Part­ner­ship to aid net­work­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The pos­i­tive at­mos­phere at the Toko­roa Busi­ness Af­ter Five meet­ing in Novem­ber showed that lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple re­tain an en­thu­si­asm for the fu­ture, de­spite the chal­leng­ing eco­nomic cli­mate.

Seven­teen peo­ple at­tended the first BA5 event held in Toko­roa for some years. It was hosted by the South Waikato District Coun­cil and spon­sored by busi­ness sup­port spe­cial­ists Busi­ness Ad­van­tage.

BA5’S aim is to fa­cil­i­tate an open fo­rum for busi­ness lead­ers to net­work and build re­la­tion­ships across sec­tors.

‘‘ The se­ries of net­work­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment work­shops is open to small and large busi­nesses in a range of sec­tors like ser­vice, man­u­fac­tur­ing, re­tail and oth­ers,’’ the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager Amanda Hema said. ‘‘It is im­por­tant that lo­cal busi­nesses work to­gether on new ini­tia­tives and this net­work­ing fo­rum pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for such al­liances to be forged,’’ Mrs Hema said.

The fo­rum can also be used to re­lease new busi­ness in­for­ma­tion and is a means to cre­ate syn­ergy and growth. The coun­cil is look­ing for­ward to busi­nesses of­fer­ing to host the up­com­ing events.

‘‘We were de­lighted to see busi­nesses en­thu­si­as­tic about gath­er­ing to learn from one an­other and in­crease their ca­pa­bil­ity,’’ Mrs Hema said.

‘‘The coun­cil’s part­ner­ship with ‘‘Busi­ness Ad­van­tage is ex­cit­ing and a great op­por­tu­nity to draw some fan­tas­tic ex­per­tise and sup­port into our district,’’ busi­ness ad­vi­sor Lisa Clausen said. ‘‘We are look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture of this event se­ries and what it will of­fer in the new year. Ad­van­tage is pleased to spon­sor such events in part­ner­ship with South Waikato District Coun­cil.’’ It was good to see a range of busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als at the Novem­ber event Ms Clausen said.

‘‘ It was fan­tas­tic to feel some vi­brancy, de­spite the cur­rent cli­mate. The de­sire to im­prove in­di­vid­ual busi­ness per­for­mance, while bring­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity to­gether, was ap­par­ent in the high level of open com­mu­ni­ca­tion and gen­eral feed­back through­out the ses­sion,’’ Ms Clausen said.

‘‘We cer­tainly look for­ward to sup­port­ing the re­gion’s busi­nesses and wel­com­ing more of their own­ers and man­agers at the events we have planned for 2012.’’

The next meet­ing will be held in Fe­bru­ary.

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