Group ready to get down to busi­ness

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A steer­ing group with var­i­ous busi­ness own­ers has been formed with a mis­sion to for­mu­late a Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion.

Spokesper­son Damon Jake­man said there is a wide sec­tor of dif­fer­ent busi­ness types within the com­mu­nity on board who first and fore­most want to give the town’s businesses a col­lec­tive voice.

The steer­ing in­cludes Damon Jake­man, Theo Duyvestyn, Karen Forbes, Alan Sin­ton, Frank Aerts, Chris Bai­ley, Tim Ni­chol­son, Lor­raine Young, Maryanne Mathis, Gary Brun­ton, John Wal­don, Lynne Martin, Alan Wil­son and Larry Sul­li­van.

Jake­man said their start­ing point was to de­cide a mis­sion.

‘‘That is to be a col­lec­tive voice and to sup­port all businesses and pro­mote the Toko­roa area.’’

He said ob­jec­tives in­cluded pro­mot­ing and sup­port­ing busi­ness, and Toko­roa it­self.

‘‘At this stage we are just the steer­ing group and we will hope­fully get sup­port from the busi­ness at a meet­ing next Wed­nes­day to go ahead and get a busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion type or­gan­i­sa­tion up and run­ning. We will be look­ing for the Toko­roa busi­ness com­mu­nity to take con­trol and the mem­bers will de­cide on what di­rec­tion it will take.’’

The steer­ing group is made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the log­ging in­dus­try, truck­ing and trans­port, re­tail, pro­fes­sional ser­vices, en­gi­neer­ing, ac­com­mo­da­tion, food, forestry and con­tract­ing businesses within the town.

En­gi­neer Frank Aerts from SWIPE said it has been a long time com­ing.

‘‘There is and has been for years the need for a col­lec­tive busi­ness voice, for too long there have been things hap­pen within the town that would have ben­e­fited from the in­put of some busi­ness ex­per­tise.

‘‘Of­ten the case of an in­di­vid­ual speak­ing out un­der their own steam cre­ates the im­pres­sion of some­one want­ing to ben­e­fit their own cause. As a col­lec­tive we will have more cre­dence and strength.’’

Jake­man said the tim­ing is per­fect, if not 10 years too late, for businesses to come to­gether.

The func­tions and di­rec­tion will be de­cided by its mem­bers from all sec­tors of busi­ness. Each sec­tor has its own is­sues, strengths and weak­nesses and it is hoped that by com­ing to­gether un­der one um­brella ev­ery­one will ben­e­fit, he said.

The meet­ing on July 16 starts at 6.30pm at the Sports and Event Cen­tre is open to all busi­ness stake­hold­ers.

While an at­tempt will be made by those in the steer­ing group to in­vite them in­di­vid­u­ally there will be those that may not be con­tacted, Jake­man said.

‘‘Please come and lis­ten to what is be­ing mooted and hope­fully sup­port the con­cept we are think­ing can be for­mu­lated. This is in its in­fancy but we would love to have as many and as broader spec­trum of businesses on board from the start. There are some is­sues and some ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments hap­pen­ing right now in the town and the busi­ness com­mu­nity should be in­volved in them. Ev­ery­one, busi­ness, the town and the com­mu­nity will ben­e­fit be­cause of it.’’

On cue: Man­ager Wendy Cook, left, Camel­lia Cook, Matt McInnes [se­nior player] and Daniel Wilkin­son worked to­gether to pre­pare for the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

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