City of Wanneroo Councillors unanimously approved a new three-year sponsorship agreement the 20th April 2021 meeting, renewing the original 2018 agreement. The sponsorship package will include the delivery of the City of Wanneroo Business Awards and the 2022 business expo, alongside advocacy and economic development activties and projects.
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts JP said the new agreement helps WBA to continue supporting businesses and enables businesses to prosper by providing products and services for the community. “Our 13,000 local businesses are the backbone of our community, providing 54,000 jobs and creating opportunities for our residents to work closer to home,” she said.
City of Wanneroo’s Advocacy and Economic Development Manager Steve Marmion added that the sponsorship renewal aligned with the City’s goals to nurture and support local business opportunities. He said existing support included the uDrew pilot program to streamline the design, planning and approval of building projects, and Small Business Friendly Approvals Program, adding that the City’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund was accessed by more than 100 businesses affected by the pandemic.
WBA General Manager Lauren Bell said renewal of the sponsorship agreement reflected a long-standing working relationship between the two organisations. “A strong partnership is invaluable in situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic, where we could facilitate discussions between local businesses and the City to offer grants from the economic recovery fund to help them access a variety of free services,” she said. “WBA’s membership base has grown significantly and we are now recognised Perth-wide. We are proud of our relationship with the City and excited to see what more can be achieved over the next three years.”
WBA’s membership grew from 357 in June 2018 to 435 last December. About 62 per cent of members are based in the City of Wanneroo, with another 19 per cent based in the City of Joondalup. The remainder of members are located across 36 suburbs in other local government areas of the Perth metropolitan area. The City of Wanneroo’s Conciol Report state that “This is important for future growth of the organisation as well as contributing to the economic growth of businesses within the City. This outcome indicates significant interest in the business activities within the City from outside the local government area.”
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