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Special Reports

Power players keen to compete with Synergy in more open marketplace

SPECIAL REPORT: As WA households benefit from increased competition in gas retailing, the electricity sector wants to be able to compete with Synergy in providing to small customers, with some industry members calling for a reduction in the contestability threshold to 20 megawatt hours.

Renewables await policy clarity

SPECIAL REPORT: More than $1.6 billion of renewable energy projects are proposed for the South West Interconnected System, but their success may hinge on how the government handles two regulatory issues.

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.

Tape Ark has data storage wrapped up

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth tech entrepreneur Guy Holmes launched his fifth business last month, partnering with a global giant to improve data storage.

National growth drives HealthEngine

SPECIAL REPORT: Two senior recruits reflect the growing size and changing focus of the Perth-based online business.

Unique landscapes, stories create tourism showreel

SPECIAL REPORT: The growing number of films produced in WA has created opportunities for local talent, employment and tourism.

Strategic plan to build on creative connections

SPECIAL REPORT: A focus on creating and sustaining a liveable, connected and internationally appealing city is driving arts and culture development and construction projects across Perth.

Finetuning the art of audience engagement

SPECIAL REPORT: An increasingly competitive funding environment has prompted several arts and cultural organisations to sharpen their focus on audience development as a means to boost sustainable income streams.

Fracking moratorium hit to under-pressure gas plays

SPECIAL REPORT: Ongoing uncertainty over state government policy and a lengthy approvals process are muddying the waters for local energy hopefuls.

Jockeying for position in Perth Basin

SPECIAL REPORT: Only a small number of oil and gas players in the Perth Basin are moving forward on projects.

Crowdfunding to offer new equity opportunity

SPECIAL REPORT: Small and mid-sized businesses will soon have a new option for raising capital when crowd-sourced funding legislation takes effect. 

M&A deals take surprise twists

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth companies Macmahon Holdings and ASG Group have illustrated how contested takeover deals can deliver unexpected outcomes.

Backdoor plays, resources lead shareholder returns

SPECIAL REPORT: Backdoor-listed technology businesses and mining hopefuls have joined the state’s top performers in financial year 2016 in Business News’s annual analysis of total shareholder returns.

Nuheara realises budding talent

SPECIAL REPORT: The top winner at this year’s Rising Stars awards is a Perth startup making rapid inroads into the wearable technology market. Click here to read about Nuheara and the eight other category winners.

TAMS Group grows against the odds

At a time when many of its competitors were slashing staff and cutting costs, Fremantle-based marine services firm TAMS Group maintained solid growth.

Camera Electronic focused on growth

Fifty years after Ronald and Valerie Frank started a camera repair business from their home, their two sons oversee a fast-growing business that combines a new bricks-and-mortar store with an expanding online presence.

Wattnow on rapid growth trajectory

Derby business Wattnow Electrical has learned how to overcome major challenges on its way to achieving significant growth over the past three years.

Passing Paws digs into niche market

Passing Paws Pet Cremations has tapped into a niche (but growing) market for personalised pet bereavement services, as part of the move towards greater humanisation of domestic animals.

QPC buying its way to dominant position

The executive team at Quality Printers & Cartridges has a simple strategy to become the dominant player in their industry – if you can’t beat them, buy them.

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