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WA manufactures strong demand

EXPORTS of WA manufactured goods are in a period of strong growth, says Commerce and Trade Minister Hendy Cowan. Elaborately Transformed Manufactures (ETM) exports grew in value by $177 million in the three months to February.

Rejuvenation for wild scallops

A PROJECT to supplement WA’s wild scallop stocks has begun.The project, run by Geraldton fishing company Elmwood Holdings, will support research and development into the production of juvenile scallops for release back into the wild.

Watchdog to guard GST intro

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released draft guidelines on pricing under a GST for public comment.

Pricey living in East Perth

ONE of the most expensive developments in the East Perth Redevelopment Authority area is soon to be built.The Upper East Side development will have 31 apartments and four penthouses. The dwellings will range in price from $490,000 to $1.65 million.

Standard upgraded

STANDARDS Australia has released the draft of the next generation ISO 9000 Quality Standards for public comment.

Perth hosts professionals

PERTH is playing host to the National Convention for Office Professionals in 2001.

RFA impacts on timber

THE timber industry should be pleased the WA Regional Forest Agreement has been signed, says Forest Industries Federation executive director Bob Pearce.

WA-India trade grows

WA BUSINESSES have been urged to consider India as an export market. Commerce and Trade Minister Hendy Cowan said India had a relatively strong economic position within the Indian Ocean Rim community and a huge population.

Computer commuters bring city business to the country

THE communications revolution, which has put local business in touch with the world, is also bringing big city business to the country.

Charter tours popular

RECREATIONAL fishing is proving extremely popular, charter tours are vital and diving tours are fast establishing themselves says Exmouth Charter Tours operator George King.

Lucon success

WITH three fabrication workshops, a national construction operation and an international parent, Lucon (Australia) Pty Ltd is a strong proponent of industrial success in the South West.

Fast ferry system

A SYSTEM developed by Austal Ships and the Australian Maritime Engineering Cooperative Research Centre reduces the motion of fast ferries operating in waves by up to 50 per cent.

Rates outlook of major concern

CORPORATE earnings growth and the outlook for interest rates are the major concerns for future returns in the world’s money market says Fidelity Investments UK executive director of investments, Chrissy Keen.

Bankwest net profit, earnings increased

BANKWEST has announced a net profit after tax of $116.1 million for the year to February 1999.

Greed/fear still prevails

ONE of the exhortations of financial planners and advisers generally is to maintain a balanced portfolio of assets.However, it is often impossible to break through the ‘greed/fear’ cycle so prevalent among investors.

Super changes official

THE government has released details of the new administration arrangements for self managed super funds.

Trade mark registration key to identification

AN increasing trend in recent years has been for businesses to consider entering into franchise agreements with other parties in order to increase their exposure.

Mentors tap business potential

ALL businesses reach their plateau before they reach their full potential. What is needed when this happens is a catalyst for further growth – a business mentor.

ERA seek franchisees

EXPENSE Reduction Analysts are looking for professional people to join their worldwide franchise of cost reduction experts.

Jani-King cleans up in WA

JANI-KING continues to push for dominance in Perth with a record annual turnover of $6.5 million and more than 630 cleaning contracts.

Snap ventures into English market

SNAP Printing solidified its status as Australia’s largest, most successful printing franchise with the recent addition of the 150th Snap centre in London.

Maid Perfect set to expand

Maid Perfect was launched last year by Lorna Good as a follow-on to her well-known Flying Domestics business.Flying Domestics is a casual cleaning service, while Maid Perfect is aimed at servicing larger homes on an ongoing basis.

Kwik Kerb: a well proven franchise system

KWIK Kerb are currently looking for dedicated franchisees. The company offers a system for the installation of continuous concrete edging.

Franchising – the past five years

A PERIOD of rapid franchise growth began in WA in 1993. Statistically, until then WA had been lagging behind the other states in terms of the growth of franchised business units in the marketplace.

Blue sky still shining on net

IF YOU thought the Internet was an area where entrepreneurs with drive and vision could forever change the fundamental rules of an industry, you’re too late, those days are gone already.

Small business grabs IT

THE vast majority of small businesses are backing information technology as much as they can, a new survey found.

Copyright to change

AUSTRALIA’S niche hardware and software industry is likely to get a boost from changes to the Copyright Act. The changes will allow hardware and software developers to decompile existing programs to help make compatible products.

Regional Review

WESTERN Australians have gained a reputation for being hardworking, innovative and, not only commercially progressive, but hugely successful.

Scenery attracts, not distracts

A GROWING share of the multi-billion dollar resource industry in Australia is being serviced from the South West, according to a recent study.