Saskia Pickles

Saskia Pickles worked as a journalist at Business News from June 2013 to March 2016. 

Fleetwood profit down

Demountables and recreational vehicles manufacturer Fleetwood Corporation has posted a half year profit loss of $4.2 million, down 18 per cent on the prior corresponding period.

Zohar pleads guilty

Perth company director David Alan Zohar has pleaded guilty to three counts of providing false and misleading information to the Australian Securities Exchange.

Mixed signals on renewable review

Western Australia’s peak business body for sustainable energy has welcomed the federal government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target, welcoming the challenge to reveal the benefits of the RET ami

Samsung considers Roy Hill options

The failure of construction company Forge Group has forced Roy Hill’s major contractor, Samsung C&T, to consider alternative ways to continue work on the iron ore project, including the possibilit

Cyber Technology takes off

Flying an unmanned aerial vehicle, or ‘drone’ in the vernacular, is a serious business that requires its operator hold a private pilot’s licence before taking the craft to the skies for commercial pur

Matrix grows first half profit 29%

Matrix Composites & Engineering lifted its half-year profit by 29.4 per cent compared with the previous corresponding period, despite dropping 20.2 per cent in revenue.

nearmap targets mining and rail

Google Maps competitor nearmap launched its first product aimed at businesses in mining, rail and ports today.

Atlas targets ore opportunities

Atlas Iron managing director Ken Brinsden told a business forum in Perth today the big mining houses’ practice of locking-up resources in the Pilbara was depriving smaller miners of development opport

Pilbara miners push the envelope

Iron ore miners in the Pilbara are on track to reach production and shipping targets, despite bad weather hampering operations and affecting some December quarter results.

Investors log interest in plantation timber

Increasing demand for hardwood plantation products has boosted the outlook for the much-maligned industry in Western Australia, but whether companies can capitalise on new growth will depend on how much suitable land they can access.

Crowded calendar a concern

SPECIAL REPORT: Associations are filling the market with events for business people, leading some to request additional venues.

Events players squeezed for space

SPECIAL REPORT: More national and international conventions are choosing to come to Perth, adding a boost to tourism and industry and catalysing a big change at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Elizabeth Quay bridge plan

The state government has released design plans for the 110-metre pedestrian bridge that will be a key feature of the Elizabeth Quay development.

Stars shoot for power play

Two Western Australian businesses are seeking to join the electricity retail market currently dominated by Synergy and the handful of companies licensed to sell to businesses using more than 50-megawa

New Perth telco wins top backing

Nedlands-based tech company Norwood Systems has enlisted two influential supporters to launch a platform which it says will cut exorbitant mobile roaming costs for corporate clients.

Coffee Club open to new members

Some parts of the economy might be in cost-cutting mode, but coffee franchising is still a growth sector.

Mirrabooka banks on MAX boost

The City of Stirling has approved a $10 million office development in Mirrabooka near one of the proposed MAX light rail stations.

Perth’s shrinking block sizes

Perth house blocks in new developments shrank by 9.2 per cent over the year to September, with the average size of a block sold declining to 415 square metres.

Greener pastures for MEY mowers

Few in the crowd captivated by the recent Ashes action at the WACA Ground would be aware that the immaculate grooming of the oval is, in part, due to lawn mowing machinery built in Bayswater.

Karratha evolves to increase population

Karratha is undergoing a transition as more families move to town, attracted by the improved infrastructure and new housing developments.

Coolbellup plan approved

A $60 million apartment development in Coolbellup with a strong Fremantle football connection has received the green light.

Parsons didn’t blanch at bar cost

Karratha's first small bar owner, Bart Parsons, has realised his dream of opening among the traditional pubs and hotels in the northern town, but it has come with a costly sting in the tail.

Master craftsmen face changing industry

Leederville jeweller Rohan Milne is moving in esteemed circles, having joined two other Perth jewellers and 17 nationally as members of the exclusive diamond association, Diamond Guild Australia.

Pindan wins Rosewood contract

Construction of Rosewood Care Group’s aged care facility in Leederville will begin next week, after two years of delays, following the award of a $36 million construction contract to Pindan.

Fewer choosing to move to WA

The slowing of Western Australia’s population growth as forecast in this year’s state budget appears to be well under way, particularly in response to the tapering off of resources construction activity.

Rivals gunning for naming rights

A cross-continental dispute and trademark tug-of-war between former colleagues has emerged over the rights to the business name Guns For Hire.

The Grocer … retailer no more

Patrons of The Grocer will have to change their shopping habits next year if they want to enjoy the Claremont purveyor’s range of Australian chorizo, French and Belgian chocolate, and Spanish jamon, among other specialty items.

Coles, IGA complete store swap

Independent grocery group Metcash is set to finalise its first store swap in Western Australia with supermarket giant Coles.

Waves beneath the waves

A Perth company believes its technology offers a solution for surfers dealing with shark attacks.

City Square to rival Melbourne’s Fed Square

Premier Colin Barnett has revealed his plans for City Square at Perth City Link to rival Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Fraud costs construction industry $5bn

Fraud and corruption cost the Australian construction industry more than $5 billion during the past year, according to a new report from accounting firm Grant Thornton.



Karratha gas plant breakdown

Western Australia’s biggest and most productive gas production facility suffered an equipment failure early this morning.

Unpoliced safety statistics questioned

The resource sector’s safety record has been brought into doubt after a contractor was crushed while working at a liquefied natural gas plant and hospitalised, but the incident was not recorded as a lost-time injury.

Perth businessman to run for lord mayor

Engineer, entrepreneur and restaurateur Michael O’Hanlon has declared he will run for the position of Perth lord mayor at the October election, based on an ambitious three-point economic plan for the city.

City of Perth axes CEO

City of Perth chief executive Gary Stevenson has been sacked, three years into a five-year contract, following a horror year for the council.

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Synergy boss ups ante on energy reform

Synergy chairman Lyndon Rowe has mapped out a detailed agenda for energy market reform, saying there would be catastrophic consequences if the government did not tackle market players with vested interests.

Perth gets modular building factory

A UK company has joined forces with a Perth projects and contract management group to set up the state’s first manufacturing business dedicated to modular building.

Coles, IGA complete store swap

Independent grocery group Metcash is set to finalise its first store swap in Western Australia with supermarket giant Coles.

Female tradie business to expand to Perth

An all-female plumbing business, the Plumbettes, is set to expand its operations from its Brisbane base into Western Australia.