The strength of the business relationships in Dunedin is growing strongly.
As previously detailed, PTI has a strong relationship with the Food Sciences Division at Otago University, where we plan to place a number of Path to Market Alumni in 2018.
Typically, these will be SMEs who have identified a need for a Food Science approach to their product in order to get a deal over a line.
PTI has a strong relationship with Dunedin’s Economic Development Unit and has worked with them across a number of Trade and Investment connections for the Pacific. The highlight being the introduction by Business Relationship Manager Des Adamson to Leonard Cheng who became an Investor in Samoa’s Aggie Grey’s Hotel chain. Dunedin have strong connections with China and other opportunities are bubbling away nicely.
The Chamber of Commerce in Dunedin and CEO Dougal McGowan have been very helpful in terms of connecting with Dunedin businesses and we have the intention of doing a PTI Roadshow event in Dunedin with them in 2018.
Wrapping up the team is the Otago / Southland and Chatham Islands team of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) and this week I took PTI Chief Investment Officer Manuel Valdez to meet Damian O’Neill as part of our pre-Xmas round up in Dunedin.
We are very happy with the strength or our relationship in Dunedin and we took the opportunity to drop in and chat with the Chairman of the Otago Daily Times Sir Julian Smith and catch up with our good friends at ANZ including ex-Chief Economist Cameron Bagrie as they celebrated Xmas with their clients.
This year we intend to broaden our commercial relationships in Wellington and Christchurch to match those of Dunedin and Auckland.
–Michael Greenslade, Trade & Investment Commissioner, Pacific Trade & Invest NZ