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Govt moves on franchises

FRANCHISES are gearing up for the most significant overhaul to the $128 billion sector since the introduction of the Franchising Code of Conduct in 1998, as the federal government moves to better protect the rights of franchisees.

Distance works for Comscentre

WITH hard work comes good fortune; at least that’s what Ben Shipley and business partner Mike Dobbins have found since they established communications service and internet protocol systems provider, Comscentre, in 2002.

Master-servant perception irksome

THERE is considerable dissatisfaction in the not-for-profit sector concerning the delivery of government-funded human and community services, the Productivity Commission has found.

Truckies win big in red tape reduction

The trucking industry is set to be the big winner from the state government’s red tape reduction campaign, which is targeting total savings of $44 million by cutting red tape and regulation.

Overworked owner thinks outside the box

IF Troy Hughes could sum up the development of his approach to the business he started in 2002 it might be along the lines of: ‘work smarter, not harder’.

ATO proactive on NFP tax issues

THE Australian Taxation Office has developed a telephone help-line initiative to assist the 5,000 new not-for-profit organisations expected to register this year better understand their tax obligations.

Lighter Note

One advantage operating in the funeral services and products industry is, well, there’s always going to be a market.

Increase in fraud reports

THE number of reported corporate crimes more than doubled in Western Australia in the second half of 2009 amid changing economic conditions and tighter control procedures.

Mandurah cafe plays to its Eureka moment

A historical connection has paid dividends for the owners of a Mandurah cafe. Adam Orlando reports

Reports down but fraud an issue

REPORTED fraud cost Australia’s not-for-profit organisations more than $1 million during the past two years, but the true magnitude of the problem is much larger, according to accounting and advisory firm BDO.

Loyalty program connects with customers

IN October 2007 Paul and Jude McEwen moved to Australia with the dream of owning a hairdressing salon, having worked in the industry for a combined 20 years.

Recycle plant rebuild concerns

THE Southern Metropolitan Regional Council will rebuild the same model recycling plant as the one that burnt down at its Canning Vale recovery centre in June 2009.

POJO makes a name for itself

PAULINE Lee started her Mandurah home-based business, POJO Kids, in July 2008, in part for the extra income it would provide and also because it gave her an opportunity to work while being with her two daughters.

Sector lacks transparency: report

THE Productivity Commission has proposed wide-ranging reforms to remove unnecessary burdens and costs and improve accountability in Australia’s not-for-profit sector.

A glove for every occasion

IN 2005, recognising a gap in the worldwide market for safety gloves, 1st Amongst Equals finalist Damione Wright established Ironclad gloves through his Carlisle-based business, Wrights HardWear.

Clubs to hit the ground running in 2010

WA’s major sporting franchises remain bullish about the year ahead after mixed performances in 2009.

Sports’ survival centres on securing sponsorship

THE global financial crisis was a tough time for most businesses, none more so than sporting clubs that discovered the risks of choosing the wrong sponsor.

Perth 2011 team makes the sale for WA

“THE dream begins in Perth” is the in-house motto for organisers of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, with 1,500 competitors expected for the Olympic qualifying event.

Fleetcare builds on its point of difference

At the time, the state had developed a reputation for producing business ‘cowboys’, and Mr Malcolm also felt the tyranny of distance would be detrimental to gaining business from the east coast.

New China ties

BANK of China has added to its international network by this week officially launching a corporate banking branch in Perth after a 12-month trial.

Weighing up post-GFC staffing options

THE scales and weigh trade stopped training people 25 years ago, according to Accuweigh Group founding chief executive Brenton Cunningham.

Pressure mounts over pay equity

THE youth, welfare and community services sectors will be keeping a close eye on a pay equity test case to be lodged under the federal government’s new Fair Work system.

Fishmonger aiming to sell Northbridge

A new player on the Northbridge restaurant scene is determined to bring families back to the city. Adam Orlando reports.

NFP Board

Founded in 1968, the Fundraising Institute of Australia has provided career development opportunities for professional fundraisers and advocated on behalf of the fundraising industry.FIA’s objec

Growing pains costing millions

SOME have simply called it growing pains. Others say its bureaucracy typical of local and state governments detached from local businesses and the wider community.

SMRC under fire for pay

HE Southern Metropolitan Regional Council has come under fire for giving pay increases to councillors last year despite suffering a $2.9 million operating loss.

Opez planning to lead the way in super

THE rapid growth self-managed superannuation funds has provided a major growth opportunity for Perth-based Opez.

Keys to successful fundraising

FUNDRAISING can be a confronting and challenging prospect for any chief executive of a not-for-profit organisation.

PROFILE-Jill Yelland

Jill Yelland is a crusader for women in business.

WA happy days not yet here - forecaster

West Australians have been warned not to get too confident about the year ahead, with Access Economics warning the state's economy had stalled significantly and that "happy days are not yet here again".

Some retailers struggle with changing times

Extended retail trading began in some areas on January 1, although many businesses remain confused by the changes.

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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.