Farm­ers of­fered busi­ness in­sight

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Fon­terra Share­hold­ers’ Coun­cil is bring­ing two in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned pre­sen­ters to speak to Fon­terra sup­pli­ers at eight sem­i­nars in May.

The Grow Your Minds Sem­i­nars se­ries (GYMS) runs from May 20 to 24 and will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions from two widely re­spected au­thor­i­ties on sus­tain­abil­ity and busi­ness: Paul Gild­ing and Rod Oram.

Mata­mata Share­hold­ers’ Coun­cil­lor Grant Wills said the sem­i­nars will be a real eye-opener for many farm­ers.

‘‘ Paul Gild­ing

is

one

of

the world’s most ex­pe­ri­enced and re­spected busi­ness ad­vis­ers and pub­lic speak­ers on sus­tain­abil­ity, and Rod Oram is a re­spected busi­ness jour­nal­ist and com­men­ta­tor,’’ he said.

‘‘We want our sup­plier share­hold­ers to gain a greater un­der- stand­ing of cur­rent sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mer­cial is­sues, both na­tion­ally and glob­ally, and how th­ese re­late to them – Paul and Rod will pro­vide that in­sight.

‘‘We feel that with Paul’s mix of en­vi­ron­men­tal and busi­ness wis­dom and Rod’s fo­cus on economics, we have a good bal­ance and farm­ers will come away with some great learn­ing and ac­tions.’’

Mr Wills said the pre­sen­ta­tions would cut to the heart of the mat­ter and pro­vide farm­ers with clear, bal­anced in­sight into their chang­ing busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘Top­ics will in­clude what farm­ers are do­ing well, global cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions, where our strengths lie, what we can learn from the mis­takes of oth­ers and how we can main­tain and en­hance our eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity,’’ Mr Wills said.

‘‘We want to en­sure farm­ers recog­nise the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able, that they are well in­formed and that they are ready, will­ing and able to con­tinue to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively.’’

Share­hold­ers are asked to RSVP to the Fon­terra Sup­plier Ser­vices Team on 0800 65 65 68.

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