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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.

Underpayment fine for Perth cleaning company

A Perth cleaner has been hit with a near-record $306,000 fine for failing to pay young overseas workers in an industry fast gaining a reputation for underpayment.

WA SMEs more confident on economy

Local small and medium businesses are the most confident they have been about the future of the economy since late 2010, according to a new report.

Portal highlights why small business matters

Subiaco-based Small Business Matters is hoping the 'buy local' message of its new online portal will resonate with consumers ahead of Small Business Day this Saturday.

L3 Oceania wins $2.9m defence contract

Defence contractor L3 Oceania, formerly known as Nautronix, has won a $2.9 million innovation contract from the federal government’s Defence Innovation Hub.

App/tech business of the week ~ SpacetoCo

SpacetoCo is a web-based application that allows users to search, book and pay for the space the user needs wherever he or she is located. It allows anyone who has space to list it for availability for free.

Nothing off the table as Jesters bakes fresh plan

A new strategy, rebrand and expansion into different selling channels are all part of Robert West’s plan to revamp Jesters Pies.

How serious are you about success?

OPINION: Being serious is a way of life – deliver on your promises, be committed, organised and serve your customers well.

App/tech business of the week ~ Notis

Notis is a website/app that connects students through a personalised classified offering within their own college campus.

Borgioli right at home on King Street

It was in the aftermath of a profoundly emotional moment that Terence Borgioli, then 23, decided to chase his dream of starting a luxury fashion business.

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.

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