Uniform Hub now here to serve you

If you’re looking for work wear (including personal protective equipment), sports club apparel, chef’s wear or medical scrubs, Hooded Lyfe’s new Uniform Hub in Skye Rd, Frankston, has it all.

From one-off purchases to bulk orders, this family-owned and operated business provides superior customer service, supplying high-quality products in a range of materials, colours and personalised graphics.

Director Todd Simmons is passionate about servicing the needs of his community and sells the best work and sporting gear at affordable prices.

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“We stock popular uniforms and PPE gear all year round, as well as sourcing items for our customers who like to personalise their order,” Todd says.  “No job is out of reach for us. If we don’t have it, we will get it for you. So come in and visit us today and enjoy free parking and hassle-free shopping.”

The Uniform Hub is open daily from 8.30am-4.30pm.


A: Office 4, 18-28 Skye Rd, Frankston

T: 0451 947 437

E: [email protected]

W: hoodedlyfe.com.au


National acclaim for Frankston business By Kate Sears

Pippa’s poppin’ the champagne after making the finals in two categories at the 2017 Optus My Business Awards.

The CEO of The Sports Injury Clinic in Frankston, Pippa Hanson was a finalist in the Health Business of the Year and Businesswoman of the Year categories at last month’s awards in Sydney.

“We were nominated by another local business, which made it an even more rewarding experience,” she said. “The health category was new this year too, so what a mark we’ve made.”

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Pippa told Frankly Frankston the nominations were a great way for her to evaluate her business so she could take a step back to assess which areas were working so well and which could do with a little improvement.   “I like to enter competitions like these to also provide recognition to the staff so that they can see what they are a part of and what they’ve achieved.

“I shared the night with some extremely inspiring and successful businesses and met some fabulous people. It was inspiring to see how other businesses had branched themselves across Australia, whether online or in physical locations.”

This latest success has spurred Pippa and her team to endeavour to enter more competitions and challenge themselves yet again, and they have already set their sights on two next year. Previously, they’d only entered locally, but this national recognition has started something.

“I’d like to thank the team, everyone at the Clinic and of course all of our clients who put so much trust and faith in our team.

Cheers to Frankston at hotel awards

Frankston’s reputation as a centre of hospitality excellence has proved well deserved after a sterling showing in the 2017 Australian Hotels Association (Vic) State Awards for Excellence.

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Somerville Hotel won Best Regional Pub Bar and Kings Creek Hotel in Hastings took out Best Regional Gaming Venue With 50 Machines or Less at the November 21 awards.  On top of that, The Cheeky Squire’s Dale Payne was a finalist for Chef of the Year, Somerville Hotel was a finalist in the Best Regional PubTAB, Best Regional Pub Bar and Best Regional Gaming Venue With 50 Machines or Less categories, while Kings Creek Hotel made the finals of the Best Regional Family Dining and Best Regional PubTAB categories.

It was a stellar  night all round for the Peninsula, with Rye Hotel winning the Best Environmental Initiative award and a host of other venues and staff members making the finals in a range of categories.  They included Narelle Lougoon from The Dava Hotel in Mount Martha for Excellence in Service; Steeples Mornington and Rosebud Hotel for Best Regional Casual Dining; Steeples Mornington for Best Regional PubTAB and Best Regional Gaming Venue With 51 Machines or More; the Dava Hotel for Best Redeveloped Hotel – Gaming and Best Marketed Hotel; and Rye Hotel for Heart Of The Community and Best Hotel Accommodation.

Kelly’s Motor Club Hotel in Cranbourne won the Overall Regional Hotel of the Year award, while The Garden State Hotel was named Overall Metropolitan Hotel of the Year.  The People’s Choice Award went to The Flying Horse Bar and Brewery in Warrnambool.

New mayor gets on with the jobs


Tackling Frankston’s high unemployment rate will be a priority for new mayor Colin Hampton.  The city was “well and truly on the move”, Cr Hampton said, but the number of jobless remained a concern for him and the council.

“With cranes in the sky transforming our city centre into a bustling hub of activity, Frankston City is getting closer to its goal of becoming the lifestyle capital of Victoria.  Together with these major redevelopments of our city, a key priority of mine and this council is tackling unemployment so we can create better and more prosperous outcomes for the residents of Frankston City.

“It is an unfortunate reality that Frankston City has one of the highest levels of unemployment in Victoria.  However, we are committed to advocating to both levels of government to deliver more jobs to our community.”

Cr Hampton has served a total of 14 years non-consecutively on the council since first being elected in 1987 and replaces Cr Brian Cunial in the top job.  Cr Lillian O’Connor will serve as his deputy for the next 12 months, replacing Cr Steve Toms.

Work, rest and save with Netfocus IT

Like many businesses on the Peninsula, Netfocus IT is preparing for the summer migration to the seaside suburbs. With sunshine comes crowds strolling past HQ with beach towels and, no doubt, iPhones in hand.

As we’ve all come to realise, 'free time' no longer means ‘screen-free time’, and Netfocus IT’s Remote Access solutions have expanded the boundaries of work beyond the office. This flexibility is a key factor in striving for the elusive work-life balance, but it raises an interesting question: beyond the networked office environment, who is managing your home IT? How secure is the data you’ve accumulated over time?

If you’re lucky, Santa may deliver a new iPad, and the festive celebrations that follow, along with holiday travels or beach time, are sure to result in an abundance of photos, uploads and Insta posts. With that comes an opportunity to consider your family IT network, ensuring valuable data such as photos, contacts and apps are protected from device damage, loss or theft.  

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The team at Netfocus IT HQ are instore to assist you with genuine care and trusted support. As Authorised Apple Service Providers and Resellers, they're fully qualified to assess, repair and service your Apple and PC devices.  Beyond that, data management and retrieval, network integration and general IT guidance are their expertise.

Visit their Facebook page at Netfocus IT HQ for tips on data management, phone the team, or visit instore.



A: 7/459 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 1300 731 170

Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-1pm


Harmonise life’s negative energies


Have you stopped to consider how 24/7 exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is affecting you and your family?

Experts tell us we are being bombarded by EMR from Wi-Fi and digital TVs, smart meters, microwave ovens, laptops and tablets, smart phones, smart watches, Bluetooth devices, baby monitors and more. Did you know there are devices that can help neutralise EMR and Earth Radiation and its potentially harmful effects?

Orgone Effects Australia, based in Frankston South, has been developing EMR harmonising products since its inception in 2000. Its extensive range of Orgonium™ products are in demand world-wide.

For protection on the go, Orgone Effects has a ‘Mobile Phone and Wi-Fi Radiation Harmonizer’, a ‘Car EMR Harmonizer’ and even an ‘Aircraft Cabin Harmonizer’!  For your home and workplace, the ‘Geoclense Home and Workplace Harmonizer’ offers the ultimate protection. There are pendants, bands, shoe insoles, yoga mats, an ‘Ener-Bear’ for children, an ionic wand and more.

Orgone Effects says its EMR harmonising products may help with headaches, fatigue, sleeping issues, negative emotional energy, discomfort and nausea, lethargy and more. Founder and Intuitive Building Biologist Gerard Bini also offers comprehensive on-site consultations and a short remote phone consultation using Google Earth to detect exactly what harmful EMF energies may be present in your home or workplace.

Choose Orgone Effects for yourself and your family or as a special gift for someone who deserves a healthier home and a healthier life.



W: orgoneeffects.com

Logical choice for logo design


Logo Logix has evolved from Priscilla Cutter’s experience in the creative and advertising industry, fuelled by her passion for striking and strategic design. Logo Logix provides clients with an identity that is the perfect combination of visual appeal and marketing nous.

Working in unison with some of the best local embroidery, web design and print firms, Logo Logix provides a comprehensive design service to include business stationery, brochures, signage, websites, packaging and apparel.

As a Frankston resident, Priscilla has situated Logo Logix in two convenient bayside locations - in Sandringham Village just opposite Sandringham station, and closer to home in the new Seaford office.

If you would like to have a logo to truly call your own and get some attention through great business cards, apparel or a website, make an appointment to see Logo Logix today.



T: 9598 6995

E: [email protected]

W: logologix.com.au


Promocorp beats the competition

From embroidery on shirts to printing on stubby holders, to cooler bags and diaries, Promocorp is ready to create anything you desire.


The one-stop shop for promotional merchandise and custom apparel service is Promocorp in Carrum Downs. If your organisation is ready to invest in its corporate image, visit Promocorp as it is committed to providing a quality, comprehensive and customer focused service.

All work is completed in house - Promocorp even has its own graphic artists (including a cartoonist) who can transform your rough ideas into a perfect promotion. Embroidery and screen printing departments in house means the team can control the quality and speed of orders. They guarantee to dispatch your order within 10 working days on approval of artwork.

Promocorp Australia provides promotional products and branded business gifts ranging from T-shirts to clocks, glassware to golf balls, to watches and stress toys. The team also provides custom manufactured and screen printed embroidered clothing (think caps, business shirts, sportswear, uniforms, workwear and vests). With access to over 20,000 products, they are bound to have what you’re after and at the best price.

With state-of-the-art digital printers and the ability to complete about 5000 stubby holders a week, no job is too big for Promocorp, so sprint in for a no-obligation free quote today.

T: 9775 0619
A: 1/34 Access Way, Carrum Downs
W: promocorp.com.au


Claire helps support the girls

A Seaford woman is coming to the aid of homeless and disadvantaged Australian women who are struggling to buy underwear, personal hygiene products and toiletries.


Claire Regan, an independent bra fit specialist for Intimo, is holding a fundraiser and collecting good secondhand bras, new undies, sanitary items and toiletries for Support The Girls Australia to distribute to women in need.

“Through the Intimo Aware program I have seen the amazing work Support The Girls does and I'm working to do my bit to help them in their efforts,” Claire said.  “Ten per cent of all sales from the fundraiser will go to Support The Girls, plus proceeds of entry (gold coin donation) and prize draws.  I will also be collecting donations of bras, undies, sanitary items and toiletries leading up to and on the night.”

The fundraiser is on Wednesday, August 30, from 6-9pm at Bear and Cub, 37 Armstrongs Rd, Seaford.  If you’re unable to attend but would like to help, contact Claire on 0419 876 178, email [email protected] or visit the Facebook page 'Fashion, Frivolity and Fun(draising)’. 


Fantastic news for fantasy artist

A South Frankston-based businesswoman has been named a finalist in the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards.

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Kelly McDonald owns Garden Babies Fairy Art, a whimsical fantasy photography studio specialising in artistic children’s portraits, and has been selected as a finalist in the awards’ Handmade Business category.

Kelly has based her career on magic, faeries, art and a love of working with children. She has a diploma in child care, worked in many kinders around Victoria before starting Garden Babies, and was quite well known around Melbourne as the Magical Faerie Crystal, providing magic and storytelling at kindergartens, corporate events and birthday parties for the past 20 years.

“When I was gifted a beautiful baby girl at 40 and had to go back to work, I said to my husband, ‘I have an idea, I just don’t know if people will like it - I want to mix my magic and storytelling with my art but make it as much about the process as the final artwork’. People liked it. That was almost exactly three years ago and I can only see my business growing from here.”

The AusMumpreneur Awards celebrate and recognise Australian mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The 2017 award-winners will be announced in Sydney on August 25.  Read more about the awards at ausmumpreneur.com



T: 0420 646 244
W: gardenbabiesfairyart.com


Small business, big reward with VA by Liz Rogers

Let’s talk small business and how you can take yours from initial concept right through to financial and satisfaction guaranteed success.


The VA Group is a family owned and run accountancy service whose feet are firmly planted within the community and small business sector. With more than 50 years’ experience in all areas of accountancy and financial advisory applications, this forward-thinking group of experts is constantly striving to become the go-to company for progressive and motivated business owners.


Real financial planning is the key to longevity-based small business triumph. The VA Group forms solid partnerships with individuals to develop financial strategies for long-term success. It also has a proven track record of effective grassroots financial administration capabilities, which has led it to become a leader in small business financial management. 


You work hard. Contact the VA Group today so you can be guided through all aspects of small business financial planning and get your money working as hard as you do. 


It’s time.

A: 38/1 Hartnett Drive, Seaford
T: 1300 196 465
W: vagroup.com.au

Helping you get back on track

Have you ever thought about how you can support your staff when they have a non-work-related issue affecting their ongoing employability? This could be a sporting injury, relationship breakdown, physical disability or psychological concern. There is a solution and it’s provided at no cost to you by the Federal Government’s [email protected] or Work Assist program.

[email protected] provides immediate and appropriate support to people at risk of losing their job due to the impact of their non-work-related injury, health condition or disability. This includes physical injury or illness, mental illness and severe emotional issues. It is funded through the Disability Employment Services Job in Jeopardy Program. Services are confidential and you can decide whether or not to involve your employer.

If you are an employer, you can offer this service to your staff where they may need assistance and their ongoing employment may be in jeopardy if not addressed.

In addition to providing supportive case management and linking with other health professionals and support organisations, there are a range of specific services that can be included in your employment assistance program.  These will depend on your individual circumstances and needs, and may include workplace assessments and advice, workplace modifications and adjustments, provision of assistive equipment, short-term counselling, and education and awareness training for managers and colleagues relating to managing disabilities and health conditions in the workplace.

For more details, phone the ORS Group on 1800 000 677 or email [email protected]om.au

A: 20 Davey St, Frankston
T: 1800 000 677
W: www.orsgroup.com.au

Big TIC for telco advice

What would you do if your phones stopped ringing, your emails went missing, you couldn’t pay your staff or your clients went to your competitor?

You’d panic.

This is where Telco Independent Consulting comes in.  TIC can help by finding the best telco service for your business with 100 per cent independent advice on telecommunication products and services, contract clauses, fault restoration times, multi-carrier benefits, loss of revenue from no connectivity and more.

Servicing the southeastern suburbs, Bryan has more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry.  He’s also a fully qualified communications consultant and cable installer and a financial member of the Australian Information Security Association – so you know you’re in good hands.

Consider TIC your personal telco navigator, negotiating a better deal for your business and helping you understand complicated bills, hidden fees, long lock-in contracts, complex pricing and industry jargon.

Or if talk of the NBN has you stumped, give TIC a call for a comprehensive understanding of what it all means without all the conflicting information.

T: 0419 632 098
W: www.telcoindependent.com.au


SkillsPlus student finds her way

Paris Porter, a SkillsPlus Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) student, talks about the impact that the VCAL program has had on her life.

“Skills Plus has opened so many doors for me, and I’ve been here for over two years. I have achieved a Certificate II in Business (BSB20115), and I am now in my last year of VCAL. When I first heard about SkillsPlus, I was going through a really difficult time. However, as soon as I met the beautiful and spirited Fiona Fisher, I knew I was where I needed and wanted to be.

“I struggled with self-harm and depression, and I felt hopeless, lost and scared. As soon as the team noticed this, they took action. My teacher, Fiona, introduced me to the wonderful Julia Kogan, and they both helped me work out strategies to deal with my problems. SkillsPlus has given me independence, leadership, organisational skills, and patience and stability. 

“This place is not only an education centre – it’s a home. I am eternally grateful that SkillsPlus has given me a family, and I would have never gotten where I am today without their help.”


A: 31 Playne St, Frankston
T: 9784 0400
W: www.skillsplus.com.au

RTO Code: 4087

Make tax time less taxing by Kate Sears

Rod is taking the headache out of tax returns.  A tax agent since 1988 and with 25 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, Rod can see you after hours and charges just $99 for a simple individual tax return.

“I’m very passionate about tax and small business,” he says. “I enjoy getting directly involved with business owners allowing them to do what they do well and letting me concentrate on the paperwork”.

Stop concerning yourself with piles of paperwork and bring it instead to Rod’s home office, where he’ll personally handle not only your tax but also your compliance work and review your business structure.

He is a specialist at improving the bottom line, he’ll make your business prosper by taking that weight off your shoulders. Rod is adamant that your precious time should be spent improving the worth of your business.

See for yourself how Rod can help your business.

A: 9 Rylston Court, Mount Eliza
W: seacombeservices.com.au
T: 0417 492 620

On top of the world

Rhiannon Pilton doesn’t do things by halves.

She’s a working mum, a businesswoman, a local employer and founder/director of human resources and workplace health and safety consultancy PWR Consulting Group.

This 33-year-old Rosebud resident is also a nominee for the prestigious 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. It’s recognition for years spent building a successful business that now has offices in Rosebud, Frankston, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and the Sunshine Coast. 

Rhiannon admits she’s rather humbled that one of her clients took the time to nominate her for the awards. “I would have been happy with a nice thank you email,” she joked during a short break in her hectic work schedule.

Hers is a dynamic working environment, with clients ranging from small to large businesses, large government organisations and everything in between. PWR Consulting Group offers a wide range of services including advice in regard to (and not exclusively) employment contracts, company training, compliance to Fair Work and National Employment Standards, policy documentation and general workplace matters. And, Rhiannon juggles it all while studying for a Masters degree!

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards, now in their 23rd year, recognise outstanding business women across Australia and Asia. The 2017 State/Territory winners will gather in Melbourne for national judging on November 20, culminating in a glittering Gala Dinner on November 21.

For more on PWR Consulting Group, visit pwrconsultinggroup.com.au

The logical solution

Logo Logix has evolved from Priscilla Carter’s many years in the creative and advertising industry. Her breadth of experience includes illustrating and designing stamps for Australia Post, serving as a creative director in some of Melbourne’s largest advertising agencies and designing some of Australia’s most iconic packaging and logos. As a result, Logo Logix provides clients with an identity that is a combination of visual appeal and marketing nous.

In addition to logos, Logo Logix provides a comprehensive design service that includes business stationery, brochures, signage, websites, packaging and apparel, and subsequent print management catering to single operators through to large corporate clients.

As a Frankston resident, Priscilla has situated Logo Logix in two convenient bayside locations - in Sandringham Village just opposite Sandringham station, and closer to home in the new Seaford office.

Make an appointment today.

T: 9598 6995
W: logologix.com.au

Legal help for building industry

As a Frankston resident, Kelvin Oldridge has situated his legal practice in two convenient locations to provide accessibility for clients from the city, bayside and the Peninsula.

With qualifications in building and law - B.Build (RMIT) and LL.B (Hons University of London) - Kelvin’s advice is complemented by his building experience and his understanding of the needs of clients from the building and construction industry.

Kelvin is a key part of Melbourne’s projects and dispute resolution fraternity, a member of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society and editor of its newsletter for more than seven years and a regular judge for the Master Builders Association’s annual Excellence in Construction Awards.

Kelvin regularly provides a legal and advisory service to construction and project management businesses, property developers, contractors and insurance companies, including drafting and amending contracts, standard forms of construction and development contracts in Australia and including the Australia Standards suite of contracts. He also provides commercial adviceand support to clients in arbitration, litigation and the defence of insurance claims. 

T: 9598 6444
W: www.kolaw.com.au

Vickie helps women connect

Growing up in Mount Eliza, Vickie Saunders enjoyed a privileged life that included ponies, a private school education and a loving family.  At 18 and with high hopes of a career in fashion design, she couldn’t wait to make her mark on the world.

But then things started falling apart pretty quickly, and any dreams she had were quickly forgotten. Over the next decade she was to find herself in situations only imagined in her worst nightmares. Her battles with alcohol, debt and an abusive relationship became the catalysts for Vickie’s decision to completely change her life and get in touch with the person she always knew she could be, the person her family had raised her to be.

Now a successful business owner, the author of two business books and travelling the world consulting and lecturing on the topic of athlete sponsorship, Vickie cites her colourful past as vital to the value she now offers her clients. Her progression through a career in marketing in the corporate sector, and the launch of her company in 2014, has allowed Vickie to share her insights and expertise on how each of us can connect with the abundant opportunities that surround us when we know what we are looking for.

Her clients include the US Olympic Committee, Sport England and brands such as Asics, Shimano and Deloitte. Vickie says it’s all about empowering others to identify their own value and it’s the difference she believes she was born to make.

Vickie Saunders will be the guest speaker at Frankston Business Network’s WomenConnect Luncheon on Wednesday, September 6, from 11.30am-2.30pm at Frankston RSL, 183 Cranbourne Rd. Tickets: $69 (FBN members $65) or $625 for a table of 10.  Bookings: frankstonbusinessnetwork.com.au or 9781 1422.