I visited the old Myre building last week and promised to share some information with you all.

The space can be hired for 1 day a week or on a rolling month by month.

No long term agreements so if you want to dip your toe in the market or have some old stock you need to move here is an ideal opportunity.

Housed on the ground floor of the former Myer building in Fremantle, the aim is to revive and delight the community with a creative and collaborative atmosphere, where a unique shopping experience will give exposure to a new audience. MANY is an exciting place of change, growth and possibility. The building is composed of the ground floor (retail), first floor (production/designers/makers), second floor (fruit), and finally the rooftop (events/relief!). MANY is clearly a place like no other.

Offering completely flexible options with no minimum commitment. You may be looking to test out a new business model, launch a product line or pop-up store, create a new brand identity, or branch out from an established base. It’s entirely up to you. Here is a chance to try something fresh and be supported in your endeavour.

There are spaces available, sized at 42m2 or 84m2, which are ready to go from as early as April 1st – 2014.

The rates for the Ground Floor (retail) are at $27.91 per square metre per month. Please note that this figure is all-inclusive with bills, utilities, wifi etc all accounted for and with no intimidating long-term commitments so if you want to give retailing a try here is your opportunity.


Tim Milsom (CEO Fremantle Chamber of Commerce)


Community First offering Free recruitment services

Free recruitment services offering you wage subsidies up to $8,000

New member Community First is currently undertaking several innovative programs which further support their job seekers to obtain and remain in long term employment.

Community First can assist employers by providing:

  • Access  to candidates who are qualified and eager to work, 
  • Job seekers with additional training or equipment to match your operations if required
  • Assistance with the “settling in process” for your new workers. This support promotes a more positive relationship between worker and employer and results in a more stable and productive workforce

Job seekers are available with a variety of employment skills including:

  • Factory processing
  • Picking and packing
  • Cleaning
  • Laboratory sampling and testing
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • General Labouring 

Our services come to you free of charge and with retained employment; you may be eligible for wage subsidies of up to $8,000.

For further information on how Community First can assist your operations, please contact Maryanne Chappell – 0407 194 086

Retail Theft Forum

As CEO of the Chamber I sit on a number of boards and panels and one of these panels is the Retail Theft forum alongside WA Police. Here are some interesting facts from the last meeting        

  • The theft of packaged Liquor has increased by 5.5%
  • There is a State-wide increase of 3%

The greatest increase in offences has strong correlations with juvenile offenders. The impact of this is creating an immediate and obvious impact upon the community in anti social behaviour, assault, damage and a wide range of other offences

This increase of theft has direct contribution of 60% of all police calls.

90% of all police calls are liquor related and occur between the hours of 10pm – 2 am

Analysis was conducted whereby 362 processed persons were examined into offences pre-empted through committing liquor offences. The examination revealed that 14 % of these persons went on to continue other crime however when this related to Juveniles this figure rose to 45%. Most crime was anti-social and drew heavily into police resources.

Analysis revealed that a large proportion of offenders were of indigenous representation and the largest levels of theft occurred in lower socio economic locations.

The main article targeted for theft is ‘spirits’ usually brands like ‘Jim Beam and Jack Daniels’, usually 750ml bottles.  The amount of theft has shown to decrease dramatically by keeping these types of alcohol product locked up.

Some liquor outlets have made attempts at anti theft measures which include; Locking away high risk stock, Making a more secure entrance and exit strategy (usually to be near the counter, Place clear and highly visible security signage, Good staffing levels, Good store ‘line of sight’ visibility, CCTV and attention to item placement.

Some stores use bottle caps which can be very effective. Some bottles were tagged but not visible which doesn’t act as a deterrent

A store security analysis (33 stores inspected) revealed the following statistics;

  • 97% had some form of CCTV
  • 3% had capping measures in place
  • 80% had reasonable counter visibility
  • Approx 40% had a store audible alert upon entry or departure.
  • Security signage was low with only about 16% having effective signage.
  • Staffing levels for small stores tended to be 2 whereby 4 – 5 staff were apparent in large stores.
  • 25% of staff supplied a greeting to patrons when they entered the store with 67% engaging in some form of interaction during a visit.
  • 9% of stores had security posted at the main entry
  • The amount of packaged liquor stolen is known to be largely understated and these facts are gleaned from reported offences

For more information please contact the Chamber

– Tim