June 2018

Welcome to Business Talk

Welcome to the June edition of Business Talk. Business success is essential to the future of the City of Marion as a place to live, learn, work, invest and do business. 

The City of Marion's Open for Business program is here to support the business community:

Our new offers include:

  • Business SA Membership - a one-time opportunity valid for 12 months
  • Building Upgrade Finance offering commercial and industrial building owners access to loans that can be used to improve energy, water and environmental efficiency.
Business SA Membership Opportunity   

The Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board has joined forces with Business SA, the  City of Marion and the City of Onkaparinga to create a unique partnership, aiming to support small to medium-sized businesses in the region to grow.  

This partnership enables all businesses located within the two council areas to access a range of services, products, programs and support tools offered through Business SA for 12 months at a discounted rate of $99. This offer is for new members only.

This service compliments the services provided by the Southern Business Connections and Hallett Cove Business Association. 

To take this one time offer register here.

Building Upgrade Finance Supplier Forum 
The Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board is hosting a Building Upgrade Finance (BUF) information session for suppliers.
The BUF scheme is a loan mechanism designed to unlock investment by offering building owners the opportunity to access long-term fixed-interest finance for environmental and heritage upgrades.

This session will provide information to potential suppliers about this scheme and how they can take advantage of it to benefit their business.

Register now for more information and to secure your place.   

When: Monday 25 June @ 8.30am
Where: Cove Civic Centre

Free digital business advice    

Starting a business and don't know where to begin setting up an effective website? Do you already have a website but think it could be performing better? Feel like your digital marketing outreach isn't working for you?

If YES is your answer to any of these questions, you need FREE independent advice and guidance for your business!

Book Now to secure your place.

When: Monday 16 July, 9.00am-5.00pm
Where: The Tonsley Pod, Tonsley Innovation District 

Spotlight on Amanda - your business advisor
SABAS success story Alice Bacon from Focus on You - Coaching Mindfulness talks to us about the Southern Adelaide Business Advisory Service.
"Amanda is a wealth of knowledge and during our first meeting she was easily able to identify challenge and expanded my thought process for what was going to benefit my own development, the strength and strategy of my business and my business proposition to others.
Amanda's engagement and commitment for the success of others is evident from the start. She is highly professional, engaging and focused in all that she does and delivers. 
In all my years of engaging with others, Amanda has been absolutely selfless in her availability and commitment to assist and provide insight for the overall benefit and success of who I am and in what I am doing. I encourage other businesses to make contact with the service."
To book a free consultation please call 08 7228 6208 or email businessadvisor@ransgroup.com.au.
Are you a 'green' business?
Do you consider social and sustainability issues in the running of your business?

Do you make it a priority to:
  • Source local products and produce
  • Consider the ethics of the supply chain
  • Reduce the impact that your business has on the environment
  • Or address any other ethical issues mentioned in the Shop Ethical Guide.

The City of Marion runs a FREE monthly sustainability event, covering a broad range of topics such as recycling, composting, beekeeping sustainable living etc. We are planning a session on ethical consumption and looking for stories about local businesses who might be doing a number of great things to consider social and sustainability issues in the running of their business.


If you have a story to tell about what you are doing, we would love to hear from you. Please email Jess Mitchell with your story.

Free Online Food Handling Course

Did you know that the City of Marion offers owners and staff of food businesses access to safe food handling online?

After completing the online training, participants can print out a certificate of completion.  Click here to get started.   

Innovation Summit comes to Tonsley

Join the Urban Development Institute of Australia for their inaugural Innovation Summit at Tonsley Innovation District.

This Summit will be a day of innovation that you can't afford to miss.
  • Relevant, concise and engaging innovation sessions
  • Networking lunch to meet and talk to other delegates and speakers
  • Tour of the UDIA National Award winning precinct
  • Tonsley Innovation District 'Connections' hosted networking drinks - Keynote from Hon. David Pisoni and mingle with SA's most innovative companies.

 Click here for more information and book online today!


When: Thursday 21 June @ 8.30am

Where: Tonsley Innovation District

City Activation: Space Available

Every month we are on the lookout for available spaces within the City of Marion. 

There is an opportunity to join the thriving Park Holme retail shopping precinct at 319 Oaklands Road. Interested in leasing the space? Contact McGees Property.

The precinct is looking to add:
  • Barber
  • Physio
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Chiropractor
  • Nail/Beauty
  • Hairdresser
What's Happening at Tonsley?

Tonsley wins National Property Council Award for Development Innovation.

Property Council of Australia Chief Executive Ken Morrison said "South Australia's future hinges on its ability to create jobs and attract more people to the state. By cultivating high-value manufacturing, leading-edge research and emerging industries, Tonsley shows how innovative development can drive jobs, investment and economic opportunity."


ZEISS is here

The global optical manufacturer has officially moved into Tonsely!

ZEISS is a German manufacturer of optical systems, industrial measurements and medical devices bringing over 100 new staff to the Tonsley premises. Along with the Australian and New Zealand commercial business, the custom-built premises is also home to the global ZEISS Technology and Innovation group, Global Business solutions and Customer Enablement group, and the national optical lens fitting laboratory.

To keep up to date with what is happening at Tonsley subscribe here.

The Sharing Economy in Marion 
The Sharing Economy focuses on sharing underutilised assets to improve efficiency, sustainability and community. Share N Save established by Green Industries SA, is a crowd sourced map of initiatives in SA that assists people to use less resources by sharing we already have.
Visit Share N Save today to contribute and find outs available in your area today!

Event Calendar - What's coming up?
We have some great events coming up in the City of Marion including:

Thursday 28 June  @ 8.30am, Tonsley Pod

Thursday 28 June @ 7.00pm, Cove Civic Centre

Do you have any suggestions for what you would like to see or learn in 2018? We would love to hear from you. Email Marissa Lindsay, Economic Development Coordinator. 
In this Issue

Manager City Activation
T:  08 7420 6525

Unit Manager - Economic Development
T:  08 8375 6897

Economic Development Coordinator
T:  08 8375 6765

Graduate Economic Development Officer