Fit for Busi­ness work­shops

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Stawell and St Ar­naud busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives have an op­por­tu­nity to work along­side some of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing re­tail con­sul­tants as part of a pro­gram aimed to strengthen and di­ver­sify the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Busi­ness own­ers and op­er­a­tors from across North­ern Grampians Shire have in­vi­ta­tions to par­tic­i­pate in Fit for Busi­ness work­shops, which will see them work along­side con­sul­tants from The Re­tail Doc­tor, one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing re­tail con­sult­ing com­pa­nies.

The Re­tail Doc­tor has worked with more than 400 cus­tomers from start-ups to na­tional and global omni-chan­nel re­tail­ers, re­tail ser­vice providers, shop­ping cen­tres and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide im­proved busi­ness out­comes.

The ses­sions will be in St Ar­naud Town Hall meet­ing room on April 18 and Stawell En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre foyer on April 19, from 6pm to 9pm. The ses­sions will fo­cus on iden­ti­fy­ing key gaps, bar­ri­ers and op­por­tu­ni­ties in the shire’s busi­ness sec­tor.

Pro­gram lead­ers will work with re­tail­ers to im­prove key skills to de­velop best-prac­tice re­tail and de­ter­mine the strat­egy to re­fine the com­mer­cial precinct in both St Ar­naud and Stawell.

The Fit for Busi­ness work­shops form part of the coun­cil’s wider Re­vi­talise! project, aimed at de­vel­op­ing a com­pre­hen­sive re­tail and small­busi­ness re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and re­ac­ti­va­tion plan for Stawell and St Ar­naud.

Mayor Tony Driscoll said the plan was de­signed to main­tain the com­mer­cial pri­macy, vi­brancy and amenity of the re­gion’s two ma­jor town­ships and to en­sure di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of prod­uct of­fer­ing to lever­age greater ben­e­fit from the sig­nif­i­cant tourism mar­ket.

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