Terry Gillespie, Janet Brooker and Bruce Taylor, who have a wealth of experience between them, will visit 61 current clients at least once during this week, from a variety of backgrounds such as growers, retailers, café owners and accommodators.
During 2018, the Mentors will visit Rarotonga three times for a duration of one working week but are available to their clients at any hour of the day.
The Business Mentors programme began in Rarotonga in 2010 and until 2014 was funded by NZ Aid.
“The Chamber acknowledged the importance and value of the Mentoring Programme and sought alternative funding, this time through the FAO (Food & Agriculture Organisation based in Italy), Gender Equality & Women’s Development, ILO (International Labour organisation) and Pacific Trade & Invest in order to continue the Programme until 2017,” Chamber of Commerce Director Lynne Samuel said.
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) is funding the programme for 2018.
Over 350 businesses have now benefited from assistance and advice from the Business Mentors.
Janet Brooker has accumulated over 30 years’ experience right up to senior management level in the tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and export sectors.
Terry Gillespie is a retired yacht mast and rigging manufacturer who has taken on mentoring businesses here and in New Zealand, and has mentored 45 companies in the Cook Islands and 15 in New Zealand.
Bruce Taylor, meanwhile, has more than 35 years’ experience of managing and operating businesses both in New Zealand and Australia, in start-ups, restructuring, marketing, importing financial control and customer services.
- Conor Leathley