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.

Malone warns of iiNet's own bureaucracy

Michael Malone has warned that bureaucracy within iiNet could ‘choke’ the company because it’s stifling the internet service provider’s ability to remain innovative.

SJOG reports 47% surplus increase

Strong demand for healthcare in Western Australia has provided a significant boost to St John of God Health Care’s revenue and resulting surplus.

Forrests push for national education strategy

Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation is pushing for a Western Australian early learning centre to become the template for a national strategy.

Chinese back Bunbury film facility

A Chinese animation company has agreed to help fund construction of a speciality movie production studio in Bunbury which could see the South West town become a national centre of excellence.

Birchman absorbed by SMS

The official rebranding of Birchman Asia Pacific has left only five local names among the state’s top 10 information technology firms.

Malone heads new startup

Michael Malone has taken on his next significant role since stepping down as chief executive of iiNet earlier this year.

Amcom shares up on merger proposal

Information technology provider Amcom Telecommunications' share price has risen sharply after telco group Vocus Communications said it had acquired a 10 per cent stake and proposed a merger of the two companies.

Negotiations stifling indigenous corporations

A WA mining executive believes it’s time the corporate sector was better educated on the way indigenous communities like to do business.

ZipTel takes on telco giants

Subiaco-based ZipTel is gearing up to compete with a number of major telecommunications companies as it prepares to launch its internet-based communications app.

iiNet fights piracy action

Perth-founded internet service provider iiNet has been drawn into a piracy battle with a Hollywood movie maker.

Funding threat ahead for uni program

A program aimed at disadvantaged youth is at risk of being lost.

More than mere wages

Small businesses have developed unique incentives to win staff over larger competition.

SMEs need a unified voice on big issues - SPECIAL REPORT

The small business sector has had some significant wins of late. Our 4-page special report analyses the issues facing small business, profiles two franchise groups expanding in WA and looks at unique incentive programs for staff.

Pair pitches in for community

Two Perth event planners have taken rejection in their stride, launching one and planning another urban recreation event to enliven the city at their own expense.

FTI supports game developers

Western Australia’s game developers have been given a helping hand following a public acknowledgement that the barriers to their success are significant.

Homing in for charity

Perth property developer Nigel Satterley is leveraging his property assets for the benefit of the not-for-profit sector.

Offworld sets stage for live show

Offworld Productions has added another string to its bow as it gears up for summer.

Weddings, parties, everything

A new multi-million dollar complex looks set to boost the Swan Valley’s profile.

Investors warm to Rewardle

A former Perth entrepreneur has taken his latest startup public thanks to local investors’ renewed interest in technology.

Aboriginal corporations share $502m revenue

New data from the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations have provided clear evidence of the extent to which indigenous communities benefit from iron ore mining in the Pilbara.

WA Opera decision ‘highly embarrassing’

The sponsorship role of Healthway will be scrutinised by the state government as Colin Barnett says he’s highly embarrassed by what appears to be its censorship of the arts.

uberX launches illegally

The low-cost version of Uber has launched in Perth today, despite the state government publicly stating it’s breaking the law.

Ritchie champions anti-poverty push

The head of the CEDA WA is hoping to bridge the gap between the profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Perth strategy first for genetic profiler

Melbourne-based biotech Fitgenes has brought control of its extensive health and nutrition clinics in-house.

East coast hospitality group expands in Perth

The company behind Jamie’s Italian restaurant is looking to build on the venture’s success by opening a second venue in Perth.

Rewardle up 40% on first trading day

The latest technology company to list on the ASX has closed up 40 per cent after its first day of trading.

One-for-one donations a cushion for charity

A Perth entrepreneur has followed in the footsteps of Toms Shoes and Zambrero, with a one-for-one proposal to benefit children’s charity, The Smith Family.

"Enough is enough" says Barnett on FSH

Premier Colin Barnett has sought to end criticism of delays and budget blowouts at the new $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital, saying it’s time the state’s greatest achievement was recognised.The new 7

Perth takes another 'best bar' title

Another Perth small bar has been named the best in a national competition. Varnish on King has been named the Small Bar of the Year in the Australian Bartender magazine’s Bar Awards.

Cloud cast over $2bn hospital opening

As Fiona Stanley hospital opens the Department of Health has launched an international recruitment drive, despite indications that some existing staff are losing their jobs.

WA winning in IT field

Two Western Australian information technology companies have captured the attention of the world’s largest technology firms.



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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Perth’s bad driving key to congestion fix

Addressing Perth drivers’ notorious inability to merge has emerged as one of Main Roads’ key strategies for reducing congestion.

“Protectionist” domgas policies a threat: Conoco

ConocoPhillips’ Australian head has warned domestic gas reservation policies and anti-industry activism could threaten the development of a viable market in Western Australia.

Taste this, it’s Rawsome

Lifestyle changes following a disease diagnosis have led a Perth woman to an unexpected business success.

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.