Last week we told you that the three local chambers have been in discussions with a view to forming an alliance and the subject was discussed during our web conference on Tuesday evening.  The notion was enthusiastically supported by most participants so we will be soliciting your thoughts via a short survey soon.  In speaking with our Alliance representative at Business Australia I have learned that a significant number of local chambers across NSW are considering alliances, the consensus being that there is diversity of thought, organisational strength, and stamina in numbers.

Alistair, our local dentistry phenomenon pointed out that the approach to the consumers should demonstrate the exceedingly high quality of goods and services available when shopping locally.  Gavin from Beaches Coworking (why would you commute???) agreed and was quick to mention the awesome coffee available at 2KF (also The Marina Café with its breathtaking outlook, Ruby Lane, Soul Surf, Pattisons).  Consumers can buy almost anything locally and to this end we are in discussions with a marketing company specialising in getting locals to appreciate the great value in local goods & services.  Watch this space because we are working on an opportunity to grow your business significantly.

Pru Goward from the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) gave us an inspirational presentation on COSBOAs “GO LOCAL FIRST” federally funded campaign.  Go Local Collateral is available through the website https://golocalfirst.com.au/tips-toolkits/.

Coming Up

The NSW State Government have approved a grant for us to hold an educational webinar in October.  The intent is to run the short webinar live streamed from the Memorial Hall with presentations on Marketing and Business Planning.

Over the next few months, we plan holding lunchtime seminars, web conferences and a Business Expo in addition to our monthly events (in whatever form) as well as market days when possible.

Business Outlook

It seems the pandemic has been kind to some industries, we have reports that the hospitality industry is lively as is the accommodation industry.

Local Affairs

Council elections have been postponed for 12 months and at some stage the current council will be placed into “Caretaker” mode.  At time of writing we still have a NSW Government; sanity prevailed when John Barilaro chose to retain his ministry in preference to sitting on the crossbench.  The Mona Vale Place Plan has been prioritised to be behind Frenches Forest, Manly, Narrabeen and Avalon and all planning guidelines await the councils LEP.  Council Planners are considering how to manage the significant workload in front of them.

The light at the end of the tunnel – is not a locomotive, it is sunshine!