Jonathan Barrett

Khan keeps directorship at Bentley

Perth-based entrepreneur Farooq Khan has maintained his hold on Sydney-based Bentley Capital following a requisitioned meeting that sought his removal.

Indian student fallout to hit from 2010

EDUCATORS are preparing for a fall in Indian student numbers amid ongoing negative publicity surrounding recent events in the sector.

‘Accidental’ shareholder takes aim at Khan

An elderly investor is testing Farooq Khan’s hold over Bentley Capital.

Credit union up for the challenge

TEACHERS Credit Union has given its new Perth office plenty of time to prove it's a worthwhile venture.

BGC blasts state tender

CONSTRUCTION companies including industry heavyweight BGC have attacked the state government tendering process used to award hundreds of millions of dollars worth of work upgrading the state's primary schools.

Fishermen’s puerulus fight

IN a packed room at Fremantle Sailing Club last week, 200 people with a stake in the future of Western Australia's rock lobster industry all agreed further catch restrictions would cause considerable pain.

Aspen prolongs offer as investors think it over

PERTH-BASED property fund manager, Aspen Group, has extended its entitlement offer for its ailing property fund after failing to attract sufficient support from investors.

Perks are nice, but job security makes a workplace comeback

Job security is key, as employees worry about economic uncertainty, according to this year’s Best Employers survey.

In the business of ideas

INNOVATION is a difficult-to-define and frequently illusive factor hotly pursued by most businesses.

Putting people first

IT'S a good thing Perth consultancy Modal fared well in the Best Employer Awards, considering the small business makes its money from advising other companies on how to improve their practices.

Development opportunities sought at mid-size firms

EMPLOYEES at mid-size companies are neither the most content nor the most frustrated.

Reputation enhanced, big employers short on training

LET'S start with the bad news, delicately described as "improvement opportunities" by the collators of the Best Employer survey.

Riley re-emerges to win contracts

SEVERAL weeks after leaving paint suppliers out-of-pocket at the completion of a Housing NSW project, Riley Shelley has re-emerged under new ownership to win $1.3 million worth of public school contracts in Western Australia.

Skywest pay row escalates

A LONG-RUNNING pilot pay dispute at Perth-based Skywest Airlines threatens to escalate into industrial action, as strained negotiations continue this week.

Aggrieved investors reject Aspen fund offer

RETIRED farmer Rosston Vince, of Geraldton, will not partake in an entitlement offer for Aspen Group's ailing property fund, scheduled to close this week.

Lobster industry faces overhaul

THE state's iconic rock lobster industry faces a structural overhaul as the state government seeks to sustain future catches in the troubled sector, historically worth $300 million a year.

PROFILE: Kathy Dunlop- Small fish are sweet

Twenty-somethings with a pretty face have nothing on the baby boomers, says real estate and recruitment entrepreneur, Kathy Dunlop.

Advisers cry foul on super advice

FINANCIAL planners are the sole dissenting voice regarding a federal government move to allow superannuation funds to provide members with personal advice.

Aspen fund’s uncertain future

UNCERTAINTY surrounds the future income of Aspen Group's ailing property fund as the Perth-based company seeks to avoid a fire sale of its portfolio of office, retail and industrial complexes.

Austal playing from the back tees

SEVEN years ago, Greg Norman taught listed Henderson-based shipbuilder Austal a valuable lesson; and it had nothing to do with backswings or fairways.

Recruiters finding activity pockets

RECRUITMENT firms able to secure government contracts or tap into areas of resource-fuelled activity are expanding in the face of a broader economic slump.

Property funds face tenant uncertainty

PROPERTY funds invested in industrial and commercial property face a challenging future as a series of factors conspire against the sector.

Public servants get a super advantage

UP to 100,000 state government employees will continue to have access to a major superannuation tax break, as the rest of the population adheres to strict new laws.

Perth planners part of rebrand

TWO Perth financial planning firms are part of a group of 12 adviser groups nationwide that are now trading under the banner Shadforth Financial Group, and will seek a unified listing when market conditions improve.

Accountants bulk up during downturn

PERTH accountancy firms are bulking up their businesses, in spite of the market woes, as a handful of new partners enjoy their first week sharing in the risks and rewards of their chosen company.

Kwik pursues paper-less existence

CRAIG Smith-Gander was a regular visitor to the Curtin University library in the early 1990s while completing his masters of commerce, armed with a 20-megabyte hard-disk drive laptop.

Coffee & chocolate

Who would have thought chocolate could be such hard work? Jonathan Barrett reports.

Education group secures $1.3m from state

Perth Education City (PEC) has secured a $325,000 grant and "in principle" funding of a further $1 million from the state government to promote Western Australia's international education sector this financial year.

Plan B to buy $240m book

LISTED Perth-based financial planning firm Plan B Group Holdings is finalising the purchase of Aspire Finance's $240 million mortgage book in its second transaction of the calendar year.

Dealmakers ponder life after the crisis

It is not that Perth dealmakers are joining the dole queues, they have just had a little more time on their hands recently.

Few bright spots in dour market

ALL deals during the fiscal year were done, or proposed, at a time of financial crisis, attracting a certain level of admiration from the investment community for the successful combatants.


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Tony Jack blasts Great Southern receiver

Local forestry veteran Tony Jack has accused receiver McGrathNicol of using his bid for the collapsed Great Southern timber schemes to find a better deal for the bank creditors at the expense of out-of-pocket investors.

‘Accidental’ shareholder takes aim at Khan

An elderly investor is testing Farooq Khan’s hold over Bentley Capital.

The lights may be on in Perth, but is there really anybody at home?

The city of lights tends to rank highly in global surveys, but what does that mean?

State slashes rock lobster catch limit

Fisheries minister Norman Moore has imposed new restrictions on the rock lobster industry in a bid to halve the annual harvest from its long-term average of 11,000 tonnes to 5,500 tonnes.