Grant on Paper Plus board

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Paper Plus co-owner Doug Grant has been appointed as a director of the business group’s national board.
Mr Grant and his wife, Denise, own the Gore store. He has been appointed to the board for a term of three years. He will attend six meetings in Auckland a year as well as taking part in teleconferences. As a director he will be keeping an eye on budgets, positioning where Paper Plus will go in future and keeping abreast of trends.
Paper Plus had 120 stores in its stable which included Take Note stores, he said.
He described the group as more of a buying cooperative.
Mr Grant described the directorship as being similar to his role as a Gore district councillor.
Nationally and internationally there were several noticeable trends, he said.
‘‘People are coming back to books.’’
Another trend was that people in small communities were increasingly shopping locally. People recognised the importance of keeping money in their own communities, he said.
For Gore, the GoRetail initiative had reaped benefits for retailers and other centres were starting to adopt the model.
The trend towards buying locally was being noticed by Paper Plus stores in smaller centres.
The Paper Plus group generally was in good shape, Mr Grant said.
He was keen to get stuck in to his new role and believed he would learn a lot along the way and would be able to bring back those new skills to Gore and use them in other organisations with which he was involved.