Aimee Sargent

Flexipole breaks mould

A FENCING company that has created a sustainable alternative to chemically treated timber has applied for funding under a federal government initiative aimed at assisting companies through the commercialisation process.

Brightwater mines timber niche

A CHANGE of tack from mining to forestry has paid off for Brightwater Engineering Solutions, which won the ‘environmental project of the year’ award at the 2010 Australian Bulk Handling Awards, held in Brisbane last month.

Anointing the master’s apprentice

  THE relatively understated façade of Jackson’s Restaurant belies the critically acclaimed fine dining experience of its interior.

From farm to fork

Since opening in 2009, the Kalamunda Farmers’ Market has capitalised on a growing trend to seasonal produce. Aimée Sargent reports.

Polished act at Bamboozle

BAMBOO flooring company Bamboozle intends to build upon its established business with the opening of a purpose-built floorboard manufacturing facility and a new retail space for Western Australian hardwood floors.

Fujitsu unveils new data centre

FUJITSU officially opened its new purpose-built data centre in Perth this week, with Bankwest coming on board as the first locally headquartered customer.

Business bears the brunt from the banks

SMALL and medium-sized businesses have not escaped this month’s interest rate rise, with all of the major banks acting on the Reserve Bank’s increase of 25 basis points.

Sayers’ll leave a smile on your dial

Known by locals for its ever-changing menu, Sayers may no longer be Perth’s best-kept breakfast secret. Aimée Sargent reports.

Indigenous tourism gets funds boost

Indigenous tourism leaders are hopeful a funding boost for the sector will raise the level of professionalism of its operators. Aimée Sargent reports.

Festival leads the field

A commitment to its original vision paired with a conservative budget has kept the Perth Festival in business.

Game on for Australia Cup

RETURNING to Perth for a second year after an eight-year hiatus until 2009, the Australia Cup has overcome funding difficulties and secured the support of key sponsors Sunseeker and the City of Perth for its 2010 event, held on the Swan River later this m

SW agribusinesses face financial woes

THE past week has not been a good one for agricultural processors, with two major South West players – Finesse Foods and Challenge Dairy – facing financial crises.

PCS formalises national alliance

PERTH-BASED project management firm PCS will formalise its national alliance with east coast-based Primavera Australia later this month.The alliance is part of parent company Primavera’s push to

Unpaid workers get $2.6m boost

EMPLOYERS in Western Australia have been ordered to pay $2.65 million in unpaid wages and entitlements as a result of Fair Work Ombudsman investigations in the past financial year.

Samudra– deliciously sustainable

A yoga-inspired company in Dunsborough is realising its owners’ vision for sustainable living. Aimée Sargent reports.

Numbers looking good for Pharmacy 777

AMID the growing number of discount pharmacies in Western Australia, local business Pharmacy 777 is hitting back with a number of initiatives, including being one of only two 24-hour pharmacies in the state.

Fresh food and the city

Although it’s surrounded by the chaotic redevelopment of William Street, the Herdsman’s new city store has already made an impression. Aimée Sargent reports.

Must, Red Cabbage win Gold Plate Awards

Must Margaret River and Red Cabbage were the standout winners in last night's 2010 Gold Plate Awards, with Must taking home three of the coveted awards in front of a 1000-strong crowd at the Perth Convention Centre.

Health care training goes offshore

OSBORNE Park-based human resources provider TR7 is hoping to meet the shortfall of health care workers in Western Australia by bringing in fully trained staff from overseas.

Breaking new ground

The family that operated the Hillarys tavern for 20 years has created something very different at The Breakwater. Aimée Sargent reports.

Goh grows global community

FORMER Perth-based entrepreneur Steven Goh has relocated his social networking company, Project Goth, from the US to Singapore in a bid to host the world’s largest online community.

Price parity pivotal in the state’s ongoing energy debate

While climate change is a big issue, not having enough energy is a bigger one, so what are WA businesses doing to marry up the two as part of the state’s renewable energy target?

Solar needs to step up

THE world’s best renewable energy resource lies largely untouched at the top end of the state, despite Western Australia having the lion’s share of solar radiation in the country, according to the WA Sustainable Energy Association.

Support building for a price on carbon

A PRICE on carbon is garnering elevated support from the Western Australian business community as part of a suite of recommendations to tackle climate change.

Recognition for Outback pack

AN innovative renewable energy power solution manufactured by Kalgoorlie-based Outback Energy Supply has won the 2010 People’s Choice Award in the final episode of the ABC’s New Inventors program.

Call for tertiary education shake-up

TRACEY Hodgkins is on a mission to turn the education system on its head.

New products not a snap decision

AUSTRALIA’S largest print franchise, Snap, is hoping to become the preferred ad agency for small businesses following chief executive Grant Vernon’s announcement of three key initiatives to grow the group into new markets.

Organic sales surging to $1b

CONSUMER demand for organic produce has defied a recent downturn in retail trading, with more than six out of 10 households choosing organics over ‘mainstream’, according to the latest Australian Organic Market Report.

Dual-power capacity boost

THE opening of two innovative power stations in Kwinana and Marble Bar last week will boost Western Australia’s renewable energy capacity.

One man’s crumbs are bread for another

IF attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference, then the same can be said about credit unions, which as a sector has significantly consolidated over the years yet is determined to remain a viable alternative to the banks.

CustomVis fails a second time

INNOVATIVE laser technology developer CustomVis plc has gone into administration, just six weeks after UK investors trying to rescue the group bought the assets of its failed Australian subsidiary from liquidators.