The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Aug 2018
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14 BUSINESS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE evolution of Parap Fine Foods has been a labour of love and a lesson for small business change to stay relevant. On June 28 the familyowned gourmet icon celebrated 50 years in business. No mean feat in the ruthless competitive world of supermarkets where it is not uncommon for the major retailers to operate at zero margins making their money off product placement. Napoleon (Paul), who came from Cyprus in his 20s, and Irene (Rene), Australian born of Greek heritage, Pantazis opened the doors of Parap Fine Foods in 1968. Parap at the time did not have a fruit and vegetable shop so the opportunity was too good to miss. As Darwin grew so did the competition. The Pantazis children Neville and Paula BUSINESS NEWS Change to stay fresh the secret ingredient worked in the business and recognised it had to become something more. Neville Pantazis said the words of then Chief Minister Marshall Perron warning of the arrival of 24 hour supermarket and Sunday trading were etched in his memory. I still remember Marshalls words to us as small independent supermarkets: Guys this is happening. This is real. The Government is not going to stop 24 hour trading and we arent going to stop Sunday trading. What has to happen is you guys have to get smarter and you guys have to change or you are going to close and it was as simple as that, Neville said. It wasn't a scare tactic it was an evolution and coming to terms with what we had to do. Everything then fell into place. We feel we reflect the cul tural diversity of the city and that is probably what has differentiated us as well. The transition to gourmet came in the mid-1980s as they brought the concepts of David Jones food halls and international operators like Harrods to Darwin. It is an evolution continuing with Parap Fine Foods being a centrepiece to a food precinct. In June, the Butcher on Parap opened next door, the continuing renaissance of local butcher shops. We used local talent to develop our Parap Fine Foods logo and our store design with the round windows, Neville said. We used local talent Wayne Miles on the butcher shop weve kept the whole dream alive by using the people around us. Neville said the challenge from here was being around for another ten years. ASHLEY MANICAROS Calling those with a tech passion REGISTRATIONS for the 2018 GovHack competition have opened. GovHack is an annual open data competition held across Australia. In a 46 hour period, teams are asked to create a project page, proof of concept and a video that tells the story of how government data can be reused. The Territory events will be held between September 7th and 9th in Darwin at the Darwin Innovation Hub and in Alice Springs at the Desert Knowledge Precinct. Darwin Innovation Hub was established in mid-2017 and provides the Northern Territory with its first custom built innovation facility that brings together entrepreneurs, start-up opportunities, talent and capital under the one roof. DIH offers many aspects to help start-ups reach their potential including an expert in resident program. It has partnered with CDU to provide expert in residence activities within the university and VET context. GovHack is a free event to attend for competitors. Doors generally open at 6pm on Friday September 7. The challenges are announced at 7pm at the venue and on the federal governments website w w w . 2 0 1 8 . h a c k e r space.gov.org. The competition closes at 5pm on Sunday September 9. Competition organisers say some venues will keep the doors open all 46 hours. The GovHack event will be a precursor to another competition to be hosted at DIH called Croc Pitch. It is scheduled for October. The Croc Pitch prize includes a $50,000 BISI grant from the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation that will be matched with a $50,000 cash investment from the Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund. The NT winner has a chance to pitch for a $1 million. A family affair to keep Parap food fine 1 hour account set-up with cards printed for immediate use to approved customers Free daily, weekly or monthly summary usage .pdf emailed reports No account fees No monthly card Fees No Cost to replace missing cards Quick & Easy everything done locally Easy Access 24/7 Territory Owned & Operated MasterCard, Visa & AMEX Cards Accepted Now accepts BasicCard Fleet Usage Reports & Alerts No queues just fuel up and go NOW OPEN 46 Coonawarra Road, Winnellie | 08 8947 6733 | firstname.lastname@example.org Fleet Fuel cards now available! Save time and money with our SWIPE AND GO TECHNOLOGY! FUEL XPRESS Catterthun Street, Winnellie 08 8947 3088 intelsurv.com.au
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