Think-tank de­signed to give a boost to busi­ness

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

A promised lo­cal busi­ness fo­rum to help op­er­a­tors weather the lat­est eco­nomic dip will be held on Novem­ber 13 at the Mar­garet River Ed­u­ca­tion Cam­pus.

The Mar­garet River Cham­ber of Com­merce will host the event, bring­ing to­gether ex­perts as well as busi­ness op­er­a­tors strug­gling with a down­turn in the lo­cal econ­omy, linked to an over­all down­turn in the State’s for­tunes and in­flu­enced by pub­lic­ity around shark at­tacks — seen by many as af­fect­ing vis­its to the re­gion.

Cham­ber pres­i­dent Steven Cas­tan said the fo­rum came in re­sponse to calls from the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“The cham­ber recog­nises that the past 12 months have been dif­fi­cult for many small busi­nesses, both lo­cally and across the State,” he said.

“For­tu­nately, our com­mu­nity is strong and our re­gion has a lot to of­fer. To­gether, we can make a come­back.”

In Septem­ber, op­er­a­tors were also briefed on next year’s main street re­de­vel­op­ment, which prom­ises dis­rup­tion for the Mar­garet River cen­tral busi­ness district as the perime­ter road opens, al­low­ing the Shire to im­prove and beau­tify the main strip.

Next week’s fo­rum will fea­ture award-win­ning busi­ness coach Gra­ham Har­vey, busi­ness ad­viser Sana Turnock, and lead­ing TAFE busi­ness lec­turer Char­lotte Brown.

Lo­cal busi­ness fig­ures said de­spite the strug­gles on main street, Mar­garet River was af­fected by wider eco­nomic fac­tors.

Richard Moroney, Burger Baby’s co-owner and a for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Colo­nial Brew­ery, said dis­rup­tion was a fix­ture of busi­ness in 2018.

“We need to . . . bring to­gether rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers, and with our col­lec­tive ta­lent and re­sources, cre­ate a voice that we can take for­ward and lobby out­comes to ben­e­fit our re­gion,” he said.

Cham­ber ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Re­becca Young said the fo­rum would ex­plore what busi­nesses could do in­di­vid­u­ally and what the com­mu­nity could do col­lec­tively to boost the econ­omy.

To reg­is­ter, visit www.sticky tick­ or con­tact re­becca@mr­ for de­tails.

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