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WA directors face most legal issues: AICD

WESTERN Australia is ranked ahead of all states in terms of the number of laws imposing liability on directors, and it's a regime the Australian Institute of Company Directors fears could deter business investment in the state.

R&D tax change boost for SMEs

SMALL to medium-sized enterprises are poised to become significant winners in the proposed changes to research and experimental development tax concessions, according to KPMG partner, indirect taxes, Phil Renshaw.

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Mining magnate attacks 'racist' treatment of Chinese; Delay for Forrest's $7bn loan; $12m bill for Lynas chairman; Port Bouvard hoses down big debt rollover concern; Reserve Bank warns on house prices

WA has most burdensome laws on directors

Western Australia has been rated worst in the country in terms of the number of laws imposing liability on directors, according to the Australian Institute of Company Directors 'Boardroom Burden Report Card'.

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RBA fuels budget stimulus debate; Unions 'to resist AWAs by stealth'; Myer cashes in on confidence; Chinese offer $3bn for Nufarm; ASIC turns up heat on ASX

Major codes upbeat despite revenue squeeze

THE past 12 months has been tough for most businesses but especially for the state's major sporting clubs, which have been forced to deal with inadequate venues, declining ticket sales and poor on-field performances, as well as the economic slowdown.

Wrights taking a grip on work safety

PERSONAL protective equipment, or PPE, has become an increasingly important safety control measure for workers exposed to risk.

Record funds raised in downturn

TWO not-for-profit organisations this month demonstrated that carefully planned and targeted fundraising activities can achieve outstanding results in spite of the poor economic conditions.

State backs SME plan

THE Small Business Development Corporation has received $2 million for a business resilience program, designed to provide hands-on training, support and guidance to small business operators.

Developing new energy in recruitment

PERTH-BASED Energy Resourcing Australia supplies a range of innovative contracting service and recruitment solutions to a customer base that includes some of the world's leading companies.

More bang needed from each buck

THE state government needs to increase the number of partnerships with the not-for-profit sector with an emphasis on improving access to funding, according to EON Foundation chair Caroline de Mori.

Bar 399 a ‘welcome’ addition

Food or cocktails, and a friendly face,It’s all there at Bar 399.Adam Orlando reports.

WA slow on retail sales growth

Retailers can expect a tough 18 months ahead as the federal government's policy stimulus fades and growth in household income weakens, a leading forecaster says.

de Corti wants Enjo to clean and be green

Barb de Corti has built a $100 million cleaning empire, and now plans to make Australia's cleaning industry greener.

Cleaning empire built on eureka moment

BARB de Corti describes it as her "aha" moment, the sudden realisation of a solution to the long-time suffering of her asthmatic son.

Structure, training secures quality staff

NZX ProFarmer Australia started as a joint venture between ProFarmer US and communications firm Cox Inall in the drought of 1994.

SMEs determined to weather downturn

SMALL to medium-sized enterprises are revealing a resilient attitude and determination in the face of economic uncertainty, with many employing strategies to ensure they remain competitive for the eve

Corbett leaves a lasting legacy

PHILANTHROPIST John Corbett, whose son was born with a disability, was one of the founding members of Jolimont-based Activ in 1951, known then as the Slow Learning Children's Group.

WA workplaces to get healthy boost

With poor health practices costing business more than $7 billion, Western Australian employers are being urged to consider the health of employees, with the launch of the Healthy Active Workplace policy today.

Barra Resources raises $3.5m

West Perth-based Barra Resources has raised $3.5 million through an oversubscribed placement to advance drilling on its key Mt Thirsty nickel and Phillips Find gold projects in Western Australia.

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Gillard delays pain on penalties; Crown jewels turn to paste; PM revamps stimulus package; Virgin Blue posts $160m loss; Mining services groups surprise on the upside

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Sage chases backing for $200m Lady Annie float; Australia Post in $700m shake-up; Media moguls face off; PM's cash cure fails to lure nurses; Long haul for Asciano with gloomy outlook

E-commerce uptake as SMEs seek a competitive advantage

MANY of the misconceptions about e-commerce technology and the potential benefits to the corporate world have been re-evaluated since the dot.com crash of 2000.

Big dairy win for Azzura Gelati

ICE cream maker Azzura Gelati has scooped 20 prizes at this year's WA Dairy Product Awards at the Sheraton Hotel.

Matrix manages its reality check

FORMER musician Darryl Edwards founded lighting, staging, events and production company Matrix Productions Australia in 1987.

Charities brace for demand surge

IF deteriorating income streams and skyrocketing costs weren't enough, charities are now bracing for a tougher year ahead with an expected surge in demand for services through 2010.

Under the Witch’s spell

The owners of the Witch’s Cauldron have a simple business plan ... make the customers happy. Adam Orlando reports.

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Small business hit as states ignore federal pay freeze; 'Budget curb' on crisis chopper; Labor rebuffs business over tougher consumer laws; Location, location, location, is Woolies' hardware quest; Suncorp freezes senior salaries, cuts bonus pool

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Resources tax plan row flares; IR culture holding back productivity - Gillard; Conflict resolved - ASX powers shifted to ASIC; Wiluna mine production woes put more pressure on Apex; Galaxy tees up Great to bankroll lithium project

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Skills shortage 'to get worse'; Investors upbeat on Coles, but eye detail; Merger to fast-track mine; ASIC raises alarm over new CFD trade risks; Bad blood to hurt tourism

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Wesfarmers flayed despite big profit; Rio resists playing the Hu card; Future Fund stake in Telstra on the block; Union at war over penalties; Super funds face $2bn cut in fees

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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.