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Metabolism creditors’ report imminent

CREDITORS of failed weight loss operation The Metabolism Centre should be receiving their copy of the administrator’s report into the company’s woes by the end of this week.

Restaurant revenue a life saver

North Cottesloe Surf Club is a standout success story among the nation’s amateur sporting organisations, boasting 1,350 members and a solid financial position.

Digital growth behind photo laboratory sales

IT seems the increasing popularity of digital photography was one reason behind Photoland’s decision to sell three of its 10 photo processing labs.

Local listings hit 484 and rising

THERE are 484 Australian Stock Exchange-listed companies that count Perth as their home exchange, a considerable jump from the 320 just three years ago.

Dairy storm around desk

A BATTLE is brewing among Western Australia’s dairy players over plans for a single desk selling system, three years after the industry was deregulated.

Debt pressure squeezes The Metabolism Centre

LIQUIDATION seems to be the most likely outcome for struggling national weight loss company, The Metabolism Centre.

WA snares frigate centre

A NEW $5.3 million ANZAC ship support centre will be developed close to the fleet at the HMAS Stirling naval base south of Perth.

Aliquot fades from the boards

A LISTED property management company that was at the heart of a number of corporate controversies early last year is no more.

Emission concerns at Belmont

A 50-YEAR-OLD Belmont business is counting the cost of suburban encroachment after being called to task by the Department of Environmental Protection for factory emissions affecting residents of a rec

Wool price looking better

AFTER spending 2003 slowly ebbing away, the wool price opened this year with signs of faint growth

Central Exchanges gets $19 million pay day

READMISSION to the Australian Stock Exchange, probably as a mining player, is key on the agenda for suspended technology stock Central Exchange after it received $19.05 million from Minara Resources (

Century turn for His Majesty’s

ONE of Perth’s cultural centres His Majesty’s Theatre is turning 100 this year.

Meditech gets foreign backing for cancer test

LISTED biotechnology company Meditech has secured funding from Danish-based biotechnology company Novozymes to pursue phase two clinical trials of its anti-cancer treatment, HyCAMP.

Belmont offers peace deal to BGC

THE City of Belmont has moved to bring an end to its five-year legal battle with BGC company Homestyle.

On a Christmas mission

MISSION Australia’s Christmas Lunch in the Park has received a $15,000 boost from Lotterywest.

Taking design to the edge

A BUSINESS that started building go-karts for kids in 1989 has undergone enormous growth – to the point where it claims to be the world’s biggest producer of small to medium beach buggy kits.

Central Exchange seeks $19 million pay day

LISTED but suspended miner turned telco stock, Central Exchange, is claiming that the London Nickel Exchange price required to trigger its $19 million payout from Anaconda, now Minara Resources, has been reached.

Entrepreneurial educator lauded

CURTIN Advantage program dir-ector Tracey Hodgkins has been named Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year.

Awards for local listed players

TWO Western Australian listed companies have won Ethical Investor awards.

Downturn may pose drilling safety cost

SAFETY trainers have sounded a warning over a risk of injuries occurring in the drilling industry with the increase in activity caused by the recent minerals boom.

Locals create shift at Jims

A YOUNG Perth couple have created the first retail outlet for Jim’s Group – the predominantly home service franchise famous for its bearded bloke icon.

Distribution deal for local medic

HEALTHCARE equipment company Medical Corporation Australasia, through its 81.2 per cent subsidiary ObjectiVision, has signed a distribution agreement for the US and Canada with Heidelberg Engineering.

Government’s finest recognised

The StateWest Achievement Awards recognise the best of WA’s public servants, as Noel Dyson reports.

Gas deal reward

HELPING to land a $25 billion natural gas deal for Western Australia has won Peter Murphy and his fellow Department of Industry and Resources workers the ‘group category’ award in the StateWest Achiev

Agriculture duo sweeps awards’ individual gongs

HELPING an Aboriginal community find and exploit a previously unknown commercial potential has won Department of Agriculture Indigenous management officer Kim Carter the ‘employee in a non-managerial

Flowering sector

A GUIDE to help tourists make the most of Western Australia’s wildflower season has won the WA Tourism Commission this year’s ‘marketing excellence’ award in the StateWest Achievement Awards.

Lions Eye Institute roars into third decade

WITH 100 scientists on its payroll, a large headquarters in Nedlands and an operating revenue for 2002 of more than $7 million, the Lions Eye Institute doesn’t appear to be a typical not-for-profit organisation.

Board pushes healthy outlook

ONE of the keys to a successful not-for-profit organisation is the strength of its board.

Flying diploma coming soon

A WESTERN Australian-based aviation company is close to bringing its dreams of an advanced diploma in aviation studies to fruition.

Medec snares $24 million Singaporean deal

LISTED Western Australia-based complementary health care company Medec has signed a $24 million supply agreement with Singapore-based Raoki International to supply its energy stimulation product Medec

Young volunteers show the way

TWO young Western Australians have emerged as shining lights for the not-for-profit sector.

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