Small Business

KeepSpace keeping up with new orders

Perth startup KeepSpace has found its e-commerce packaging services in demand as government restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 cause retail stores and hospitality venues to close.

Fashion Council into administration

Industry peak body Fashion Council WA entered administration on Friday, four months after private business Perth Fashion Festival suffered the same fate.

'Businesses will close': RSM

Multinational accounting firm RSM says thousands of small businesses across the country are likely to collapse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as government stimulus packages fail to address the financial challenges faced by a large number of affected operators.

Vegan cafe owner fined for underpayments

The former owner of Cloud Nine Vegan cafe in North Perth has been ordered to pay more than $33,000 in back pay and penalties following 24 breaches of the restaurant workers’ award.

SMEs hit hard by late payments

New data shows small and medium businesses are waiting nearly two months on average to be paid, with smaller companies having to wait longer than their bigger counterparts.

Oakley-Nicholls makes business move

Former AFL footballer and Wirrpanda Foundation executive Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls is off to a flying start in the business sector, after establishing Oaks Civil Construction and buying a traffic management business in Geraldton.

Tech takes on hospitality

For all the advances and disruptive opportunities available via everyday tech such as smartphones, Pubster founder Adam Mastey still sees opportunities in the hospitality sector.

Freo getting its mojo back

There’s a sense of optimism in Fremantle amid a flurry of new venue openings, supported by a potential investment pipeline of nearly $1 billion.

Stirling speeds up small business approvals

The City of Stirling has streamlined the approvals processes and cut red tape for small businesses in the area, as part of the Small Business Friendly Approvals Project.

Industry applauds payroll tax changes

Today's decision by the state government to increase the payroll tax exemption threshold has been welcomed by industry bodies.

Campaign to support small business

The state government has announced a campaign to encourage Western Australians to change their spending habits to better support small businesses and local entrepreneurs.

Unios wins Telstra business award

Wangara-based manufacturer of lights and fixtures, Unios Lighting, has been picked as the Telstra Western Australian business of the year, after growing from one person to 50 staff in six years.

Aloha Surfhouse saved from closure

Aloha Surfhouse has been bought by a company connected to local fashion industry personality Natasha Marshall-Donnelly, after the Joondalup-based indoor wave park entered administration in July.

Perth business goes carbon neutral

Family-owned fertiliser producer Baileys has been the given the green light as a carbon neutral certified business, as part of an overall strategy to become more environmentally friendly.

Pilbara startup wins seed funding

Indigenous skincare business Jummi Factory has gained financial backing from Minderoo Foundation after receiving top prize at the inaugural Dream Summit in Sydney last week.

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.