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New arrivals find a fit with local business culture

Immigrants behind three businesses have overcome a range of cultural and commercial challenges in order to build successful lives in Perth.

ICT convergence changes market

Small business owners need to keep sight of the basics when they seek to navigate technology trends.

Lounge offers business connections

The Small Business Lounge on Mount Hawthorn’s Oxford Street is just the first step for founder Brooke Arnott, who plans to take the advisory concept nation wide.

The Growth Box shuts after nine months

Startup hub The Growth Box has shut its doors in recent weeks, less than a year after opening, with project proponent the Malaga & Districts Business Association facing an uncertain future after 26 years in operation.

App/tech business of the week- Mapizy

Mapizy uses machine learning to automate discovery of changes to the built and natural environments at scale, with a mission to quantify the changing planet and create advanced analytics for industry.

Fresh greens at your fingertips

Indoor plant solutions startup Urbotanica is hoping to springboard off the growth in healthy food preparation appliances with the launch of its UrbiPod.

Fair Work recovers $400,000 for WA workers

The Fair Work Ombudsman has helped local workers recover nearly $400,000 in unpaid wages, including more than $300,000 from court actions started by the regulator.

Burswood auction house into liquidation

Liquidators have been appointed to Burswood-based Hayes Auctioneers after the business suffered financial difficulties, with up to 40 sellers out of pocket.

Thriving market for modest fashion

The market for modest fashion in South-East Asia is attracting attention as a potential export destination for a range of local designers, with dramatic growth expected in the next decade.

Miner wins gold at 2018 40under40 awards

Saracen Mineral Holdings managing director Raleigh Finlayson has received the top honour at Business News’ 2018 40under40 awards, named First Amongst Equals ahead of a diverse field of Western Australia’s young business and community leaders.

Consultants’ positive environment

Renewables, railways, and a pick-up in the resources sector are providing work for local environmental services businesses, which have become increasingly optimistic after taking a hit amid the slowdown in mining construction projects.

Finish line nears for urban e-bike

The Perth company behind a new e-bike for city use plans to commercialise next year, despite bumps along the road.

Liquor reforms drive change for tourism

State government agency Tourism WA will have greater input into decisions on liquor licence applications, after Premier Mark McGowan today announced a series of regulatory reforms and red tape cuts.

Brand focus Jus the first step

Bert Giancristofaro will play to the strengths of the Jus Burgers brand after taking ownership of the business last year, with his immediate priority being store refits and fine-tuning the customer experience.

App/tech business of the week- ProGolfMe

ProGolfMe app makes it easy for students to play their best golf by giving them access to a world-class coach.

IR pressure builds on franchises

SPECIAL REPORT: Franchises are being increasingly squeezed by employment law changes, but recent reforms to competition law provided a few wins for the sector.

Breathing new life into death care

The funeral industry in WA is increasingly dominated by a handful of big players, including two listed companies that hold more than 50 per cent of the market after buying some of the state’s oldest operators.

Local business at Yagan Square

The state government has announced six more local businesses that will operate at the new $75 million Yagan Square development, set to be opened next month.

WA businesses get worse on late payments

Western Australia was the only state in the country to record an increase in late business payment times for the September quarter, new data has revealed.

Passion for environment drives Wasteless franchise model

Wasteless Pantry is proving that a sustainable living focus can be commercially viable for a business, as the Mundaring retailer's founders seek to branch out into franchises in other suburbs across Perth.

$150,000 fines for Pastacup breach

The competition watchdog has had its first major win enforcing a new franchising code of conduct, with the Federal Court today fining Pastacup franchisor Morild and co-founder Stuart Bernstein $150,000 for a failure to disclose he had been a director of two insolvent entities.

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