Meeting inspires great support
He reiterated the importance of remaining independent, stating there would be times when the association would have to ‘‘hold a blow torch to the council’s feet’’.
Guest speaker Damon Jakeman said the group would aim to encourage other businesses to move to Tokoroa, help with attracting quality staff and provide a sounding board for business owners struggling.
As spokesman of the 15-man steering group, Jakeman said it had come to a standstill.
‘‘We need your feedback in regards to pushing forward,’’ he told the audience.
He said there is no cost for businesses at this point, just a commitment of time.
However Sullivan said the old TANGS rating scheme was still available to be used if necessary.
Former councillor Alan Blair volunteered to collate the night’s data.