Better support for exporting
Identify businesses in Dunedin with current and potential international opportunities, and ensure seamless delivery of support that will improve their growth prospects. Review and streamline existing support processes across agencies.
Otago Southland Employers’ Association.
Dunedin City Council, Otago Chamber of Commerce, University of Otago, Advanced Technology Institute, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, UpStart, private business support providers.
The project team developed an action plan in 2014 which focuses strongly on the identification, formulation and delivery of a range of specific support tasks for selected local exporters and manufacturers. Recognised export industry mentor professionals will complement project team input. These steps follow an in-depth review, conducted on a confidential basis, of industry needs and aspirations and it is clear that there is strong industry interest in the approach being adopted.
Red carpet, not red tape
Establish a council/business relationship management model. Instil a proactive and business-friendly approach across the DCC. A business reference group will be established to contribute to and monitor this action.
Dunedin City Council
Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Southland Employers’ Association, business representatives.
The Relationship Manager pilot project is progressing well with a number of high profile businesses now assigned a relationship manager. Positive feedback has been received so far, especially around reducing timeframes for information gathering and a more consistent integrated response from council. Work has begun on a Communications Strategy both for internal (DCC) and public purposes.
Unlocking land and development opportunities
Review Dunedin City Council and others’ land and property holdings to ensure maximum economic development value is extracted, while ensuring consideration is given to the protection of landscape values, biodiversity, recreation, heritage and the environment.
Dunedin City Council, Otago Polytechnic, University of Otago, Port Otago Ltd.
Second-phase project. A project team will be convened once the initial projects are well underway.
Business development through procurement
Identify barriers for local small- and medium-size enterprises to participate in procurement opportunities. Explore, with other city and regional councils, the use of novel procurement practices to encourage innovation and growth in local firms.
Dunedin City Council, regional councils and central government agencies.
The DCC’s expenditure manager has carried out an initial analysis of what proportion of the council's spend goes to businesses with a local presence. The next steps will be to make the recommendations on how the DCC’s procurement could be improved, and explore models, the Ballarat model in particular, for supporting local firms in the procurement process and working with the Economic Development Unit to enhance business support for companies going through the procurement process.