WA businesswomen in govt roles

Two prominent Perth businesswomen have moved on to new government roles, with Heather Zampatti named the new chair for Lotterywest, while Libby Lyons has become a director of the national Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Carbon buys GLC Business Solutions

Accounting, consulting and insurance broking firm Carbon Business Group has acquired Bibra Lake-based GLC Business Services for an undisclosed sum.

Geoscientists want tougher 457 visa laws

The Australian Institute of Geoscientists has appealed to the federal government for the inclusion of the geoscientist profession on the list of jobs to which labour market testing applies under the 457 visa program.

Govt awards $42m of contracts

Local contractors PS Structures, Cockram Construction and Broad have secured a combined $39.3 million worth of work for the state government.

Accountants seek new revenue in tight times

The slowing economy has hit smaller accounting firms harder than the big players, judging by revenue data released over the past month, with practices in Western Australia affected more than those in other states.

KPMG dips toe in real estate advice

Accounting firm KPMG has followed rivals EY and PwC into the real estate arena, setting up a property advisory division to service its existing clients and provide advice to other corporates and gover

Giudice deal next step for MNG growth

Surveying group MNG has acquired Giudice Surveys, with the tie-up the next step in MNG’s growth strategy following a comprehensive rebrand earlier this year.

Shine pays $13m for WA law firm

Brisbane-based law firm Shine Corporate has made its second acquisition in Western Australia, paying $13.3 million for personal injury specialist Bradley Bayly Legal, after paying a higher price last year for Stephen Browne Personal Injury Lawyers.

Law firms tie knot, target quality service

Boutique law firms Borrello Legal and Graham & Associates have joined forces, with principal partner Mark Borrello saying the merger would provide a solid platform to establish the company as a leader in property, commercial law, and dispute resolution.

Entrepreneurial winners look abroad

The WA winners in the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards are looking well beyond their home state for growth opportunities.

Startups named for Energise accelerator

KPMG has named the eight businesses it has selected to participate in its recently announced technology accelerator Energise, which will be held in Perth.

Graham Anderson passes away

Company director and accountant Graham Anderson, who held positions with about 10 listed companies, has passed away after suffering a heart attack yesterday.

HHG acquires Mandurah practice

HHG Legal Group has expanded its regional network, acquiring a practice in Mandurah to add to its offices in Albany and Mt Barker, and its main operation in West Perth.

Technology, innovation the keys to rapid growth

Finalists in the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year awards show how technology and innovation can enable rapid growth, even in mature industries.

Architecture win for Fiona Stanley

The Fiona Stanley Hospital has won the top prize at this year’s WA Architecture Awards, with Hassell, Hames Sharley and Silver Thomas Hanley commended for their design efforts.

DLA absorbs Hardy Bowen, mostly

DLA Piper has entrenched its positon as one of Western Australia’s top 10 law firms after confirming today it would absorb boutique corporate practice Hardy Bowen, with one notable exception.

Rebranding for RSM Bird Cameron

Accounting firm RSM Bird Cameron will be taking part in the re-branding of the business by its international parent company, which plans to rename all factions of the global firm to a single entity, RSM.

Consortia shortlisted for new museum

Three consortia comprising local and international design firms will compete for the design and construction contract for the new $430 million WA Museum, set to be built at the Perth Cultural Centre.

Momentum gains in Mair merger

RESIDENTIAL investment adviser Momentum Wealth is broadening its offering, unveiling a merger agreement with long-standing commercial real estate agency Mair & Co.

KordaMentha top corporate doctor

There has been a significant re-ranking of insolvency firms in WA, with some relatively new brands winning market share from the big players.

Nahan defends Bell Group legislation

Treasurer Mike Nahan has defended legislation he introduced to end the long-running $1.7 billion Bell Group legal story after it was criticised by the Australian and Western Australian bar associations.