Business Victor Harbor's primary objective continues to be focused on supporting business, creating business opportunities and injecting vibrancy and life into the local community.
Their role in this space has never been more important. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that local businesses have had to fundamentally change the way they operate.
To help business navigate these challenging times, Business Victor Harbor (BVH), with funding from the City of Victor Harbor, has engaged the professional services of leading Business Support Executive, Renee Ancell.
City of Victor Harbor adopted many measures to support business through council rate relief, business support grants program ($250,000), funding for BVH to provide targeted local business support ($120,000 over two financial years) and $24,000 to support a proposal for Business SA to provide business advisory services.
Renee Ancell is a long-term visitor and now resident of Victor Harbor. She is a proven and successful marketing and communications specialist with 19 years industry experience.
For the past six years she has achieved great success consulting to the building and construction industry, building her clients' brands and reputations through strategic marketing and communications.
She continues to consult with small business in this industry as they too navigate their way through these uncertain times and has a comprehensive understanding of the constraints and opportunities they face.
"I'm excited to be appointed as the Business Support Executive for Business Victor Harbor," Renee Ancell said.
"I plan to use my skills and expertise to help support local business in their response and recovery beyond COVID-19. Whilst the road to recovery can be tough, I'm a firm believer that difficult times can also provide great opportunity for business growth and development, particularly within regional communities such as ours," she said.
Chair of BVH Michael Schubert said her role would see her work alongside business owners to help identify and recommend courses of action to achieve tangible outcomes and success during these challenging times.
"We are delighted that Renee is on board as she is a strong advocate for local businesses in Victor Harbor," Michael said.
Business Victor Harbor has also reinvigorated its Board, with the appointment of three new Board representatives that bring a vast array of knowledge and experience to the table.
Derek McIlroy is currently a Director of D&K McIlroy Nominees, a property investment company and a Management Consultant to Op2ma Pty Ltd, a South Australian based company, specialising in digital solutions, consulting and consumer engagement for various automotive industry clients.
He is an experienced Australian motor industry executive with over two decades of experience and has worked with Mitsubishi Motors Australia, General Motors Holden and as the proprietor and dealer principal of the former McIlroy Auto Group.
Mr McIlroy is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of New South Wales.
Business Victor Harbor also welcomes Angie Hooper, Director of South Coast Realty. Angie has owned and operated businesses for four decades in both the Clare Valley and Victor Harbor. She is heavily involved in netball, including coaching local and regional teams.
Kirsten Pitman is co-owner of award-winning restaurant Nino's and Loco's Restaurant in Victor Harbor.
She has been successfully running restaurant businesses for over 20 years alongside her husband and partner, Simon, whilst also being a mum to three children.
"With the combination of expertise that Renee and our new Board members bring, businesses in Victor Harbor can rest assured that they are in good hands," Mr Schubert said.