum Runner, The Green will come to life with live music, lawn games and the BTP community.

    Embrace this opportunity to have a drink with colleagues, network with like-minded businesses within the park and have a sunset knock off on us.

    Graystone will be shouting your first drink on arrival, with additional drinks available for purchase from the Little Rum Runner. Some light nibbles will be provided for you to enjoy while you kick back, mingle and wind down for the day. Beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages available.

    Due to capacity limits, group bookings are unavailable.

    Individual registration is required to receive your free drink token on arrival. Your name will be added to the event door list for entry.

    This is a cash-less event, card payments only.

    To register CLICK HERE.

    Look forward to seeing you there!

  • Empowering Indigenous Business – welcoming SupplyAus to BTP

    March 29th, 2022 | by
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    SupplyAus was founded in early 2019. The idea was born out of the Murra Indigenous Masterclass program delivered by Melbourne Business School, where a group of like-minded business people combined experience and passions to develop a business that would provide supply and service solutions to Corporate, Government and Private Enterprise. The owners of SupplyAus have a collective commitment to changing the way that the business sector operates to empower Indigenous Business. SupplyAus is a house of brands, meaning it operates with many moving and growing brands that make SupplyAus the powerhouse that it is.  

    SupplyAus Medical was established in response to COVID-19 to rapidly fulfil essential hygiene and medical demands. We’ve been working with our strategic partners and local health authorities to address health issues and improve conditions for Indigenous communities. Our focus is to bring the latest applications and technology into Indigenous health space by collaborating with Australia’s leading healthcare providers and institutions. 

    Jingeri is our office supply arm. It’s designed to enhance our capability in the fast moving B2B world. After years providing cultural coaching services, we strive to build a complete product range for corporate promotional products and their on-site stationary and cleaning needs.  

    DHUWA (pronounced?dee:wah?and meaning?to feel alive?in Bidjara language) – is Australia’s Indigenous-owned coffee brand,?we’ve made to start sharing conversations with non-Indigenous Australians.?We believe a great cup of coffee connects us as we share stories, build bonds, and nourish relationships. We call it ‘reconciliation in a cup’. 

    Bunji is the first Indigenous retail PPE and Workwear store in Australia, supplying a comprehensive range of PPE and workwear for the construction, mining and healthcare industries. We work in partnership with Australia’s leading safety gear providers – including Bisley, Paramount, Blundstone and UVEX – which allows us to supply products in a short time-frame for individual and corporate needs. 

    Strong relationships allow us to understand your business better and when we understand your business procurement needs then we can ensure that you are receiving the best products possible. Through strong relationships with our current partners we have been able to identify areas for business growth and opportunities to provide solutions for their procurement problems.? Understanding their needs better led to the development of our brands Dhuwa coffee, SupplyAUS Medical and Jingeri Office Supplies. Brands that are proudly and authentically Indigenous Australian. 

    Shawn Andrews, Director  

    For more information please contact us on:

    1300 576 324

    www.supplyaus.com.au

     

     

     

  • One of our newest tenants brings with them world class mortgage solutions

    March 29th, 2022 | by
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    The Connector Group have several divisions with the most prominent being Loan Connectors. Loan Connectors partner with major Real Estate groups throughout Australia.

    They offer their customers a personalised Mortgage Broking experience designed to ensure their property goals are achieved sooner. With extensive Real Estate knowledge, Loan Connectors approach ensures all customer are “buyer-ready”, they never want finance to be the reason you didn’t secure your dream property.

    With so many financial businesses locating their operations out of Melbourne and Sydney it’s wonderful for Queensland that the Connector group proudly chose Brisbane Technology Park as the central hub for their Australian operation.

    That same move is even better for the tenants of BTP. You now have world class mortgage brokers on your doorstep. Whether you’re buying a home, investment, refinancing or you just want a health check on your current Mortgage; Loan Connectors located on the Ground Floor 1 Miles Platting Road (next to Quest) can assist.  

    Carmel Kellett, the former CEO of Hodges Real Estate Group in Victoria, is one of three Co-founders of Connector Group. When asked about why Loan Connectors grows from strength to strength, she replied “Let’s face it, buying your dream home or 1st investment property can be a stressful experience. It’s not only a matter of do I want to buy it, and can I afford it, more and more what matters is, am I the best person in the race to buy it. Am I financially ready to put my best foot forward. Home buying is becoming a competitive sport, to win you need the best coach. That’s where Loan Connectors shine,” says Carmel. ”We nurture buyers to a point where they are in a financial position to put their best foot forward and be buyer ready”

    Loan Connectors is the finance broking experience designed just for you. They will connect you with the best finance option that suits your needs so you can be buyer-ready when you need it.

    For more information call 1800 958 426 or visit www.loanconnectors.com.au

  • Mental Health Week at BTP October 11th-15th

    December 7th, 2021 | by
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    Mental Health Awareness week promotes the importance of mental health and wellbeing, to reduce associated stigma, and to celebrate the service of mental health workers. This year’s theme was, ‘Take Time – for Mental Health’. In order to encourage the tough conversations with colleagues, friends and family, BTP by Graystone arranged several activities throughout Brisbane Technology Park for people to part-take and enjoy taking some time for their mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week, Monday 11th to Friday 15th October.

    Day one of BTP’s Mental Health Week was ‘Good coffee doing good’ with BTP by Graystone donating $1 for every coffee purchased from Sipon29 at 29 Brandl Street on the Monday of mental health week. Thank you to all those who took the time to treat yourself and your colleagues to a coffee and a chat. From this, we donated $170 to Beyond Blue to continue their mission to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities who are affected by anxiety, depression, and suicide.

    On the Tuesday and Thursday of BTP’s Mental Health Week, there were early morning yoga sessions, run by local instructor Rikky from Lumaflow in Sunnybank. Rikky took attendees through simple, yet effective yoga flows to help improve overall wellbeing, stretch out the body and promote calmness before going into the work day. Once limbered up, participants then enjoyed a special post-yoga breakfast deal together at Black Ink café at 4 Clunies Ross Court.

    To round out the week, the final day of mental health week concluded with a special visit from the Softy & Frosty Icecream van where tenants working within the precinct were able to treat themselves to the taste of nostalgia with a delicious soft serve icecream and an array of toppings.

    The BTP Wellness Treasure Hunt was a daily activity that the tenants of BTP could participate in. Each day a box was hidden somewhere within the precinct, then a cryptic clue was shared in the Business and Technology Precinct by Graystone Facebook Page for the box’s location. This exercise was designed to encourage cognitive thinking, team work and the opportunity for tenants to explore the precinct while searching for the hidden wellness treasure box. The box was filled with items intended to support rest, and managing mental wellbeing including; healthy snacks, a stress ball, a 1 month subscription voucher to Audible, a gift card for Fitness First Eight Mile Plains, tea, candles and vouchers to spend at multiple eateries within BTP.

    Overall, the week was a success, and we greatly appreciate all those who participated not only in the activities throughout the week, but in conversations surrounding mental health and wellbeing with their colleagues, friends and families.

    If you feel that you may be affected by depression or anxiety, remember there is always support available. For resources, see below:

  • 5 Miles Platting Road – Practical completion scheduled for August 2022

    December 7th, 2021 | by
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    The Building set to revolutionise Brisbane Technology Park

    The Graystone Construction team have commenced works on their newest project within Brisbane Technology Park – 5 Miles Platting Road, Eight Mile Plains.

    With practical completion scheduled for August 2022, this building will provide approximately 3,000m2 of lettable area over three storeys of commercial accommodation with one and a half levels of basement car parking. The ground level also offers a loading dock suitable for small/medium sized trucks.

    Five Miles Platting has been designed to be an asset for any business. It is specifically designed to enhance performance, maximise productivity, inspire staff and be a competitive advantage in the crucial battle for attracting and retaining talent within the suburban office market. The property will boast floorplates with curtain-wall glass delivering maximum natural light penetration while incorporating bronze external features which will stand out on the charcoal painted property. 

    Features:
    • Three level A-grade office building

    • High quality internal finishes and expansive outdoor green space

    • Integrated fit-out to deliver substantial savings

    • Floorplates with curtain-wall glass delivering maximum natural light penetration

    • Ample basement carparking

    • Visitor parking directly outside the building

    • End of trip facilities

    • Precinct leading sustainability

     

    Highlights:
    • Building signage rights (great exposure to Miles Platting Road).

    • In close proximity to the BTP Conference Centre and QUEST hotel

    • Proximity to multiple cafes, gym, childcare and outdoor recreation space

    • Located in a prime position with excellent outlook over Mt Gravatt and beyond

    • Immediate access to the Logan and Gateway Motorways

       

    • Spark Accountants share strategies on how to reduce your tax for the 2021 financial year

      June 2nd, 2021 | by
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      Adieu 2021, Welcome 2022!

      Before we say goodbye to the 2021 financial year, let’s make sure we do our absolute best to minimise our tax to keep our hard-earned money to ourselves, not the taxman!

      As company tax rate has been gradually decreasing, it is crucial to prepare yearly tax plans more than ever to bring forward any allowable deductions. If your accountant doesn’t provide this service, come and see us before it gets too late!

      For the 2021 financial year, here are the common strategies that people use to reduce this year’s tax.

       

      Plan your strategy to pay as little tax as possible for the 2021 financial year

      1. Top up your super

      For the extra amount you contribute to your superfund, it becomes a tax deduction in your return. The money that goes into your super gets taxed at 15% instead of your marginal tax rate.

      For example, if you are an individual with a taxable income between $45k to $120k, you are at the marginal tax rate of 34.5% (inc Medicare Levy, exc offsets). It means, every dollar you put in your super, you save 19.5 cents.

      This year, you can top up your super up to $25,000.

       

      2. Pay your employee’s June quarter super guarantee charges before 30 June 2021

      Superannuation contribution is deductible when it is paid. Pay your June quarterly superannuation before 30 June 2021 to receive the tax deductions this year, not the next year when the tax rate is reduced by 1%.

       

       

      3. Asset Purchase

      Seeking to buy a car or equipment for your business? If so, hurry to get it ready before 30 June 2021. The total amount of motor vehicle (Up to $59,136) or equipment will be fully deductible even if you purchase it with finance.

       

      4. Issue dividend

      Are you, your family members, or your trust a shareholder of your company? Have you considered issuing dividends this year? The fully franked dividend has a pre-taxed amount embedded, and you can receive a tax refund (franking credit refunds) by giving dividends.

      For example, suppose your non-income earning family member receives a fully franked dividend of $33,300 (taxable income $45,000 & assuming no other income). In that case, they are looking at the tax refund of $6,888 this year (Franking Credit of $11,700 less tax payable $4,812, Inc Medicare Levy & offsets).

       

      Budget Highlights

      The 2021-22 Federal Budget is a balancing act between a better than anticipated deficit ($106 bn), an impending election, and the need to invest in the long term.

      Among all changes, here are four things that will apply to most businesses and families.  

       

      1. Loss-carry back providing immediate deductions for business investment in capital assets

      Companies will be able to carry back losses (if any) from the 2020 and 2021 financial years to offset previously taxed profits in the 2019 and 2020 financial years. Under this measure, tax losses can be applied against taxed profits in a previous year, generating a refundable tax offset in the year in which the loss is made.

      The amount carried back can be no more than the earlier taxed profits, limiting the refund by the company’s tax liabilities in the profit years. The tax refund will be available on election by eligible businesses when they lodge their 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 tax returns.

      (Applicable to the companies with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 billion)

       

      2. Extension of the low and middle income tax offset

      The Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LMITO) will be extended for another year. The LMITO provides a reduction in tax of up to $1,080 for individuals with a taxable income of up to $126,000 and will be retained for the 2021-22 year. The tax offset is triggered when a taxpayer lodges their tax return.

      Taxable income

      Offset

      $37,000 or less

      $255

      Between $37,001 and $48,000

      $255 plus 7.5 cents for every dollar above $37,000, up to a maximum of $1,080

      Between $48,001 and $90,000

      $1,080

      Between $90,001 and $126,000

      $1,080 minus 3 cents for every dollar of the amount above $90,000

       

      3. Extension of an immediate tax deduction for the purchase of assets

      Businesses will be able to continue to fully expense the cost of new depreciable assets in the first year of use. This measure will enable an asset’s cost to continue to be fully deductible up front rather than being claimed over the asset’s life, regardless of the cost of the assets by 30 June 2023.

       

      4. Child care subsidy increase for families with multiple children

      From 1 July 2022, the Government will:

      • Increase child care subsidies available to families with more than one child aged five and under in child care, and
      • Remove the $10,560 cap on the Child Care Subsidy.

      For those families with more than one child in child care, the level of subsidy received will increase by 30% to a maximum subsidy of 95% of fees paid for their second and subsequent children (tapered by income and hours of care).

       

      Tax legistration changes from 1 July 2021

      From 1 July 2021, here are the top 3 things that you should be aware;-

      • Company tax rate change – The company tax rate will change from 26% to 25% in the 2022 financial year
      • Super Guarantee Charge – Employee superannuation contribution rate will change from 9.5% to 10% from 1 July 2021
      • Concessional contribution cap – Concessional contribution will change from $25,000 to $27,500.

       

      Spark Accountants – About Us

      A business accountant as passionate about your business as our own

      Working closely with family business owners and small businesses, we help you make informed decisions to maximise your profitability, optimise your cash flow and minimise your tax. 

      As experienced business accountants based in Brisbane, we take complete care of your books and give you the tools, strategies, and numbers-know-how to ensure your business thrives.

      Providing personalised service and advice that is tailored just for your business, we’re right by your side, driving your business to move forward. 

      Where accounting and business advisory was once a difficult activity for business owners, advances in technology now allow small businesses to better connect with their accountant and benefit from similar services that the big firms provide.

      As technology-loving accountants, we partner with Xero, setting up your business on their cloud accounting platform and working with you to streamline your accounting, take your bookwork blues away and help you focus on growing your business.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Samantha Park, CA

      Director | Tax & Business Advisory | Spark Accountants

      3 Clunies Ross Court, Eight Mile Plains, QLD 4113

      PO Box 221, Annerley, QLD 4103, Australia

      T: +61 7 3607 3837

      M: +61 424 615 214

       

       

       

      For more information on Spark Accountants please visit sparkaccountants.com.au

      Disclaimer: The information contained herein is provided on the understanding that it neither represents nor is intended to be advice or that the authors or distributor is engaged in rendering legal or professional advice. Whilst every care has been taken in its preparation no person should act specifically on the basis of the material contained herein. If assistance is required, professional advice should be obtained.

    • Next-Generation Childcare Centre for Brisbane Technology Park

      December 3rd, 2020 | by
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      Construction is underway at Sunkids’ newest, state-of-the-art childcare facility being built within the Brisbane Technology Park.

      The Brisbane Technology Park community has long awaited an on-site childcare centre, further improving the precinct amenity and work-life balance for the thousands of parents who spend their weeks at BTP. Sunkids General Manager Reyhaan Omar said the choice to open a new centre in Brisbane Technology Park came from the increased demand from parents to access quality childcare within walking distance of their workplace.

      “Imagine how meaningful to the parents and children it is going to be commuting to the workplace together. Parents having the opportunity to have lunch with their child before going back to work. In this day and age, making the most of these meaningful experiences is of utmost importance. Sunkids are proud to be able to offer this to families of Brisbane Technology Park.”

      Sunkids have introduced new initiatives for added convenience to working families including complimentary morning coffee, flexible sessions of care to suit parent’s work schedules, a ‘Transitioning Back to Work Program’ for new parents, and complimentary chef-prepared sit-down lunches for parents to be able to escape the office and enjoy a meaningful dining experience with their child.

      Slated for a January 2021 opening, the new childcare and kindergarten at 69 Brandl Street will set a new benchmark for childcare facilities within Australia with their one-of-a-kind semi-outdoor playscape area, tipped as a ‘tropical oasis in an office park.’

      The converted warehouse space will feature an Atelier Art Studio, Alfresco Dining Piazza, interior tropical forest and sandpits, free flowing creek beds, a bike track, performance stage, and interactive garden beds.

      There is also a second-level Japanese-style Zen Garden featuring a bamboo forest, tranquil water features, hanging greenery, and a quiet reading sanctuary, all shaded by a large cherry blossom tree.

      This unique area will be beaming with natural light and fresh air through 25 custom built skylights and multiple 4m tall bifold doors opening up to bring the outside in.

      Catering to children from 6 weeks old through to school age and offering a Government-approved Kindergarten program, the 101-licence placed childcare centre provides all extra-curricular activities including sports, yoga, music and dance, all meals and snacks, nappies and wipes and more in a daily set fee.

      Early enrolments are now open and filling fast, to enquire visit: sunkids.com.au/brisbanetechnologypark

       

    • SEQ URBAN PRECINCTS REPORT: Reveals confidence in market recovery

      November 3rd, 2020 | by
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      South East Queensland’s suburban office market has demonstrated remarkable resilience in 2020, with a new survey highlighting the underlying confidence in the state’s economic recovery, plans for growth, and their top policy priorities in the upcoming State Election.

      Graystone’s inaugural South East Queensland Urban Precincts Report surveyed 105 tenants across its three Business Technology Precincts (BTP) – Brisbane Technology Park in Eight Mile Plans, Westlink Green in Darra and Northshore Hamilton.

      The survey captured tenant views of their business performance in Q3 2020, future outlook, and the election priorities most important to the sector.

      Respondents across the three BTP precincts comprised a range of small, medium and large businesses of 1 – 5 employees (42.3%), 6 – 15 employees (17.3%), 16 – 50 employees (26.9%), 51 – 100 employees (7.7%) and over 100 employees (7.7%).

      Of these, 44.2% said they planned to increase their workforce in Q4 2020.

      Attitudes towards SEQ’s economic performance were surveyed across four indexes for Q3 2020 with the findings summarised below.

       

       

       

       

       

      Respondents ranked job creation as the most important policy area in the upcoming State Election, followed closely by small business subsidies/concessions (i.e. electricity), and at equal third – border openings/supply chain restoration and maintaining strict health controls.

      Graystone’s Director of Developments & Property Management, Kirsty Heymink said BTP’s tenants and employees are uniquely positioned to share their sentiments and insights as the focus on market recovery looks to the suburbs for solutions.

      “The open format of suburban office parks and limited reliance on public transport offsets many challenges created by COVID-19 in our CBDs,” Ms Heymink said. “In this regard, suburban office parks have incredible appeal. Their expansive outdoor areas, low density, surplus parking and accessible urban setting enables businesses to spread their workforce across larger, more flexible spaces within one expansive precinct.

      “This approach enables companies to keep some degree of separation between team members without having to sacrifice productivity and collaboration.”  

      Tenants who participated in the survey ranked on-site parking, staff convenience and access to major transport networks as the top three drivers for basing their operations from a suburban business park, followed by lease rate differentiation/value, flexibility of scale, and proximity to clients.

      Thirty-five per cent said a CBD location provided no additional benefit to their business.

      The SEQ Urban Precincts Survey will be released each quarter to index business confidence, policy priorities and growth in SEQ’s suburban office market and share the findings across the sector.

      If you are looking to relocate your business and are interested to know more about BTP please contact our friendly and knowledgeable leasing team on 3368 9099, or alternatively have a look at our current listings.

       

    • BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Rise of Suburban Office Parks in New COVID Era

      May 27th, 2020 | by
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      Australia’s identity in the new COVID-era has been likened to the early 1980s, with an emerging manufacturing sector, home grown innovation, and the rise of the suburban office park.

      As Back to the Future debuted in cinemas in 1985 with a fresh-faced Michael J Fox, the 33 ha Brisbane Technology Park was making its own debut in Eight Mile Plans, 15km south-east of the Brisbane CBD.

      It is a concept that has stood the test of time, with its open outdoor spaces, low density, surplus parking, and accessible urban setting showing strong appeal to businesses planning a future in the new COVID world.

      Graystone Group, which has overseen the growth of the BTP precinct since 2001, says the open format of suburban office parks offsets many challenges being experienced by their CBD counterparts.

      Graystone’s Director of Developments & Property Management, Kirsty Heymink, said the precinct is home to more than 200 businesses and expected the number to grow as COVID restrictions begin to ease.

      “There is still a level of positivity in the market, despite the challenges we’ve all faced,” she said.

      “In recent weeks we have started fielding new enquiries from small to medium-sized businesses who are looking to spread their workforce across larger, more flexible spaces. The green shoots are emerging, albeit cautiously, and we’re in an excellent position to nurture them.”

      Ms Heymink said Brisbane Technology Park has evolved sustainably over time to deliver a leading master planned precinct of premium A-grade equivalent office buildings, serviced office suits, a boutique hotel, casual dining, and expansive outdoor amenity.

      “Business parks have the luxury of space and master planning, so larger floor plates are commonplace and replace the need for excessive building heights,” Ms Heymink said.

      “Buildings range between one and three levels and feature secure stair access, creating less reliance on lifts. The office park model also enables businesses to spread their workforce over multiple locations to mitigate risk, with flexible lease terms.

      “This approach enables companies to keep some degree of separation between team members without having to sacrifice productivity and collaboration, while maintaining the benefits of social interaction, idea sharing, and a supportive workplace culture.  

      “There is also a reduced dependence on public transport, with ample free street parking and low-cost onsite parking. These are an attractive proposition for companies grappling with how their workforce can function safely, and productively, until a vaccine for COVID is available.”  

      Ms Heymink said COVID has proven to many businesses that working from home, while achievable in the short term, brings its own challenges of isolation, poor network infrastructure, and lessened productivity.

      “While there is still an important and undeniable place for offices in our future, they may not be as CBD-centric as they once were,” she said.

      In addition to Brisbane Technology Park, Graystone Group also manages BTP Westlink Green in Darra, and BTP Northshore Hamilton.

      Graystone Group

      Established in 1985, Graystone Group manages commercial office assets across Brisbane Technology Park, Westlink Green and Northshore Hamilton. Its core operations include precinct development, construction, project management, property management, and investment. The Queensland Government appointed Graystone as Development Manager for the 33ha Brisbane Technology Park precinct in 2001.

      If you are looking to relocate your business and are interested to know more about BTP please contact our friendly and knowledgeable leasing team on 3368 9099, or alternatively have a look at our current listings.

       

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