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Consultations | Philosophy

Personal and business consultations are available with guidance for business and personal issues of self-confidence, resistance to public speaking, difficulties with decision making, creating better relationships and meeting challenges.

Virtual Office Address service.

We offer our physical office address to approved individuals and business owners for use on websites, documentation and licences for a nominal monthly fee. Avoid using your home address on your website.

Small Business Promotion

You’ll find articles about local business here. If you are a small business and would like to be included in our blog, please contact Julia for consultations, enquiries for virtual office services, or promotion of your local business: admin@swanbournebusinesscentre.com

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Bee Swarms Removed Safely

Bees are indispensable for the survival of our environment. Australia is one of the only places left on earth where they still live healthily. Every spring the beehives multiply by swarming.

Figtree Counselling

There are many frameworks available to you in counselling. There is no one-size-fits-all. By listening with focus to your individual story, I will find the best counselling process for the issues you are dealing with.

Life Drawing Classes |Fremantle Studio

For all artists and life drawing enthusiasts, Fremantle artist Maggie Hayes is presenting a series of Life Drawing Classes in her personal studio, East Fremantle, close to Canning Highway, Perth.

World’s Best Landscape Photo

World’s best landscape photo award in your future? Nick Melidonis runs photographic expeditions for novices and expert photographers alike. His website shows the menu of his photographic tours and happenings. Looking for an adventure, in a controlled kind of way?

Grow Beautiful Plants in Sandy Soil

Revive Your Trees How can this product work its magic and improve sandy soils in Australia? It promises to take your trees from ‘dying to surviving’ and I believe it can do just that. I’ve seen trees on their last legs being nurtured back to health over weeks. How to Improve Sandy Soils in Australia. We know that  plant health needs a combination of good soil and plenty of water to take the nutrients to the plant roots. But there is a lot of hard work between the planting and the harvesting.  Anything we can find to improve sandy soils in Australia‘s gardens will be a big plus for the gardener in the family. Water Retainer and Soil Improver I first became interested when I heard that the GeoRevive® soil improver product had great success in the arid Middle East. If they can make things grow in The Middle East, they can do it anywhere. Surely their sandy soils are worse than the porous, sandy soils we have in Australia? Two young entrepreneurs have brought German-based Green GeoEarth WLL’s  flagship product, GeoRevive® to Australia to help us cope with our constant water wastage and depleted soils. Live With The Australian Climate but Reduce Water and Fertiliser They say GeoRevive® reduces water consumption by up to 90% and fertiliser usage by up to 70%. Now I am testing that claim at home.  At the same time the product is undergoing tests in the Murdoch University laboratories. The product looks like candy floss – it is very light and fluffy. It acts like a sponge sucking water out of the soil, preventing the water from draining away and concentrating it where the plant can access the nutrients it carries. It is expected to last about...

Business Mentors and MasterMind Groups

  Getting that lightbulb moment is not something you can order on demand. Mostly our insight comes when we are relaxed, when our brain is not stressed and when we are thinking of something entirely unrelated to the problem at hand. Sifting Through Possibilities For some of us it’s good to mull over the scenario, letting the various options flow through our imagination and visualising different outcomes. Even if the answer doesn’t come immediately it could be a moment while walking the dog that the answer pops into our head. Then we know that our subconscious mind has been at work. Business Mentors and Friends Having a business mentor or experienced friend to discuss issues with helps clarify our thinking. We might just sit over a casual cup of coffee to present an issue where we’re searching for direction. We can offer our own proposed solution but in hearing our words, we gain insight and may be surprised that we suddenly see the matter in a totally different way. While the thoughts are still in our heads, not spoken, not written, there is no challenge. MasterMind Groups Being part of a mastermind group is stimulating. It may not be easy finding the right mix of people to join with at first, but usually we know who we respect and trust and it may just be a matter of inviting that person to meet with us once in a while. Over time, carefully and strategically inviting new people will add to the vault of experience in the mastermind group. Some groups will have a formal agenda and a roster for putting one person in the centre at a time. That person will have the opportunity to lay before...

Best Perth Handyman

Home Maintenance from Best Perth Handyman My friend needed a lot of help. She has a house with a patio roof that needed repair, she couldn’t reach the gutters herself and the massive garden was too much for one person to handle when the green waste collections came around. Finding a reliable multi-tasker, skilled tradesman who is willing to help with home maintenance, keeps his charges low and is a pleasure to work with is like finding a needle in a haystack.  Enter Harley Springer: Harley does pre-sale property makeovers and renovations and home maintenance. He’s the guy to call when you need to get your property ready for sale. Gutters Cleaned If you’re getting leaks down the walls and water seeping in to the house it could be time to check the gutters. And you sometimes need a long ladder to get the job done. Best Perth handyman  Harley Springer is the guy to call. He’s not afraid of heights, and can sort out your gutters within a few hours. Roofs Repaired Most of us don’t see what’s going on at roof level because we don’t want to climb up there. Best Perth handyman Harley. Multi-skilled, a qualified rigger who says ‘let’s figure it out” instead of  “this can’t be done”. We needed new flashing because it had come away from the wooded uprights in the ten years since the house was built. It was a little tricky due to the polycarbonate cover on the patio roof, but Harley sorted it out without any damage to the carbonate. Carpentry, Outdoor Painting If you don’t keep the outside maintenance up...

Virtual Office Perth Address

Virtual Office Perth Address We can provide an address for your website or stationery. Giving a visitor a sense that you have a physical location increases their trust in your website offering. If your budget does not allow you to rent a physical office you can use our office address as a virtual office Perth for your mail, website or documentation. You pay just a nominal amount to have the benefit of using our Cottesloe address as if it were yours. Email us with your requirements to:  admin [ @ ] swanbournebusinesscentre.com to check services and costs. Impressive Location We are not in the CBD but located in an expensive suburb 15-20 minutes from the city. The suburb of Cottesloe is well-known  in Australia and famous for its long white beaches. First impressions are important for attracting new business. Email us admin [@ ] swanbournebusinesscentre.com Swanbourne Business Centre Suite 8, 136 Railway Street, Cottesloe Western...

Safety Workshops | A New (and Highly Dramatic) Approach

It was a sunny early Tuesday morning in Subiaco Park. Mature leafy trees offered their shade – a relief from the already hot sun. Birds were singing. A perfect morning for a coffee outside. But in half an hour our surroundings had changed to the dark interior of an oil rig. We had entered a safety workshop in the Subiaco Performing Arts Centre and been suddenly plunged into another reality – watching the shocking but true story of death on board an oil rig. Within minutes the audience was transported to a world of risk, isolation, pressure and bullying. Safety Workshops A.C.T. Australia has brought a series of tightly scripted, interactive safety workshops to Australia, using high impact drama with the storyline based on true events. Real stories of explosions, tsunamis, construction collapses and other accidents are used to show how a mix of seemingly unimportant but poor decisions can collectively lead to disaster and death. The Culture of Risk The scenarios focus on human behaviour – a significant factor in most accidents. Risk can be increased or decreased by the culture of management and staff, the attitude to investment in training and the maintenance of equipment. Interactive Workshops Corporations employ A.C.T. Australia to present interactive safety workshops using real theatre (often a series of different 20-minute dramas) as the stimulus for change. Live Theatre v. Video When I heard about the real theatre I wondered  ‘why a play – why not use video? ’ but once I had attended a live performance, I understood important difference: emotional hooks. The actors are of the highest calibre. Their total absorption of...