Shanna Crispin

Shanna worked as a reporter at Business News from early 2012 to late 2014. As a journalist for Business News Shanna covered the community and arts, not-for-profit, health, technology, innovation and hospitality sectors.

NFPs fail on staff development

Not-for-profit organisations are at risk of failure as they struggle to upskill staff, according to research from the University of Western Australia.

Waste-to-energy firming for 2017

New Energy Corporation has had another win in its proposal to build a $200 million waste-to-energy plant near Port Hedland.

Ionic makes Vital investment

The growing uptake of preventative medicine has prompted Azure Capital co-founder John Poynton to re-enter the healthcare market.

WA leaders in most influential

Two Western Australians have been named as among the most influential within the social sector.

Amcom bought for $653m

Vocus Communications has been successful in its bid to take over Amcom Telecommunications with the pair agreeing to a deal valuing Amcom at $652.7 million.

Amcom, Vocus halt trading

Amcom Telecommunications and Vocus Communciations have both entered trading halts, indicating a takeover agreement may have been struck.

Emirates brings A380 to Perth

The Emirates Group will be the first airline to bring the Airbus A380 to Perth on a regular schedule.It announced this morning that from May next year one of its three daily flights from Perth to Duba

Poseidon plans $8.3m for Lake Johnston

Poseidon Nickel has announced plans to restart its recently bought Lake Johnston project at a cost of $8.3 million.

PIAF trailblazer David Blenkinsop dies

The man credited with pushing the Perth International Arts Festival onto the global stage has died, prompting tributes from the state’s leading arts organisations.

Government report kept secret

A critical report on the $10m Social Enterprise Fund is being kept under wraps

Startup funds unearthed

Perth's maturing startup community will soon have its first resources sector focused technology incubator, offering participants seed funding of $70,000.

Mirvac ups ante on community investment

Property developer Mirvac Group is aiming to strengthen relationships with Western Australian charities as it works on a cohesive community investment strategy.

A yen for WA gas, ore

Amid all the headlines about the opportunities in China, that nation’s North Asian neighbour is retaining its influence in WA.

Nextgen ups subsea investment

Nextgen Group has upped its investment in a telecommunications cable servicing resources companies in Western Australia’s north-west.

Monteray acquires Norwood

The run of mining companies turning to the technology sector is far from over with another reverse takeover in the works.

Uncertain times for indigenous business

Weak commodities prices are threatening the positive growth of indigenous business.

Orthocell up on Swedish partnership

Shares in Perth-based biotechnology company Orthocell have risen slightly on the back of it striking a partnership with leading Swedish medical technology company Bonesupport.

App/tech business of the week – Profit Cloud

Have you ever wondered why certain advertisements appear on certain websites? For example why car hire ads appear as you’re surfing the net having just booked a plane ticket?

Iron ore drop forces Gumala cuts

Western Australia’s largest indigenous corporation has announced it is cutting jobs and assessing its member benefits structure as a result of weak iron ore prices.

APE takes it mobile

Fledging Perth technology company APE Mobile has struck deals with some of the largest civil engineering contractors and secured Perth business leader Giles Everist to join its board.

Managing the shift to NDIS

The disability services sector is gearing up for a brave new world as new players seek to join the market.

Charities go shopping for more revenue

WA's leading charity store chains are becoming more vital to the causes they fund

Pilbara cable competition heats up

Telstra has won a contract to build a 500-kilometre subsea telecommunications cable for Chevron in an effort to improve communications across the company’s projects in the state's north-west.

Future-proofing the suburbs

Local government representatives from Perth’s suburban north-west have visited Canberra in an effort to spark federal support for the growth of the region.

WA whisky lures world expert

Albany-based distiller the Great Southern Distilling Company has been singled out as a world standout whisky producer by renowned critic Jim Murray.

VenuesWest, Netball WA shoot for common goal

Netball WA is forecasting a rise in revenue as it diversifies into facilities management.

Saleem weighs funds options

The success of Perth technology company Track’em has attracted plenty of interest from investors, but founder Kashif Saleem says he hasn’t ruled out taking the business public.

Wesfarmers donates $5m

Wesfarmers has donated $5 million to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research to help recruit a leader for what will be the first centre in Western Australia to focus on women’s cancers.

Beauty business more than looks

The growth of the cosmetic medicine industry has led two Perth entrepreneurs to expand their businesses in order to tap into more of the nation’s $6 billion annual spend.

Wesfarmers spurs arts business

A partnership between Wesfarmers and an indigenous art group has generated a new business opportunity.

Wesfarmers’ $44m community spend

Wesfarmers has reported direct community investment of $44.6 million for the 2013-14 financial year, with social welfare and health the largest areas of expenditure.



Perth takes best bar, hotel titles

One of Perth’s small bars has been named the best metropolitan bar in Australia, while Crown Metropol Perth has taken the title of best overall accommodation hotel.

Perth entrepreneur taps public market

More than a decade after leaving Perth, a local entrepreneur has returned west to drum up investment for his latest venture.

WA contractor bought for $41m

East coast engineering and contracting group Seymour Whyte Constructions is to enter the Western Australian market through the $41.2 million acquisition of privately owned business Rob Carr.

Amcom bought for $653m

Vocus Communications has been successful in its bid to take over Amcom Telecommunications with the pair agreeing to a deal valuing Amcom at $652.7 million.

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Miners pay for study

IRON ore companies operating in the Port Hedland regionwill fund a $6 million study to establish whether water from the West Canning basin is fit for industrial use.

Kenyon the go-to man on economic matters

ONE of Western Australia’s most highly regarded economists passed away last week, just a fortnight after his 60th birthday.

Bunbury's Giacci Group sells for $119m

Bunbury’s Giacci family has sold its trucking and bulk haulage business Giacci Group to listed company Qube Logistics for $119 million.

WA faces big shortfall of workers by 2015

The scramble for skilled workers in the state has intensified as the economy improves and training falls short of demand.