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Steve Bryant
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Industry leadership at QMI Solutions

Member Since August 2014

Eight Mile Plains, QLD, 4113

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With over 14 years' experience in industry advocacy and in diffusing technologies and best practice to industry, Steve is dedicated to helping SMEs adopt the key elements of global competitiveness to benefit enterprises and the broader economy.

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Ling Lee
Ling Lee, at Digital Marketing and Personal Branding

Business Management

How to improve my speaking skills during networking events?

I agree with Leo. I would also always assume that the person you are talking to knows nothing about your industry or your company. How would you put it into terms or an analogy they can understand? eg we use the analogy that we are the AIS (Australian Institute for Sport) for industry - everything we do, helps industry be globally competitive. Give them something they can relate to and remember.

Also if you are nervous, you can ask them to tell you about their business first and look for commonalities, so you can break the ice and relax a little more.

I hope this helps.

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If you’re not high value-adding, you’re adding nothing

We are all looking for high value-added products even if we don’t want to admit it. I’m not necessarily referring to the transactional products we need every day – food, clothes, etc. Here, price is often the deciding factor. I’m really referring to the meaningful products we value as extensions of ourselves – our phones, our cars, our entertainment systems – these relational products ...

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Ilga Horvat
Ilga Horvat, Operations Manager at Hornet Import and Export Group Pty Ltd

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Is the growing trend of offshore manufacturing good or bad for Australian SMEs?

Hi Ilga. My company specialises in helping manufacturers adopt new technologies and practices to be more competitive. We've seen successes and failures in off-shoring manufacturing. The successful manufacturers are those that are familiar with the market as they know the intrinsic value of proximity to market and/or of the value of innovation in the supply chain. Manufacturing in low-cost locations just because it is cheap is fraught with danger and risk. Manufacturing in locations that are close to market or offering an innovative supply chain is less so. According to a new BCG report, there has even been a drift away from China as a global manufacturing heavyweight now towards Mexico, which offers low-cost and proximity to the US market. Unfortunately, Australia is the least cost competitive manufacturer across the 25 top manufacturers, but the area for opportunity is consumer electronics and precision medical manufacture.

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Lessons business can learn from manufacturers

At the core of business improvement is how you can do more with, and get the most from, existing resources. Manufacturers do this well because their approach focuses on maximising output in the most efficient way possible. Here are some common sense concepts, transferrable to any company, used by manufacturers to constantly and successfully improve their business. The manufacturing industry is re...

Importing

If you’re not high value-adding, you’re adding nothing

We are all looking for high value-added products even if we don’t want to admit it. I’m not necessarily referring to the transactional products we need every day – food, clothes, etc. Here, price is often the deciding factor. I’m really referring to the meaningful products we value as extensions of ourselves – our phones, our cars, our entertainment systems – these relational products ...

New Business Ideas

Lessons business can learn from manufacturers

At the core of business improvement is how you can do more with, and get the most from, existing resources. Manufacturers do this well because their approach focuses on maximising output in the most efficient way possible. Here are some common sense concepts, transferrable to any company, used by manufacturers to constantly and successfully improve their business. The manufacturing industry is re...

Steve Bryant answered this question

Ling Lee
Ling Lee, at Digital Marketing and Personal Branding

Business Management

How to improve my speaking skills during networking events?

I agree with Leo. I would also always assume that the person you are talking to knows nothing about your industry or your company. How would you put it into terms or an analogy they can understand? eg we use the analogy that we are the AIS (Australian Institute for Sport) for industry - everything we do, helps industry be globally competitive. Give them something they can relate to and remember.

Also if you are nervous, you can ask them to tell you about their business first and look for commonalities, so you can break the ice and relax a little more.

I hope this helps.

Steve Bryant answered this question

Ilga Horvat
Ilga Horvat, Operations Manager at Hornet Import and Export Group Pty Ltd

Importing

Is the growing trend of offshore manufacturing good or bad for Australian SMEs?

Hi Ilga. My company specialises in helping manufacturers adopt new technologies and practices to be more competitive. We've seen successes and failures in off-shoring manufacturing. The successful manufacturers are those that are familiar with the market as they know the intrinsic value of proximity to market and/or of the value of innovation in the supply chain. Manufacturing in low-cost locations just because it is cheap is fraught with danger and risk. Manufacturing in locations that are close to market or offering an innovative supply chain is less so. According to a new BCG report, there has even been a drift away from China as a global manufacturing heavyweight now towards Mexico, which offers low-cost and proximity to the US market. Unfortunately, Australia is the least cost competitive manufacturer across the 25 top manufacturers, but the area for opportunity is consumer electronics and precision medical manufacture.

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