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20 Years Strong: How Birchwood Continues To Grow As A Conferencing And Accommodation Giant

Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre celebrates 20 years of hospitality excellence. We look at how Birchwood has continued to maintain and expand its impressive offering.

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As we approach the end of an incredible two years for The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre – a hospitality hub minutes from OR Tambo – Kevin Clarence and his team never cease to observe and pursue measures to further enhance this award-winning, unique and incredible product offering.

20 Years of hospitality excellence

To say that it has been a successful two years for Birchwood is an understatement. 2018 marked twenty years in hospitality for the conferencing and accommodation giant, and the property and product offering has never been as impressive, vast and varied as it currently is today.

Birchwood has listened to client feedback and adapted, updated and renovated the facility to cater for every market and any specification ranging from the individual business traveler, all the way to the larger conference group.

“We would not have reached this twenty-year milestone without the support and loyalty of our client base, and producing this upgraded product offering is our way of saying thank you,” says Director and Founder of Birchwood Hotel, Kevin Clarence.

8 Impressive and versatile conference venues

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The latest enhancement is Birchwood’s newly re-opened Domestic Centre. Located conveniently adjacent to the hotel’s Main Reception, and very close to the BC Café (named after Birchwood’s late co-founder, Brian Clarence) as well as the Business Centre and shuttle pick-up point, for free trips to and from OR Tambo and the East Rand Mall, the Domestic Centre is home to eight impressive and versatile conference venues.

 

These venues, set among the beautiful aesthetics of the Centre, house capacities that range from an intimate boardroom of ten, to a larger group of up to 300 in a cinema-style seating arrangement.

The new visuals and decor in each venue are only the beginning. Birchwood’s ‘Relax, Do Business’ ethos is exemplified in the Centre’s lobby that has an abundance of comfortable seating options to catch up on your emails or browse the Internet using Birchwood’s new WiFi connectivity infrastructure.

Free, fast and world-class Internet access

“We know the importance of staying connected, whether in your conference or outside of it. It’s no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity,” says Clarence. More than a million rand has been invested in creating and offering an unrivalled Internet facility, which is now free, fast and world-class.

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“Birchwood is nowhere near the beach, but we’ve got the best surf,” says Digital Marketing Manager, Greg Hoffmann. The free offering is more than capable of allowing for a seamless browsing, social media or general use experience, but Birchwood can also offer dedicated conference WiFi packages, giving groups their very own network tailor-tailor-made to their needs.

Keep your brand front and centre

Take your conference a step further by making use of the digital signage options outside your venue. Showcase key information to your delegates when they arrive, or keep it simple by ensuring your logo prominent. It’s just another way that Birchwood allows you to augment your conference experience, and impress your group.

Come see us in action – a free shuttle and drink’s on us

It’s doesn’t end there. The paradigm of dining in the same venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner is unacceptable in Birchwood’s book. Stay for a multi-day conference or accommodation experience, and you could enjoy a different dining venue every single day.

Every one of Birchwood’s five restaurants carries a different theme and feel, as well as menu. From the modern, yet rustic Boma — a palatial, semi-outdoor venue with a tapas menu and stunning water feature — all the way to a formal steakhouse with a legendary wine selection, at The Grill at OneTwenty.

Add the renowned Mangwanani Spa and pool area, as well as Hotspot Bar — a sports fan’s dream with fresh draughts and cinematic screens, and you truly have a hub that is unmatched in Southern Africa.

“It’s incredibly important to us, that your board members don’t become ‘bored’ members,” says Clarence. “Why not jump on to our free shuttle from OR Tambo, after enjoying a free coffee at our Airport Waiting Lounge, and allow us to show you why there is simply nothing like Birchwood.”

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Birchwood Hotel and Conference Venue is a one-stop facility for the booming South African business sector situated just 10km from OR Tambo International Airport. Birchwood offers 665 rooms in Birchwood, Silverbirch and ValuStay collectively, and is able to accommodate the largest of conference groups. Adding to your experience is a selection of restaurants, evening entertainment and recreational facilities, including a gym, Mangwanani Spa & pool.

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With Hundreds Of Franchise Options Out There, Choose The One You Can Trust

If you’re looking to invest in a business venture that offers you years of experience in the industry, the trust and loyalty of its customers, and franchise support from an expert team – then Hi-Q is the one for you.

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What you’ll become a part of

Since opening their doors in 1999, Hi-Q has gone from strength to strength, growing a humble three store enterprise into an extensive 130-store franchise network with a unique multi-product and multi-services automotive offering.

Hi-Q’s approach to business is centred around being ‘the one you can trust’ to their customers, their suppliers and their franchisees.

“That has always been the key driver in everything we do,” says Sean Harrison, Hi-Q’s Managing Director. “For example, when it comes to our customers, they need to know they can rely on us to put their safety first.

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That we’ll always strive to offer them expert, friendly service and top of the range products, while also keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies and advancements in our field.”

An acclaimed and awarded brand

Hi-Q has again and again proven themselves to be a leader in the industry.

They’ve been voted South Africa’s No.1 tyre retailer for eight consecutive years (2010 – 2017) by consumers in the Ask Africa Icon Brands Survey, the biggest of its kind in Africa – a clear indication that they are respected and trusted by their customers.

Business support

Hi-Q Franchisees all have the support of an expert and knowledgeable team with years of experience in the industry, who are available to guide them on their business venture. This includes areas of business such as marketing/promotional, commercial, organisational structure, tools and equipment, sales and more.

Franchisees also have access to various skills training opportunities for members of their team.
Hi-Q is invested in providing their network with the tools needed to thrive and grow in an ever-challenging market.

Relationship with Goodyear

Hi-Q has the support and backing of international tyre of multinational premium tyre manufacturer, Goodyear, and its full value proposition. This means access to incredible promotional and marketing opportunities in partnership with the brand.

Franchising opportunities

Hi-Q has embarked on an extensive expansion plan and have identified areas of opportunity to extend their Franchise footprint growth countrywide.

You’ll find more information on our website www.hiq.co.za We’d like to invite those who are interested to become part of our team to contact 011 663 2431 or bernie_andrews@goodyear.co.za

Related: We Want To Invite You To Join Us On The Hi-Q Journey And Become A Franchisee

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Get The Edge This Winter

Five short courses from WITS kicking off in July will give you the competitive edge.

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From Gauteng’s most trusted provider of the best learning experiences, come five WITS-curated courses starting in July 2019. Use the longer, colder days to curl up with a “good book” and emerge from winter with a new edge.

There are three online short courses offered via the WITS Digital Campus, starting 15 July.

Managing Labour Relations

This 10 week course will equip you with sound knowledge of South Africa’s complex labour landscape and an understanding of your legal rights as an employee or employer.

You will also learn skills for navigating employer / employee relationships successfully, and get tools for managing disputes effectively. There are eight modules, covered in online lectures over eight weeks, requiring a commitment of five to seven hours per week. The exam is in week 10.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Practice

This 10 week course is packed with practical and theoretical information to help retail managers, supply chain supervisors, stock controllers and even CEOs drive efficiencies in the value chain.

It covers everything from improving exporting transportation, warehousing, order processing and procurement to financial management and managing waste. There are eight modules, covered in online lectures over eight weeks, requiring a commitment of five to seven hours per week. The exam is in week 10.

Applied Digital Marketing

We operate in an increasingly digital world and traditional marketing must include digital aspects and channels to be relevant.

This 10 week course will teach you to think digital, talk digital and deliver effective digital campaigns to elevate marketing and brand-building initiatives. You will learn to conceptualise and implement successful digital marketing strategies that drive customer acquisition, optimise your digital footprint and deliver business results.

There are eight modules, covered in online lectures over eight weeks, requiring a commitment of five to seven hours per week. The exam is in week 10.

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Comprehensive onsite courses in July include:

Real Estate Investment Analysis

This intensive five day course is for people who have been introduced to the real estate discipline at NQF 4 and NQF 5 levels. It is designed to provide higher level, more focused training as well as tools for analysing different types of real estate investments at the individual asset level, and measuring investment performance.

The course will benefit property practitioners who do not have property degrees; past graduates of SAPOA programmes in different aspects of the real estate business and people from different disciplinary backgrounds considering entering the profession.  The course takes place over five days from 1 to 5 July 2019.

Advanced Performance Management

Presented by the School of Accountancy together with Wits Enterprise, this course is designed to prepare students for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Professional level exams.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use strategic planning and control models to plan and monitor organisational performance
  • Assess and identify key external influences on organisational performance
  • Apply strategic performance measurement techniques in evaluating and improving organisational performance
  • Advise on business performance evaluation as well as recognize vulnerability to corporate failure

The course will run from 15 July to 22 October 2019.

For more information on registering for any of these courses, criteria for registering, and costs, visit.

Related: The Importance of Outsourcing Your Payroll

This article was originally posted on Entrepreneur.com/sa.

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The Importance of Outsourcing Your Payroll

One of an organisation’s biggest overheads is that of salaries and wages. And yet, if these are not processed on time, it can negatively impact staff morale and create the impression that the company is not financially stable.

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For a small business, payroll is normally the responsibility of an accountant or bookkeeper, but even administrators can sometimes be roped in to do the job, even though they have no expertise in the matter. This is where the value of outsourcing your payroll comes in.

When should you outsource?

  • If you want to grow your business but are not aware of ongoing legislative changes that could pose a risk to your company, then it is better to get professionals to assist.
  • Accountants and bookkeepers are not specialists and do not keep up with the compliance environment. If you outsource your payroll, you enable them to focus their core duties and not get bogged down by legislative complexities.

How to choose an outsourced service provider

Understandably, payroll is a sensitive subject dealing with highly confidential information.

This is often the last thing a small business owner wants to outsource. It is therefore vital that the company does its homework and researches the potential outsourcing partner thoroughly.

Instead of going with the first available service provider or the cheapest one, here are some questions to ask:

  • Is the service provider a one-man band and, if so, what backup resources are available?
  • Is the service provider a recognised payroll provider belonging to a professional body?
  • Do they have the necessary training and skills on payroll?
  • What does the service provider do to ensure it stays up to date with legislation?
  • How secure is the payroll data and can the service provider take on historic data?
  • How easy is it to recover your payroll data in the event of a disaster?
  • What value-adds can the service provider offer? These can include anything from leave management and third-party payments, to employee self-service, time and attendance management, and any other related human resource service.
  • Can they process salaries and/or wages hourly, weekly, fortnightly, or monthly?
  • Can the service provider accommodate your growth requirements if you open new branches?
  • Is the service provider able to assist with payrolls in other African countries, manage their currencies, and deal with their regulatory environments?
  • What processes are in place to ensure the timeous processing of payrolls?

The advantages of outsourcing your payroll

One of the most obvious benefits of going the outsourcing route is freeing up your resources to focus on your core strategic objectives. This ensures you provide quality of service and control costs while an experienced partner takes care of your payroll.

Here are a few other benefits:

  • Reduce operating costs.
  • Statutory compliance and consistent service delivery.
  • Access to the latest technology, as well as skilled and dedicated payroll resources.
  • Access to a secure, risk-free and confidential payroll environment.
  • Increased flexibility and responsiveness.
  • Streamlined internal processes and procedures.

This article was originally posted on Entrepreneur.com/sa.

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