33 years in business in Bayswater gives printer great view of local economy


Dane Meade, Bob Meade, Troy Meade, Rochelle Phelps and Kay Meade. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Dane Meade, Bob Meade, Troy Meade, Rochelle Phelps and Kay Meade. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

BOB Meade has run a family business in Bayswater for 33 years and said the industrial area is a perfect place to set up shop – although lack of high-speed internet is an issue.

City of Bayswater has sought feedback from commercial property and business owners on ways it could support new and existing businesses ahead of the development of an economic framework.

The City will also look at incentives it could offer to encourage new businesses and established businesses to set up in Bayswater.

Mr Meade and wife Kay own printing and signage company Bokay Group, located on Raymond Avenue after an arsonist burnt down their other Bayswater premises 18 years ago.

“I had to borrow $100,000 from each one of my children to get back on board; we were under-insured, we lost everything,” he said.

“I bought it in trust for my 10 grandchildren, they’re the legal owners of the building and my children will get the business.”

Mr Meade’s four adult children work at the business; his youngest son Troy has worked there 26 years.

“It’s hard at times, you run a business with logic but sometimes emotion gets in the way,” he said.

Son Guy was given the framing and memorabilia part of the company and now runs his own business on Collier Road.

Mr Meade, whose brother is Perth hairstyling icon Maurice Meade, said the Bayswater industrial area was an ideal location, but a lack of high-speed internet regularly affected the business.

“It’s grown with the advent of the Tonkin (Highway), when we first moved here it was a little bit ‘the backwaters’,” he said.

“We’re all connected to the Maylands exchange which is terrible from a business point-of-view; black-outs, block-outs, cut-outs.

“We get some incredibly large files sent from over east, sometimes it will take six hours to download and while you’re doing that… the other 13 computers are useless while you’re downloading that file.”

Mayor Barry McKenna said local businesses were a vital part of the economy because they provided employment and made the City a “vibrant” place to live and visit.

“Council is committed to supporting and enhancing existing businesses and is keen to attract further investment in the City,” he said.

The Economic Framework aims to complement the recent appointment of place managers that will work to develop the Bayswater, Maylands, Morley and Noranda town centres.

Survey findings from businesses will be reported to council in May.