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Having the services and resources available to businesses under one roof makes life easier for all our businesses in the region. They no longer have to hunt around trying to find support. It doesn’t matter what type of business they are, large or small, if they are just starting out or have an idea for a business.

Steve Breen, Activate Tairawhiti CEO

Tairawhiti Business Hub expands next door

25 June 2016, The Gisborne Herald.

One-stop shop for business help.

Tairawhiti Business Hub is moving to bigger premises to cater for increasing demand for business services — but moving two doors down will not take long. As of yesterday the hub is at 50 Childers Road.

Larger premises needed

Activate Tairawhiti, Regional Business Partners, Callaghan Innovation and Gisborne Chamber of Commerce collaborated to create the Business Hub in the middle of last year and the hub has been so popular, it had to move to renovated, larger premises, which will allow it to offer more services, including hot-desking, meeting facilities and additional support for businesses.

Activate Tairawhiti chief executive Steve Breen said the hub was always intended to be a one-stop shop for business services, an idea supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

'Easier' under one roof

“Having the services and resources available to businesses under one roof makes life easier for all our businesses in the region. They no longer have to hunt around trying to find support. It doesn’t matter what type of business they are, large or small, if they are just starting out or have an idea for a business.

“Tairawhiti also has a significant and growing Maori business community and a strong not-for-profit sector. They are all welcome to access the hub. It’s a regional resource that demonstrates the power of collaboration. This approach has unlocked additional government support, with funding for two regional business partners, a Callaghan Innovation specialist and a workforce development manager, all based at the hub.”

Boost for businesses

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce president Gavin Murphy said moving the hub concept to the next stage was a great boost for the region’s businesses.

“The newly-expanded hub means business owners and potential owners can come to the one place for business assistance. They can have all their questions answered and needs met, including tapping into funding and development support, accessing specialist advice, signing up for business training such as Co.Starters, and discussing issues they want the Chamber to raise on their behalf.”

A full-time office manager, Mel Brouwer, will from June 28 work with both Activate and the Chamber of Commerce, while the chamber’s Rachel Hogan has been promoted to marketing and membership manager, with Suzanne Winterflood appointed the part-time communications and marketing adviser.

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