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.

Mergers likely under NDIS

SPECIAL REPORT: The disability sector may have no choice but to heed calls for mergers if the National Disability Insurance Scheme comes to WA.

Philanthropists build on dedicated vehicles

SPECIAL REPORT: The growth of private philanthropy holds promise for the not-for-profit sector.

Measuring social investment a complex call

SPECIAL REPORT: Business wants more than just good stories from the NFP sector if it is to justify its funding - it wants hard data.

Saleem: from below zero to six zeros

Kashif Saleem arrived in Perth without a dollar to his name; now his technology is in demand from the world's most valuable companies.

BHP pumps $1m into FORM project

Artists hit the streets last month to transform walls and buildings around Perth as part of FORM's inaugural street art festival, PUBLIC.

Stewart retires from Lotterywest

Long-standing chief executive of Lotterywest Jan Stewart has announced she will retire from the role in December this year.

Arts budget steady, but some costs cut

The culture and arts sector has not emerged unscathed from last week's state budget as the government seeks to keep the accounts in the black.

BUDGET: WA gets $55m for My Way

The federal government has allocated Western Australia $55 million so it can trial its own version of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Nextgen to build $120m cable

Nextgen Group has signed a deal with oil and gas giants Shell and Inpex under which the communications company will build a fibre optic cable to service operators in the state's north-west.

Healthy HIF ahead of the pack

When Australia's health insurance funds increased their premiums at the start of April it was Western Australian fund HIF that had the lowest increases across the board.

Guzman unfazed by Mexican fiesta

Mount Lawley's soon-to-be fifth Mexican eatery, Guzman y Gomez, claims it offers something distinct from the neighbouring competition.

ASG reshuffles board

Perth information and communications technology company ASG Group has reshuffled its board as it builds on its strategic shift.

HBF claims stadium naming rights

The state's largest health insurer is to become the naming sponsor of Challenge Stadium and Arena Joondalup.

Indigenous firms seek sustainability

Indigenous businesses are pushing for an increased emphasis on making the sector more sustainable in the wake of another significant native title settlement.

Amcom inks deal with education network

Amcom Telecommunications has inked a deal which opens the door to it selling cloud-based services to the potentially lucrative higher education market.

WBHO Civil wins NBN contract

Western Australian-based company WBHO Civil has won a contract to continue construction of the National Broadband Network around Geraldton.

Waste to energy plants edge closer

Two Western Australian companies pushing waste to energy projects worth more than $710 million are planning to start construction within the next year.

Good mix for community

Perth-based company Thermomix has reaffirmed its commitment to community causes on the back of continued strong demand for its do-it-all kitchen appliance.

Corporates score more from sports

The time when corporates sponsor a sporting team because they like it is over, says Netball WA chief executive Simon Taylor.

Hogan Scoops market with niche model

Scoop Publishing has continued to expand its product line in a sign that founder David Hogan has no intentions of slowing the growth of Western Australia's most recognised lifestyle magazine publisher.

Kiewit wins waste to energy contract

New Energy Corporation has shifted its waste to energy projects into gear by contracting the Australian arm of US-based engineering company Kiewit to handle design and construction for two plants worth about $330 million.

Datacom, Red 11 merge

The increasingly competitive and evolving information technology market has resulted in the demise of a locally-founded player.

100 Women finds a philanthropy niche

A new philanthropy fund focused on improving the lives of women has garnered support from some of the state's highest-profile businesswomen.

Buzza looks for silver lining

A Perth technology entrepreneur has bowed out of a booming company in attempts to achieve his dream.

Freo business targets $2m festival spend

More than $2 million is expected to be spent at businesses in and around Fremantle over the Easter long weekend as a direct result of the Fremantle Street Arts Festival.

No cream tipped on free trade deals

A shake-up in Western Australia's dairy industry may be set to deliver for local stakeholders, but the broader sector is unimpressed with free trade commitments made with South Korea and Japan.

CEOs asked to sleep rough

Preparation for the St Vincent de Paul Society's largest fundraising event - the CEO Sleepout - has kicked off for another year with calls for executives to register.

Exploring limits of collaborative workspaces

More Perth offices are becoming 'activity based' but interior designers fear the concept isn't fully understood.

Museum Foundation targets $50m endowment plan

The Western Australian Museum Foundation is in the final stages of establishing governance and investment structures to support what it hopes will be the largest cultural endowment fund in Australia.

Trident sets June target

Trident Subsea Cable has targeted June as the crucial point for a decision on the future of a second submarine cable linking Perth with Asia.

Beer consumption lowest in 67 years

Hoteliers and bar owners are facing tougher trade conditions with new data showing alcohol consumption was at a 17-year low over the year ending June 2013.



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.