I’m borrowing some great advice from my partner this week that was reinforced so clearly at our Wednesday morning Set the Month in Motion Podcast by our panel on the topic Leasing in a Challenging Market.

We don’t always know what we don’t know and having independent material data in front of us when entering any kind of negotiation, particularly lease contracts, renewals or requests for change of rent terms, makes a lot of sense. Let me know your thoughts on this once you have had a listen to the Podcast.

Finding a strong voice, advocating for change and providing the most up to date data are a big part of what the Fremantle Chamber offers our business members. For those of you who haven’t joined up for 2019 as yet I encourage to join up to be an ongoing part of our conversation. We have just released a new membership pack that sets out the benefits of membership and includes an application form. The membership pack is available by emailing Luke at membership@fremantlechamber.com.au

We will also be launching a new website in the coming month that shares more of our advocacy and data gathering efforts on doing business in Fremantle next month.

I’m looking forward to hearing from our Fremantle Business Awards 2019 Winners’ Circle and sponsors at people’s choice winner Percy Flint next week. We are gathering together to find creative ways to build this leadership group into a network that continues to lead and inspire. If you have ideas on how you think we should best recognise Fremantle’s business leaders moving forward, please complete our Fremantle Business Awards Survey. This survey closes on Monday so we can present the results to our gathering next week.

Another great example of not knowing what you don’t know is the recent spike in data theft and rise in authentic looking spams and emails. The cost to business from these cyber security breaches is on the rise. Join our next Set the Month in Motion panel conversation where we look at the financial, legal and commercial implications of cybersecurity and find practical ways to protect ourselves in this new era of online risk.

I’ll hopefully see you fire and wine side over the weekend at one of the City’s 10 Nights in Port  events, or the Hidden Treasures of music delights.

Image: Alex Fagan