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Yanchep JV backs Y-hub

The state’s newest co-working space has been opened in Yanchep, after a $10 million investment by the area’s main property developer, in a bid to create a knowledge-based economy in the region ahead of an anticipated population influx.

Ritter to head IR review

Unions and businesses have welcomed a review of Western Australia’s industrial relations system, the only remaining state-based scheme operating in parallel with federal laws in the country.

App/tech business of the week ~ Hyba

Hyba is an app that allows people to see what bars and clubs are around, and how many males and females are at each venue.

Frigtech expands to northern NSW

Geraldton-based contractor Frigtech Services, which has grown to have six branches across Western Australia, has expanded to the east coast by purchasing a NSW business after a two-year evaluation.

Opportunity brewing at Whitfords

The recent revamp of Westfield Whitford City’s hospitality precinct crafted the perfect business opportunity for Beerland Brewing to open its second venue today.

Bio Organics founder seeks council seat

Benjamin Avila hopes that winning a seat on the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale council will enable him to assist businesses avoid the fate that befell his.

Solid steps ensure customer loyalty

OPINION: Before you receive loyalty from your customers, you’ll need to show some within your own workplace.

App/tech business of the week ~ Thimble

Thimble is a one-of-a-kind app on the iTunes Store that will directly help and bring the community together in a member’s time of need.

Blossoming Profresh a cut above

Floral wholesaler Profresh has grown from a one-person business into a team of almost 15, generating $3 million in revenue in just its second year of commercial operations

Offshore, onshore success by design

SPECIAL REPORT: Whether they’re manufacturing locally or abroad, WA fashion designers and garment makers are still winning contracts and stockists here and overseas.

Fleetsu tracking for growth

Subiaco-based tech startup Fleetsu is seeking to raise $1 million in venture capital funding to better target multinational customers for its vehicle tracking technology.

App/tech business of the week ~ Flourishing at School

Flourishing at School is a cloud-based software solution to help schools measure and track individual and collective wellbeing, and develop and assess targeted wellbeing interventions for staff and students.

Sales techniques are good, friends are better

OPINION: It’s estimated that half of all sales are made on the basis of an established friendship, so if you’re not making nice you’re missing out on half of your market.

Small business growth on tap at Curtin

SPECIAL REPORT: The Monk Craft Brewery & Kitchen was among many businesses boosted by a local program to support entrepreneurs.

Shared spaces connect businesses, foster collaborative opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: There is a range of places for small businesses and startups to access support, but technological change means some are rethinking their approach. Click through for the updated BNIQ list of SME and startup business centres.

App/tech business of the week ~ Get in the Hole Golf

The Get in the Hole Golf app allows golfers to create great golf experiences by finding similar skilled playing partners and great playing deals from over 500 golf courses in Australia and Bali.

Stirfire’s virtual reality offering delivering real-world potential

Stirfire Studios is set to join the ranks of publicly traded games companies such as Japan’s Sony and Nintendo, and Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard in the US.

Lawley’s rolls out new Nedlands store

Building a bread empire was not part of the plan when Sarah Thomas and her husband, Trevor, took over a Beaufort Street bakery in 2003; their goal was to reinvigorate the struggling business.

Small bars breathe new life into Perth pubs

Change is sweeping through front bars and suburban watering holes across the city, with publicans of some of the city’s most recognisable pubs spending up big in efforts to stay relevant in Perth’s rapidly diversifying hospitality sector.

App/tech business of the week ~ Jugglr

Jugglr allows mothers to provide services to other mothers so they can help each other and keep their job skills fresh – from playdates to sharing house chores, kids tutoring to time out, personal training or career coaching and small business support. Where fee-for-service is involved, Jugglr takes a fee.

Caroline’s cream rises

Perth-based Caroline’s Skincare is preparing to ship its first container-load of product to China, having been one of three brands to sign an MoA with a Chinese agency at a 2016 Australia-China Health Expo.

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