Economic Development

1. Economic Development Strategy

 In July 2018, Council adopted the Town of Cambridge Economic Development Strategy (EDS). The EDS has four overarching goals to promote economic development within the Town, by:

  • Providing a high standard of communication and business support;
  • Developing our unique centres to support population growth and attract high quality employment;
  • Managing the activation and our centres and shared public spaces; and
  • Improving transport and connectivity for centres and local businesses.

 A copy of the EDS is available here(PDF, 3MB)

2. Small Business Friendly Local Government Initiative 

As part of the Town’s commitment to supporting small business and our local business community the Town has recently signed the Small Business Friendly Local Government Charter, which is an initiative by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC). 

The Charter outlines what the Town agrees to do to support small business.

Signed Small Business Friendly Local Government Charter(PDF, 1MB)

 

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The Town is demonstrating this commitment by:

  • The recent appointment of a dedicated Place Development Officer to work with businesses.
  • Providing a single point of contact at the Town for businesses business@cambridge.wa.gov.au
  • Developing a business contact database to improve business engagement – businesses can register their details here.

 The SBDC offer a wide range of support for small businesses:

  • Workshops: Regular practical small business workshops, including a number held at The Boulevard Centre in Floreat.

The Town has recently been accepted to participate in the Small Business Friendly Approvals Program (Approvals Program) run by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC).

The Approvals Program focuses on mapping the small business customer journey and developing reforms to streamline the approval process for business customers.

After successful pilot programs at the City of Stirling and City of Canning, where application process times were reduced and significant savings were achieved for both businesses and the local governments, the program has secured further funding from the State Government to enable the SBDC to fully fund the program in the Town of Cambridge.

The program is due to commence in July 2021 and will involve consultation with local businesses.

 

3. Express Determination Service

The Town trialled a fast-tracked business approval process during April-October 2020 as part of the Town's Relief and Recovery Plan.

The 'Express Determination Service' for change of use development applications was introduced to assist businesses make a speedy recovery from the pandemic restrictions and support the creation of jobs.

 The service involved streamlining internal referrals and consultation requirements for low impact proposals.
 
The turnaround time for applications was reduced from 44 to 19 days, allowing businesses to set up their operations much quicker than usual.
 
In November 2020, Council approved for the Express Determination Service to continue as a permanent service to the Town’s business community.

More information can be found in the minutes of the 24 November 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting which can be found here or by emailing business@cambridge.wa.gov.au

4. Business Station - ASBAS Digital Solutions program

Business Station run the federally funded Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions program aimed at increasing the digital capabilities of small businesses in WA through low cost, easy to understand workshops and advice directly to small business owners.

In partnership with Business Station, the Town is hosting a Business Sundowner on Tuesday 30 March 2021. The event is open to all businesses in the Town of Cambridge, and will be a chance to hear more information on the ASBAS program and speak to local business advisors on how the program could benefit your business. Register for the event here: Business Sundowner 

View more information on ASBAS program.

5. Western Suburbs Business Association

The Town encourages businesses within Cambridge to join the Western Suburbs Business Association (WSBA), which is a member-based organisation that delivers member benefits to local business. This includes member advocacy as well as networking and business development opportunities. 

Becoming a member of the WSBA is a great way to get involved in the local business community.  To find out more about how membership can benefit you and your business visit WSBA.