May 5, 2015
Good morning Retailers of 2261,
My name is Michael Sharpe from Sharpe Centre for Social Impact and I’d like to welcome you to the first Entrance Retail Traders coffee monthly.
These coffee mornings will be held at the Entrance, first Tuesday of each month, and we look forward to growing and learning together.
The purpose of these monthly get-togethers is to provide you, our local retailers, with a forum to network, connect and collaborate.
On the Central Coast we have faced some extremely tough challenges, such as the drought in 2005-2007, followed by the GFC in 2007, just to name two.
But we’ve come through, and we’re growing, with our population projected to increase by 100,000 people to around 430,000 people by 2030.
Your retail figures may fluctuate week-to-week and season-to-season, but overall the direction is very bright for retailer in The Entrance who get it right.
Retailing has a history as old as civilisation itself, and is a vocation anyone can should be proud to participate in. Here in Australia our $270+ billion dollar retail sector employs over 1.2 million people, and that’s something to be very proud of indeed.
Our Australian retail sector is on track to achieve one of its best years since the GFC, according to analysis from the Australian National Retailers’ Association (ANRA). Retail figures are showing an increase in spending with retail turnover well and truly on the increase, and the cafe/takeaway sector jumping a massive 9.2 per cent this year.
We are excited about the future of retailing on the Central Coast. Yes, retail can be a tough game – but it’s also a very profitable game – if you get it right.
And we are here to offer support that we believe will help retailers in The Entrance do that:
Our Aim Is To Ensure You:
- Are Heard: Our purpose is to make sure our retail traders are heard at local council and government level.
- Get The Help You Need: We aim to research all retail support available and relevant grants on offer, so you don’t miss out on any opportunities to advance your business and promote your retail district on the Central Coast.
- Stay informed: Supporting our local retail community with information, advocacy, education.
This is your retail district and your forum – and we are here to support you.
Also – please see Leesa if you’d like to be sure you are invited to future Retail Trader events.
But right now it’s coffee time, so let’s mingle and get to know each other.