Rigby Cooke opens new business hub

By Emma Ryan|09 July 2019

Rigby Cooke Lawyers has launched a new business hub in order to better service businesses located in Melbourne’s south-east.

The firm has opened a business hub in Dandenong South in an attempt to serve businesses located in the region, identified by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) as a National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC).

According to a statement from Rigby Cooke, the new space will provide the firm with a base to interact with its clients in the growing region, including manufacturers, hotel and
accommodation providers, health, logistics clients and trade-exposed businesses and other commercial clients.

“We want to meet our clients where they are. Not just to provide more convenient service, but also to better understand their needs and their industries,” Rigby Cooke managing partner Bill Karvela said.


“We are making a genuine investment in our new business hub and a serious commitment to our clients, and future clients, in the South East.

“We want to support the growth aspirations of our clients outside of the CBD, and with a number of clients already in the South East, this is an expansion that makes sense for us.”

The opening of the new hub comes after the VPA identified seven NEICs in its Plan Melbourne 2017–2050 as key strategic hubs “which will draw workers, students and visitors and bring significant investment and employment to Victorians”.

“We have seen in Sydney the move to develop multiple CBDs as the city continues to grow,” said Julia Cameron, Rigby Cooke’s manufacturing industry group leader and commercial partner.

“Melbourne is no different, and it will require multiple activity centres to service and employ a growing, diverse and dispersed population. The VPA recognises this, and we do too. That’s why we’re growing our presence in one of Melbourne’s most important industrial centres.


“The South East is already a key location for business activity in the city, and it will continue to be an important location for industry, particularly as local manufacturers shift towards advanced manufacturing practices. We anticipate this move will see further development in connected industries, such as transport, wholesale trade and warehousing, and also see further links made between manufacturers and health and education businesses.”

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