The Worcester Business Forum (WBF) will continue to build networks, grow their membership and develop the Worcester Business Hub during 2015.
This was the crux at their ninth annual general meeting held at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening.
Nik Wullschleger, chairperson of the WBF, highlighted some of the forum’s key achievements during the previous financial year, which included securing funding from the Breede Valley Municipality (BVM), the Shoprite/Paro Development Trust and local businesses.
Twenty carts have been purchased and deployed as part of the CleanWorcester initiative and four SafeWorcester trailers are deployed to the CBD on a daily basis in partnership with the police. The year also saw the launch of the Winkelhart Project, a brand-marketing campaign for the CBD.
Wullschleger said the WBF supports emerging businesses and the Informal Traders Association has a total of 200 members to date.
The CommuniSave Cooperative Financial Institution, a registered co-operative community bank, initiated by the WBF, has 350 members and received R400 000 in cash deposits.
Johannes Kleinhans, treasurer of the WBF, gave a short overview of the financial statements of the forum, which is in the process of being registered as a non-profit organisation.
A surplus of R15 000 is the result of the forum moving to their new offices at the Worcester Development Hub (Kaap-se-Draai) in High Street. The new offices are shared with the Worcester Hope and Reconciliation Process and CommuniBank.
One of the focus areas for the WBF during the the last year has been the Worcester Business Improvement District. They are currently in the process of obtaining approval for a special ratings area in the Worcester CBD (the area bordered by Riebeeck, Tulbagh, Trappe and Durban Streets).
Projects the WBF are currently involved in, include YWAM Soccer Day, Worcester Hope and Reconciliation Process and Carnegie 3, Pink Trees for Pauline, Mandela Day, Tussen Ons-fees, partnerships with crèches, schools and businesses, as well as hosting Christmas parties. Wullschleger also said the WBF will continue to support emerging businesses with skills development training and quarterly expos and engage with the BVM on their planned projects such as the redevelopment of Kleinplasie and Worcester and Uitvlugt Industrial Park
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