Business Focus December 2018 5 B G C C I Member Print Shop Takes The Leap How does small regional business tackle the tough economic times that have laboured WA for the past several years? Well, if you’re The Print Shop Bunbury, you research, you invest, you cross your State. Over the past three-and-a-bit years, Print Austin have been trialling, tweaking and (eventually) succeeding in creating satellite Print Shops in locations that include Esperance, Kalgoorlie Boulder, Northam and the Avon Valley, Narrogin and the Southern Wheatbelt, along with Karratha and The Pilbara. “While the relatively small populations of for us to set up bricks and mortar Print Shops, we did recognise the opportunity to look for, interview and engage respected, long-time locals in each of our target areas who, operating under local branding (e.g. The Print Shop Esperance) provide face- to-face print services and support for their agencies outside of Perth to support those regional WA businesses who so often have little or no choice but to head online and These leapers are Peter Buck, Rae Whitford and Owner/Manager Donna Austin from The Print Shop in Bunbury. buy commercial printing from the Eastern States or even overseas print houses.” And although there were a couple of early allowing the regional Print Shop Agent, the Bunbury owners and most importantly, the “A business in Karratha for example, now has access to the exact same print range – identical pricing and a service level the Bunbury Print Shop team has become known for,” he said. business over one in the South West is that sometimes an extra day is needed for freight.” who the local agents are by visiting the Print Shop Bunbury website. So, what’s next for The Print Shop? Well, with the Bunbury store and the eye on three more regional WA centres and after that “regional Queensland, NSW and then… global domination! “OK, maybe not quite.” Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA), powered by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, has been supporting businesses to employ apprentices and trainees in Western Australia for over 20 years. We have the broadest network of expert industry training consultants based throughout WA, including Bunbury and the South West region. ASA aims to lift apprenticeship and traineeship commencement and completion rates, by working closely with stage of a training contract. advice and support at no cost, including recommendations about suitable providers, government incentives to support training, and assistance in matching with potential apprentices. apprentices and trainees. Job-seekers, school students and apprentices can access free career advice, job matching and mentoring support and our innovative careers hub, Skillsroad. resources, which parents, teachers and employers can also access. Your local consultants are Sarah Maguire on 0417939682 and Vince Matteo on 0427196291 or alternatively call 1300 363 831. Apprenticeship Support Australia The Print Shop prints Business Focus.