Enterprise Great Lake Taupō Board Member and local businessman, Bruce Bartley, has led the creation of this new group to fill a need he has seen regularly in Taupō.
"There are many energetic entrepreneurs in Taupō and also many experienced investors, but how do they meet?” explains Bruce. "The Engine Room is affiliated with the Enterprise Angels group in Tauranga, but since we're a smaller centre we have a broader focus, it's not just deal-by-deal. This is a forum, a contact point, a meeting place where people interested in the "business of business" can share information and knowledge.
"The Engine Room provides a forum where ideas and development opportunities can be explored in an experienced and proactive environment," says Bruce. "Business mentor meets investment ideas meets banking capability and inspiration".
To grow our local economy, we need a strong business base that is growing and evolving. New businesses generate new money and jobs, and these flow through the local economy to benefit our whole community. It is hoped The Engine Room will help develop dynamic new businesses that create employment opportunities and sustained economic benefits for Taupō.