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BUSINESS OF NEW FREMANTLE CHAMBER CEO IN LIQUIDATION

 

What a strange coincidence that the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday last week announced that its new CEO will be Danicia Quinlan, but in today’s West Australian it is reported that Quinlan and co-owner Michael Taylor have closed their Fromage Artisans in the Perth CBD and called in the liquidators because the business is not financially viable.

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DANICIA QUINLAN NEW FREO CHAMBER CEO

Posted in business, chamber of commerce, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on March 6, 2019

 

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The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce has announced that Danicia Quinlan will be the new CEO from March 11.

Here is what they wrote:

Danicia is an experienced business leader and strategist, with a passion for organisational change, social and economic development and creative implementation, built across 25 years of management, corporate consulting and leadership roles. 

Her diverse background has included management positions with the Fashion Council WA, Woodside Energy, BHP Billiton and the City of Westminster in the UK. She has a close working relationship with Tourism WA, State Government Agencies and the City of Perth.

Danicia also has a successful project and consulting track record.  Her high profile work has included a social and economic impact for Fremantle Ports Outer Harbour Project, Boddington Gold Mine and a closure plan for Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines. Most recently she has worked with Block Branding on a WA regional food producer awards initiative for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

A 2004 Business News 40 Under 40 Award Recipient and a Foundation for Young Australians Youth Leaders Delegate, she has also held positions on the boards of Fashion Council WA, Style Aid Committee for the WA Aids Council, FPWA Sexual Health Services, WAAPA’s 25th Anniversary Committee and Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce President Ivan Dzeba said: “Danicia’s diverse background will add significant experience and depth to the Chamber’s team and we look forward to working with her to deliver on the Chamber’s new strategic plan and engage with local Fremantle businesses to maintain and develop a thriving business community”.

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NEW FEMALE CEO FOR FREO CHAMBER

Posted in business, chamber of commerce, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on March 6, 2019

 

When is an exclusive not an exclusive I wonder, because while I have had confirmed that the next CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce is going to be a woman who is a resident of Fremantle, I have not been able to find out who she is.

There is a rumour that it is an East Fremantle lady who works in the fashion industry, and while I do have her name I am reluctant to publish it without having confirmation from the FCC.

Stay tuned! 😨

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FREO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LOOKING FOR NEW CEO

 

olwyn willams

 

The position for a new CEO for the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce is advertised on SEEK, so that means that the vivacious Olwyn Williams will be leaving the Freo Chamber.

Williams took over from Tim Milsom three or four years ago and was a very strong voice for Fremantle’s traders.

From the Seek.com website:

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce (FCC) is focused on economic development across the Fremantle region and its purpose is to build, support and sustain strong business activity and growth. As an advocate for business, FCC has been part of the fabric of Fremantle for well over a century and is committed to its future.

Fremantle has an eclectic mix of economic sectors including one of the Western Australia’s major tourism destinations, main street retail and commercial centre, a key hub for port, marine, trade and logistics, a university town, an innovative industrial zone and a centre of creative economies.

A strong and robust business sector is a conduit to develop Fremantle’s economy and workforce and grow its community

About the role

The Chief Executive Officer is to promote the Chamber as a recognised voice and forum for business opinion on matters affecting the retail, tourism, commercial and industrial base of the City of Fremantle.

Key Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Leadership:

Making Fremantle the place for business and include representing the business community to influential stakeholders.

Leading the region’s business community by promoting a robust environment and enhancing economic activity throughout the Fremantle region.

Identify new avenues for future economic growth.

Prepare a strategy on how to deliver the Greater Fremantle Action Plan (GFAP) with key stakeholders.

Sustainability & business growth:

Strengthen FCC’s three business revenue streams, namely membership, building management and export documentation.

Prepare a comprehensive business development strategy which connects all three revenue streams.

Business operations & finance:

Responsible for the finance performance of the organisation.

Prepare annual budgets, monitor and control expenditure.

In association with the FCC Book Keeper and Treasurer ensure that accurate financial reports are submitted, on time, monthly to the FCC Board.

 

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THE GREATER FREMANTLE ACTION PLAN

 

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Future Freo chairman Adrian Fini launched the Greater Fremantle Action Plan by the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce in the Australia II gallery of the Maritime Museum on Thursday evening, in front of Minister Simone McGurk, Mayor Brad Pettitt and several councillors and CoF staff, as well as representatives from Notre Dame University, Fremantle Port, Silverleaf Investments and business leaders.

The 28-page Action Plan is well worth reading and I assume the Chamber will put it on line, as it is too substantial to address every item in it here on the blog.

FCOC chair Ivan Dzeba said that Fremantle is already a great place but it can be better, while Adrian Fini said that we do need change and will fall apart if we don’t move forward.

We need to ask ourselves what is Fremantle’s strength and cultural identity, and we have great opportunities which need great leadership, but growth in technology will take shoppers away, but Fremantle has unique offerings that other shopping precincts do not have.

There is a deep journey ahead that demand teamwork with council, businesses and the community working together, Fini said.

The Greater Fremantle Action Plan records Freo’s strengths as having:

  • Dynamic economy particularly in transport and related industries, the arts and receational services, accommodation, food and health care
  • A unique profile consisting of heritage strength and character
  • Fremantle Port remains Fremantle’s most important industry
  • Fremantle has a unique combination of the knowledge economy and creative industries
  • Health services and related sectors continue to play an important role despite the downsizing of Fremantle Hospital
  • Fremantle has a global reputation as a tourist destination

 

So what are the plans for action?

 

Create the Conditions

  • Business attraction plan
  • Destination marketing campaign
  • Develop financial incentives
  • Policy and regulation review
  • Complete structure plan
  • Develop infrastructure to support a cultural plan

Connecting People, Places & Markets

  • Planning for affordable housing
  • Improvements to urban realm in commercial areas
  • Improvements to public transport
  • Sophisticated city centre parking plan
  • Connected cycle path network
  • Improvements to regional connections
  • Improvements to visitor booths and wayfinding
  • Improvements to pedestrian access

Promoting our Place

  • Broader and more unified approach to marketing
  • Develop relevant Fremantle ‘apps’
  • Unique brand development
  • Expand toursim accommodation
  • Explore new tourism opportunities
  • Grow conference/events industry

 

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ROB FITTOCK CEO OF NEW FREO NOW

 

Freo Now-BID

 

FREMANTLE BID-Business Improvement District, abandoned by the City of Fremantle to make way for Destination Marketing, has reinvented itself as FREO NOW, as I reported a few days ago.

FREO NOW will be reliant on Member contribution as it no longer received the differential rates the City of Fremantle charges CBD businesses.

BID members are offered a 50% discount. For just $ 2 per week, or $ 100 a year Freo Now will continue to support local traders, advocate the City on their behalf, organise events and training, etc. This offer is available to every business in Fremantle, not just those in the CBD and former BID area.

Former Fremantle Councillor Rob Fittock will be the interim volunteer CEO of the new Freo Now during this transition period, and he will provide support and help. He aims to visit all the traders, but if you need urgent support you can call Rob on 0431 562 887.

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RETAIL PENALTY RATES NOT SUPPORTED BY SAT

Posted in business, city of fremantle, local government, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2018

 

I am not sure at all why Fremantle Council is wasting officers’ time to investigate higher(penalty) rates for long time vacant street level retail spaces, when other councils have already done so, but their plans were rejected by the State Administrative Tribunal.

Blaming ‘greedy’ landlords for empty retail spaces is ignoring the global downturn in retail and online shopping becoming more popular.

It is even more flabbergasting that Fremantle Council has instructed the administration to investigate penalty rates in a time where traffic and parking in the CBD is impacted by the Kings Square redevelopment and more shops have closed in William Street and the Fremantle Mall because of that.

It is pie in the sky thinking that temporary pop ups by amateurs who don’t have the money to invest in a long time sustainable business is a solution for the retail problems Fremantle and the rest of Australia has.

Many traders in Fremantle have closed after only 6-12 months of trading because they did not do any research on the viability of their business in the locations they opened up shop. A cafe in Phillimore Street that took over from another unsuccessful cafe only lasted three months, which shows the naivety and lack of financial backing of some who start a new business.

Don’t waste officers’ time Fremantle Council!

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FREMANTLE BUSINESS STATION OPENS

Posted in business, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on October 14, 2017

 

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt last night opened the new office of business incubator Business Station at 21A Pakenham Street.

The office will have hot desks, co-working space and a meeting room and is ideal for small businesses and visiting business people who require short-term office space.

Business Station is an independent not-for-profit organisation that already has offices in Subiaco, Joondalup, Welshpool and Gosnells.

For more information see http://www.businessstation.com.au or email admin@businessstation.com.au.

 

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FREO BID NEEDS PRIVATE BACKERS

Posted in bid, business, city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 13, 2017

The Fremantle Business Improvement District-BID will be extended by another three years, but subject to yearly performance criteria.

The City of Fremantle charges CBD businesses an additional differential ‘city centre commercial rate’ and BID will receive $ 356,394.00 for the next financial year to promote and assist inner city traders.

I believe the real issue for BID is to get substantial additional funding because nearly two-third of the money they receive from Fremantle City goes to paying staff, office rent and outgoings, so not much is left to support our traders.

It will have to be seen if private operators are willing to back BID with additional funding, because if not the future of BID is going to be shaky.

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NEW FREO BID CEO A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

Posted in bid, business, chamber of commerce, city of fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2017

I hear there will be fantastic news for the Fremantle business community when the former CEO of the Chamber of Commerce will be signed up as the new CEO of the Fremantle BID-Business Improvement District.

Unlike other FCoC heads the ever-smiling Milsom hardly ever complained about Fremantle council but with his can do attitude proactively initiated events to the benefit of everyone in Freo.

I fondly remember when Milsom suggested to have an Indonesian show at the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Market and he found out on the Saturday morning that the musicians had arrived but without instruments. No worries for Milsom who borrowed, begged and hired the instruments required and the evening was a great success.

That is the kind of positive problem solving attitude that Fremantle needs, so welcome back Tim. I am delighted!

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