Small Business

Family Business Australia appoints WA chair

Family Business Australia has appointed a new state chairman in the same month it launches its national event, Family Business Day.

Brewing up a point of difference

Two new breweries have recently opened in WA with three more on the way

No axe to grind as venues compete

Perth will soon be home to three venues with a very different type of entertainment - axe-throwing - adding to a growing number of nightlife options offering interactive activities to lure in punters.

Retail, hospitality hit by rents, slow spending

The rate of business failures in hospitality and retail during the past year should be ringing alarm bells for decision makers.

ACCC finds franchisees are ill-prepared

Franchisors in the food services sector have commonly provided inadequate information to potential buyers, while nearly half of prospective franchisees do not get any independent professional advice before buying, a new report has found.

Reward for effort despite looming franchise regs

The franchise sector is regularly under review, yet it has been a successful pathway for many small business owners.

Java runs out of juice

The Leederville-based business which owns the iconic Perth brand Java Juice has entered administration, with stores in Joondalup and Perth closing doors in recent weeks.

Links course playing out of the rough

The operator of Links Kennedy Bay, which claims to have been named one of the top five public access golf courses in Australia, has gone into liquidation with a large tax debt.

Miss Chow’s continues rapid expansion

Jacquie Chan is set for a busy few weeks, with four new venues under the Miss Chow’s Group banner set to open by the end of July.

Entertainment offerings breathe new life into Old Synagogue

Opening four venues in a heritage building in Fremantle is the latest venture from the team responsible for taking Oktoberfest national.

Crypto gains currency in Freo

Several businesses in the Fremantle area are enabling payment with bitcoin and alternative online currencies.

IGAs feel pinch as Aldi rolls in

Perth's grocery wars, amplified by giant Aldi’s market push and price cuts by Coles and Woolworths, have claimed five struggling smaller supermarkets over the past five months.

Pet ‘parents’ are prepared to pay

From expensive surgery to photo shoots and elaborate cremations, the multi-billion-dollar Australian pet industry is producing novel and profitable services.

Knipe tops field as WA businesswoman of the year

An automotive dealer from the Wheatbelt has been named Telstra’s Western Australian Business Woman of the year, joining a group of 24 former winners including Gina Rinehart and Sharon Warburton.

Cyber security a key risk

SPECIAL REPORT: Low awareness of cyber security risks remains a key issue for the business sector.

Rapid tech changes create challenges

SPECIAL REPORT: Staying abreast of rapidly changing business technologies is a growing challenge for many SMEs.

Next gen tackles family business succession

Three family business directors have opened up to Business News about taking over from their parents.

Barbaro Homes into liquidation

Osborne Park-based Barbaro Homes has entered liquidation, a week after it ceased operations.

Fall in small business confidence in WA

Western Australian small and medium enterprises are the second least confident of all states and territories, but are the most optimistic for the long-term future, a survey of 1,000 SME operators has revealed.

Picabar gets ministerial reprieve

Northbridge venue Picabar may have been granted a reprieve, after intervention by Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman that will grant Picabar first preference in lease negotiations.

Building platform tops award winners

Tom Young says interest in his udrew interactive building approvals system - the overall winner of the Mitsubishi Western Australia Innovator of the Year award - is growing ahead of its market launch early next year.