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Workplace guide

A GUIDE has been produced to help employers and employees negotiate WA’s workplace agreements system.

Wesfarmers PA ranked WA best

WESFARMERS’ Susan Ardagh won the Best PA in WA Award at the recent Variety Club Secretaries’ Day Breakfast.

United win

WA-BASED United Group has won a significant new project at the Olympics precinct in Homebush, Sydney.

Learning to learn improves earning

REGARDLESS of their size, industry or financial health, a majority of major companies around the world are suffering some version of executive talent shortage.

Focus the key

CREATING and reaching a clear-cut set of goals is a critical tool for anyone serious about starting or growing a business.

Beware dangers of surveillance

COMPANIES using surveillance equipment to monitor people engaged in ‘private’ activities will face penalties of up to $50,000 under new WA legislation soon to become law.

Benchmark to boost profits

EVER wondered just how your retail business is going? How do others pinpoint the areas in their store which have fallen down? How do they set their standards, their goals and their budgets?

No counting, no centre

AUSTRALIAN shopping centres could become empty shells if centre managers do not pay more attention to accurate customer traffic statistics, says retail performance specialist FootFall managing director John Gallagher.

GST policy could be heading to food folly

POLICY makers need to think carefully about the consequences of defining what type of food should be exempt from a GST.

Congress draws major speakers

THE Australian Society of CPAs has assembled a top cast of speakers for CPA Congress 99.

Ten tips to avoid same old business failures

FAILURE in business is no mystery. Over and over again, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make near identical mistakes.According to CPA Small Business spokesman Colin Beavis, up to 90 per cent of SMEs make the same financial mistakes.

De Beers forced to cut its selling

POOR global market conditions for high-quality diamonds has forced the De Beers controlled Central Selling Organisation to cut back sales in an attempt to stabilise the market.

Strong share sales driven by energy

STRONG gains in the value of shares on the Australian bourse during March were driven by the energy, resources and banking sectors.

Mining languishing in the doldrums

THE mining industry is in a vicious cycle with little light at the end of the tunnel.This is the general consensus of opinion among leading mining companies and economic analysts.

Sovereign clears Pilbara hurdle

SOVEREIGN Resources (Australia) NL has reached a significant milestone in the development of its SRDC manganese sulphate project.

Gold hunter may now be the hunted

MARKET indications are that a predator may be stalking Mt Magnet gold miner Hill 50 Gold NL.

Glengarry launches major program

PERTH-based Glengarry Resources NL has launched a big drilling program to consolidate its position in the Tanami Desert.

Bligh reviews its modus operandi

HYDROCARBON producer Bligh Oil & Minerals NL has drastically reviewed its modus operandi after recording heavy losses in oil and gas production.

Communication helps build up export push

HOW do you manage dealers in 48 different countries, many in the third world, with just a marketing staff of two? That is the question facing Elizabeth Natta and Stephen Nicholson of Q-Mac Electronics.

Enterprise market records huge hits upswing

THE Australian Stock Exchange’s Internet-based Enterprise Market (e.m) has scored a surge in website hits and another significant investment deal.

Trainer tackles Indonesian market

A WA small business training and advisory company is Indonesia bound.Living With Business recently won a major AusAid training project to deliver enterprise education throughout Indonesia.

Y2K inaction could cripple sector: Garland

INACTION regarding the Millennium Bug could cripple WA’s small business sector says Small Business Development Corporation chairman John Garland.

Speakers' circuit is latest joke

Funny, corporately speaking, has become big business. While Peter Holland can be assured there are still places on the speakers’ circuit for the serious MC, the wise-cracker gets the bigger round of applause.

Singapore sailing smoothly onwards

OUR trading pal Singapore, we can report after a three-day excursion there, isn’t about to roll over under the weight of Asia’s economic collapse.

PR triumphant in debate

The world’s squillion dollar public relations juggernaut is resting easier this week after squashing the ill-placed notion: “We don’t need public relations when we’ve got marketing”.

Hope for gold

Gold Corporation CEO Don Mackay-Coghill and WMC executive general manager, Peter Johnston are among those maintaining faith in gold. As you would expect.

Ensure your website is visible

RESEARCH shows 87 per cent of newcomers to the net are there to make money, yet most new entries to this market make two fundamental mistakes in web design.

Local firms miss big US boom

FEW Australian companies have been part of the boom in Internet stocks which is being fuelled by the aggressive US venture capital industry.

Acer bytes

A LARGE piece of the $90 million budget to supply WA schools with computers has gone to one supplier.