Saskia Pickles

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

NZ biotech chooses Australia for IPO

Perth based stockbroking firm Patersons Securities is punting on investors’ emerging appetite for biotech stocks, agreeing to underwrite New Zealand biopharmaceutical company Innate Immunotherapeutics’s $16.5 million initial public offering.

No challenge too large

In the space of a year, Nicolle Jenkins has grown her agency, The Hub Marketing Communications, from seven staff to 10, written a book about mothers and daughters, joined two boards and lobbied for small business at the recent state and federal elections.

Easy sounds from Laneway

Live jazz, soul and blues complement the food and drinks at a new city venue.

New business woman of the year

A director of corrective services who helped implement a GPS tracking system for sex offenders has been named the Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year.

Biodiesel project wins environmental award

Pilbara-based AshOil and catering group ESS Support Services Worldwide have won a major state environmental award.

Many paths to deliver top returns

Managing risk and implementing methodical strategies have helped three local companies hit their targets, guests at a recent Business News Success & Leadership breakfast heard.

AL Logistics goes into voluntary administration

Mining transport company AL Logistics has gone into voluntary administration as it seeks to secure a $2 million investment to pay its creditors and continue operating.

Jaxon and BGC win apartment contracts

Blackburne Property Group has awarded $40 million in construction contracts for two apartment buildings in Subiaco and Rivervale.

Smart thinking brings solutions

In an industry not typically associated with ‘doctors’, one Perth-based oil and gas services company has stacked its ranks with PhD holders in physics and maths, geophysicists, petrophysicists and IT

Shell commits to local jobs

Shell’s Prelude FLNG project will feature a sizeable local contingent of workers after a recent agreement with a WA training organisation.

Bunbury centres vie for trade

Two Bunbury shopping centres just seven kilometres apart are undergoing significant changes in an attempt to win over customers.

HBF keeps growing friendlier

Health insurer HBF is on track to grow its newly acquired Friendlies Pharmacies network to 60 stores, after becoming the parent company to the pharmacy franchise in April.

Organic growth trumps M&A, say CEOs (with video)

Leaders of three top performing businesses in vastly different sectors say growing organically has been key to successfully expanding their businesses, rather than mergers and acquisitions, which come at a higher cost and with more risk.

Emissions plan leaves WA projects hanging

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s promise to shut down the Clean Energy Finance Corporation has cast doubt on $400 million worth of loans to businesses in Western Australia.

Mines department cuts red tape

The mining industry has welcomed the state government's change to its programme of work approvals systems, which will give more time to companies to complete exploration works on approved projects.

Retravision backer plans growth in Perth

Retravision's largest franchise owner David Dorsett-Lynn is so confident of the electrical retailer's enduring brand strength in Western Australia - he is planning to back that faith with two new stores in the Perth metropolitan area.

Jetts’ trajectory taking off

National gym franchise Jetts has lifted its presence in Western Australia during the past 12 months, growing its number of gyms to 40 from 32 last year.

Muja to be fixed and then sold

Energy Minister Mike Nahan has announced the state government will complete its refurbishment of the Muja power station, at which point it will seek to sell at least half of it.

Celebrity’s benefits need backup

Such is the focus on excellence required by Olympic athletes to succeed at sport, it’s no great leap to assume such application would have a positive effect in other aspects of their lives.

Courting success

Diane Smith-Gander’s will to win didn’t disappear when she stopped playing top-flight basketball.

Preparing for life after the final siren

Sporting clubs have a key role to play in the development of their players’ skills, on and off the field.

Approval for new tower

A 17-storey office development near the Old Treasury Building redevelopment has received building plan approval and will finish construction within two years of securing an anchor tenant.

Westfield adds Innaloo to Perth sell-off

Westfield Group looks set to offload its stake in two major shopping centres in suburban Perth just days after it was given the green light to increase ownership of the Karrinyup centre.

Mannkal expands

THE Mannkal Economic Education Foundation is on the lookout for a part-time chief executive officer as it increases the number of scholarships on offer to students.

Heat bats for disadvantaged

Perth Heat will go into bat again this year for the ‘Adopt-A-Seat with the Heat’ program, which hosted more than 500 disadvantaged people in its inaugural innings last season.

Centaurus sharpens focus on Jambreiro

Iron ore exploration company Centaurus Metals says its priority is on developing its flagship Jambreiro iron ore project in Brazil after writing down the value of its non-core Brazilian assets by more

Watchdog tells Westfield it can't dominate Perth's inner north

Westfield has been given the green light to buy all of Karrinyup Shopping Centre if it releases ownership of nearby shopping centre Westfield Innaloo.

Smith-Gander new Transfield Services chair

Transfield Services chairman Tony Shepherd will be replaced by current director Diane Smith-Gander when Mr Shepherd retires in October.

Perth geo shares digs with Metals of Africa

Cherie Leeden returned from the front line to the conference room last week, telling Metals of Africa shareholders in Perth and Sydney about the copper, zinc and high-grade lead found at the surface o

O’Connor takes reins at TFS Corp

Sandalwood producer TFS Corporation has announced a record net profit after tax of $55.7 million for the year ended June 30 and appointed a new chairman.

PACT to build Banksia Grove school

PACT Constructions has won a $38.6 million contract to build Banksia Grove Senior High School in Wanneroo. Five companies submitted tenders for the first part of the school’s two-stage redevelopment.



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.