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According to BSG Mortgages & Finance Director Brendan Guthrie, the industry is currently experiencing strong volumes of commercial lending across numerous lenders.
Located in both Wickham and Nelson Bay following the recent purchase of mortgage broking firm KIS Mortgage Solutions, Brendan says his firm is well positioned to service this growing market.
“Lenders have different credit policies and we know all business clients are not the same, so we often match the business to the lender. Not only does this save time but often allows a better structure for where the owner wants to take the business“.
As financial brokers for commercial and residential home loans BSG Mortgages & Finance are accredited by many lenders to introduce lending applications for their consideration.
In 2012/2013 Brendan was awarded Commercial Lender of the Year for Northern NSW under Australian Finance Group (AFG). AFG has around 2,000 finance brokers nationally under its group.


After years of working collaboratively, three Newcastle businesses have formally come together as Shift Collective - a new venture offering clients a holistic approach to corporate branding through its translation to the physical business environment, staff etiquette and customer service.
Shift Collective has been formed by sisters Kristy and Rebecca Russell, directors of graphic design company Design Bug; and Helen Brunsdon, who is the director of two companies, Swish Concepts Interior Design and Swish Etiquette.
The unique new business is a consolidation of what the three were already offering their clients individually.
According to Kristy Shift Collective works with businesses to establish their values, philosophy, and future direction and translates that into new branding.
Helen uses that branding to inform her when redesigning the space and in communicating the new corporate vision to staff through workshops and training.


Born and raised in Newcastle, Drew Foster has spent over 15 years in shipping both here and overseas. During this time he identified a lack of support offered to businesses in what can be a costly and time consuming process.
Recognising this gap he established Consult Logistics with a vision to provide Hunter (and surrounding) business with personalised support and cost effective solutions for their international transportation needs.
Consult Logistics can streamline, review, tender and transition a company’s total shipping requirements, whether they are a large Multi-National, SME or Sole Trader.
Consult Logistics can assist with a one off shipment consignment or a complete overhaul of a business’s import and export solutions. They can also assist businesses’ to improve their current shipping rates and service.

This could be Your Business

If you are starting a new business contact HBR on (02) 4925 7760 or email for possible inclusion in this section.