The Centralian advocate Tue 29 Jan 2013
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16 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 9 -J A N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 1 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Commercial & Retail New one-stop shop Mluleki Moyo Alice Industrial and Hydraulic Services manager Matt Ryan (centre) with Pete Nuskel (left) and Gordon Sharpe Picture: COREY SINCLAIR BRINGING eight businesses under one roof was always Andrew Mowless dream, but getting the best premises was a challenge. Alice Industrial and Hydraulic Services has taken over the premises that used to house Race Motor Cycles in a move that business manager Matt Ryan says has made management of the businesses easy. We have for a long time been looking for a suitable place. Our goal was to provide a onestop-shop for our customers in Alice and we are excited that we finally got such a place. It means all our customers industrial requirements are going to be met under one roof. We bought this business from Woodys Motor Cycles. We have also acquired a new business, Opposite Lock 4WD Accessories franchise. This move is in line with our efforts to cater for all our customers most of whom are in the pastoral, cattle station and mining areas. We also deal with a lot of bush work tradespeople of which 98 per cent of them are four-wheel drivers. It is now easy for all of them to come here and buy any equipment they may be in need of, he said. Mr Ryan said while they were still in the process of finalising moving some of their shops around town into the new premises, business was going very well. Having people in one spot will help us refine and control our operations. Its easy to deal with the day-today stuff that way instead of having shops scattered around town. We have a very extensive customer base that allows us to be resilient as a business. With a range of products we have for different sectors, when the one end is quiet the other end picks up. Things havent been too bad for us, we are happy, he said. He said while it was hard to find workers, their focus was to continue to provide top-quality products for the industry. We have more than 15 employees here and of course it is hard like it is with any other business in town to get workers but our focus will always be to provide top-quality products and service in one central location, he said. Alice Industrial and Hydraulic Services core business is hydraulic sales, repairs and servicing and its associated companies include Alice Industrial Supplies, Alice Airtech, Empire Trailers, Forklift Sales, Polaris Franchise, Opposite Lock Franchise and Revolution Racegear. The business is at 28 George Crescent and is owned by local businessman Andrew Mowles. Sickies game is up Peter Starke IF youre planning on chucking a sickie best stay off Facebook employers are increasingly using social media scanners to hunt for signs staff are wagging work. Jess Whittaker from Australias largest social media monitoring service BuzzNumbers says cheeky employees are more likely than ever to be caught out as companies routinely scan Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for mentions of their brand. People should 100 per cent be aware that employers are monitoring this stuff, she said. More often than not, our clients who are monitoring what their consumers are saying on social media are all of a sudden realising theres loads of stuff coming from their employees. Weve had scenarios where more than 50 per cent of the discussions that were negative were from internal stakeholders. Ms Whittaker said social media monitoring regularly turned up examples of employees bragging about doing the wrong thing, such as improperly using company equipment or taking sickies. You dont have to plug in every employees name, but if an employee was to have a keyword of their brand or company somehow attached to their profile, or in their posts or interactions, we could definitely pick that up, she said. There have been many high-profile cases of people being caught out on social media after chucking a sickie. Like the barman who took two sick days around New Years Eve and was sacked after his boss discovered a Facebook photo of him celebrating the occasion. Ms Whittaker said employees no longer had any excuse to act inappropriately online. Resort serves up facelift for popular restaurant Chifley manager Jeff Huyben (left) and restaurant manager Nico Lorio look at the plans Picture: COREY SINCLAIR AN Alice Springs resort has embarked on a major refurbishment likely to cost more than a million dollars. Chifley Alice Springs Resorts Barra on Todd restaurant will get a facelift to improve its appearance and increase its operating capacity. General manager Jeff Huyben says plans were in place to continue operating as usual while work is in progress. The refurbishment process starts on January 28 to May 4. During stage one the Barra on Todd restaurant will be trading as normal, relocating to the Gumtree function room as the temporary restaurant for breakfast, all-day dining and dinner periods untill mid April, he said. The second stage of the reception and foyer refurbishment is expected to be complete in the first week of May. We are investing a total of $1.5 million with scope of planned construction and refurbishment. Our work activity will include construction of a free-form suspended ceiling feature and the removal and replacement of the existing ceiling in the restaurant and reception. We will also do modifications to the canopy structure over the bar servery area and construct a dividing wall between the restaurant and reception. We look forward to installing a low-rise platform lift at reception and new floor coverings in Barra on Todd and the receptions auto sliding door guest entry, he said. Mr Huyben said customers can expect a huge difference after the renovations. Our local patronage is always 50 per cent . . . and it is fantastic, he said.