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Counting the cost of diabetes

THE Diabetes Research Foundation of WA has embarked on a $1.2 million fundraising initiative to finance research designed to tackle the escalating health and financial toll of diabetes in Western Australia.

Tradition and technology a successful mix

KIM Fitzpatrick has a lot riding on the success of his North Fremantle-based small business, Tradition Stained Glass.

Personal stories drive safety message

FORMER Telstra centre operations manager, May Bowden, has been appointed general manager of the Paraplegic Benefit Fund.

Vincent vies for coffee connoisseurs

GROWING up near Angove Street in North Perth, Peter Rozsy has witnessed the evolution of the once-sleepy suburban streetscape into a vibrant cafe strip.

Career focus prevails among workers

The labour force paradigm has shifted in a post-global financial crisis environment.

Small employers develop recruitment, staff retention strategies

NO doubt many positive outcomes will emerge from the pain of global economic downturn, but one that’s immediately obvious is the opportunity it has provided smaller employers to implement efficiency measures, redevelop management structures and refo

Job figures tell tale of business confidence

THE modest rise in the jobless rate relative to previous downturns in the labour market reflects the growing number of local companies that are retaining workers they fought hard to recruit during the boom.

Entrepreneur takes upmarket approach

JUSTINE Barsley struggled to find any suitable markets for her children’s clothing range when she arrived in Perth from Sydney in 2006.

Nulsen message short and simple

THE Nulsen Haven Association has a 56-year history of supporting people with intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries in Western Australia.

Benny’s breaks the mould

Benny’s Bar & Café is a unique business on South Terrace. Adam Orlando reports.

Shake-up for franchise code

THE federal government will strengthen the Franchising Code of Conduct and the unconscionable conduct provisions of the Trade Practices Act to better protect small businesses from anti-competitive behaviour by more powerful businesses.

The Gate opens new pub standard

Success-based The Gate Bar & Bistro has been named the Australian Hotels Association (WA) pub of the year.

Court rules on safety

BOTH sides of the workplace safety spectrum were in evidence this week, with some Perth businesses recognised at the 2009 Work Safety Awards WA, while others received large fines for unsafe work practices.

Staff morale the key for Jahroc

WINNING the 'best of the best' category at the recent Furnishing Industry Association of Australia Awards was a culmination of more than 20 years’ hard work for Jahroc Furniture founder Gary Bennett and business partner David Paris.

Army Museum hunts $2.5m

THE Fremantle-based WA Army Museum Foundation plans to raise a total of $2.5 million to develop four new, modern galleries within the historic museum.

PROFILE : A taste of the real thing-Joe Pisano

REGULAR customer Murray strolls into Il Vero Gusto in Northbridge and eyes owner Joe Pisano sipping an espresso talking to this reporter in a corner booth near the till.

PTTEP mulls over oil rig restart

PTTEP Australasia says it will wait for expert assessment on damages over its Timor Sea oil leak saga, which is estimated to have cost the company more than $170 million, before deciding on whether it will resume production in the future.

Today's Business Headlines

$30bn wiped in market reality check; Chevron prepares more Gorgon contracts; Banks to gouge bigger profits; Myer's price settles low; Inflation fuels wage demands

Gorgon arrives at right time

Approval for the $43 billion Gorgon gas fields coupled with Western Australia's $116 billion suite of other definite investment projects is more than double that of any other state, according to leading forecaster Access Economics.

Today's Business Headlines

Rio and Chinalco look to heal rift in Mongolia; Labor joins Libs on shop hours; NAB debt doubt hits banks; Inflation keeps pressure on rates; Clean coal strategy not viable for 20 years

Agribusiness mentor support

THE Rural Business Development Corporation has launched a pilot-mentoring program for struggling agribusinesses in rural Western Australia.

Last Pixel makes move during downturn

RATHER than scaling back its operations during the current economic downturn, Perth-based 3D animation and visualisation firm Last Pixel has taken the opportunity to diversify its business.

Joining the online discussion

LOVE them or loathe them, the ubiquitous social networking and blogging sites are a fact of life in the 21st century US research shows that these sites accounted for 17 per cent of all time spent on the internet in August 2009, nearly three times as much

Monaghans make their point

With 65 years’ hospitality experience between them, Judy and Michael Monaghan show no sign of slowing down. Adam Orlando reports

Today's Business Headlines

ASX beefs up scrutiny of floats; China digs in on energy, mine investment growth; Another day, another pay revolt; ING calls in shareholders to save its skin; Kelly on rate attack

Today's Business Headlines

Big jump in land prices raises new boom fears; Investors snap up $1bn worth of Myer shares; Labor faces $25bn fight over Telstra network value; Import costs slashed as rate increase looms; We were wrong on closing branches - Hanlon

Today's Business Headlines

Business warns of bottlenecks; Wheatstone LNG plant to cost $21bn; Fresh suspicion over Storm; Head-to-head on rates; Rising costs as inflation dragon awakens

Marlborough fined for lying

Former West Australian cabinet minister Norm Marlborough has escaped gaol time but received a $12,500 fine after being found guilty of giving false evidence to the Corruption and Crime Commission in 2006.

Today's Business Headlines

Boom to last decades - Treasury; ABC face $1bn damages lawsuit; China takes new course of growth; 'Listen to Telstra shareholders' - Don Argus says; Share too expensive says Future Fund

Today's Business Headlines

BHP under pressure on uranium business; Canadian to mine WA uranium; Centro directors on notice; Wings clipped on pay; Tax rule change a break for hapless MIS investors

Pettitt eyes retail for Freo

FREMANTLE is poised for a shake-up with newly elected mayor Brad Pettitt determined to bring business back to a tourist precinct.

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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.