Partnership to aid networking
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.