Sup­port for busi­ness in Tararua ex­plained

Bush Telegraph - - Property Market - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

A well-at­tended “Af­ter Five” meet­ing in the Tararua Busi­ness Hub re­cently was a plat­form to show lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple the sup­port avail­able to start up and/ or ex­pand their busi­ness.

Or­gan­ised by the Tararua Busi­ness Net­work and Dan­nevirke Cham­ber of Com­merce, the meet­ing had four speak­ers, each ex­plain­ing their role in sup­port­ing busi­ness.

Mark Maxwell ex­plained that the Tararua Busi­ness Net­work’s role is eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing vis­i­tor and res­i­dent at­trac­tion, and res­i­dent re­ten­tion. They man­age coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing, in­ter­nal pub­li­ca­tions, busi­ness and com­mu­nity sup­port and growth.

He high­lighted the dis­trict pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties at events such as the Ru­ral Games held re­cently in Palmer­ston North, the Cen­tral Dis­tricts Field Days and the Covi Mo­tor Home Show, the Tararua Long Term Plan road­show, and the de­vel­op­ment of a cy­cle and walk­way strat­egy as ex­am­ples.

An­gela Rule, busi­ness sup­port ad­min­is­tra­tor for the Tararua Busi­ness Net­work, then ex­plained her role as the first con­tact for busi­nesses seek­ing help ei­ther to start up or ex­pand.

She ex­plained by lis­ten­ing to busi­ness cases and help­ing to pri­ori­tise the next step, sup­ply­ing the right in­for­ma­tion and re­sources for such things as reg­u­la­tory ser­vices and men­tor sup­port nearly 200 busi­nesses have been helped in the last years, about five per month.

More than 30 work­shops have been or­gan­ised in that time cov­er­ing top­ics like IRD, Work­safe reg­u­la­tions, strate­gic man­age­ment and hu­man re­la­tion­ships, as well as prod­uct grow­ing like fei­joas and hemp.

An­gela can then put busi­nesses in touch with the next step by link­ing them to the Cen­tral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Agency (CEDA).

CEDA’s busi­ness growth ad­viser Peter Ellingham said his busi­ness growth ad­vis­ers work with com­pa­nies in the wider Hori­zons re­gion to help sup­port and en­hance their ca­pa­bil­i­ties through the Re­gional Busi­ness Part­ner Net­work (RBPN), which is sup­ported by New Zealand Trade and En­ter­prise (NZTE), Busi­ness Men­tors New Zealand (BMNZ) and Cal­laghan In­no­va­tion. He said from star­tups and SMEs to large scale com­pa­nies, CEDA’s fo­cus is on ca­pa­bil­ity de­vel­op­ment for busi­nesses, sup­port­ing in­no­va­tion and growth, giv­ing guid­ance on ex­port­ing, as well as de­vel­op­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties”.

Peter de­scribed the role of Cal­laghan In­no­va­tion while Sarah Gau­thier, CEDA eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager, out­lined the ser­vice pro­vided by Busi­ness Men­tors New Zealand.

TARARUA Busi­ness Net­work man­ager Mark Maxwell out­lines the ac­tiv­ity of his or­gan­i­sa­tion.

TARARUA Busi­ness Net­work’s An­gela Rule ex­plains her role in sup­port­ing lo­cal en­ter­prises.

CEDA’S busi­ness growth ad­viser Peter Ellingham ex­plains how his or­gan­i­sa­tion can help with fund­ing for re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

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