Events & Seminars

For 2017 we have scheduled a series of seminars which will be invaluable for small businesses and individuals covering a range of topics, not limited to finance.

These seminars are free to members of The Lindfield Chamber of Commerce, otherwise a $50 attendance applies.

Location: Suite 2, 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Booking essential via Hana at or call 02 9496 2300

Upcoming Seminar:

Marketing – “The Great Unfair Advantage”

6 simple steps to make your marketing work harder

29 November, 7am to 9am   Click here to register

Peter Vickers Business Group and The Marketing Clan are pleased to present to you an all new and not to be missed breakfast seminar & networking event.

Many small to medium size businesses have little time or resources to properly plan or implement effective marketing activities. Where do you start, what should you do and how do you afford it?

This seminar, presented by Jamie McAinsh and Terry Jones from The Marketing Clan, will provide proven insights into how you go about planning and implementing more strategic and effective marketing initiatives for your business, no matter what size or industry you operate in, as well as ideas and strategies to provide better ROI.

The seminar will delve into 6 simple steps, these being: 

  1. Understanding your position in your market
  2. Knowing your point of difference
  3. Creating a clear and unique brand identifier
  4. Motivating your target audience
  5. Overcoming that ‘its too good to be true’ moment
  6. Getting your customer and prospects to contact you

About the Marketing Clan
The Marketing Clan Pty. Ltd. is a nimble and cost-effective marketing consultancy based in the Shoalhaven and now on the North Shore. They develop and execute creative marketing ideas that give their clients a compelling competitive advantage, whether through differentiating their brands, message, sales or marketing tactics – all built upon sound and insight –driven strategies.

Secure your place now not to miss out – limited places available 

Click here to register


Venue: Our Offices, 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Previous seminar: 

 “Your Leadership Can Make Or Break A Company”

Understand the most common pitfalls of people in leadership and how they can be avoided

“Research shows there are reliable predictors of leadership behaviour and if leadership characteristics are not present, certain skills can be learned.

Operators of small businesses (SMEs) face many challenges and their owners are frequently “too busy” to think much about leadership. However, using a consistent and appropriate leadership style is critical to business success. Professor Gayle Avery from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, shares lessons learned from two decades of observing SMEs in Germany, Asia and Australia.

By carefully considering the employees, context and business environment leaders can choose the appropriate leadership practices for their business. Gayle explains how to do this, drawing on examples from her extensive knowledge of small business.”

When: Friday 20th October, St Ives Rotary Event

Venue: Pymble Golf Club, Cowan Rd St Ives

Time: Breakfast from 7am, Presentation 7.30 to 8.30am

For Registration: Click here

Tickets: $30 includes a delicious breakfast

Previous seminar: 

If you’re a millennial – you need to know
the importance of saving.
But it doesn’t mean you can’t have a life after work!

For a generation told they could do anything… the financial reality says otherwise. Millennials are set to be the first generation of Australians to be worse off financially than their parents. – more detail here

Given the daunting prospects of home ownership, made harder by shifting and shrinking employment opportunities, the need for financial literacy amongst young Australians has never been greater. Yet in reality, financial literacy has been declining – more detail here

For a generation with an intuitive grasp of all things digital, understanding something as simple as the magic of compounding should be easy (it’s keeping them away from their phones that’s hard).

If you know or have any millennials in your house, encourage them to come to our seminar. They’ll hear how to save without meaning to, some simple and affordable ways to invest and a few other tips and examples. Matt, a millennial himself, has agreed to avail himself from his smashed avo and seventh coffee to communicate with his peers. (who knows, they’ll probably set up a whatsapp group or something…) Old people (> 30) are also welcome, but BYO glasses for the seminar.

When: 6pm for seminar and Q&A 6.15-7.15pm Tuesday 11th July

Venue: 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Speaker: Millennial Matt Vickers, Snowgum Financial Services

Previous seminar: Get Ready for Super reforms, effective 1 July!

Superannuation reforms legislated at the end of 2016 are effective from 1st July.
Understand what they will mean to you and take advantage of the opportunities that exist before 30 June.

Presented by Peter Vickers

Date: Wednesday 10th May

Venue: Suite 2, 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Session times: 12.30pm and 6.00pm

Previous Seminar: Next Generation Investment Trends

Join us to take a look at the opportunities for investing in a persistent low yield environment.   A review of current trends highlights a number of themes. We will take a look at:

  • Renewable energy
  • Bio-tech
  • AI
  • Sugar dependency

An ageing population and the global obesity epidemic are two trends increasing the demand for health care products, aged care and hospital care.  Coupled with the trend towards fitness, they have created rising demand for products throughout the health sector.  Innovation goes hand in hand with bio-tech and artificial intelligence. These areas are seeing exponential growth in the tools and products that are being delivered to consumers. We hope you can join us on the 22nd March to hear more about these fascinating and rapidly changing sectors.

Presented by: Matt Vickers, Principal Adviser, Snowgum Financial Services 

Date: Wednesday 22nd March

Time: 7.15 am or 12.30pm

Venue: Suite 2, 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield


Previous Seminar: Cochlear and Innovation are synonymous: innovating to tackle the hearing health epidemic!

Cochlear is at the forefront of hearing technology, leading the way in the development of implanted bionic devices. One of the most high-profile companies in Australia, Cochlear has a market value of approximately $4.8 billion, placing it in the S&P/ASX 100 and assists people in 100 countries, demonstrating how innovation and science can be combined to position a company at the cutting edge of its field. Keynote speaker, Shaun Hand, General Manager, Australia and New Zealand,  on Innovation at Cochlear.

Date: Wednesday 22nd February

Time: Breakfast from 7am, presentation 7.30 to 8.30am

Venue: Pymble Golf Club, St Ives

Breakfast booking: $30.00 delicious buffet breakfast served from 7am.


Previous seminar – Are you making the most out of your investment property?

If you’re wondering where to find a return on your investment, and not sure if investing in property is the way to go, attend this seminar!  There are a range of financial issues that need to be considered such as the costs of investing and the income and profit potential.  Before you invest you need to understand:

  • Cash flow: maximising income and minimising expenses
  • One-off costs
  • Tax implications, deductibles and CGT
  • When to sell
  • Negative gearing

Date: Wednesday 23 November Time: 6pm for light refreshements, presentation to begin at 6.30-7.30pm Venue: Suite 2  / 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield For more information about this seminar email  Or call Hana on 02 9496 2300

Time: 6pm for 6.30-7.30pm presentation

Venue: 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Email to reserve a place – members of The Lindfield Chamber of Commerce can attend for free, or there is a $50 attendance fee.

Previous seminar: Latest on Super changes

What do they mean?

The changes announced in Budget 2016 will be effective from 1 July 2017. Some started at 7.30pm on budget night

To find out what  the latest changes are, , how they will affect you and what you should do, attend our seminar.

Presented by Peter Vickers:  Peter has a wealth of experience advising individuals how to maximise their savings for retirement, using a range of tax planning and tax minimisation strategies, including the use of superannuation.  He and the team at Peter Vickers Business Group  provide superannuation advice and auditing and administration services to over one hundred Self-Managed Super Funds.

Peter is a registered SMSF auditor, a registered tax agent, a registered company auditor and is licensed to give investment advice.

Date: Wednesday 28th September

Previous seminar: Leveraging Hybrid Cloud for Small Business

The Cloud landscape has become an extremely complex environment over the last 8 years and one which many small businesses do not have the time to comprehend.  There are considerable benefits in productivity and efficiency for businesses who adopt Cloud services  – services which can’t be ignored if you wish to remain competitive in today’s environment where the  mobile workforce is the norm and the risks of cyber security prevalent.

Speaker: Gavin Vermaas, Owner, Rightserv Pty Ltd Attend this seminar to understand how to get the best of both worlds by using a combination of your existing IT combined with functions in the cloud.


Previous seminar: Property Outlook and Market Update July 2016

  • Dive into the Australian property market to uncover where the big opportunities will be in the next 12 months.
  • Understand what factors affected the market over the last 12 months and
  • gain insights into the key influences affecting the future.

This session will review activity in the major capitals, relevant infrastructure projects and their impact and emerging markets. If you’re considering purchasing property as part of your investment portfolio, attend this briefing.

Speaker:  Josh Masters, BuySide Agency

This seminar is free to members of The Lindfield Chamber of Commerce, otherwise a $50 attendance applies

Thursday 28th July 2016 from 6.00-7.30pm 

Previous seminarExchange Traded and non-Exchange Traded Products: driving the changing landscape of Investment Markets

This session will cover:

  • A brief review of the Australian investor market
  • Education and changing investor needs
  • Role of asset allocation at various stages over time
  • Pros and cons of historical investment management options
  • An introduction to modern investment structures including Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs),  other Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) , Unlisted Managed Funds (mFunds), Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) and Individually Managed Accounts (IMAs)


Ian Irvine, Head of Customer and Business Development, ASX Limited

Matt Vickers, Principal Adviser, Snowgum Financial Services

The presentations will conclude with a panel session and the opportunity to delve deeper into areas of particular interest.

Tuesday 15th March

Light refreshments at 5.45pm Seminar 6.15-7.30pm

Suite 2, 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Reserve a place by emailing or call 9496 2300

Previous seminar  – Wellbeing for Woman Wednesday 23rd March The pace of life today leaves many woman feeling lost in a haze, that  life has become a whirlwind and they rely on caffeine and sugar to get them through the day. Understand:

  • What True Wellbeing  is and learn how  to achieve it
  • The impact of declining health globally
  • How to implement small changes to make a difference to your emotional and physical wellbeing
  • How to listen to what your body needs which may be different to your colleague sitting next to you

This presentation and discussion opportunity supports the understanding of how lifestyle choices are key to our state of health and sense of well-being and how, by making simple shifts in our day-to-day life, including the way we care for and nurture ourselves,  has a powerful and lasting impact on ourselves, our relationships and all around us. Presenter:  Katie Walls, Esoteric Healing, Supporting Woman, Men and Children How the moving body can cope in a sedentary fixed environment:  Our environment has changed significantly but our bodies haven’t.  The growth in sedentary time, when there is muscular inactivity has a massive impact on our health and society as a whole.  Take away tips to avoid “Sitting Disease.” Physiofit Physiotherapist, Kerry Weston will outline the dangers  of a sedentary life and introduce strategies and actions to help you cope with sitting at work.   Wednesday 23rd March 12.30 light lunch,  Presentations 1-2pm Suite 2, 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield. Book your  place by emailing Hana at or call 02 9496 2300


Previous seminar: The Collaborative Economy: connecting with others to use your collaborative strength to get a better deal.  

The market place for goods and services is complex but with the right insights you can work out how to save money. 

Businesses, by joining together, become part of a much larger negotiation when arranging the supply of goods and services.

Mike Wilson, Joint CEO, Supply Clusters and colleagues, will review the system which increases the bargaining power of businesses enabling you to “buy wholesale rather than retail”.

At Peter Vickers Business Group, “Helping our clients to increase their wealth” is part of our mission statement which we do using a range of financial services.   We advise companies how to make their business more profitable;  Supply Clusters provides  an opportunity to reduce your costs and increase your wealth. Join us for this seminar to learn more about how Supply Clusters can help your business to get the best possible rates and services for:

  • Office Supplies, Stationery, Kitchen Supplies & Cleaning Products
  • Foreign Exchange payments & services, managing risks
  • Document Management Services, Secure Destruction and  Digital Data Protection Services
  • Telecommunication Strategies, Business Connectivity Equipment & Services
  • IT Products & Services, specifically cloud technologies
  • Freight Services & freight aggregation
  • Fuel & fleet management
  • Vehicle Leasing, novated leases, non-managed leases
  • Travel: Flights + Vehicle Hire + Accommodation

Date: Wednesday 5th August

Previous  Seminar: As certified partners of Xero we invite you to a presentation by the Xero team:

 What is the cloud and how do you do accounting in it?

 Learn how Xero can help your business


■ accounting in the cloud

■ the advantages of Xero

Find out:

■ how the team at Peter Vickers can help you get started with Xero, and make the most of the features which will simplify the way you run your business.

Date: Wednesday 17th June


Previous Seminar: Economic and Market Update

Stephen Halmarick, Head of Economic and Market Research, Colonial First State Global Asset Management

Thursday 28th May

Stephen Halmarick works closely with the investment management teams at CFSGAM to ensure a broad understanding of macroeconomic factors which impact markets.   He will provide  insights on the state of the economy, the impact of various global issues on Australian markets,  investment trends and asset allocation considerations for the year ahead.

Stephen and his team produce both Economic Research notes and Thought Pieces, designed to inform and guide clients on the key issues impacting the global and Australian economy and financial markets. They also author the Travelling Economist series, providing clients with insights and feedback on developments in key economies around the world, including the US, Europe, China, India, Japan and New Zealand to date.

Stephen is widely quoted in the press, including the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. He also regularly appears on both ABC TV and Sky Business. Stephen is also Chairman of the Australian Business Economists (ABE) and has been for the past 6 years.



Previous seminar: The One Page Business Plan

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Benjamin Franklin

Join us for our Seminar: We will show you that you only need one page for your plan. We start you on the process of filling in the plan and start you on the road to success. It is about setting the direction of your business as well as how you get there.



Previous Seminar: An Introduction to Hands On Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

At this seminar  SEO specialist John Bertrand from AIA will introduce you to the basics of SEO and to tools and techniques to improve your website’s ranking. You will learn the fundamental principles of SEO: keyword research, website architecture, content writing and link building, SILO SEO, LSI and social media. The seminar is designed to help business owners, designers and marketers to gain a better understanding of how to increase targeted organic website traffic. Topics to be covered include:

  • Basic techniques to show you how to be found in your related product or category
  • Page subheadings and copywriting
  • Priority order for keyword implementation with LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing)

Hope to see you there!

Previous Seminar: Use LinkedIn to recruit!

Learn how to recruit passive candidates, promote job opportunities using business and social media and brand your business.

At this seminar you will learn how to:

  • build your professional and business profile online
  • stay in touch with colleagues, clients and prospects
  • remain abreast of latest developments in your industry with news, inspirations and insights


Discover more about the latest recruitment tool for your business and how to promote job opportunities using LinkedIn.

Seminar: Thursday 30th October

Presented by Danny Staub

Place are limited. To reserve a place email or call 02 9496 2300

Helping businesses and individuals to manage protect and grow their wealth for over 35 years.



Previous Seminar:  Maximising the tax and investment benefits from your retirement savings.

Should you have a SMSF? Do you have the time, assets and skills to make it worthwhile?  New rules have come into play which mean breaches to SMSF rules can incur fines of $10,000 or even gaol. 

When can I start a pension?  What happens when I die?

Seminar: Wednesday 3rd September Suite 2, 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Presented by Peter Vickers

RSVP to or call Hana on 02 9496 2300

For special offer and reduced fee to set up a SMSF click here

Previous Seminar: Tax and Accounting issues for the New Financial Year Recent budget changes affect not only health and higher education but also personal, business and retirement finances. How will these changes impact you? The new rules for age pension and retirement and the deficit levy on higher incomes, highlight the need to take control of your financial future. Attend our seminar to understand what the changes mean to you and your business and learn about strategies to minimize the tax you pay and maximise your profits. Presented by Cathy Stockwell, CA BCom, Dip FP Date: Thursday 24th July Seminar 8-9.00am with light breakfast at 7.30am Seminar 1-2:00pm with light lunch at 12.30pm Venue: Suite 2, 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield, NSW 2070 RSVP to or call Hana on 9496 2300 Free for members of the Lindfield Chamber of Commerce, $50 for non-members

Previous Seminar: How to handle the finances of ageing parents? Date(s): Tuesday 6th May 2014  Light refreshments 5.30pm, Seminar 6-7.00pm Wednesday 7th May 2014 – Light breakfast 7.30am, Seminar 8-9.00am Venue: Suite 2, 345 Pacific Highway, Lindfield, NSW 2070 Mum and Dad are still living in their home but now need carers to assist them in their day to day lives. One of the jobs you can’t get the carers to do is help manage the money and investments. At our seminar we will show you some ways that this can be done even, if the parents do not like to hand over control to their children, the children are overseas, there is sibling rivalry which started when they were 5 years old, or the children are just too busy with their families or there are no children available. Peter Vickers & Associates have developed a unique system to take this stress away from the family but still keep everything transparent and readily accessible. Come and hear about the mess that some families have gotten themselves into and how we can help the family enjoy their time together

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Understand the most common pitfalls of people in leadership and how they can be avoided

“Research shows there are reliable predictors of leadership behaviour and if leadership characteristics are not present, certain skills can be learned.

Operators of small businesses (SMEs) face many challenges and their owners are frequently “too busy” to think much about leadership. However, using a consistent and appropriate leadership style is critical to business success. Professor Gayle Avery from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, shares lessons learned from two decades of observing SMEs in Germany, Asia and Australia.

By carefully considering the employees, context and business environment leaders can choose the appropriate leadership practices for their business. Gayle explains how to do this, drawing on examples from her extensive knowledge of small business.”