What we do:
Rethinking reuse. Addressing the changing functionality of CBD's requires focused strategic action on commercial property.
Strategic & Action planning for BIDs, town & city organisations and nfp's.
Review and update existing Strategic and Action plans.
Governance Review & Recommendations, includes our unique method.
Problem solving - ask us!
Tokoroa Business Inc (TBI)
The TBI was incorporated in March 2022 and a Strategic & Action plan has been
developed from workshops undertaken in 2021 through Covid lockdowns,
from discussions during walkarounds when we were able and committee workshops.
The TBI has a strong committee consisting of commercial property owners, businesspeople, artists and Tatau Va an arts organisation representing the whole of South Waikato. The ideas and direction for the strategic plan include some big ones, bringing Tokoroa into the 21century and modernising, improving IT uptake for businesses, climate change and business resilience strategies. Right now we are strengthening the committee and hiring a Town Centre Manager who will be able to deliver on the plan and provide positive leadership (from behind) for the business sectors.
We will update and expand further on the TBI soon.
“It was a very worthwhile process in my view. Past strategic plans have been written by a mix of methods, this process brought many elements together. I thought it was robust and provided us with a good plan to move forward with that had accountability, strategies to achieve our goals and time lines in which to achieve them. I was impressed with Karen’s work ethic and thoroughness in her research and found her friendly, open and easy to work with”
Eric Jones, Manager, Canopy Connection Porirua CBD
Motueka Action Planning
“Your visit to Motueka was a very valuable one. Firstly, it gave our committee an important insight into the history of the 'Town Centre / Mainstreet' organisational structure and objectives. This has given us confidence that we are not alone in what we are trying to achieve for our town. We were also buoyed by your feedback about the value we are adding to the town economically - as you know the rating system doesn't always provide a positive feedback mechanism.
Howie Timms, Chairperson Our Town Motueka
Conceptualised and delivery of a national survey of town and city centres to identify their readiness for natural disasters.
“Karen is a strategic thinker with real talent for identifying crucial issues and leverage points. She is passionate and progressive. Karen is a person that can drive change and inspire collaborators. Her initiatives around towncentres and resilience are vanguard and will see it's fruition in the future.
Dr Ljubica Mamula-Seadon, Team Leader Sector Development and Advisor to development of a Resilience programme.
Engaging with Business
Put your boots on because you are going to need to spend some shoe leather
We are experienced economic developers with the skills to improve your CBD and local economy. Our case studies include elements of job and business creation, building business capacity, regional tourism, energy efficiency, improving business standards, tourism trails, identifying new tourism product, clusters, relationship building between the commercial and local government sectors and improving not for profit performance.