Start-up service planned

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 13:26 19/07/2013

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The Marlborough District Council is to set up a service to advise people starting up their own businesses, partly prompted by the pending redundancies at aircraft manufacturer Safe Air.

The council's community and financial planning committee was briefed yesterday on work being done as part of the council's economic development project, which included the Marlborough start-up business advice service and the draft regional events strategy.

Councillors unanimously approved the draft regional events strategy, and the draft strategy is available for people to comment on.

Feedback is due by August 19.

They also welcomed news that progress was being made in securing a Marlborough start-up business advice service in conjunction with funding from the Marlborough Employment Enterprise Trust.

People wanting that sort of advice are reliant on Nelson-based advisers and often have to travel.

Council strategic planning and economic development manager Neil Henry said from his experience in Britain it was people such as workers at Safe Air, who could be made redundant in the review process the company was undertaking, who could find the service useful.

"These people have a change in circumstance, they are skilled and we would like to keep them in the region and encourage them to start up businesses of their own if it's appropriate for them."

There was potential for new businesses to be set up in situations where skilled workers had time to plan their futures, Mr Henry said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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