BAF has worked with in partnership with Manifold Co-Working to support South Taranaki District Council and Hawera Bizlink to establish an enterprise hub based in Hawera, but serving the South Taranaki district.
By understanding and leveraging recent co-working trends (particularly in a post COVID-19 world) and using proven entrepreneurial ecosystem building tools the project aims to achieve the following outcomes in South Taranaki:
Evaluation metrics have also been developed through Massey Enterprise at Massey University and will help to show the long-term impact of the initiative. The Enterprise Hub was prioritised by BAF because it builds on BAF’s research identifying the potential of enterprise and social enterprise to contribute to the socio-economic sustainability of smaller urban and rural townships (see our Impact section).
The Enterprise Hub is expected to be operational from early 2023.