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West Coast, Canterbury in business team up

ALAN WOOD
Last updated 13:16 27/08/2012

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West Coast businesses are to get increased support from the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce under a new agreement.

The CECC and Development West Coast (DWC) today announced a plan to increase resources for West Coast businesses.

From August onwards, the CECC and DWC will share a member of staff to provide business support services on the West Coast.

"Our long historical association with many businesses on the West Coast will be re-energised and reinforced by this new relationship," said Peter Townsend, chief executive of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce.

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce external relationship manager Anna Johnstone said the cooperation would mean increased commitment towards the West Coast to ensuring its members received service delivery at a local level.

''We also recognise that the business dynamics are different in every region and delivery of CECC services on the West Coast requires a different approach and a local presence, which is the commitment that we have made.

DWC chief executive John Chang said the new partnership would provides benefits for businesses on the West Coast and for both organisations.

"Combining resources and building our local services can only be a good thing for the local business community," Chang said.

The focus of the partnership will also ensure the CECC are kept well informed of relevant issues and trends on the West Coast which will play a key role in the future delivery of resources, events and training to respond to those needs.

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