The Butchers Advocate, December 2020

On behalf of the Retail team and wider AMIC team I want to extend and wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a prosperous summer.

Thank you so much for your continued membership and support and whilst 2020 will be remembered for a lot of things, namely COVID despite this unprecedented event we believe we have continued to be and are the leading voice in industry advocating for you and every stage and continuing to strive to develop strong Membership services.

We hope we’ve been able to offer high quality service and provide you all with update to date information and advice throughout the year. We are proud to represent you and hope you are in turn proud to be a part of industry organisation.

AMIC Advisor EDM’s and this publication the Butchers Advocate have continued to go out through the year with key industry information hopefully keeping you all informed and up to date amidst an ever changing, challenging and fluid environment. The ability to pivot quickly, respond in a timely manner and be proactive, issuing comms, constantly adding content to our website to keep it current and engaging was a testament to the staff in the ongoing lockdown travel and border restrictions. Each and everyone of us worked very hard across the year to ensure communication was maintained. Throughout COVID the Member Relations Officers were extremely proactive, COVID Agricultural Coordination Group Meetings weekly for Victoria and Monthly for other states provided key insights from relevant stakeholders and participants across the year and was vital to understand the climate, impacts on small business and thus allowed us to set clear outcomes and direction.

In 2021 we will continue to add more information to not only the website but members only portal and social spaces for National and state-based initiatives to keep you informed.

Helix my window reports continued to be promoted by the Member Relations Officers and we will work with MLA and Roy Morgan to ensure we are getting maximum benefit out of this valuable tool in the future.

Partnerships with Energy Australia and the Commonwealth Bank continued have been very valuable in passing on significant savings on energy and banking services. AMIC Members now receive a reduction in fees with CBA, with the overall Merchant service fee rate down from 0.35% to 0.26%. This is a great result for existing Members with CBA and of consideration to members wanting to review their banking services. For more information about the CommBank Alliance Partner Payment Solutions or Energy Australia energy savings please reach ask your Member Relations Officers in your respective state for more detail. We hope to further extend these and we have many other partnerships to announce into the new year.

Apprentice and training program reforms and initiatives along with Grant opportunities were explored throughout the year. The Federal government’s budget announcement in October that put the focus on growing retail jobs and highlighted a priority to invest in Apprenticeships and supports businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees is a key area for AMIC to continue to explore opportunities for our Members Click here for more information about the Federal Governments Boosting-apprenticeship program or contact AMIC for more information and opportunities at your state level.

Our Love Your Local Butcher / Go Local First campaign delivered very strong awareness and sharing across AMIC’s social platforms and has been positively received. Thank you to all of you that have shared content and we hope the messages have been engaging for you and your customers. Village Co’s “BBQ to Remember” on the 11 November was positively received from all of you that participated. AMIC were proud to endorse and support the initiative and Village Co and Corona were appreciative of the support we gave the campaign.

COSBOA meetings were held throughout the year and AMIC along with other small business member associations have participated sharing ideas and experiences within the retail sector. Together, we can encourage more and more Australians to support small businesses year-round.

These holidays provide a great opportunity to continue to encourage local communities to support their small local businesses and GO LOCAL FIRST. Click here if you would like to access some Christmas GO LOCAL FIRST posters for your business.

Fortnightly meetings were held between APL and MLA to align on industry initiatives and innovation. MLA and APL will continue to work closely with AMIC on projects throughout 2021.

Our partnership with Kids with Cancer Foundation to promote “Post a Roast”, through November and December continues for a few more weeks. We hope our partnership has increased awareness of the charity and raised some valuable funds for families across Australia who have a child from new born to 12 years old that has been diagnosed with cancer.

Our Sausage King and Best Burger Events along with the Apprentice of the Year competition return in 2021. Stay tuned for regular updates and notifications about events being held in your region.

The AMIC National and State Offices will be closed from 25 December 2020 – 3 January 2021.

If you have any urgent queries during this time please contact 02 9086 2200 or email [email protected] for assistance and we look forward to serving Retail Members into the New Year and through 2021. We value your feedback, and we and the State Councils and National Retail Council are here to represent you on the issues that mater.

Stuart Fuller
General Manager – Retail Business