Russell Quinn

Meerkats get ahead of the pack with Lotterywest

One of Western Australia’s key advertising accounts has changed hands for the first time in three decades, assisted by several executives at the selected agency having existing relationships with the client. After 30 years, Marketforce lost the Lotterywe

Battle saga continues for Sunday trading

New laws passed by state parliament this week allow major retail stores throughout the Perth metropolitan area to trade until 9pm on weeknights, and this is likely to be followed by a push for Sunday trading if the Barnett government is re-elected.

Media puzzle changes pace

Significant changes among the senior ranks at some of Perth’s media organisations in recent weeks has left major holes to fill as some old hands return to familiar surroundings.

Amstar shines bright with new focus

A LOCAL satellite communications company has experienced significant growth the past 18 months after changing its business model to focus on the top end of the market, including projects such as Gorgon LNG.

On top at Amusé

In just over three years Perth has embraced Restaurant Amusé, the brainchild of Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy. Russell Quinn reports.

Coles boss slams WA retail trading rules

The boss of Coles has labelled retail trading hours in Western Australia a farce and questioned the need for any regulation, which include inconsistent regulations and anomalies.

Lotterywest to Meerkats, Marketforce out

After 30 years Marketforce has lost the Lotterywest account, one of the state's largest and most sought after clients, which has been awarded to a collection of four media and communications partners, to commence in November.

New pricing at Rotto

A mid extensive investment at Rottnest Island, businesses have developed strategies to counter the falling numbers of visitors to the island caused by cheap international travel opportunities and the global financial crisis.

Pushing the boundaries

After almost 40 years behind the wheel of countless high-speed motor racing vehicles, Tom van Kann is preparing for the greatest challenge of his life.

Military man serving the future

Major General John Hartley’s military career has positioned him to assist with the future of the nation and the world.

Boom time for Rottnest Island

Will unparalleled levels of investment at Rottnest Island deliver for the island’s businesses and for the state? Russell Quinn reports.

Business structures differ when blood lines and bottom lines intertwine

Family businesses, a crucial segment of the economy, face challenges along with other sectors and obstacles unique to their operation.

Local heads offer family business advice

Prominent family businesses have expressed concern over accessing appropriate advice and resources amid providing lessons for commercial success learnt on the frontline.

Succession planning: where to from here?

The reigning heads of some of the state’s leading family businesses face a myriad of challenges going forward, none more pressing than deciding who will take over the company.

No half measures at Divido

A popular restaurateur reckons operating in an established location would have enhanced his success. Russell Quinn reports.

Galvin’s take out FBA award

FOUR years of perseverance at the annual Family Business Australia awards has paid off for Malaga-based commercial plumbing products manufacturer and importer, Galvin Engineering.

World's best chardonnay award for Cullen

Cullen Wines, one of the oldest and most revered Margaret River wineries, has beaten more than 10,000 entries in the world's biggest wine show to win the top prize for the world's best chardonnay.

Remote doesn’t mean out of touch

THE provision of home-style entertainment options to workers on remote mine sites has become a multi-million dollar business in Western Australia.

Engineering changes from the top down

The state’s major engineering outfits have experienced significant staff changes in the last 12 months as the sector stepped out from the gloom of the global financial crisis.

Breaking bread the Turkish way

A burgeoning bakery has been built on strong family foundations. Russell Quinn reports.

Tourism WA unveils plan to lift events

The state government has announced new initiatives it hopes will boost tourism in Western Australia including an airline agreement, a nature-based safari camp and an updated events calendar, but has refused to divulge how much it will cost.

Rusty waves case goodbye

THE boss of Vegas Enterprises, the operating name of international surfwear brand Rusty, planned to kick back and enjoy a well-earned beer after a positive judgment in an 18-month court battle with a former friend and employee.

Supercomputer bits

THE first major piece of physical hardware for what will become a world-leading supercomputer has been delivered to Murdoch University.

SW coal mine concerns overflow

Local concerns grow over whether coal mining and grapes can co-exist in the state’s South West.

Gelare success shows waffle works

One of the state’s tastiest franchises has set its sights on the global market. Russell Quinn reports.

Court case against Rusty dismissed

A former investor in international surfwear brand Rusty has failed in his bid to recoup more than $2 million he sunk into the company in 2006 when employed as Rusty's in-house legal adviser.

ASG touts 40% revenue growth in FY11

IT service company ASG Group expects revenue growth of at least 40 per cent next financial year despite turnover falling 5 per cent in FY10 and today posting a record full year net profit after tax of $12.3 million.

Biomass to gas winner

A PROCESS for converting biomass into clean, combustible gaseous fuels that can generate continuous electricity has won the 2010 Curtin Commercial Innovation Award.

Make or break time for conventions

Next year’s CHOGM in Perth is a chance for the state’s events and exhibition sector to prove it can compete on the world stage.

Trillion-dollar wellness market

Opportunity knocks for wellness tourism in WA, as the response to a recent conference attests.

Lucrative bass line

A Bayswater musician and artisan takes a low-key approach to his craft.


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SmartRider just the ticket

Smartrider, Perth's public transport integrated ticketing system, is the leading contender in the process to introduce a smartcard system in New Zealand.

Projects to test new government

CONTROVERSIAL resources projects in the Mid West and the Pilbara regions of the state are looming as early tests for the newly elected government's approach to environmentally-sensitive developments.

London deal was crucial for Binder

TEN years ago, Kewdale company Binder Group was staring into the abyss, but one crucial export contract laid the groundwork for its current success in the international energy industry.

Mining Latin American opportunities

WESTERN Australian mining services companies, consulting firm COSOL, engineer GRD Minproc and testing equipment producer Essa among them, are taking advantage of the booming mining and resources market in Latin America.