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Contractors ease downtime pressure

IN 2006, during a visit to the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair, Neil Craggs recognised the potential for a specialist outdoor lighting service for the residential and commercial markets in Western Australia.

Downward pressure on CEO pay

REMUNERATION for chief executives in the not-for-profit sector has fallen for the first time in almost 10 years, dropping nearly 2 per cent on 2008 figures, according to the Enterprise Care Not for Profit Remuneration Report.

IR uncertainty in new awards

ON January 1, one of the most significant changes to Australia’s industrial relations landscape in the country’s history came into effect.

Bakers want bigger slice

THE state’s two dominant bakery franchises – Brumby’s and Bakers Delight – could be preparing for heated competition this year after Retail Food Group reacquired the master franchise Brumby’s Bakeries, operating in Western Australia and the Northern Terri

From disaster to blessing for Sassy Divas

IF there is one lesson Carrie Trigwell has learned in her five years as a small business owner, it’s to not keep all your eggs in one basket.

Glass-half-full outlook for NFPs

MANY local businesses struggled to manage last year’s downturn and the not-for-profit sector was not immune to the economic challenges.

Focus on family ties at Paparazzi

Mandurah cafe/restaurant provides thet ‘home away from home’ feel. Adam Orlando reports.

PROFILE- Stephen Moir: When opportunity knocks

Fresh challenges await Stephen Moir after a decade at the SBDC.

Atlas Iron goes into a trading halt

Atlas Iron has gone into a trading halt pending the release of an announcement.

Diploma wins Frasers Property contract

Diploma Group has won a $110 million contract to build stage 1 of the Queens Riverside mixed-use development on the former East Perth Bus Depot site on Adelaide Terrace, on behalf of Frasers Property Australia.

Dioro battle rages with new offers

Dioro Exploration shareholders have been advised to take no action after gold producer Avoca Resources sweetened its takeover offer on December 29 with a new offer valued at $115 million.

ACE gets reprieve on finance facility

Malaga-based Advanced Engine Components (ACE) has been thrown a lifeline and will negotiate an extended repayment of a $3 million sales financing facility with 698 Capital Asia Pacific, a party related to ACE's major shareholder.

Barnett backs out of Griffin guarantee

The state government will not ensure the entitlements of collapsed miner Griffin Coal's 500 workers, fresh reports reveal.

Cyclone closes mine, port operations

Mine sites ceased production and ports closed as heavy rains and strong winds battered the iron ore-rich Pilbara region overnight while other operations were left unscathed by Tropical Cyclone Laurence despite causing widespread damage as it moved inland.

Flett quits WA health dept

WA Health Department boss Peter Flett has resigned from his $540,000-a-year job, just one year into a five-year contract.

CBH Group seeks structural change

West Perth-based grain organisation CBH Group is investigating a structural overhaul to provide better returning value for its 4,500 members.

Energia raises $7.5m in IPO

Perth-based uranium explorer Energia Minerals is poised to list on the Australian Securities Exchange later this month after an initial public offer raised $7.5 million.

WA expecting new wave of growth in 2010

There is good news ahead with 2010 shaping to be a much better year for Western Australian businesses, with a majority of employers expecting the local economy to pick up pace in the next 12 months, according WA's peak industry body.

New spin on CUA

THREE Western Australian recruitment agencies are breaking the mould to collaborate as one entity on the state government’s Common Use Agreement Panel (CUA).

Market share fight no video game

DESPITE the challenges presented by online entertainment options and a range of new technologies, it seems the video/DVD rental store is here to stay.

Tandem ride on a positive business cycle

ABOUT five years ago, Ross and Colleen Powell were determined to own a bicycle retail outlet. But determination alone wouldn’t provide them with the capital to start from scratch.

Disabled employment a win-win

SOUTH West Printing and Publishing has joined a growing number of businesses to have found that employing disabled workers can bring substantial rewards.

Caution over audit committee's report

Lobby groups and unions have given a mixed response to sweeping reforms proposed by the Economic Audit Committee, with some saying the recommendations do not go far enough.

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.

No more cafe bar, baristas hold court

Like fine wine, it takes a lot of effort to produce a good coffee. Adam Orlando reports.

D’Orsogna expands presence

BOORAGOON-BASED smallgoods producer D’Orsogna has positioned itself as a national player after recently opening a branch in Melbourn

Injury prevention a cost saver at work

WHEN Mark Armstrong launched his business, Body Active Consultancy, in 1990, his clients were focused on rehabilitation rather than injury prevention

New centre for Autism West

AUTISM West Support Inc has launched a five-year strategic plan to raise awareness of the neurobiological disorder, following the opening of a new Autism West Centre in Nedlands last month.

Prices could ease as firms remain upbeat

Retailers could be pressured to lower prices next year with a business outlook survey today revealing 18 per cent of companies in the wholesale sector expecting to reduce prices in the March quarter.

Clear the decks, take on the world: Wesche

A DEFIANT Leanne Wesche remains optimistic about her future despite struggling under the burden of debts accrued by her independent fruit and vegetable packing operation, Pacco Group.

Firm resolve to grow ecotourism share

COLIN Ingram reckons he must have had rocks in his head to leave the public service after 30 years and start a small business of his own during the global financial crisis.

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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.