Millions to be made - mayor
The Marlborough District Council's new "one-stop shop" to attract business to Marlborough has had 12 approaches in its first four months.
The business could bring millions of dollars in business to the region if they made the move, Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman said.
The council's Smart Business Marlborough service was dealing with five substantial project proposals which together had a potential construction value of more than $30m, the mayor says in the latest issue of the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce magazine.
"Add to that the potential value any one of these project ideas might generate for the local economy and you can see why some people are suggesting that Marlborough is poised for its next period of growth.
"Our economy seems to be headed in the right direction."
A report to the council community and financial planning committee last week says the service to support businesses planning major investments to deal with the council on planning and infrastructure matters had been launched on 2 July 2012.
"A total of 12 inquiries have been received in this time from internal referrals and direct contact.
"Nine of these inquiries are active at present - three are related to manufacturing, three to sales, two to logistics, and one to tourism," the report says.
All the inquiries are being treated in confidence.
Mr Sowman said regions like Marlborough must think carefully about their strategies for growth.
The council had launched a plan to become a "smart and connected" region interested in hosting small but highly valuable business, such as commercial activity that connects with established economic cornerstone industries.
"Our aim is to see Marlborough develop as a place which retains all the best qualities of a small region with high lifestyle and environmental values underpinned by a humming local economy," he said.
One strong message coming back from initial research was that there was a "surprising diversity of talent" here but much of what went happened well below the public radar, Mr Sowman said.
"If we don't know what's here, we can't see all the opportunity for expansion and partnerships. So better information is vital.
"Our council has a very good relationship with the broader community of Marlborough when it comes to delivering sports and cultural amenities.
"We need that same passion and partnership across the wider economy."
- The Marlborough Express