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The importance of identifying the right spokespeople, navigating confidentiality issues and adopting an effective communications plan were among the key takeaway messages from a high-powered Perth panel discussion on insolvency. The issue of insolvency is highly topical in Perth, given the publicity around big-name business failures in the hospitality industry, the appointment of administrators to WA’s oldest football club West Perth and the financial struggles of the 125-year-old Western Australian Club. At the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association conference in Perth last week, Ferrier Hodgson partner Martin Jones, Francis Burt Chambers barrister Jason MacLaurin and Cannings Purple Director of Media Strategy

From front bench to park bench, party rooms to the great outdoors, The Bench sees our politicians take a break from debating policy and the state of our nation to enjoy a park-side chat with Cannings Purple’s director of media strategy, Peter Klinger. These interviews add a breath of fresh air to all things politics, providing a unique insight into the life and times of our elected representatives. With discussion topics ranging from electorate issues to sport and everything in between, The Bench presents a candid, light-hearted series bound to inform, engage and entertain.    How Politics Has Changed From laptops in the chamber to

The country has a new prime minister, a freshly shaken-up ministry (including one newcomer from WA) and a set of Newspoll figures that strongly suggest Government would change hands if an election was held right now. Cannings Purple’s Director of Government Relations Astrid Serventy takes a look at a bewildering few days, with a particular eye on what Scott Morrison’s appointment as our 30th Prime Minister means for Western Australia.   The good news for WA… Is that West Australian representation in the ministry remains strong and one of Mr Morrison’s first public acts as PM was to reinforce his commitment to a multi-billion

Noongar businesses have embarked on a new drive towards economic success today, as Australia’s first culturally-based Chamber of Commerce and Industry was officially launched by WA Treasurer and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt. Cannings Purple is proud to be a supporting partner of the Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), an advocacy group and referral network for businesses operating in the South West of WA. NCCI was formed by a group of passionate and like-minded Noongar business leaders with a clear purpose to build the capacity and wealth of Noongar people. The group is led by chair Gordon Cole and includes other

Leading strategic communication agency Cannings Purple’s continued growth has been recognised with a shortlisting in the world’s biggest public relations awards.   The firm was this week announced as a finalist in the 2018 Financial PR Consultancies of the Year for the Asia-Pacific region in the prestigious SABRE Awards.   Cannings Purple Managing Director Warrick Hazeldine said the agency’s recognition as a finalist reflected its strong strategic approach and commitment to delivering insight, influence and innovation.   “This year has reflected a coming of age for Cannings Purple – moving into new offices in the centre of Perth, growing our team to 40 people and embarking

And in what felt like a blink of an eye, Diggers & Dealers 2018 is done and dusted again. A near-record crowd of about 2300 delegates – miners, explorers, financiers, investors, media and service providers – did the annual pilgrimage to the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for this outstanding and world-class mining investment forum. So what did we learn? Exploration and growth stories were popular though investors made clear that their interest was not matched by a willingness – at the moment – to part with cash. The Trump Trade Wars are to blame. And another year has passed without the much-hyped consolidation

This year's Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum Awards represented a bit of the new, the old and the special.  The new was the Dealer of the Year Award, which recognised Kidman Resources (ASX: KDR) for its strategic approach to developing its West Australian lithium assets as the electric vehicle revolution motors forward. Digger of the Year honours went to Kirkland Lake Gold (ASX: KLA) for its outstanding work in underground work at the Fosterville gold mine near Bendigo, which has already been in production for many years. The GJ Stokes Memorial Award, presented to someone who has contributed to the advancement of the

Property developers should look beyond the buyer when planning communications, writes Carina Tan-Van Baren.   What is the most important form of communication for a property developer? The answer to most would seem obvious: paid advertising, and hopefully some media coverage — anything that will promote your development and generate sales. There’s no question sales are important, particularly when it comes to getting a project across the line and out of the ground. But in getting to the point of having a product to sell, there are a number of other key considerations that need to be taken into account. You need to ensure your

From floorplans to appraisals, sales to construction, proptech has become a lucrative, disruptive force, writes Lauren Pow — but is the Perth property industry ready? The property market isn’t immune to the disruption of technology. As with every other sector, the use of artificial intelligence, robotics, automation and machine learning are changing the way things have are done, and that can make some in the industry uncomfortable. Property has always been a long-term play, from the five-plus years needed to develop to the 20-year cycle for many investments. But with technology shifting on a more rapid cycle, it is moving at a

On Thursday 2 August, the Property Council of Australia (PCA) released its latest Office Market Report – providing the latest snapshot of the performance of key CBD and CBD fringe office markets around Australia. Cannings Purple Corporate Affairs Director Fran Lawrence moderated the expert panel discussing the latest report for the PCA WA, and provides a wrap on the key takeaways for the Perth property sector. After a grim few years, the Perth office leasing market is showing signs of shaking off the gloom and finding its feet again. Just ten years ago, Perth had the lowest office vacancy rate on record –

The mining sector needs to tell its story better. In the face of declining corporate trust, a potential skills shortage, and increasingly-advanced and organised activism against the broader mining industry, now is the time to tell stakeholders, communities, government and the public about the positive social and economic contributions the sector makes to Australian life. These are three areas the industry should focus on to improve how it is perceived, and help guarantee its social license to operate over the coming years and decades.  1) Education: If we are to attract new talent to the sector, we need to ensure WA youngsters understand

We know what it’s like. You’re at an event, you’re busy with conversation and looking to catch up and grow your network – but what attention are you giving to your digital network? How do you network online at an event and join the digital conversation? I’m going to unpick how to use hashtags (those words and phrases prefixed by a #) to break into the digital conversation likely taking part at any event. It’s already happening with or without you but you can find that being a part of what’s transpiring will advance your real-world networking as well as pushing your