November Better Business Newsletter 2011

25 November 2011


NOV 2011 BBP Ads

BBP Launches Consumer Awareness Campaign

BBP has launched a new consumer awareness campaign which encourages the community to support BBP member businesses across the program area. Champion businesses have been selected because they have achieved several of their badges and demonstrated a strong commitment to reducing their impact on the environment.

Prominent ads are currently in the North Shore Times and Mosman Daily which will continue to run for the next 5 weeks. In addition, the participating Councils encourage the community to shop with BBP businesses in the lead-up to Christmas.   

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NOV 2011 Pablo

November’s Champion Business – Pablo and Rusty’s

View our brand new Pablo and Rusty's BBP Video. 

Pablo & Rusty’s is a café located close to Gordon railway station. The owner, Saxon Wright, has an environmental policy that drives his business and daily operations at his store. His tables are made from old floor boards, the beams from old houses, his produce is free range or ethically farmed and his work vehicles use green energy.

To find out more about our champion businesses, have a look at our new BBP Case Studies section online.

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NOV 2011 Results

Reults of the BBP Have Your Say Survey

Recently we invited all BBP members to have their say on BBP and participate in an online survey. The top two reasons why members joined BBP were 'To reduce the environmental impact of my business' and 'To find long term cost savings'. BBP members were generally happy with the approach of the BBP team, with the majority indicating that the BBP officers ‘understood our situation and what mattered to us' (71.1%).

When asked if businesses would recommend the BBP program to other businesses, a total of 78.9% either said 'they had already recommended BBP to other businesses or would be willing to do so'. Click on the button below to continue reading the results of the survey.

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NOV 2011 Barton Rd

Artarmon Fruit Shop’s Commitment to the Community

Willoughby Council is running an engagement program with residents of the Barton Road Housing Commission Complex as part of the NSW Home Power Saving Program.  The program helps vulnerable households to save power and money on their bills whilst reducing carbon pollution. Vouchers for Artarmon Fruit Market were used as an incentive to register with the program. 
Artarmon Fruit Market’s owner, Dominic Saraceno, has kindly provided a 10% discount to residents when the vouchers were used. The Artarmon Fruit Market is a BBP member and should be congratulated on their commitment to the local community through their involvement in this beneficial project.

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NOV 2011 Cant Bus

Cantonese Small Business Evening Seminar

To help start, run and grow your business the NSW Fair Trading, Australian Chinese Community Association, Willoughby City Council and Better Business Partnership provides a range of government services to help you operate your business more effectively. To find out how to access these services come to a FREE seminar on the 30th of November and speak with the representatives on the night.

A Cantonese interpreter and information in Chinese will also be available on the night. RSVP: or 9777 7992 

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NOV 2011 Allan Winner

Winners of the BBP Have Your Say Survey Tickets 

Thank you to all who participated in the online survey and interviews, we really appreciated your feedback. As a token of our appreciation for your time, all participants who provided their contact details were placed in the draw for one of five $50 Hoyts gift vouchers. Congratulations to the winners below:

  • Jeff Smit from Tower Motors
  • Jane Zhang from EC Sustainable
  • Allan Waldon from Eastern Road Quality Meats (pictured)
  • Kumar Giri from Curry Monitor
  • Dominique Barget from Marie-France Group

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NOV 2011 Carbon Tax

How Will a Price on Carbon Pollution Affect You?

The Australian Government will be introducing a price on carbon in July 2012. Small businesses will not be required to pay a carbon price nor monitor their carbon pollution or electricity use. BBP recognises that any increase in operating costs at this time affects the viability and profitability of local businesses. BBP provide access to the Energy Efficiency for Small Business program which provides a subsidised energy assessment. As well as access of up to $5000 to implement energy saving measures for your business.
The BBP team are happy to visit your business and discuss the options available to assist you at a time convenient for you. Call 9777 7516 to arrange an appointment.   

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