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FREE HELP TO KICKSTART FREO SMALL BUSINESSES

Posted in business, city of fremantle, hospitality, marketing, PR,, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2020

 

The offer of FREE PR, copy writing and photography support to help kick start small Fremantle businesses has been embraced by quite a few traders and that is keeping Ingrid, Saffi and I busy, but we have not communicated well what it is about, so here it is:

THREE PROFESSIONAL CREATIVES HELP KICKSTART LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES

We are three Fremantle creatives who love Freo and have come together to provide a one-off service to local traders who have been affected by the Corona Virus restrictions and shutdowns.

If your small business is opening, re-opening or struggling to stay open, we’d like to give you a boost to let people know where you are and what you do.

SO WHO ARE WE?
Saffi Ali: Professional Photographer
http://www.facebook.com/saff.ali.7
0420 786 321

Ingrid Waltham: Advertising copywriter, online content writer and journalist. thewritingeditor@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/TheWritingEditor/?modal=admin_todo_tour
http://www.thewritingeditor.com.au

Roel Loopers: Professional photographer and Freo’s well-known and well-respected blogger. 
roelloopers48@gmail.com
http://www.freoview.wordpress.com

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?
Any one or more of the following:
A complimentary photographic session (business premises and surrounds)
Tailored written content that you can use in advertising, social media or your website
Advice on ways to promote your business
Inclusion in Roel’s widespread blog, Freoview
Promotion of your business throughout our own networks and connections

This is a one-off service to small, local businesses in Fremantle and East Fremantle and is not intended to be part of an ongoing campaign, however we can provide further professional marketing services at negotiated rates if required.
This complimentary offer is available until 30 June 2020.

Call or email any one of us if we can help you!

Roel Loopers

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT AT BITCHES BREW

Posted in bitches brew, business, city of fremantle, covid-19, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2020

 

Bitches Brew

 

What a great attitude and community spirit! I bumped into Ruth and Nigel of Freo’s BITCHES BREW framers, printers and art space and wondered why they still keep their shop open.

They were adamant that they have an obligation to the community and businesses around them, and although there was very little trade for them they wanted to have the shop open to support the local cafes and few shops that are still trading.

If the Covid-19 crisis is the perfect period to redecorate your home, go and get photo prints done, pictures framed or buy works from local artists at Bitches Brew. They are gorgeous people!

The shop is near the corner of Pakenham Street and opposite Cafe 55 and Lee’s newsagency.

Roel Loopers

CONSIDERATE PROPERTY OWNERS AHEAD OF THE GAME

Posted in business, city of fremantle, covid-19, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2020

 

It is good to read in the POST community paper that landlords in the western suburbs are a lot more considerate than the owner of the property leased to the Fremantle Chart&Map Shop in Collie Street, who were evicted.

The POST reports that FJM Properties, which owns dozens of properties in Claremont, Subiaco and West Leederville will not charge any rent to tenants who have closed their shops, and once they re-open there won’t be any back rent to be paid either.

That is the kind of community spirit we are also asking Fremantle property owners to engage in. Bars, restaurants, and pubs were all forced to close, because of the Covid-19 restrictions, and cafes are only allowed to sell take-away.

People have been asked to stay at home and only leave for essential food shopping, so many retailers also had to close because there are no shoppers around.

Property owners need to ask themselves if it is better to have vacant shops once the coronavirus is contained, or if they’d rather have good tenants in there who will be paying rent again. It seems a no-brainer to me.

Roel Loopers

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STATE GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATES CHART&MAP SHOP EVICTION

Posted in business, city of fremantle, covid-19, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2020

 

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All is not lost for the owners of Fremantle Chart&Map Shop in Collie Street, who were evicted by their inconsiderate and selfish landlord.

I hear that the WA Minister for Small Business Paul Papalia has asked the Commissioner for Small Business to investigate this matter.

The Prime Minister announced a moratorium on evictions of tenants only a few days ago, so one has to see if the eviction is against those new regulations.

What is very disappointing here is that the property owner shows a serious lack of corporate responsibility and community spirit. It’s just not the Freo way to not support those who need a helping hand.

How can it possibly be better to get to the other end of the Covid-19 crisis with a vacant shop, instead of still having a tenant there who has been there for 25 years? The narrow-mindedness of the landlord’s decision is mind blowing.

Support the Chart&Map Shop! Contact your state and federal politicians!!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CHART&MAP SHOP EVICTED

Posted in business, city of fremantle, covid-19, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2020

 

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The first Fremantle business tragedy has been revealed with the owner of the Chart&Map Shop in Collie Street, which has been trading there for 25 years, announcing they have been evicted by the property owner. This is his story:

Hey everyone, amidst the turmoil of life in 2020 and countless unhappy stories, I have one of my own. We have been evicted.

This crisis has been tough on the map shop and we just haven’t been able to make the rent. After 25 years, this stupid virus and the unwillingness of some to negotiate have brought about the end of an era. And, honestly, it’s breaking my heart.

Near on two thirds of my life have been in this building. From the early days watching dad lean against the counter talking boat with the saltiest of dogs (I wish he was still here, he always knew what to do), through the times after mum and dad retired when we were still small and my sister and I would fill our days racing some crappy crossword or attempting to memorize all the capital cities (my favourite is still Ouagadougou), to the heady days before the likes of Amazon stomped on everything and into the struggles of modern retail. All of it has been in this place.

I promise it’s not the end for us yet, but it is the end of us in this building. I’m not sure what the next move is, I’m still figuring that out, but as of the end April our 30 days will be up and we will no longer be at 14 Collie Street. Just like that. So long you big beautiful blue bastard.

This is incredibly sad and so unfair on the business owners. I hope that another property owner will offer them a shop at an affordable rent, so that they can keep on trading. Life is a bastard sometimes!
It is my understanding though that the Prime Minister said there was a six months moratorium on evictions from rental properties, both business and private, so fight it!
Roel Loopers

 

DISAPPOINTING SUPPORT FOR FREO BUSINESSES.

 

I am very disappointed that Fremantle Council is only offering a deferral of rent payment during these incredibly difficult times, and only for businesses who have closed or partially closed.

Up to six months deferral of rent payment on City-owned properties from the time of full or partial closure of the business.

I am well aware that the City of Fremantle is financially struggling, and now that there is hardly any income from parking fees and fines the Freo coffers will look much worse soon, but we need to back our business community, because once the Covid-19 crisis is over we want to see Freo back as soon as possible to its old vibrancy.

To just defer rental payment won’t be enough for many businesses, and they will not re-open when all this is over. It is not good enough, Freo Council! Scrap the rents for at least six months, instead of the token gesture of deferring payment!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CITY COVID BUSINESS SUPPORT

 

Free on-street parking and up to six months deferral of rent payments on City-owned properties are some of the measures the City of Fremantle has put in place to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis.

The City will also defer all statutory fees for six months and has waived alfresco dining fees.

Immediate business support measures at a glance:

  • Free on-street parking in Fremantle for the next three months (posted time limits still apply).
  • Up to six months deferral of rent payment on City-owned properties from the time of full or partial closure of the business.
  • Waiving of all alfresco dining fees.
  • A full refund on all cancelled bookings of City facilities.
  • Free access to business support advisory services via the Small Business Capacity Building Program and complimentary one-on-one advisory sessions to provide information about the federal and state stimulus packages.
  • Inspection fees waived for food businesses providing take-away.
  • Exemptions from planning approvals for many changes of land use and fast tracking other approvals for business.
  • Fast-tracking of payment for creditors.
  • Continuing to invest in major capital works program in Fremantle including the Kings Square renewal project.
  • Promotion of businesses via the City’s Visit Fremantle social media platforms and website.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the business relief measures were designed to supplement the COVID-19 support already being offered by the state and federal governments.

“This is clearly a very difficult time for local businesses, with many of them restricted to online or take-away trade and others choosing to close down altogether,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“The City has taken steps to take some of the pressure off local businesses by deferring rent payments for tenants of City-owned properties and deferring or waiving a number of fees and charges for other businesses.

“We will also negotiate with City tenants on a case-by-case basis to make adjustments to outgoings like power and water, and we will offer individual payment plans on council rates to those who are experiencing financial hardship.

“I expect we will be making further announcements about rates in the coming days.”

Mayor Pettitt said the free on-street parking would apply until the end of June and may be extended beyond that if necessary.

“Time limits will still apply but this will at least make it easier for businesses and residents to access our key retail areas and support those businesses that are still trading in these challenging times,” he said.

The City of Fremantle, as part of its Small Business Capacity Building Program, has partnered with Business Foundations to deliver complimentary one-on-one advisory sessions to provide information about the federal and state stimulus packages.

A complete list of the state and federal support measures is available through the Grant Guru portal on the City’s website.

Business Foundations can offer the service online, over the phone or face-to-face if required. Advisors will spend an hour with each business providing tailored advice.

To register for a session, which is provided free of charge through the City’s Small Business Capacity Building Program, businesses simply need complete a registration form, select COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Advisory and email to business@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

 

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ANY HELP FOR FREO BUSINESSES?

Posted in business, city of fremantle, covid-19, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2020

 

We have yet to hear Fremantle Council announcing any measures to make life for businesses in our city easier, so a few questions from me.

Do those in the hospitality industry still pay for the alfresco areas they are not using, and if they payed upfront will the money be reimbursed?

Will businesses in City owned properties get rent relief, especially those businesses that were forced to close?

Is Fremantle still charging parking fees and issuing parking fines?

Roel Loopers

 

 

 

GOVERNMENT SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT!

Posted in business, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on March 18, 2020

 

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FREO CITY SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS GRANTS

Posted in business, city of fremantle, local government, state government, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2020

 

The City of Fremantle is providing assistance to local businesses to help them take advantage of COVID-19 support packages being offered by the state and federal governments.

The City of Fremantle, as part of its Small Business Capacity Building Program, has partnered with Business Foundations to deliver complimentary one-on-one advisory sessions to provide information about the federal and state stimulus packages.

Business Foundations can offer the service online, over the phone or face-to-face if required. Advisors will spend an hour with each business providing tailored advice.

To register for a session, which is provided free of charge through the City’s Small Business Capacity Building Program, businesses simply need complete a registration form, select COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Advisory and email to business@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Only a limited number of places are available for eligible businesses. Refer to the Small Business Capacity Building Program website for a registration form and eligibility criteria.

The Australian Government has announced a COVID-19 support package for businesses that includes:

  • Cash flow payment of up to $25,000 for employers
  • 50 per cent wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees
  • Increase in the instant asset write off threshold to $150,000
  • 50 per cent accelerated depreciation for investments

The WA State Government has also announced it will be providing relief for business through its own stimulus package including:

  • $607 million stimulus package to support WA households and small businesses in the wake of COVID-19
  • $114 million in additional measures to support small businesses
  • Small businesses that pay payroll tax will receive a one-off grant of $17,500
  • $1 million payroll tax threshold brought forward by six months to July 1, 2020
  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can defer payroll tax payments until July 21, 2020

Further resources and information relating to the Federal Government’s program and others has been provided below:

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