Special Reports

Supply chain a key to unlock Asia

Investment in South-East Asia’s grain supply chain will be one way for Western Australian growers to avoid losing market share amid growing demand for wheat in the region, according to the head of a m

Telcos jockey to ride the NBN

SPECIAL REPORT: The national broadband network is throwing up unexpected competitive challenges for players in the communications sector.

Private capital backs testing lab merger

SPECIAL REPORT: The recent sale and merger of two testing laboratories in Perth has allowed the vendors of each business to achieve very different outcomes.

Business brokers jostle for market lead

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth’s major business brokers are adapting their strategies to deal with a changing buyer profile and a general softening of prices.

Market enables new listings

SPECIAL REPORT: The stock market’s appetite for new listings is allowing a range of companies, from family-owned engineering firm Veem to big national player Alinta Energy, to raise capital.

Scramble to keep starts up

SPECIAL REPORT: Divergent strategies are emerging as builders struggle to maintain relevance in WA’s hard-hit housing construction sector.

Building in design flexibility

SPECIAL REPORT: WA builders are responding to the industry’s slowdown by giving potential homebuyers unprecedented choice.

Boutique builds a package deal

SPECIAL REPORT: Boutique builders are finding their bespoke approach is helping insulate them from the widespread slowdown of activity.

Brewers, bars team up to grow craft consumption

SPECIAL REPORT: WA brewers are finding that it’s better for the industry if they work together.

Carrying the can for craft beer

SPECIAL REPORT: There’s a definite case of old school meets new school going on in the boutique brewing set, with aluminium cans increasingly the container of choice among the craft beer crowd.

Little Dove win a gauge of local craft brewers’ art

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australian breweries’ continued success is building on a rich brewing pedigree.

Currency and cost factors favour gold stocks

SPECIAL REPORT: A record high Australian dollar price in June has provided a tailwind for the state’s gold sector, and 2017 is looking to be a similarly positive year.

Digging in for exploration spend

SPECIAL REPORT: Some of Western Australia’s biggest gold miners plan to boost their exploration spend in the coming year, with Saracen Mineral Holdings and Northern Star Resources among those committed to putting increasing amounts ‘into the ground’.

Welborn resolute on innovation

SPECIAL REPORT: Innovation is a key plank of Resolute Mining’s strategy to keep costs down and extend mine life, managing director John Welborn told Business News, while acknowledging the pressures such a plan placed on capital and human resources.

Identifying workplace safety risks

SPECIAL REPORT: New research and software products are aiming to further reduce workplace fatality rates.

Caught short on workplace wellness

SPECIAL REPORT: Investment in workplace wellness programs has declined from boom-time levels, when it seems the need is greater than ever.

The future, coming to a mall near you

Perth’s big retail centres are evolving to become much more than just a collection of shops.

Neighbourhood centres the place to be

Suburban shopping centres are becoming the most sought-after asset class in property.

Power shift disrupts traditional model

SPECIAL REPORT: Discussion about a sale of Western Power is taking place against a backdrop of rapid technological change in the sector, as networks brace for an onslaught of competition from battery storage.

SMEs seek leadership, reform

SPECIAL REPORT: Small businesses have taken a hit as confidence drops and the economy slows, but there are a few things governments can do to begin to alleviate the pain.