Development centre ready to help businesses launch

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Oamaru’s first business development centre – The Business Hive – will soon open its doors to the public.

The Business Hive was created by Cara Tipping Smith in a bid to help local businesses grow and develop.

It was hard for small businesses to grow and flourish in New Zealand, she said.

“One thing that is always a problem with small businesses in New Zealand is that they don’t really have a lot of support.”

The hive was designed to be a development centre for small businesses.

“It’s a space for smaller and bigger businesses to come in and use the facilities and get the support they need to make really thriving businesses.”

Ms Tipping Smith, originally a copywriter, came up with the idea after working with various businesses that had implemented similar working environments.

After shifting to Oamaru 14 months ago, she decided a business centre was something the town needed to help local businesses grow.

“I’m 100% committed to Oamaru and 100% committed to small business success,” she said.

Since bringing her idea to fruition, she had seen strong levels of support from the community.

Hot desks, a classroom, a meeting room and a health room would be available for hire at the premises.

“I think this will have the flexibility to deliver what Oamaruvians want to have.”

She believed business centres such as hers would also create job opportunities for people who might otherwise have left the town.

“The more connected we get to be, the more resilient we’re going to be as a community, economically.”

The business development centre, at the old McConnell Dowell building in Ribble St, will have an official opening next month.