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Small Business

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.

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.

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