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Optimism in M&A space

PERTH corporate advisory experts expect a surge of private equity deals in Western Australia over the next 12 months, as markets rebound and businesses bounce back to profitability.

A statement in pink

PINK isn’t a colour usually associated with Western Australia’s traditionally male-dominated mine sites. But with about 14,000 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, mining dump body tray manufacturer Duratray International has gone pin

Kulcha program taps into skilled migration growth

REGARDLESS of the rhetoric of corporate responsibility and the greater good, most corporations and business people become involved in arts bodies and foundations due to a personal interest in the arts.

Quick turnaround has Office on the go

OFFICE 2 Go was created by Belmont-based office furniture manufacturer, Freiberg Australia, in 2007 to accommodate the growing number of urgent requirements by clients that needed a fast turnaround in office fit-outs.

Figures point to steady recovery

THE not-for-profit sector was among those most affected by the economic downturn, with about half of the respondents of a recent survey experiencing a decline in income in the six months to February.

Doric's $138m health campus 'on track'

Subiaco-based engineering and construction contractor group, Doric, says it is on track to deliver the $138 million Hedland Health Campus to the Pilbara after already delivering key regional hospitals in Denmark and Broome.

Business, charities get United

LARGE organisations eager to contribute to the not-for-profit sector often lack the time to adequately research where funds or workplace volunteers can be best directed.

Eagles back to business

THE ability to embrace different perspectives and make different choices might help the West Coast Eagles out of their early season form slump, at least if coach John Worsfold can redirect his team’s focus.

JCS sales Triumph

LOOKING at the success of Burswood-based JCS Motorcycles over the past 30 years, it is fitting the family-owned shop is a specialist Triumph dealership.When it comes to selling the UK-headquartered mo

Changes to asbestos removal legislation

THE Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia has welcomed the strengthening of Western Australia’s occupational health and safety laws aimed at ensuring only licensed workers with the proper skills can remove asbestos.

Phase Change targets long-term growth

PHASE Change Products Pty Ltd researches, develops and markets phase-change materials used to reduce energy outputs in a wide-range of appliances and industries.

Councils seeking $1bn in damages

AFTER two years of legal wrangling, nine Western Australian councils that lost millions of dollars of ratepayers’ money through Lehman Brothers Australia can pursue claims against the failed investment bank.

Local focus works for 2wink

AT a time when many local companies are taking their manufacturing base offshore to cut costs, Perth-based underwear brand 2wink Australia has done just the opposite.

Brokers busy as confidence grows

GOODWIN Mitchell O’Hehir & Associates has a problem. The West Perth-based firm’s accountancy broker, Garry Manners, has 10 buyers looking for metropolitan practices, but has only one firm in the south-western suburbs to offer them.

Pindan back to school for $103m of work

IN three decades of being in business together, Pindan owners George Allingame and David Pringle say they have disagreed on little.

Tieline profits from staying local

ROD Henderson formed Television Communications in 1981 to import and distribute broadcast audio and video products into the Western Australian market.

New tax rego requirements

THE Small Business Development Corporation has warned small business owners, bookkeepers and tax consultants to familiarise themselves with new registration requirements of the Tax Agent Services Act

Growth in private ancillary funds

THE most recent statistics from the Australian Taxation Office regarding private ancillary funds show strong growth in donations and assets in the philanthropic sector.

Business burned by online sales loophole

SMALL business owners have called on the federal government to abolish the $1,000 import tax-free threshold, which they say is killing some industries and forcing businesses to close.

UK plays for WA oil and gas

THE lucrative Western Australian offshore oil and gas market has been the catalyst for a competitive push by the UK to establish more than 50 companies throughout the state over the past 10 years.

Workers recoup $130k

THE Fair Work Ombudsman has recouped more than $130,000 for about a dozen workers in the past month following a series of investigations.

10X resets targets and shoots for growth

THE market for business coaches has evolved in Western Australia but there’s plenty of room for growth, according to the owner of consultancy firm 10X Perth (North East), Jay Roberts.

Red Sky Ride aiming for blue sky

WHEN both Deb Macksy and Kim Gilbert lost relatives to cancer in 2007, the business owners felt compelled to ensure the survival of struggling SolarisCare Foundation, which had helped their families cope with the disease.

Sadleirs extends Asciano contract

KEWDALE-based Sadleirs Transport has expanded its current contract with transport infrastructure company Asciano Group through a seven-year, $150 million deal to transfer rail wagons between Perth and Melbourne.

ATG moves into global market

AFTER six years and millions of dollars spent on research and development, Malaga-based Automotive Technology Group is ready to take its Sprintex Supercharger systems to the global marketplace.

Reporting standard boost for sector

THE Australian Council of Social Service has developed a Standard Chart of Accounts (SCoA) to streamline the financial reporting process for not-for-profit organisations.

US investors welcome health bill

European shares closed flat on Monday, with banks paring some earlier losses as worries over Greece eased, while drugmakers largely gained after the United States passed a healthcare bill which provided clarity for the sector.

Thousands without power after storm

Almost 100,000 homes remain without power in Perth after a major storm swept across the city yesterday causing widespread flooding and damage.

Sage offers stadium advice

PERTH Glory owner Tony Sage says his club can only become profitable under plans to redevelop ME Bank Stadium if the state government wrests control of the East Perth venue from the Town of Vincent.

Marketing plan buys business for Mr Rental

WHEN Mick Caddy bought into the Mr Rental South West franchise in Bunbury in 2006, a single player dominated the household appliance rental market – Radio Rentals.

Funds challenge forces strategy shift

WHEN Perth-based not-for-profit Sports Challenge Australia was established in 1992, founder Garry Tester soon discovered the “onerous” nature of relying solely on government funding.

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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.