Small Business

Perth bike maker focuses on carbon fibre frames

Hand crafted and high tech are terms that rarely go together, yet a small Perth company is reinventing bicycle manufacturing with both those concepts at its heart.

App/tech business of the week ~ MyLeadPod

MyLeadPod is a fully automated digital platform that allows businesses to establish their own customer reward program in order to encourage referrals.

KPMG Energise, OzAPP Awards name finalists

Seventeen Perth-based startup organisations have been selected to participate in the KPMG Energise and OzAPP Awards accelerator programs to help grow their businesses.

Barnett calls for change to penalty rates

Colin Barnett says he would like to see penalty rates cut for casual small business employees on Sundays and public holidays, but lift the base rate for standard hours.

New co-working space for Karratha

The state government has allocated $2 million for a new co-working space in Karratha to promote small business and startups in the area.

Saybubble rises to top Techboard spot

Saybubble has been named Techboard’s highest trending company for this fortnight, following strong international news coverage and social media engagement.

WA family businesses inducted into hall of fame

Three local businesses have been inducted into Family Business Australia’s hall of fame, including an electrical contractor established in 1920, a fertiliser supplier and an engineering business that recently listed on the ASX. 

Inquiry launched into payment times

The recently appointed Australian small business and family enterprise ombudsman has launched an inquiry into the payment practices of big businesses and governments across Australia.

Fastbrick builds way to Techboard podium

Fastbrick Robotics has topped Techboard’s startup and tech company ranking this fortnight, following its win at the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year awards.

Entertaining backyard business

A couple of Perth micro businesses offer up some entertainment options for summer.

Call for change to liability law

An industry representative body wants the state government to make it easier for small businesses to tender for contracts.

App/tech business of the week ~ Feedmee

Feedmee is a food discovery app, the ‘Tinder for food’. Users swipe through photos of food until they find what they want.

Big business winning out over local stores

Australian consumers are increasingly spending their money with big businesses rather than supporting local stores, despite professing their affection for small business, a new survey has found.

Carnegie continues Techboard run

Carnegie Wave Energy has topped Techboard’s startup ranking this fortnight, following the announcement of its acquisition of fellow cleantech Energy Made Clean (ranked second) for $13 million earlier this week.

Bauwerk paints a bigger picture

Perth-founded natural paint manufacturer Bauwerk Colour is expanding its international operations with construction of a new factory in its biggest market, Saudi Arabia.

App/tech business of the week ~ Mondoz

The Uber of home cooked food, Mondoz is a platform that connects people to homemade cuisine.

Push for shoppers to support small business

A movement backed by several small business groups has renewed a campaign to encourage shoppers to lift their support for local retailers. 

CrowdfundUP jumps to first place on Techboard rank

Local fintech CrowdfundUP tops this fortnight's Techboard ranking, having closed a $2.1 million capital raising led by Sydney-based Positive Investment Enterprise.

Riders Choice, Cycliq hit issues

Two well-known Leederville cycling businesses have hit differing problems this week, with retailer Riders Choice going into voluntary administration and accessory manufacturer Cycliq facing a regulatory speed bump on its path to an ASX listing.

Poolwerx takes honours at franchise awards

Pool and spa maintenance franchise Poolwerx Corporation has taken home two top accolades at the Franchise Council of Australia’s Excellence in Franchising Awards.

App/tech business of the week ~ PayNow for Stripe

PayNow for Stripe is a minimalist point-of-sales app, allowing users to accept credit card payments quickly on any mobile device. NFC is used to enable PayPass payments without any need for a swipe card reader.