Home' The Channel Magazine : October 2010 Contents 4 National Newsagent October 2010
The national Newsagents of the Year
were recognised at the ANF Convention in
Fremantle from 1-22 September.
A successful and informative convention
culminated in the gala awards night where
the winners were announced.
Retail Newsagent of the Year
Sally Partridge, Roses Newsagency,
Distribution Newsagents of the Year
Marten Beyer and Coral Giles, Somerton
Park Newsagency, SA.
Employee of the Year
Callen Hennessy from Centro Tweed
Heads Newsagency, NSW.
Technology Newsagent of the Year
Andrew and Tanya Wagner, Margaret River
Western Union Newsagent of the Year
Pru and Tony Tjin, Woodridge News and
Western Union Hall of Fame
Simon Richards, Clayton Newsagency, VIC.
The ANF Convention was a great success.
Delegates from all over Australia attended
and reported that they both enjoyed the
convention and learned a lot as well. Full
report from page 11.
PACIFIC ACQUIRES IMPACT
Pacific Magazines has acquired Impact
Marketing and Merchandising.
Impact will continue to operate in its
current state and will offer the high level of
services newsagents have come to expect.
Impact's head office will remain in Alexandria
for the immediate future and continue to be
headed by General Manager Sara Callaghan.
NEW SMALL BUSINESS
Former Assistant Treasurer Senator Nick
Sherry is the Small Business Minister in
Julia Gillard's new ministry, but despite
intense lobbying by the ANF and other
small business groups, the post remains
outside of Cabinet.
Sherry's portfolio crossed over with the
Small Business Ministry in a number of
areas, including crackdowns on phoenix
companies and the introduction of ATO
measures to help small businesses through
the GFC with tax bill payment relief.
In December 2009, Sherry announced
he would pass on to the Henry Tax Review
controversial recommendations designed
to prevent independent contractors
dodging tax by working as "sham"
contractors, when in fact they were
Smart Company reports that Sherry
has done some good work as Assistant
Treasurer in reducing red tape in areas
such as business restructures and
consolidation. His experience means he
knows where the red tape issues are.
Another area where Sherry has lots of
experience and a real chance to help SMEs
further is in the area of tax reform for small
business, including immediate tax write-
offs for assets up to $5000.
Source: Smart Company.
GROUP WORKING BRIEF
News Limited has, in consultation with all
associations, commenced a full review
of the challenges facing the newspaper
industry and the impacts these are having
on the distribution system. This review
will consider whether there needs to be
a major overhaul, whether smaller and
more targeted changes are appropriate
or whether to continue within the current
framework. The associations review is
planned for completion by December 2010.
The associations will each put together
newsagent advisory groups, both metro
and regional, to develop outcomes that
will be compiled into one submission
• Key challenges faced by the industry
• Comments on specific issues to gain
better insights into the distribution model
from an agent's perspective
• Ideas and initiatives for improvements
that could be considered across a broad
cross-section of distribution and retail
• Recommendations for change.
The co-ordination of the meetings in NSW
and their findings will be handled by NANA
with the information passed to the ANF for
compilation. There will be only one final
submission presented by the ANF and all
News Limited has invited agents to attend
'newsagent forums' between September
and December to communicate directly
with newsagents. MD of Nationwide News,
Michael Miller, and Editor of the Daily
Telegraph, Gary Linnell, will be making a
short presentation to the group.
News Limited has worked hard to
encourage newsagents to attend but some
newsagents have been disappointed there
was "nothing new". Only by attending will
agents have their chance to have a say.
COLES EXPRESS RETAILER
OF THE YEAR
Coles Express has been named Major
Retailer of the Year for the third year in
a row by the Australian Association of
Convenience Stores (AACS).
The awards recognise the quality of
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