Jane McNamara

Every picture tells a story

A forum held in Cannes, France, last month of key decision-makers in the television and audio-visual content industry could help Perth company Storyteller Media Group access the new billion dollar ‘mobisode’ market.

Chance for tighter standards on new food labelling laws

New country-of-origin food labelling laws agreed to by the Australian and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council are welcome news but don’t go far enough, according to Agriculture Minister Kim Chance.

Sterpini’s fresh approach

Earlier this year, after more than a decade in the hospitality industry, award-winning Perth chef Daniel Sterpini made what could be considered an unusual career choice.

Smyth goes to the source

Losing the family home, accruing debts of $400,000 and being forced to bin 10,000 copies of a software program may, in retrospect, have been the best thing that ever happened to Perth businessman Glen Smyth.

‘Dullsville’ tag still stings

Has Perth’s labelling as ‘Dullsville’ been a blessing in disguise?

Leederville’s touch of spice

They've done it again. Perth business partners Sid Grewal and Murray Kimber, creators of popular Indian restaurants Chutney Mary’s in Subiaco and Nine Mary’s in the city, will open another two dining establishments before the end of the year.

Vario’s healthy goal

Edith Cowan University’s Vario Health Institute is seeking federal funding to support its preventative health research programs.

C @ delivers brand vision

Perth-based optical marketer, C @ (pronounced ‘see at’) has announced a new capital raising and float, set to challenge what the business labels the “marketing tactics of the entrenched national brand optometry stores”.

Jarvis Estate joins Games club

Businesses Australia wide stand to benefit from an international business club established ahead of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Council moves on Freo markets deal

Tourism icon The Fremantle Markets could receive a makeover if a proposal before the site’s owner, City of Fremantle, to provide the current lessee with a new 21-year lease worth at least $1 million gets the go ahead.

Military forms friendships

Arranging five days of accommodation and entertainment for 5,500 military personnel may sound like a tall order, but it’s a regular mission for Western Australian company Military Tours Pty Ltd.

Newman’s ironic engagement

Perth's business community could not help but smile at former Saatchi and Saatchi executive creative director Michael Newman’s opening comments to a WA Business News branding awards lunch last week about “the law of simplicity”.

Il Gelato’s fresh project

Perth ice cream business Il Gelato plans to expand its operation from three stores to 15 throughout Western Australia from early next year.

Advantage Hodgkins in local Telstra award

Advantagewa, an award-winning program aimed at bridging the gap between university and the business world, has earned its creator, Tracey Hodgkins, the 2005 Telstra WA Business Woman of the Year award.

Pest, NT strategies rewarded

The State Government’s role in regional Western Australia was recognised in Perth this week when two of the year’s StateWest Achievement Awards were won by public sector employees working in fields that service predominantly regional areas.

Function focus a boost for tourism

The Australian Tourism Exchange 2005, the largest international trade show in the Southern Hemisphere, held in Perth in June, was touted as the most important event in the history of the state’s tourism industry.

Sydney food fare hits the spot

Three Western Australian food and beverage producers will be on show to the rest of the world next week when they take part in the nation’s largest industry event.

Liquor act needs right mix

A group of Perth’s young professionals felt so strongly about proposals made in a review of the State’s Liquor Licensing Act, they decided to have their say by making a submission signed by 87 endorsees from around the city.

New chapter in Subi food scene

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of central Subiaco is the latest addition to the suburb’s culinary landscape, Chapter One Brasserie

Numbers add up for Lauder’s AHS

Perth entrepreneur Stephen Lauder has won formal recognition for his innovative ideas and ongoing business success. Jane McNamara reports.

aiConstruction wins $10.5m deal

A Contract worth $10.5 million for the supply, fabrication, and erection of steel tanks and silos at the Ravensthorpe Nickel project near Esperance has been awarded to aiConstruction Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of aiLimited.

First shift for EG Green staff since closure

Workers returned to EG Green & Sons’ Harvey-based abattoir this week as the beef producer resumed operations on a five-day-week roster.

State proposes visa changes

The labour shortage resulting from Western Australia’s booming economy has prompted State Development Minister Alan Carpenter to approach the Federal Government requesting changes to visa requirements.

Music’s new wave to hit US market

As manager of Perth band The John Butler Trio, Phil Stevens knows first-hand just how hard it is to break into the international music market.

Home, StateWest deal

Home Building Society will merge with StateWest Credit Society, pending shareholder, member and regulator approval, to create an organisation with more than 110,000 customers and total customer funds under management of $3.5 billion.

Yuan shift will be a slow burn

China's announcement last month that it would no longer peg its currency to the US dollar has been seen as evidence of the country’s willingness to engage with the world economy.

Closure a personal decision

Personal issues are almost twice as likely to lead to the closure of a small business as business management concerns, according to the results of a recent survey.

New look for historic hotel

The historic Broken Hill Hotel on Albany Highway in Victoria Park will re-open next month following renovations and restoration works valued at more than $1 million.

VibraQ seeks $1.5m

Technology Park-based VibraQ Corporation Ltd is seeking $1.5 million to fund development and commercialisation of its planetary electric motor technology.

EMRC cluster project

The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council has undertaken an industry cluster project to facilitate industry networks and support growth in the area.

Organics a growth industry

Organic olive grower Mark Kailis is a big fan of organic food production, not only because of the quality of the produce but also its long-term viability.


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Hands-on for health

The constraints placed on relaxation by a ‘time-poor’ workforce and the search for a market niche drove massage therapist Meg Watson out of her clinic and on the road.