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May 2015
 
Welcome to the City of Subiaco's third monthly business e-newsletter. You are receiving this email because you are listed as an owner or worker at a business based in Subiaco.

If you know someone who would be interested in receiving regular communication from the city with regard to economic development, events and business activities, please forward this e-newsletter and encourage them to sign up online on 
the City of Subiaco website.


Big budget news for small businesses
The 2015 Federal Budget has included significant benefits for small businesses that will help cut some of the pressures being felt by many local Subiaco businesses. Small businesses with annual turnovers of less than $2 million will have corporate tax rate cut from 30 per cent to 28.5 per cent. Plus, there are additional incentives for start-ups and for businesses seeking crowd funding.
 
The March 2015 edition of the CCI Survey of Consumer Confidence reflects the outlook of consumers in WA and the challenges being faced by local businesses. It states:
 
The prolonged low levels of consumer confidence and reduced appetite to spend more also had an effect on WA retailers throughout 2014. Retail turnover grew by just 1.6 per cent across the state, which was well below the national average of 5.4 per cent. In a period of declining real wages, consumers have opted to spend less on dining out, with turnover in cafes and restaurants declining by 1.1 per cent in 2014. Turnover in electrical goods also fell in 2014, decreasing by 0.7 per cent.

It is hoped the Federal Budget will provide some relief for businesses and that it will help boost the economic climate in Subiaco.
 
For detailed explanations on how the Federal Budget will affect your business, visit the  Federal Budget 2015 website.


Rokeby Road upgrades
The new beautification works are underway on Rokeby Road alongside regular street improvements such as footpath maintenance.

The Post Office Walk locality is the first area to undergo enhancement with the repainting of bike racks and other infrastructure, plus the installation of planter pots. Forest Walk will be the next area to undergo improvement. Impressive banners have been fitted up and down Rokeby Road adding colour and vibrancy to the street. Businesses are also encouraged to add a splash of colour to their window displays.

Bud lighting should be shining out of four trees by this time next week and some replacement street furniture and bins are on order. The city is working on enhancing the aesthetics of the town centre to make it a more attractive place to live, work and visit.


Outdoor dining and street trading
Attractive street displays are a great way to grab customers’ attentions and encourage people to enter your store. A street trading permit from the city allows you to display goods on the footpath adjacent to your business. The application is simple and it only costs $25 per year for local businesses. The city will waive the fee for the first ten new businesses that apply for a street trading permit, so get your applications in now!

Outdoor dining permits are also now cheaper and more flexible making it more economical to provide outdoor seating for your customers. To find out more about applying for outdoor dining or street trading permits, see the city’s website or download the Outdoor dining in the City of Subiaco information sheet (PDF, 155KB). 

Businesses that already have street trading or outdoor dining permits will receive their renewal notices for 2015-2016 in the next two weeks. The fees, which in most cases are substantially less than last year’s, are due by 30 June 2015.


Local Government elections 
Local government elections in the City of Subiaco will be held on Saturday 17 October 2015. All City of Subiaco residents who are registered on the State electoral roll have the right to vote and if you own property in the city but do not live here or you operate a business in Subiaco, you may be eligible for listing on the owner/occupier roll.

To be eligible for the city’s owner/occupier roll, you must be enrolled on the state electoral roll where you live, and either own or have a right of continuous occupation under a lease tenancy agreement or other legal instrument of a property within the City of Subiaco.

The city encourages all business representatives and property owners to have their say by voting. For more detailed information and to check if you are correctly enrolled on the owner/occupier roll, visit the Local Government Elections page on the City of Subiaco website.

Becoming an Elected Member at the City of Subiaco provides an opportunity to participate in decision making processes to make a positive difference in your community. Visit the City of Subiaco website for more information about eligibility and the responsibilities involved in nominating for election. 


Business Breakfast
Discover how to make your business a destination of choice for your customers at the City of Subiaco and Western Suburbs Business Association Business Breakfast. Network with fellow Subiaco professionals and learn valuable information about managing your customer experience with guest speaker, Jurek Leon from Terrific Trading.
 
When: Wednesday 10 June, 7.30am to 9.30am
Where: Llama Bar, 1/464 Hay Street, Subiaco (opposite the Regal Theatre)
Cost: $30 per person (includes a light breakfast)
 
Bookings are essential – visit 
www.trybooking.com/HUUJ to secure your place. For more information, visit the City of Subiaco events calendar.


Secure your property
A recent break in through a rear entry of a business on Hay Street earlier this month has raised the importance of ensuring your property is appropriately secured. We would like to remind all proprietors to lock their back doors when they are not in use, even during work hours.
 
For more information about business crime prevention, visit the city’s website.


Retail and Hospitality Assessment
There has been an overwhelming response to the Retail and Hospitality Assessment and there is still time to have your say. This assessment is important to the future of the centre of the city and will consider initiatives to improve the mix of retail, hospitality and services as well as how to increase the number of visitors and the vibrancy of the city centre. The City of Subiaco is keen to work with the business community to develop initiatives to reach these outcomes.

Kirkgate Consulting, who have been engaged by the city to undertake this project, has received responses from a wide cross section of businesses that have come forward expressing an interest in being involved. There is still time for you to give your input - if you are interested, email your contact details, including phone number, to David Duncanson at Kirkgate Consulting at david@kirkgate.com.au


WA Industry and Export Awards
Nominations for the Department of Commerce WA Industry and Export Awards are now open, providing encouragement and support to some of the State’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies. There are 15 categories covering a variety of industries including marketing and design, creative industries, education and training, information and communication, and small business.

For more information on how to apply for the WA Industry and Export Awards, visit the Department of Commerce website.


High participation rate in Mother’s Day promotion
We would like to thank all Subiaco businesses who joined the Shop ‘til You Drop Mother’s Day promotion. There was a very positive response from both businesses and visitors in the city with discount offers promoted via the Visit Subiaco social media channels.

The city encourages all Subiaco businesses to promote their activities via social media, including the hash tag #LoveSubiaco and to connect with Visit Subiaco on Facebook and Twitter.


Future editions of this e-newsletter will include information about upcoming promotions, business support initiatives and events you can get involved in.  If there are topics you would like to see covered, please contact placemanagement@subiaco.wa.gov.au