“From the Grit Comes the Pearl” anon

So here we are at our desks for what feels like the first time in a fortnight!

Our small team at the Chamber have run 5 events in less than a fortnight – from discussing the business of giving back in our Podcast Forum, to Ministerial photo calls down to Henderson, our incredible Local Products event hosted by Fremantle Ports, bringing our trades and services members together to push for more recognition in local procurement and finally last night’s Fremantle Business Awards event launch at the Circus! It has been quite a ride, but an honour to bring together so many parts of the Chamber’s membership base.

Last night in particular, seeing a full room of our Board, our Corporate Partners and sponsors underneath the incredible performers of Circus WA in their Big Top home on a cold, wet and woolly Wednesday night, it was humbling to see how much the Chamber has grown in strength in the last 12 months.

I would like to reiterate the thanks made by our Chamber President Ivan Dzeba thanking our Corporate Partners. These organisations have made a decision to not just join the Chamber as members but to reach deeper to say we want to be a strong and active part of how you make a difference to our smaller businesses and the region.

Our growing list of Corporate Partner members include:

  • AtWork
  • Australian Marine Complex Common User Facility
  • Barrett Exhibitions and Signs
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Echo Yachts
  • Hall & Prior
  • Hesperia
  • Indian Ocean Rock Lobster and the Lobster Shack
  • Lendlease
  • L3 Harris
  • Little Creatures
  • Melville Toyota
  • OCE Cleaning
  • RSM
  • University of Notre Dame

As well as our government partners who chose to join as Corporate Partners of the Chamber to be visibly part of our business community:

  • Government of Western Australia through Department of Transport (Maritime) and Communities
  • Fremantle Ports
  • The City of Fremantle
  • Town of East Fremantle; and
  • WA Maritime Museum

We also welcomed one of our newest high-profile members in the room last night – the team from Fremantle Dockers. It was great to see the team connecting with their local support base.

It was truly a celebration of this incredible community in which we do business. A big vote of my personal thanks to Chamber Members Circus WA and their Artistic Director Jo for sharing their home with us.

I thought it was very apt that we launch the call for nominations for our Fremantle Business Awards 2021 under the Big Top in the freshness of a rakish Port City on a cold night in June. It is a great metaphor for just what we can produce with hard work and not always the most ideal of platforms.

In spite of, or maybe because of the grit, here in our Port City, we have the luxury of doing business surrounded by some incredible creative talent.

Many of you will recall we opened our Business Awards Night 2020 at the Artsource building gallery, with fire pits, a FEAST and a visually spectacular aerials performance, prepared by Jo and her team of young people at Circus WA.

Last night, we were fortunate enough to be part of the behind the scenes rehearsal and planning for a performance that you will see come to life at our Fremantle Business Awards 2021.

This year we take our awards to the beautiful and historic Victorian Fremantle Town Hall in the newly renamed Waylyup Koort – or heart of Fremantle.

The theme for this year is our Past & our Present…. and we are now officially on the search for our most unique, distinctive and inventive business leaders.

The website is live with a digital nomination form, and we also have hard copy nomination booklets available here at the Chamber. You will see a heap of call to action cards pop up around our members in coming weeks.

Our annual awards program is only as a good as the nominations we receive – last year we had a record of nearly 50 nominations, and this year we are aiming even higher. Please jump online and nominate the businesses you think are making a difference this year. We will take care of the rest.

Tickets last year sold out ridiculously early so it is worth starting to plan your tables and ensure you secure your spot to join us on Thursday 16 September.

Let’s make the time to stop and celebrate our gritty and rewarding 148 years of bringing together traders, shippers and merchants for an active united and concerted voice to protect and advance the interest of business and trade in our region.

Read more in this week’s Chamber Weekly.