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Working together... GoRetail steering committee spokesman Ivan van de Water and Gore District Council economic development co-ordinator Ceri Macleod are urging retailers to attend a workshop next week. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

Retailers are invited to a Gore-focused retail workshop which will help them gear up for the new year’s trading.

First Retail Group managing director Chris Wilkinson in collaboration with the Gore District Council and businesses implemented the GoRetail strategy several years ago.

Gore District Council economic development co-ordinator Ceri Macleod said the workshop would be held on Tuesday, November 20 from 7.45am to 9am at The Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room.

“Gore’s mission to be the best it can be needs a corroborative approach. We have exciting opportunities ahead but also challenges we need to navigate,” Mrs Macleod said.

Those attending the workshop will learn how to work together as businesses to understand opportunity, drive, performance and managing risk.

Mrs Macleod said quality customer service was a real strength of Gore retailers.

GoRetail steering committee spokesman Ivan van de Water said one of the benefits of getting retailers together was the chance to talk about ideas and issues.

One of the strength of the district’s retailers was the ability to work together and maximise opportunities, he said.

There was further potential to work collaboratively, he added.

One of the aims of GoRetail was to give excellent service and help inform staff about customer needs, he said.

The last workshop – also led by Mr Wilkinson – was well supported,with more than 50 people attending, he said.

The GoRetail programme was the envy of a lot of other towns, Mr van de Water said.

Retailers were gearing up for Christmas and one initiative was free parking in the Main St in the lead-up to the festive season.

Mrs Macleod said the council was keen to drive growth in the district and part of having sustained growth was having a thriving business sector providing all the services needed.