Business Innovation, Activation and Growth
Distinctive expertise, shared vision
We’re a diverse bunch at Business South West. This means that whatever the size or shape of your business dream, we’ll match you with a business development advisor who ‘gets’ you and understands the essence of your project.
Most of us are entrepreneurs. Between us we’ve got ‘hands on’ business experience across all the key sectors of the southwest economy.
We’ve got backgrounds in hospitality and tourism, mining and agriculture, IT and telecommunications and retail and business broking and community services. We’ve run franchises employing hundreds of staff and solo home businesses and every imaginable enterprise between.
Some of us have huge executive experience in the public and private sectors. We have strong relationships with government departments and agencies at every level.
All of us share your passion for building your best possible business that succeeds on every level. Certainly it’s profitable, besides this it satisfies your sense of purpose and sees you fulfilling your potential.
Fiona has led the evolution of Business South West since 2013. Prior to this, she spent 25 years honing her senior managerial and entrepreneurial skills in a mind-boggling array of roles and sectors. Long before ‘transferable skills’ became business buzzwords, Fiona was applying her business development know how in tourism, hospitality, IT, primary produce exporting and not for profit community services.
Fiona has held senior business development and operations management roles in the public and private sectors. She is also a seasoned entrepreneur.
Always an innovator, when the Internet first arrived in Queensland, Fiona connected tourism operators in Cairns to eCommerce and online marketing. Since moving to Bunbury in 2004, Fiona has applied her IT and business systems expertise to establishing 3 South West Telstra stores, training teams at MySouthWest and The Salvation Army Employment Plus and building two thriving family tourism businesses.
Fiona is famous for ‘getting stuff done’. Her motto, ‘don’t sweat the petty stuff and don’t pet the sweaty stuff’ sums up her ‘can do’ approach. Combine this proactive attitude with her legendary grasp of all things statistical and systems related and her peerless people skills and it’s easy to see why southwest small business owners trust Fiona’s advice on building brilliant enterprises.
As a firm believer in backing real world experience with current academic insight, Fiona has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Graduate and Certificate IV qualifications in Business, Management and Training and Assessment.
Fiona is WA Director of Business Enterprise Centres Australia. She is on the Board of Community Home Care and a member of the South West (WA) China Business Relations Office. She is also a strong advocate for the Heal for Life group.
Marketing and Projects Officer
Prior to moving into her natural niche in marketing and project management, Shannon was our ace Administration Officer.
‘She’s just excellent.’ is most frequent comment clients make about Shannon’s project management skills and brilliant branding ideas. We agree! Although there’s nothing ‘just’ about Shannon’s super service to you as a client and to us as a team.
Perhaps it’s her six years of solid local retail experience and longtime love of art and design. Maybe it’s the fact that she genuinely cares about your business success. Possibly it’s her curious, creative personality and her empathy for all ‘creatures great and small’.
Most likely it’s all these things that make Shannon ‘just’ the best Marketing and Projects Officer we could ever imagine.
In her marketing and project management role, Shannon combines her impressive people skills with her background in graphic design and visual arts. Her passion for promoting South West businesses and strong creative skills make her a great source of energy and inspiration when it comes to branding and marketing your business.
She’ll also mastermind BSW’s timely, engaging training program. So please contact Shannon if you have ideas for training you’d love to receive or deliver.
Shannon has Certificate qualifications in Retail, Graphic Design, and Visual Arts. She is currently completing Certificate IV in Business.