Adelaide Business Collective is a not-for-profit body that works on behalf of its business members in the City and North Adelaide to create a vibrant and prosperous business environment.

The 'BUSINESS VOICE' for ADELAIDE CITY

WHO ARE WE?

 The Adelaide Business Collective represents and harnesses the collective strength of nearly 300 businesses based in the City of Adelaide and North Adelaide. Since forming as an incorporated body in 2018 the group has advocated for a Feasibility Study into the positive impacts that a Citywide Business Model could have. The Study was completed by Council in 2019 with input from our ABC Member survey that highlighted your business needs and priorities. The ABC Committee  presented the findings of our Member survey to Council to help shape the next stage in the development of a Citywide Model. In 2020 we worked alongside Council on behalf of businesses to ensure their business voice was heard. Following additional consultation the new Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) was launched in 2021 and the ABC provides a valuable link between the Agency and CBD and North Adelaide businesses.

WHY ARE WE HERE?

The Adelaide Business Collective was created initially with the sole purpose of investigating the feasibility of creating a best practice Citywide Business Model to represent City businesses and support them as they faced challenges from suburban centres and online retail (and now issues arising from COVID 19). More than 3000 Cities and Towns overseas including Auckland, Dublin and London are reaping the benefits of business partnerships that bring businesses together making them more resilient. The consistent focus of the ABC has been to work with all City business stakeholders to develop a City-wide business group that is inclusive, transparent, accountable, collaborative and effective. We have worked constructively with the City of Adelaide’s former economic development group, elected members and key precincts to assist in highlighting our Members views in the shaping of a new Citywide Business Model. 

WHAT ARE OUR AIMS?

Ensure the voice of all retail, hospitality and service businesses in the City is heard
Define the business priorities from the broader business community and ensure they are being addressed
Represent the views of our Members City-wide to Council and State Government
Engage with our City business Members through surveys and communications to understand and meet their needs
Leverage promotional activity and marketing campaigns to ensure the optimal benefits for businesses
Develop a collaborative working arrangement with the Adelaide Economic Development Agency and Council
Work closely with Rundle Mall, Adelaide Central Market, Precincts, mainstreet businesses and independents
Consider opportunities that may reduce business costs for our Members
Engage with property owners to attract new businesses and reduce vacancies
Partner with key agencies and the State Government to drive economic growth in the City
Develop a Terms of Reference with AEDA as a key partner

WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED SO FAR?

  • Established an Incorporated Association called the Adelaide Business Collective  ✔ (2018)
  • Developed a business and retail sector skills-based Committee representative of the various business sectors and geographical locations of the City and North Adelaide ✔ (2018)
  • Sought funding from the City of Adelaide (Council) to conduct a Feasibility Study of a Citywide business partnership consistent with overseas models of Business Improvement Districts ✔ (Council provided funding for the Study in 2019)
  • Ensured that our ABC Members including traders in Rundle Mall, Central Market and Precinct Groups were engaged in the Feasibility Study ✔(online consultation, Members survey) 
  • Shared outcomes with Foundation Members and stakeholders, to progress with Council to a 3-year pilot period. The ABC welcomes the new ADELAIDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY that commenced operating in January 2021
  • Currently we are working with Council & the new Agency Board to establish an Advisory Committee to represent the business sector right across the City

THE ABC COMMITTEE

ANDREW WALLACE

CHAIR / PUBLIC OFFICER

Adelaide West End Association, UNISA

JAIMEE CHARLTON

DEPUTY CHAIR

Operations Manager – Spendless Shoes

DAVID WEST

SECRETARY

Director – Premier Retail Marketing / 

Retail Adelaide City

THE ABC COMMITTEE

FIONA KRAWCZYK  – Marketing/Brand Manager – Haighs’ Chocolates

MARIA FAVARO – Owner – Chianti Restaurant 

DAVID BUENFELD – Director – Belle Property Commercial

MICHAEL GRAY – Partner – DFK Gray Perry Chartered Accountants

JAMES ECONOMOSDirector/Architect – ECON GROUP

SCOTT MOSEN –
Business Development Manager – Guide Dogs SA

JOSHUA HILLARY – General Manager Business Development BSGM Hospitality

GERARD McCABE – Owner – Gerard McCabe Jewellers

DANNY LEVERINK – Owner of BICI Bakery & Patisserie