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Individual passion, shared enjoyment

THE Christie's broker who sold an 1863 double magnum of Chateau Lafitte to Howard Park founder Jeff Burch and his friend was horrified to find out they drank it.

Image overhaul for Tafe colleges

WESTERN Australia's training system is about to go through a facelift in response to the current industry needs.

Gearing up for summer at The Breakwater

T HE ocean may be a major part of what makes the Perth lifestyle so attractive, but there seems to be a shortage of trendy, high capacity, upmarket hospitality venues using this great asset to complement their business.

Bites

FORMER IT executive and one-time cheese maker, Mark Lane, was named Australian Winemaker of the Year at the recent Winestate annual wine awards.

Celebrating small achievements

Stefano Carboni’s vision is a good fit to Perth’s cultural needs.

Push for more e-learning

GREATER use of online technologies is a vital component in improving efficiencies in apprenticeships, according to Verriers Engineering Services co-director Craig Verriers, who last week received a major national award.

Silver meets the market in the middle

A NEW Western Australian-based magazine dedicated to women and lifestyle will join Scoop, Perth Woman and Perth Vita in newsagencies early next month.

Coffee and relationships

BUILDING a business on strong personal relationships has proved a successful formula for the owners of West Perth-based Fiori Coffee, who recently received a national accolade for their coffees.

Bites

THE Town of Vincent will be celebrating the Vincent Cappuccino Festival in Angove Street, North Perth, on Sunday November 30.

Vic Park pair brings out The Imp

HOSPITALITY entrepreneurs Kristan Roche and Chris Sweeney are taking Victoria Park a step closer to the vibe of Mount Lawley or Leederville with their first venue, The Imp.

Bites

WESTERN Australia's South West has expanded its offering for foodies of all kinds this summer.

Under –promise, over deliver

THE man behind the concepts of Cino to Go, Luxe Bar, Bar One and The Brisbane Hotel, Geoff Hayward, has been very quiet in the past year, but he says the radar is ready to be turned back on in 2009.

VET funding model flawed – Murphy

There has been a significant decline in student enrolment and completion of institutional-based training courses, with only 16 per cent of IBT students completing their courses in 2007, according to an auditor general report.

Business wary of red tape in visa process

THE Western Australian business community has given a mixed reaction to the latest review into 457 visas, the Deegan Report, released by Immigration Minister Chris Evans last week.

Slowdown fails to dent demand for skilled labour

SOME of the Western Australia's top companies have cut or redeployed staff in recent weeks.

Demand for redundancy assistance on the rise

WESTERN Australian businesses may still have critical skills shortages to deal with, but in the current climate of uncertainty many employers are also looking for legal advice to potentially downsize their workforce.

Red tape rankles 457 employers

BARELY known in Western Australia five years ago, the '457 temporary long-stay business visa' became part of the everyday language for WA businesses, as sourcing overseas workers became crucial for local operators' growth and survival.

Cultural element to labour problems

THE skills shortage has been an important element in the changes to Perth's social fabric during the past five years.

Shift in government thinking required

MIGRATION is such a broad ranging and complex issue that it needs to be concentrated in a single arm of government, the recent WA Business News migration forum was told.

Pressure on business

BHP Billiton Iron Ore has been in negotiations for 18 months to get its labour agreement approved, which is the first step to be granted the right to employ overseas workers on 457 visas.

Indigenous work focus

TAPPING into the unemployed local working age population is an option being explored by Western Australian businesses to ease the skills shortage.

Incentives needed for apprenticeships

WHILE apprenticeship programs have been a focus for the government in Western Australia during the past few years, the sector is still suffering from a participation shortfall.

Big plans for suburban bars

REFURBISHING and opening two small bars in less than six months wasn't exactly how Brendon Aitken expected his business plans to develop.

BITES

PERTH foodies' familiarity with German cuisine is due in no small part to the well-established Elmar's businesses in Mount Lawley and in the Swan Valley, whose products are used by many chefs around town.

European acquisitions

EUROPEAN companies Metso Minerals and Royston have added to the large number of international acquisitions of local mining and industrial services companies in Western Australia.

Food-loving couple spice things up

LEAVING the corporate cocoon to set up their own gourmet food store was challenging for the owners of the newly opened Turban Chopsticks; but the former human resources advisor and accountant don't miss their former life.

BITES

NOT many people could differentiate an Australian sparkling from a French champagne.

Culture Corner-Pilar Kasat

WABN: What is the best piece of advice you can give someone to motivate a team? PK: "You need to provide a team with a sense of purpose and a collective vision.

Calls for state migration policy

WESTERN Australian businesses and recruiters have expressed concerns over possible cuts to Australia's migration intake, calling for a state-based approach to immigration quotas.

Major Perth ad accounts up for grabs

SOME of Western Australia's heftiest advertising accounts are up for grabs as RAC Insurance and Ikea WA put their account out to pitch, adding to the current Burswood Entertainment Complex pitch.

WASO in top form as chief retires

WHEN Keith Venning commenced at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 2000, the company was in financial trouble and corporate sponsorships weren't very common in WA.

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