Founded by Marcus Westbury, Renew Australia is a national social enterprise designed to unlock under-utilised spaces for creative enterprise to be visible in community revitalisation. Renew Australia had sought to scale the success of Renew Newcastle nationally, through replicating projects across Australia and providing training forums. However, this social enterprise model lacked viability.
Creative Economy was engaged to undertake a strategic review, facilitate strategic workshops with the board and staff, and provide business model options to increase immediate and long-term sustainability of the enterprise.
Renew Australia has now rebuilt a viable social enterprise model, which has enabled more than 200 budding creative enterprises access to free space secured by Renew Australia’s partnerships with public and private sector property holders, as well as local and state governments.