As we dash to start the Annual Leaders Lunch on Emerging Industries this morning, I am reflecting on the truly amazing and diverse range of businesses and industry sectors in our region.

As most of you are aware The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce was established in 1873 to provide a concerted voice for shippers, traders and merchants of the early colony, and we have been part of the fabric of the Fremantle region for 150 years, next year.

Over this time, our members have ranged from Australia’s largest family-owned business like the one of one of our founders Lionel Samson of Sadliers, to major corporate organisations, right through to the smallest micro-businesses, with everything in between. Our industry sectors are just as diverse, encompassing tourism, transport, hospitality, marine, export, seafood, liquor production, property, professional services, creative industries, retail, engineering, community services and manufacturing, to name just a few.

What has always drawn us together is our connection to our Port City and our desire to deliver benefit to our region. As we contemplate what life might look like without a container port in the heart of our inner habour, the conversation around our emerging industries and what our future holds becomes so important. We need to plan for this future, and this new horizon.

This year’s business awards look to our future, as we introduce two new award categories this year – The HALL OF FAME (sponsored by Westpact) for success and longevity in business and the EXPONENTIAL GROWTH category sponsored by Business Foundations. Nominate a business today at the website and download details on the categories here.

See you at lunch shortly.

Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.