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Funky bunch takes on blooming hobbyists

Funky Bunches is a family owned flower and gift retailer in the highly competitive Perth market.

Strategy shift for leukaemia message

THE Leukaemia Foundation of Western Australia will undergo a major restructure in a bid to reposition the Balcatta-based charity’s brand in Western Australia.

Pair has passion to run their own race

JASON Nuttman started West Perth-based The Running Centre with Raf Baugh after more than 15 years in the retail and brand management business.

HeartKids builds on relationships

REGISTERED charity HeartKids WA was established in 1979 by a group of parents dealing with the day-to-day realities of childhood heart disease.

Non-compliance payback

THE Fair Work Ombudsman has recouped nearly $140,000 for Western Australian workers in the past month.

Chooks’ strategy a winner

THE Chooks Fresh & Tasty concept began with ‘chief chook’ Steve Hansen, who started out in franchising 27 years ago when he invested in a Chicken World business with his father-in-law, Colin Manuel.

Belief returning for franchisees: survey

THE mortgage broking industry has emerged as the leader in overall satisfaction among franchisees, according to a recent review.

Borders no barrier for online assistant

DEBRA Barber started home-based Online Personal Assistants in May 2008 after deciding against a return to full-time employment following the birth of her second child.

YMCA launches boutique gym

MORE than a century after opening its first gymnasium on Hay Street, the YMCA has launched a state-of-the-art facility in the Perth central business district.

Fair Work rejects PR award bid

THE federal government’s industrial relations umpire, Fair Work Australia, has rejected a Media Entertainment and Arts Al

Datacom continues growth despite GFC

Concerted investment in people has helped Rising Stars award winner Datacom Systems WA maintain strong growth despite challenging market conditions.

Mortgage brokers top satisfaction list

The mortgage broking industry has surfaced as the leader in overall satisfaction among franchisees, with Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors and Mortgage Choice taking the top two spots in a recent bi-annual review.

Business struggles to come to grips with new workplace regime

Western Australian businesses are still struggling to understand what the new IR laws mean for them.

Employers want a fair go from laws

THE federal government has come under fire amid claims its new industrial relations laws leave some workers worse off, and prevents some Western Australian businesses from growing.

Datacom’s $10m a step on growth path

WEST Leederville-based Datacom Systems WA has signalled further acquisitions to grow the business after last week buying the data centre of Metro iX for $10 million.

Extra $12m for community services

THE Western Australian Council of Social Service has welcomed the state’s $12 million injection to social services but warned more needs to be done to address the growing wage gap between government workers and those in non-government organisations.

SMEs give mixed budget response

THERE have been mixed reactions in the small business sector to last week’s ‘no frills’ federal budget, despi

Premier digs in on super profits tax

Around a quarter of planned resource projects in Western Australia will be canned if the federal government pushes ahead with its 40 per cent super profit tax, Premier Colin Barnett says.

Trust issues alarm franchise sector

LACK of preparation by franchisees, poor communication, complex business systems and a lack of trust are among the key findings of a recent study of the $130 billion franchising sector.

Industry experience counts for Interpeople

THE founders of West Perth-based recruitment firm, Interpeople, believe hard work, a genuine passion for what they do, and the skills set of a like-minded team have combined to provide the foundation for a successful business venture. Chris Bates, Cono

Playing catch-up on payroll giving

PAYROLL giving is emerging as a significant contributor to the not-for-profit sector with a growing number of Western Australian businesses implementing the donating mechanism, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report.

Union fights for low-paid workers

THE Australian Services Union is calling witnesses before A Fair Work Australia hearing in a pay equity test case aimed at lifting the salaries of the state’s social and community sector workers.

M&A deals on the rise

THE state’s business brokers are experiencing a surge in activity as business optimism about the year ahead creates an environment conducive to selling, particularly in the IT sector.

Mandurah retailers wait on road decision

THE City of Mandurah has deferred a decision on whether to reverse traffic flow on Mandurah Terrace until June to assess a traffic impact report.

Measured growth a key driver for LWP

LWP Property Group grew out of Japanese-owned Sanwa Property Group in the 1990s.

Premier wants to scrap mining tax

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett says he will ask the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to either scrap or review plans for a super profits tax on the resources sector during talks today in Perth.

Perth house prices modestly rise, again

Perth median house prices have risen slightly in the March quarter, but are down from a sharp increase experienced in the December quarter, according to an Australian Property Monitors report.

SmartWorker grows from the ground up

STARTED in 2002 by staffing and recruitment veteran John Cooling, SmartWorker has grown to employ 10 employees servicing more than 100 companies in the mining and heavy industry sectors.

Vinnies calls on CEOs to rough it

FOR a high-paid chief executive, sleeping on a sheet of cardboard with only a mug of soup to sustain them on a cold winter’s night is not a comforting thought.

Marmion moves up political ranks

Bill Marmion has been plucked from relative obscurity to take over besieged Troy Buswell's portfolios of Commerce; Science and Innovation; and Housing and Works.

Barnett forces Buswell to resign

Troy Buswell has today resigned as state treasurer after admitting to the abuse of taxpayers' funds during an affair with Greens MP Adele Carles.

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Govt seeks right to sack public servants

The state government will introduce involuntary severance as part of sweeping reforms recommended by the Economic Audit Committee to improve operational and financial performance within the public sector.

Premier digs in on super profits tax

Around a quarter of planned resource projects in Western Australia will be canned if the federal government pushes ahead with its 40 per cent super profit tax, Premier Colin Barnett says.

WA's fortunes to 'fade' - report

Australia will fall into recession this year with Western Australia's strong momentum expected to fade after 2010, a key economic forecast said.

Concerns mount on local infrastructure

One of the councils hardest hit by sub-prime related investment losses, the City of Melville, has blamed cost blowouts for its decision to stop work on an $8.1 million upgrade of the Leeming Recreation Centre.