Be aware of small business scams

Be aware of small business scams

Scams that target small businesses come in many forms – from false bills for advertising or directory listings to being charged for goods you never ordered, and even being sent fake renewal notices for your domain name or a domain name very similar to your own.

Remember these golden rules to help you beat scammers:

· Ensure you have clear procedures for verifying, paying and managing accounts and invoices. Limit the number of people authorised to place orders or pay invoices.
· Make sure the business billing you is the one you normally deal with. Check whether all the details on the invoices you receive are the same as usual or whether some are subtly different.
· Never provide personal information and banking details to anybody you don’t know and trust.
· Install reputable computer protection software and a firewall – and keep them up to date.
· Regularly train your staff to increase their ability to identify scam conduct before it’s too late.

You can protect yourself and your business by being aware of the most recent scams targeting small businesses. To do this, visit the SCAMwatch website, sign up for free SCAMwatch radar alerts and read the ACCC’s Small business scams factsheet or 2013 Targeting scams report.

What a night!

Friday night was the 2014 Fremantle Business Awards and I have to say it was a spectacular evening with over 430 attending! This year we themed it as a Great Gatsby 1920’s function and the large majority of the guests got right into the spirit of it.

We were fortunate enough to have Minister Joe Francis MLA , minister for Small Business there who delivered the opening welcome. The Fremantle Mayor Dr. Brad Pettitt and our president Ra Stewart also addressed the audience before the official proceedings commenced.

I would like to congratulate all the Winners of the awards, all well deserving members of the Fremantle Business Community! A special mention to Media on Mars for taking home three awards including the 2014 Business of the Year!

The evening was a glamorous celebration of the outstanding achievements of the Fremantle business community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, including the sponsors & judges, our hosts the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges, and my team.

The evening is undoubtedly the highlight of the Fremantle Social Calendar and once the awards concluded it was straight into the music! The entertainment was provided by Amanda Dee & Soothe and they put on a great show for us once again, this time incorporating a brass section into the band! The dance floor was packed from the first chord to the last and afterwards we were treated to a speakeasy bar where in true Gatsby fashion whisky and cigars were provided.

This year was a sell out so make sure that you book your tickets easily next June. Pictures and Videos will be uploaded very shortly to our Facebook page and Website.

Thank you for your support!

Tim Milsom

Fremantle developments top $100 million!

Business News recently released a great article titled, “Freo Hotel Plans top $100 million” 

Quest Apartments


Developer Sirona Capital [2]’s mooted $30 million, 73-room Quest apartment hotel in the west end of Fremantle is the latest in more than $100 million worth of short-stay accommodation projects being planned for the port city.

In total, there are 439 rooms in the planning pipeline for Fremantle across four developments that have been approved by relevant regulatory bodies.

Sirona announced last week that it would buy a development site at 8 Pakenham Street from Luke Saraceni’s Westbridge Property Group [3] for $7.2 million, alongside a 15-year leasing deal with Quest to operate a proposed 4.5-star hotel.


DoubleTree by Hilton


Also planned for Fremantle is a $60 million DoubleTree by Hilton [7] hotel, to be built at the corner of Point and Adelaide streets.

The metropolitan south-west development assessment panel approved the proposal in December last year for up to 173 hotel rooms, 77 apartments, as well as hospitality and retail premises.

The existing car park and shop and office buildings at 2 Point Street and 64-80 Adelaide Street will be demolished under the plan.

Building is set to begin later this year on the Campion Design Group [8]-designed project, with Malaysia-based property investment firm SKS Group [9] providing funding.

The Fremantle DoubleTree is scheduled to open in early 2017.


More Developments


In close proximity to the planned DoubleTree is a seven-storey, 151-room hotel mooted for the old Spotlight building on Adelaide Street.

The Victoria-based property development arm of the Spotlight chain, Glenwaye Pty Ltd, has proposed the project.

The hotel has been designed by McDonald Jones Architects [10], but it is not yet clear when construction will start.

Business News Excerpt

As I told Business News there is an acute undersupply of hotel rooms in the Fremantle CBD, with annual visitors to the port city exceeding 2 million. I’d imagine that most of them don’t stay in Fremantle, because we’ve really only got The Esplanade and The Hougemont, which has just been built,” Mr Milsom said. There aren’t that many options in Fremantle, certainly in the town centre. 

I believe that DoubleTree by Hilton could be the domino that actually gets some of these others across the line. If we can tip the first domino over, I think other people are going to start to have a really serious look at some of those properties and those development opportunities. It does take that brave person to go first.

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WA Police “Frontline 2020” operating model trial

Come along to the Fremantle Town Hall on Thursday, 26th June 2014 at 6.00pm and listen to WA police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan. Karl will conduct a forum on the new Policing model, putting more police officers on the front line in a new structure from September 2014.

Hear what this means for our businesses and community. This will be your chance to hear directly from the WA police commissioner and ask questions.

The six-month trial is a key part of the Frontline 2020 Reform Program and is designed to:

  1. Enhance the focus on local policing;

  2. Reduce growing demand on WA Police through problem solving;

  3. Improve control over resources;

  4. Optimise the use of resources by becoming more effective, efficient and productive.


For more information 

Community members who need urgent police assistance should call 000 (for emergencies only) or 131 444.

The local police teams will provide their community members with mobile phone numbers for the purpose of speaking with a local officer about a local issue.

Contact details for local police teams can be found here.