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REAL SUPPORT FOR FREMANTLE’S SMALL BUSINESSES

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, retail, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2019

 

Great new idea to support Fremantle’s small businesses!

Small businesses in Fremantle will have access to subsidised training, support and mentoring under a new pilot program being trialed by the City of Fremantle.

The City has appointed independent small business advocates Freo Now and local business support organisation Business Foundations to offer the Business Capacity Building program.

The program will initially be open to up to 40 retail or hospitality, bricks and mortar small businesses based in the City of Fremantle, with the City contributing 80 per cent of the cost.

Business Foundations will provide general business advice and performance assessment services, while Freo Now will offer assistance with sales and promotion and financial management.

At the end of the pilot period, the City will consider extending and broadening the program based on the feedback of businesses and the service providers.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the capacity building program was designed to give local small businesses a helping hand in a tough economic climate.

Many small businesses close within a year because they have not done their market research and just follow a dream, so a program that deals with the hard-hitting facts of running a small business in challenging economic times is fantastic.

To apply for the program go to the Business Capacity Building page on the City of Fremantle website: https://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/business/your-business/managing-and-growing-your-business

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FREO CRUISE SHIP SEASON ENDED THIS WEEK

 

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The Fremantle cruise ship season for this summer ended this week when the Viking left Fremantle Port on Thursday.

There were 35 cruise ship calls to Fremantle, which annually bring around 88,000 passengers to town with an estimated value to Fremantle of $ 235 million.

Shuttle buses from the Passenger Terminal on Victoria Quay to Kings Square were provided by the City of Fremantle, where they were greeted by tourist guides from the Visitor Centre, while roaming visitor guides walked around the inner city to give out information and street maps.

There were several ships who arrived on a maiden journey to Freo, including the huge MSC Magnifica pictured above.

The next cruise ship will arrive on October 20.

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TRADERS UPDATED ABOUT KINGS SQUARE PROCESS

 

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Only a handful of local traders turned up yesterday for an update about the building progress of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

These updates at the Federal Hotel have been regular events to keep affected traders in the loop.

Those who came heard form builders Pindan and Probuild, Sirona Capital and City of Fremantle Director Infrastructure and Project Delivery Graham Tattersall that things are going very well and to schedule.

Completion of our Civic Centre community facility will be in July 2020, so a construction period of 18 months. Excavation will start in two weeks for the lower level and the main structure will be up before Christmas this year, so that will give us all a much better idea of what we can expect and how it works in the space.

Sirona is on the home straight with their two buildings and they are estimated to be completed by August/September this year. The paving of Newman Court on the Sirona side will be done in September and the Civic Centre half toward completion of that building.

Queen Street should be back to normal in July when the hoarding there comes down, so that will make traffic flow a bit easier.

The Newman Court thoroughfare between William Street and Queen Street will be open before Christmas, so that is good news as well. Scaffolding around the carpark will be removed in July.

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BETTER BID BETTER BUSINESS

Posted in bid, chamber of commerce, city of fremantle, retail, tourism, traders by freoview on February 9, 2017

The decision to continue with the Fremantle BID-Business Improvement District was deferred on Wednesday evening by the City of Fremantle’s Finance, Policy and Legislation Committee because members were not convinced that BID has found its niche yet, in what Chair Andrew Sullivan called the Holy Trinity of BID, the Chamber of Commerce and the CoF. It had five years to find that focus.

New BID CEO Tim Milsom told the Councillors about plans for new events, markets, getting external funding etc. but the elected members questioned if it should be BID’s role to organise events or rather to connect traders better with events the city and outside organisations already put up.

How do businesses, especially retailers, get to benefit from events and what are the programs, outcomes and benefits councillors asked.

Olwyn Williams, the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce spoke against extending the BID contract for another three years.

It was questioned how effective and successful BID could be when relying on a handful of volunteers and staff.

BID has been successful with running treasure hunts during school holidays which attract large numbers of children with parents who stay in Fremantle long, discover new businesses and often come back a second day to do the whole list.

For example the Sculpture@Bathers show could have a fringe events where artists who are not invited to the main show on Bathers Beach exhibit their sculptures in the windows of shops all over Fremantle and walking tours to view them could be organised by BID. Retailers could offer specials to people who come to events and tap into social media more and better.

For BID to want to organise new markets they should realise that there are already too many markets around Perth according to unhappy stall holders. The Friday night market at Princess May Market failed to attract new people and the Fremantle and E Shed markets, and the very successful South Beach food market and Growers Green farmers market cater for weekend visitors already.

The challenge for BID, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fremantle is to attract visitors to Fremantle at the start of the week. Freo is doing okay on Fridays and quite well on Saturdays and Sundays, but needs to get busier the first four days of the week. What can be organised to turn Freo from a weekend destination into an all week one?

I think the City will extend BID but it would require that the organisation deeply contemplates its role and find its focus because it has not been able to do that in BID’s first disappointing five years.

If my information is right I understand BID bought the artwork in front of Bathers Beach House and that is definitely not their role.

It should not be up to the CoF to come up with new ideas for BID because the concept is that this independent organisation would cut through red tape and connect with traders. If BID has a lack of concept, focus and ideas than the City’s marketing and economic development department might as well do it in house an use the $ 350,000.00 a year BID has been getting the last five years.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE QUARTERLY REPORT # 2

Posted in city of fremantle, economy, local government, traders by freoview on May 1, 2015

More from the Fremantle Quarterly Report:

Fourteen new businesses opened in Fremantle between January and March 2015. The new openings continue to provide a strong signal that business owners believe in Fremantle’s offering and are willing to invest and capitalise during the city’s important time of revitalisation.

List of new businesses (in alphabetical order):

Beehive Gourmet Pantry (Facebook – Beehive Gourmet Pantry)
Clearskincare Clinics (Website – Clearskincare Clinics)
Distribution Lane (Facebook – Distribution Lane)
Fremantle Hostel (Website – Fremantle Hostel)
Freo’s lounge (Website – Freo’s Lounge Café)
Gesha (Facebook – Gesha Coffee Co)
Han Yang Mart
Pigeonhole (Website – Pigeonhole)
Propeller (Website – Propeller North Freo)
Sawadee Thai massage (Website – Kinnaree Thai Massage)
Spud Bar (Website – Spud Bar)
The Artisan Store (Website – The Artisan Store)
The Modern Eatery (Facebook – The Modern Eatery)
Vin + Oli (Facebook – Vin and Oli)

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