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Special Reports

Builders target niche opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: Competition is ramping up among the state’s commercial builders, as different strategies emerge to fill order books.

Relationships key to longevity

SPECIAL REPORT: Two home-grown WA building companies are celebrating four decades in the business this year.

Leadership demand a sign of the times

SPECIAL REPORT: A soft economy hasn’t deterred a new leadership organisation from launching leadership training and development programs in WA.

Ship spending to trigger apprentice uptake

SPECIAL REPORT: Henderson shipbuilders have plans to put on hundreds of apprentices as billions of dollars in naval investment is expected in the next few years.

Business, Labor keen to make training work

SPECIAL REPORT: A 19 per cent drop in the number of trainees and apprentices in WA over the past five years is a challenge for the new state government, but also an opportunity to grow the sector.

Providers prepare for future needs

SPECIAL REPORT: Government reforms and cuts to funding could limit the aged care sector’s capacity to meet future demand.

Capital raisings top $1bn

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australian stockbrokers and companies raised nearly $1.1 billion in 104 transactions in the March quarter, with gold deals being a major driver of activity, according to new data compiled for the BNiQ Search Engine.

OreCorp pursues gold plan with Africa focus

SPECIAL REPORT: OreCorp is the latest in a string of Perth-based gold companies to complete large capital raisings this year.

Influence radiates from centre of power

SPECIAL REPORT: A small group of ministers and backroom advisers close to Mark McGowan will set the agenda for the new state government.

Data drives ICT opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: The growing use of technology as a business enabler is creating opportunities for information and communication technology (ICT) firms.

Data centres target top tier

SPECIAL REPORT: Three data centre operators, including new player Pier DC, are set to be big winners from the state government’s GovNext plan, though a fourth operator is seeking to spoil the party.

Airport to open adventures, exports

SPECIAL REPORT: The upgrade of the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport promises to be a game-changer for the South West.

Marketing shift as Perth opens for tourists

SPECIAL REPORT: WA’s tourism growth strategy is moving from finding supply to driving demand.

Connecting the indigenous experience

Accessibility and funding are two issues that have compromised the ability of WA’s Aboriginal tourism sector to satisfy unmet visitor demand.

Pfleger taking medical research out of the lab

40under40: Kevin Pfleger is on a mission to turn WA medical research into solutions for chronic disease.

Santa Maria creates commercial gains

40under40: As the creator of two medical devices, Peter Santa Maria is determined to help Perth scientists and doctors commercialise their research and inventions.

Cedar repositions Gumala for growth

40under40: First Amongst Equals winner Jahna Cedar has built a career blending her business acumen and indigenous heritage.

Azimi works to plant positive seeds

40under40: Welcomed to Australia after fleeing his home country, Akram Azimi hopes to pay it forward by working to improve education standards for disadvantaged children.

Miners warm to HiSeis’ vision

SPECIAL REPORT: Eight years after HiSeis was spun out from Curtin University, executive chairman Don Pridmore believes its use of seismic technology in mineral exploration is starting to gain traction.

Klen fires up as market turns

SPECIAL REPORT: Klen International’s work in the gold sector offers a valuable insight into how Western Australian companies are taking the expertise from the state’s resources industry and developing it well beyond the mine pit.

Smaller players seek to reduce freight barriers

SPECIAL REPORT: Contractors face hurdles as they bid for work with major companies, and suggest a more open approach might bring benefits.

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