Previous Business Grant Recipients

2019 - 2020 Invest Frankston Business Grant recipients:

The local economy has received a significant boost thanks to the Frankston City Business Grants Program.

Council has awarded a total of $120,000 to this year’s seven recipients.

Since 2012, the program has contributed a total of $560,000 towards supporting 42 local businesses.

2019 – 20 Frankston Business Grants recipients;

  • $20,000                       Concept Fibres
  • $25,000                       Breathe Hair
  • $20,000                       Vero Pasta
  • $15,000                       The Hop Shop
  • $15,000                       Extreme Labs
  • $15,000                       Burst Graphics
  • $10,000                       Down The Street Café 

Read more about each local business and how they contribute to our local economy.

Concept Fibres

concept_fibres_-_rohan_gillmore_and_matthew_lawrence Concept Fibres has been operating in Carrum Downs for almost three years. A boat building and custom composite manufacturing business, they pride themselves on offering a quality service and a bespoke product.

Receiving a Frankston City Business Grant gave Concept Fibres confidence to grow and invest in new hi-tech plant equipment and employ more skilled staff. They aim to expand the business into a new larger facility and have plans to further explore the world of advanced manufacturing.

The grant will be spent on a state-of-the-art CNC routing machine, which will allow Concept Fibres to manufacture patterns, moulds and parts with extreme accuracy and repeatability. 

Breathe Hair

Breathe Hair - Warwick Smith Transforming a sole operator shop into a new-age vegan organic salon, Breathe Hair are continuously adopting innovative ways to not only create sustainability but also inclusiveness with 50 per cent of its staff having a disability. 

The salon, located on bustling Wells Street, ensures more than 90 per cent of its waste is recyclable and also provides proceeds to OZHarvest to provide meals for those in need. They pride themselves on looking after their staff, their clients and the environment.

Breathe hair is using the business grant to employ additional staff and renovate the adjoining vacant shop with the aim to bring a new vibe to the street.

Vero Pasta

Andrea Papapostolou - Vero Pasta Bringing a vibrant Italian cuisine and culture to Frankston City, Vero Pasta have been operating in Beach Street for almost a year. In that short time, Vero has cemented a strong community atmosphere and a popularity thanks to their friendly service and all homemade menu from gelato and sorbet to their traditional pasta dishes. Not only is their pasta made fresh every day but they also focus on serving local Mornington Peninsula wines. 

The Invest Frankston Business Grant has enabled Vero to fast track their business and get started earlier on upgrades to the restaurant and new equipment including a pasta extruder which will allow them to make 100 different shapes of pasta fresh daily.

The Hop Shop

Hop Shop - Ed Cox Opened in 2020, in Playne Street, The Hop Shop is the Frankston city centre’s first craft beer bottle shop and bar. Customers will be able to visit, browse a selection of curated beers both on tap and in a bottle and either take away or enjoy on site. An inhouse Asian restaurant is also offers delicious street meals and other snacks on offer.

Establishing a new venue in a previously vacant building, the grant helped The Hop Shop with renovation costs and create more opportunities to impress customers in the future.

The Hop Shop are looking forward to sharing their passion and excitement for beer with the Frankston community.

Extreme Labs

Extreme Labs - Tina and James Eling Extreme Labs is a new business accelerator hub, located in the Carrum Downs Industrial Estate, established to support, upskill and nurture entrepreneurs and start-ups to grow their business.

The grant will support the internal fit out and digital marketing promotions to attract new members. 

Extreme Labs is part of Extreme Networks, an IT company offering a wide range of skills including marketing, IT support and network design, security and application development. Extreme Graphics founders were born and raised in Frankston and have a keen interest in helping other Frankston businesses succeed and grow.

Burst Graphics

Burst Graphics - Lachlan Coates Operating in Frankston for eight years, Burst Graphics is a branding agency based in the Carrum Downs industrial estate. Their team includes graphic designers, web developers, printers and signage installers which work together to design logos, booklets, cards, signage, wraps, wallpaper, flyers, banners, websites and much more.

Receiving the 2019-20 Business Grant means burst can move forward with expansion plans and installing temperature-controlled install bays for vehicle signage and renovating their office space.

They are also keen to set up a co-working space with community amenities such as a creative event space, an exhibition space and a coffee bar.

Down the Street Café

<Down the Street - Merrin and Rob McKenzie For almost two years family owned Down the Street has been enjoyed by the Foot Street community thanks to its daily house made treats, healthy meals and specialty made coffee. 

Down the Street’s presence has helped activate Foot Street and the business grant has enabled the owners to begin expenditure toward increasing their seating patronage and creating an outdoor space.

One of Down the Street’s goals is also to help change the outside perception of its home town and be part of its future growth, helping to eradicate the negative stigma that sometimes surrounds Frankston City.