• Hawke’s Bay Business Hub Hastings open for business

Hawke’s Bay Business Hub Hastings open for business

Hawke’s Bay Business Hub Hastings is now open, connecting the Hastings business community and those from southern parts of the region to a range of support services and agencies.

Carolyn Neville, CEO of Business Hawke’s Bay says it is great to be extending the physical reach and presence of Hawke’s Bay Business Hub to Hastings.

“The new Hawke’s Bay Business Hub Hastings is a satellite site of Hawke’s Bay Business hub Ahuriri, and is made possible by funding from Hastings District Council.

“The new site, run as a pilot programme until June 2021, will make it easier for businesses to access business support services from Hastings, to connect with each other, and with the knowledge they acquire, to grow,” Neville said.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says they are really supportive of having the business hub available after such a challenging year for our business community.

“We have used our Covid-19 recovery fund to invest in this trial for Hastings and it comes at a time when people are looking at what the next 12 months may bring for them.

“Hastings has close to 10,000 small businesses and this hub will provide essential support from some of our government partner agencies and regional business partners,” Hazlehurst said.

The new Hawke’s Bay Business Hub Hastings, is located at 200 Market Street North. Kaylea Barker, the new business connector at Business Hub Hastings is welcoming the business community and getting them acquainted with the services and support on offer.

Neville said they are "delighted" to extend their presence to Hastings and will be holding a range of events and activities for the business community including CO.STARTERS, the PopUp Business School in May and starting in March, the Tuesday Tune Up series; bite-sized upskilling across relevant and popular topics for business owners.

“We are grateful for the support of Hastings District Council, and for its commitment to the local business community as it recovers from the impact of Covid-19.”

Establishing additional Hawke’s Bay Business Hub sites was already a key deliverable for Business Hawke’s Bay under Pou 4 Economic Growth of Matariki Hawke’s Bay Regional Development Strategy- specifically to strengthen the enterprise support ecosystem across the region.