Western Australian Business News

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Business News (formerly 'WA Business News') is an independently owned business media organisation which provides a digital news service and weekly business newspaper. Established in 1993 and based in Perth, Western Australia, their twice daily business alerts reach 27,000 email addresses and the paper has a total weekly circulation of 10,487[1] and readership of 62,690.[2]

The newspaper was founded by Harry Kleyn and his business partners Vanguard Press as a fortnightly free circulation newspaper in Perth. In 2000, after finding new investors, the paper developed a digital edition and changed to weekly circulation. The new investors were represented on the operational side by Elton Swarts, the current Executive Chairman. The Editorial Department was also expanded. Business News moved to a subscription model in 2002.[3]

The newspaper publishes the Book of Lists, an annual business listing for Western Australia, two free Daily Business Alert emails delivered at 7.00am and 4.00pm, as well as organising a number of events such as 40under40, an awards programme for young business achievers and Rising Stars, a programme for Western Australia's fastest-growing, private companies.

Business News also hosts the Success and Leadership Breakfast Series throughout the year, featuring highly regarded Western Australian business leaders, speaking about their own professional and personal journey of success.

In 2013, the company rebranded to the new 'Business News' name and expanded their pay wall around their digital assets. Subscribers have complete access to the web site, article archive and online Book of Lists. Registered Users can view up to 8 articles a month in a metered model before the pay wall kicks in. It still publishes a weekly fully colour business newspaper.[4]


In 2003, the newspaper won a Bronze Award at the Alliance of Area Business Publications Editorial Excellence Awards. WA Business News subsequently won the Bronze Award for Small Business Tabloid and Best Scoop. In 2007, it won the Gold Award for Best Special Section Design and in 2008, the Silver Award for Best Front Page.


  1. ^ "Alliance of Area Business Publications Membership Overview". Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  2. ^ Nielsen 2008, as quoted on Business News website
  3. ^ "WA Business News Corporate History". Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  4. ^ Business News website, 10th April 2013

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