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Businesses tell candidate Council needs to be more flexible

Businesses tell candidate Council needs to be more flexible when it comes to compliance issues.

Dunedin City Council candidate Carmen Houlahan said some businesses were concerned about the amount of growth throughout the city that could be being stifled by compliance issues.

I have heard examples like, a business person who was looking to build a significant high need project which was ready to start now, but was finding it difficult due to some compliance issues. Other business were citing expansion delays because they were not able to meet code, even in small jobs, like putting a portacom into a carpark, she said.

“Sometimes guidelines could be better than hard fast rules. We need more flexibility. It would be good to ask how do we make this happen rather than a compliance type attitude,” business leaders had told Mrs Houlahan.

Mrs Houlahan has been telling businesses about her ideas which include, cutting down on red tape, outsourcing work from the UK for Dunedin workers to do remotely, creating a professional business hub for mothers, encouraging more angel investors to Dunedin, holding regular startup weekends and encouraging more businesses to work in clusters.

Business leaders she had spoken to were pleased the Council had set up a red carpet process to help fast track some compliance issues. However, they needed to see results first before they sang its praises.

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