Saskia Pickles

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

EMC reveals deal, hints at more

A Perth-based clean energy company has been awarded another major contract with a deal to build a major solar power station that will power part of the world’s largest telescope.

More miners considering solar: juwi

As many as 20 Western Australian mining companies are considering adopting solar power, according to the developer of a $40 million solar project at Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa copper mine.

WA startup develops smarter parenting app

Imagine typing into your phone ‘why has my three-year old stopped talking?’ into your phone and having an artificially intelligent program consider your family’s and child’s personal circumstances, guide you through a series of questions and provide suggestions.

No more secrets, nowhere to hide

The days of fudging your CV or trying to cover up even the most minor of legal infractions may be over, thanks to employers’ increasing use of verification checks.

Councils arc up over light costs

Several local councils are hoping the state’s assets privatisation program will give them control over one of their most significant expenses – the cost of operating street lights.

Small new CBD museum has big brief

A group of determined local business people have come together for the first time in Perth’s history to create a museum dedicated to the city’s past and present.

Association lobbies for better NBN in Perth

A Perth not-for-profit group has galvanised support among its 180 members as part of a concerted effort to get the National Broadband Network rolled out to the 3,500 businesses in their district.Malag

Perth business carries torch for Greece

Perth businesses have joined a global initiative investing in Greece’s future through philanthropy and economic development.

Record amount ploughed into and out of Lotterywest

The 33 cents of every dollar spent by Western Australians on Lotterywest games each week has pushed the state lottery’s community contributions to a record high.

Kirrikin artwork finds favour in US market

A creative arts Perth business with Aboriginal links has attracted the attention of more than 40 US editors and influential businesspeople, including editors at Vogue and Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, within a month of opening shop.

Committed businesses get a Rap for engagement

Business News shines a light on four businesses operating in WA that have achieved the highest level of national recognition for increasing opportunities for indigenous Australians.

July 11 named WA’s first small business day

Western Australia is set to celebrate its first small business day after a group of volunteers decided it was time to recognise the contribution of the more than 210,000 small businesses that operate in the state.

Sun Connect in a race to the top

One out of every five Australian households now has solar energy installed, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

TAMS Group goes back to back

Marine services group TAMS Group has delivered on its potential to provide flexible options for customers in the marine services sector, winning its second Rising Stars award in two years.

WASO’s public pitch shows the many strings to its bow

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is breaking new ground in efforts to broaden its audience and appeal, and persuade the people of Perth that classical music is not the preserve of an elite clique of enthusiasts.

Empowerment gives students the edge

Just 12 years ago, the founders of Student Edge were students themselves; they’ve now built up a business with 750,000 members nationally and are set to expand their service offering.

Horizon takes forensic line with contractors

How is it possible to remove an incumbent contractor (yet retain a good relationship) and save millions by negotiating with another organisation that agrees to take on greater risk?

Training standards under attack

Training standards in WA have been criticised by the auditor-general and big employers.

Miners target downstream energy value-adding

Renewable energy and battery storage products could shake up how things are done in WA’s resources sector.

Non-compliance rife in training sector

Students at more than a third of Western Australia’s regulated registered training organisations (RTOs) have been exposed to range of serious breaches, including being taught by unqualified trainers and passing courses despite submitting incomplete or incorrect written assessments.

The Literature Centre seeks support for long-term projects

A Fremantle-based not-for-profit organisation is fighting back against a funding culture focused on new projects, seeking instead to draw on more than 20 years of goodwill to elicit support for its existing work.

Board guide targets cultural diversity

Following a push by industry, the state government has released a step-by-step guide on how to promote and access greater cultural diversity.

Tech startups get angels’ blessing

Perth’s tight-knit angel investment community is growing more comfortable with soft tech plays, but there are calls for more investment in the ‘trickier’ tech.

WA's electric highway unveiled

Australia's first ‘electric highway’ is being unveiled today, connecting Perth to the South West through a series of fast-fill charging stations.

Fifo mental health report 'has teeth'

The chairman of a state inquiry into the impact of fly-in, fly-out work practices on mental health is confident Western Australia can enact a raft of recommendations to reduce suicides and improve wellbeing for the state’s 60,000 Fifo workers, despite admitting the federal government’s response to a recent similar national inquiry was ‘lame’.

Hope for late surge in CEO Sleepout

Donations totalling more than $200,000 have been made in the past two days ahead of tonight’s CEO Sleepout fundraiser, but organiser St Vincent de Paul Society of WA is still hoping a final surge in contributions will exceed the $1 million mark.

Shark research boon for local company

A Western Australian company is anticipating a surge in global sales following preliminary results of state government-funded research into the effectiveness of shark deterrents.

eKarma makes online charitable giving easy

A Perth startup raising funds for charity by piggybacking on shopping purchases made online is well on its way to making ‘giving’ cool and simple, according to its founder.

Red tape threatens bush fire brigades

Almost 600 charities, including more than 170 bush fire brigades, have had their charitable status revoked by the national regulator.

CEOs last dash for Sleepout funding

Many of Perth’s top executives are short of their fundraising targets just three days before the year's major homelessness fundraiser, the CEO Sleepout.

100 Perth residents closer to trialling Synergy battery storage

State-owned electricity provider Synergy has declared itself to be at the ‘leading edge’ of energy management and storage technologies, after selecting a Perth contractor for a trial electricity battery storage project in Perth’s north.



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.